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Continuing Education

Your career trajectory matters. Whether you are a micro, mezzo, or macro practitioner, licensed or not, maintaining your competitive advantage in the professional world often requires continuing education. 

Sharpening your skills and knowledge of the latest evidence-based techniques is a cornerstone to professional advancement. 

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is a proud licensed provider of high-quality Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

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- Mike Foster, MSW '77-Immigration Law Training for Social Work Practitioners
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Overview of CEU's

As a part of the school’s alumni and career development programming, we offer both in-person and virtual opportunities for alumni, students and community partners to attend courses, events, film screenings, panels, and presentations led by engaging speakers and renowned faculty who share the latest research and evidence-based practices. 

From workshops that explore homelessness and health inequality to mental illness and crisis and trauma, you have the opportunity to participate in thought-provoking and informative programming throughout the year. 

 

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Why CEU's are Important

A CEU is a unit of credit offered by a continuing education “provider” approved by a state licensing board. Providers include accredited schools of social work, like the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, associations like the National Association of Social Workers, and other organizations that offer continuing education activities and meet licensing board requirements.

CEUs are vital to Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), who are required to complete a certain number of hours of continuing education for licensure renewal to stay current with their practice. The number of hours of continuing education required to maintain a license varies by state. For example, in California, all LCSWs are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education during each two (2)-year license renewal period.

Alumni are encouraged to complete their continuing education hours at their alma mater, where we consider CEUs to not only be a state requirement, but an opportunity to enhance your domain professional expertise and strategically position yourself for long-term success.

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What CEU's We Offer

Many of our programs provide CEUs. Promotional materials for the activity will likely indicate whether CEUs will be offered for attending and certificates are usually issued as proof that a practitioner has completed CEUs.

The next time you receive promotional materials for a social work event, look to see if it indicates that CEUs will be offered! It will often also state how many credits you will be eligible to earn at the event.

One more thing—and this is very important to remember—if you are eligible to receive CEU credits at an event, you must indicate this when you register or check-in for the event. If you miss this step, you risk losing the opportunity to receive the CEUs with certificate at the completion of the event.

CEU Class Offerings

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Alumni and Career Development

We provide our alumni with experiences that will help expand expertise, extend professional networks and advance careers.