Monday, March 13, 2017

OUC approved to begin conducting Social Work continuing education courses


Ohio University Chillicothe’s office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development has been approved to offer continuing education courses and workshops for social workers and counselors.

The announcement comes from the state of Ohio after months of work by OUC faculty and staff members Dr. Ken Larimore, assistant professor of social work, Brenda Phillips, Associate Dean of OUC, and Alyse Klupenger to bring the program to OUC.

“By OUC offering continuing education credits and workshops for social workers and counselors, we are able to ensure that these individuals can spend more time focusing on the needs the communities in which they serve,” said Phillips, who also oversees the Continuing Education and Workforce Development program. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of so many individuals who are committed to helping strengthen ties between our City, the surrounding area and higher education at OUC.”

This year, OUC plans to hold six social work continuing education classes and workshops on the following subjects:
 
·      Mindfulness
·      Trauma Effects
·      Ethics
·      Anxiety and Depression in Teens
·      Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
·      ADHD

The state of Ohio requires that social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists complete 30 hours of continuing education courses every two years and three hours of ethics courses to maintain their certification.

“The programs are designed to meet regional needs in central to Southern Ohio, specifically for social work and counselor professionals in Ross and surrounding counties,” noted Phillips. “These professionals need access to secure 30 hours of annual continuing education credit and OUC will now offer appropriate and substantively-rich programs that meet their needs, offer highly-qualified instruction, and appropriate levels of oversight.”

The first workshop will cover the topic of Mindfulness Basics and will be held April 12, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at OUC.

For more information on OUC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs or upcoming social work continuing education classes, visit www.ohio.edu/chillicothe/continuingeducation or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oucconted.

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