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The First 3,000 Hours - Part I: Beginning the Licensure Journey

  • Saturday, April 06, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aspenwood Senior Living 14400 Homecrest Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906


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Presenter: Denise Jones, LICSW

Category 1 | 3 CEUs


The first of two workshops developed for advanced year MSW students and early career social workers focusing on clinical social work. Target audiences are advanced year MSW students, LGSWs and clinical supervisors. Course material covers practical information about what new social workers will encounter during the first 3,000 hours of their career - from their graduation from a Master's Program in clinical social work until the attainment of their advanced clinical licensure.

Participants may also sign up for and find usefulness in Part II, The 3,000th Hour and Beyond.


  1. Plan and organize a smooth entry into the first 3,000 hours of their social work career.
  2. Identify 1-10 common stumbling blocks new social workers encounter during the first 3,000 hours of the typical clinical social work career and learn how to prepare for and overcome them.
  3. Identify 5 professional organizations that lend support, assistance and information to beginning clinical social workers.
  4. Gain a general understanding of how the clinical licensing process works.
  5. Know 1-10 methods of self-care clinicians can use to sustain themselves through the first 3,000 hours of the typical clinical social work career.


8:30-9:00 | Sign-In

9:00-9:10 |Opening Remarks/Introduction

“Energy, Organization, Hours, Exams, Expertise and Ethics”

9:10-9:30 | “Energy”

Sustaining Yourself
Personal Changes and Challenges
Peer Groups
Financial Matters

9:30-9:50 | “Organization”

Working in an Information Intensive Profession
File Deadlines
File for Perpetuity
Types of Documentation
Filing Systems and HIPAA Regulations

9:50-10:30 | “Hours”

Your First Job
Supervision Hours 
CEU Hours
Peer Groups

10:30 – 10:40 | Break

10:40-11:00 | “Exams”

Exams and Licensing
Which Exam to Take?
Study Approaches

11:00-11:30 | “Expertise"

Numbers, ​Websites and Contact Information  
Helpful Organizations
Continuing Education

11:30-11:45 | “Ethics”

NASW Code of Ethics
Community Service
Maintaining Contacts
Social Media

11:45-12:00 Wrap Up | Q&A

Recommended Reading:


Kim, H. & Stoner, M. (2008). Burnout and turnover intervention among social workers: Effects of role stress, job autonomy, and social support. Administration in Social Work, 32, 3, 5-25.


Murphy, Catherine & Hale, Susan (2012). Creating an effective file system. Author (on Kindle).


Forde, Eva W. M. (2013) How not to practice social work: Saving good people from bad practice one step at a time. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. (electronic)

Grobman, Linda May (2011). Days in the lives of social workers: 58 professionals tell real-life stories from social work practice (4th ed.) Harrisburg, PA:White Hat Communications.


ACSW Exam Secrets Test Prep Team (2013). ASWB clinical exam practice questions. Beaumont, TX:Mometrix.


American Medical Association (2013). Current procedural terminology (CPT). Standard Edition. Chicago:Author. A comprehensive index used by health and (as of October 2014) mental health care professionals to interpret codes

American Medical Association (2013). International classification of diseases (ICD)-10-CM 2014 draft code set. Chicago:Author. A comprehensive overview of the codes used for health and mental health billing and reimbursement.

American Psychiatric Association (2012). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.) Arlington, VA:Author.

Newsome, Deborah W. & Gladding, Samuel T. (2013). Clinical mental health counseling in community and agency settings (4th Edition), Merrill Counseling Series. Boston:Pearson.

Noize, Veronika. (2011). How to create a killer elevator speech. Vancouver, WA:SoHo Marketing Guru Business Coach & Development, LLC.

Todd, Tracy (2009). Practice-building 2.0 for mental health professionals: Strategies for success in the digital age. New York:W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.


Anthony, Kate & Nagel, DeeAnna Merz (2010). Therapy online: A practical guide. Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage Publications.

Koocher, G. P. & Keith-Spiegel, P. (2008). Ethics in psychology and the mental health professions. New York:Oxford University Press.

Meskó, Bertalan (2013). Social media in clinical practice. New York:Springer.

Pho, Kevin & Gay, Susan (2013). Establishing, managing, and protecting your online reputation: A social media guide for physicians and medical practices. Phoenix, MD:Greenbranch Publishing, LLC.
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