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ALASKA

REQUIREMENTS
Continuing education requirements that must be satisfied before the first biennial renewal of a person's license must include a minimum of 45 hours [per biennium] of education or training with a minimum of three hours in professional ethics, six hours in substance abuse, and six hours in cross cultural education that includes issues relating to Alaska (emphasizing Alaskan) Natives.

After the first biennial renewal of a license, continuing education requirements for that person's license renewal must include a minimum of 45 hours, and must include three hours in professional ethics, six hours in substance abuse, and six hours in cross-cultural education, three hours of which must include issues relating to Alaska Natives.


DEFINITIONS
CONTACT HOUR equals a minimum of 50 minutes of classroom instruction between instructor and participant.

CROSS-CULTURAL EDUCATION means a structured education experience that focuses on Alaska Native social and cultural issues. Cross-cultural education is not limited to clinical applications but should be relevant to the practice of clinical social work. Topics may include cross-cultural communications, contemporary anthropology, or Alaska Native cultures.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION means a structured education experience that focuses on substance abuse as it applies to clinical social work practice.

ACTIVITIES 1. Postgraduate courses in clinical social work given by an academic institution, either audited or credited.
2. Courses offered by the National Association of Social Workers.
3. Courses offered by the Council on Social Work Education.
4. Seminars, workshops, or mini-courses offered by professional organizations.
5. Cross-disciplinary courses, seminars, or workshops in the fields of medicine, law, behavioral sciences, or other disciplines.
6. Courses not covered under 1-5 above which are specifically pre-approved by the board.
7. First time preparation and presentation of a social work course, seminar or workshop.
8. First time presentation or publication of an article or book chapter related to the practice of social work which was presented at a state or national association meeting or published by a publisher recognized by the profession.

CONTACT HOURS GRANTED
(#1) One academic credit equals 15 contact hours. One academic quarter credit equals 10 contact hours. Only hours actually in attendance during which instruction was given will be accepted as continuing education hours earned from an academic course that is audited by the licensee, and the total number of contact hours earned may not exceed the academic credit hours offered for that course.

(#6) Maximum of 15 contact hours.

(#7) Maximum of 10 contact hours allocated among all clinical social workers and other professionals involved.

(#8) Maximum of 10 contact hours allocated among all clinical social workers and other professionals involved.

DOCUMENTATION
Applicants for renewal shall submit a sworn statement of the continuing education contact hours completed, which must include the following information, when applicable, for each course, seminar, or workshop:

(a) the name of the sponsoring organization;
(b) the location of the course, seminar, or workshop;
(c) the title or a brief description of the course, seminar, or workshop;
(d) the principal instructor;
(e) the dates of attendance;
(f) the titles, issues, and dates of publications or presentations; and
(g) the number of continuing education contact hours claimed.

AUDIT
An applicant is responsible for maintaining adequate and detailed records of all continuing education hours claimed and shall make them available to the board upon request. Records must be retained for 3 years after the date the continuing education hours were earned. After each renewal period the board will, in its discretion, audit renewal applications to monitor compliance with the continuing education requirements of this chapter.


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