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49 Pa. Code § 47.36. Preapproved providers of continuing education courses and programs for licensing social workers, licensed clinical social workers and licensed bachelor social workers.

§ 47.36. Preapproved providers of continuing education courses and programs for licensing social workers, licensed clinical social workers and licensed bachelor social workers.

 (a)  In addition to providers approved under §  47.34 (relating to registration of continuing education providers who offer one course or program), the Board finds the following entities have currently met the standards in §  47.35 (relating to standards for courses and programs). Accordingly, the following are approved providers:

   (1)  Graduate and undergraduate programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

   (2)  The Association of Social Work Boards.

   (3)  Accredited colleges and universities (graduate level and continuing education programs).

   (4)  Graduate and postgraduate training programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

   (5)  Graduate programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

   (6)  The following groups and the providers, courses or workshops approved by them:

     (i)   The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and its state and local affiliates.

     (ii)   The Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) and its state and local affiliates.

     (iii)   The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC).

     (iv)   The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

     (v)   The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

     (vi)   The American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

     (vii)   The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).

     (viii)   The National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT).

     (ix)   The American Psychological Association (APA).

     (x)   The Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program developed by the Association of Social Work Boards.

     (xi)   The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

   (7)  The following groups and their regional, state and local affiliates:

     (i)   The Child Welfare League of America.

     (ii)   The National Association of Black Social Workers.

     (iii)   The Family Service Association of America.

     (iv)   The Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA).

     (v)   The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

     (vi)   The American Family Therapy Association (AFTA).

     (vii)   The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

     (viii)   The Council of Nephrology Social Workers.

     (ix)   The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

     (x)   The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

     (xi)   The American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

     (xii)   The American Counseling Association (ACA).

     (xiii)   The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).

     (xiv)   The National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA).

 (b)  The Board will consider for approval, as preapproved providers, other organizations who offer multiple courses and programs for licensed bachelor social workers, licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers. The request for approval shall be submitted to the Board in writing and accompanied by a $65 fee, along with a rationale as to why the organization should be included as a preapproved provider with specific reference to the standards in §  47.35.

 (c)  The approval given to providers is subject to reevaluation; however, a rescission of approval will be made only in accordance with 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure).

 (d)  The Board may approve participation in other continuing education courses or programs for credit so long as the licensee submits, prior to attendance, an application for program approval and supporting documentation provided in §  47.35, and upon completion of the course or program submits verification of attendance.


   The provisions of this §  47.36 amended under sections 6 and 18(c) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P.S. § §  1906 and 1918(c)); and section 9 of the act of October 22, 2014 (P.L. 2884, No. 179).


   The provisions of this §  47.36 amended December 22, 2006, effective December 23, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7841; amended August 28, 2020, effective August 29, 2020, 50 Pa.B. 4389. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (332394) and (369761) to (369762).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  47.31 (relating to definitions); and 49 Pa. Code §  47.37 (relating to reporting by licensee of hours spent in continuing education; continuing education audit and enforcement).

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