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The First 3,000 Hours - Part II: The 3,000th Hour and Beyond

  • Saturday, April 06, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Aspenwood Senior Living 14400 Homecrest Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906


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Presenter: Denise Jones, LICSW 

Category 1 | 3 CEUs


The second 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, newly licensed LCSW/LICSWs, and clinical supervisors. Course material covers practical information for facilitating a smooth transition from the first 3,000 hours (pre-licensure) into advanced clinical practice, as well as considerations for private practice.

Participants may also sign up for and find usefulness in Part I, Beginning the Licensure Journey.


  1. Learn to identify and prepare for at least 10 common stumbling blocks new social workers encounter just before and/or just after completing their first 3,000 hours.
  2. Gain a general understanding of how the clinical licensing process works.
  3. Gain a general understanding of how the insurance paneling process works.
  4. Gain insight into some of the factors involved in launching a private practice.


1:00-1:15 | Opening Remarks

Introduction and Agenda
Overview of Part I

1:15-1:25 | “Energy” – Self Care

1:25-1:35 | “Organization”

Filing for Perpetuity
Client files
Professional files
Business Files

1:35-1:45 | “Hours”

Business Matters

1:45-1:55 | “Exams” – The LGSW vs. the LCSW, LCSW-C and LICSW

1:55-2:45 | “Expertise – On the Business Side”

What does your 5-year plan look like?
Who is your ideal client?
Who are you professionally?
Agency Basics
Private Practice Basics
What are EIN, NPI and CAQH?
Paneling and Credentialing with Health Insurance Companies
Professional Liability and Other Insurances
Business Associates
Continuing Education and Networking

2:45-2:50 | Break

2:50-3:40 | "Expertise - On the Clinical Side"

HIPAA and Informed Consent
DSM/ICD codes
CPT codes
Fees, Billing, and Insurance Reimbursements
Maintaining and Growing Your Client Base

3:40-3:45 | “Ethics”

Community Service
Maintaining Contacts
Social Media

3:45-4:00 | 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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