Raising the Bar for Continuing Education

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Through virtual, on-demand, and in-person continuing education (CE) courses, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work’s Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education (OPDCE) provides up-to-date trainings for social work practitioners across the Commonwealth to address the ongoing and emerging needs of our state’s diverse communities.

OPDCE is an Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education provider as well as an approved provider with the Kentucky Board of Social Work (KBSW). With an intimate understanding of accreditation and the CE needs of providers, Continuing Education Specialist Chris Dennison notes how the College goes above and beyond the typical expectations of CE providers:

“The online courses we are creating are moving beyond the standard PowerPoint and talking head format that most CE providers still utilize. Our expert production team is working diligently to create more engaging and thoughtful content.”

With a focus on maintaining up-to-date information, the OPDCE provides CE courses through a variety of different channels, including live instructor-led virtual courses, on-demand online courses, and in-person training sessions. These formats allow social work providers across the Commonwealth to receive expert-grade education in a manner that works best for both their learning style, their individual schedule-constraints, and their geographical location. By providing a variety of CE courses, the OPDCE aims to support and inform Kentucky’s social workers on current practices as effectively and efficiently as possible.

This dedication to upstanding quality of content has not gone unnoticed by the social work licensees who have engaged in the OPDCE’s CE courses. “UK College of Social Work has been very easy to work with in obtaining CEU’s,” noted one attendee. “They have offered a variety of interesting and needed topics through the years to achieve the CEU requirements. “

With an emphasis on topics pertaining to the approved and required training subjects established by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the OPDCE provides CE courses designed to supply Kentucky’s social work practitioners with the most current and accurate care skills and techniques to best serve the needs of Kentucky’s growing and diverse populace.

“Social work practitioners must engage in continuing education to remain up to date with current standards in practice, to explore new emerging topics in the field, and to meet the licensing requirements of the state in which they work,” noted Dennison. “To ensure our social workers are successful in accommodating their continuing education requirements, our content is developed based on the aforementioned state regulatory topics, feedback from course evaluations, and needs assessment surveys. An expert on each CE topic is carefully chosen to create and present material that is evidence-based, that reflects current peer-reviewed research, and that promotes the current best practices in the field.”

If you or someone you know is in need of their CE hours to renew their social work license, the UK OPDCE remains one of the most trusted and reliable CE providers in Kentucky due to its dedication to maintaining up-to-date, accurate content sourced from credible, authoritative professionals within the field. Visit our website to explore available on-demand content or enroll in an upcoming course.

For over 85 years, the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky has been a leader in education. Our mission is clear: Through rigorous research, excellence in instruction, and steadfast service, the CoSW works to improve the human condition. Always, in all ways.

As the state’s flagship university, our mission is actualized through our deeds. Our faculty are renowned academicians dedicated to fostering the development of high-quality practitioners and researchers. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world.