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Approval in District of Columbia

D.C. Department of Health Board of Social Work CE Information

  • ASWB ACE 1020

40 CE credit hours required every 2 years — 12 may be earned with Addiction Counselor CE.

Applies To:

  • District of Columbia Social Workers

Addiction Counselor CE’s distant learning courses are available for continuing education credit for social workers as required by the D.C. Board of Social Work.

The Board requires 40 hours of continuing education courses for license renewal every two years. Only 12 hours out of the total 40 hours required can be online.

6 hours of Ethics (must be done face to face; no online courses are accepted).

2 hours of LGBTQ training (this can be an online course)
4 of the total required continuing education shall be in Public Health Priorities which include these topics:

1. Responsible opioid prescribing and effective pain management;
2. Nutrition and obesity prevention;
3. Identifying and reporting abuse (child and adult), neglect (child and adult), human
trafficking, and domestic violence;
4. Sexual health (including taking sexual history, discussing sexual experiences with patients, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), HPV vaccines, connections to cancer, latent tuberculosis, safe sex, and birth control);
5. Ethics and appropriate patient interactions (i.e. boundaries, patient privacy, and
communications including telehealth);
6. Smoking, vaping, and tobacco (including dangers, smoking cessation, and non-smoke tobacco products);
7. Preparing your patients for an emergency and handling vulnerable populations in an emergency;
8. Identifying impairment (physical or mental) in patients and providers (including complying
with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act);
9. Vaccinations (including legal requirements and appropriate exemptions); and,
10. Implicit bias, cultural competence and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health and health care.

HIV CEU is no longer a requirement.

Addiction Counselor CE, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1020). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

Board Contact Info

D.C. Department of Health Board of Social Work
Phone: (877) 672-2174

Ethics, 6.00 CE credit hours

This requirement cannot be completed with online coursework.

LGBTQ, 2.00 CE credit hours

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