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BSU to hold social work licensure workshop

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Social workers looking to obtain licenses to practice in the State of Minnesota can attend a licensure workshop presented by the Bemidji State University social work program on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

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The workshop will be conducted by Sheryl McNair, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Social Work, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library, located at 509 America Ave. NW. The workshop is intended for social workers who already hold bachelor's or master's degrees in social work.

The workshop will cover all rules and criteria for Minnesota social work licensure, and also address new rules scheduled to take effect in 2011 related to continuing education and supervision requirements. McNair will also address some common points of confusion surrounding the use of a social work degree for employment with and without the title of social worker.

Professional service providers who work in the state of Minnesota under a job title including the phrases "social work" or "social worker" or do similar work while holding a degree in social work are required to hold state licenses under the 1987 Minnesota Social Work Practice Act.

The workshop is being offered free of charge; participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The social work program will provide beverages.

For more information on the workshop, contact Mary Ann Reitmeir, associate professor of social work at Bemidji State University, at 755-2835 or mreitmeier@bemidjistate.edu or McNair at 612-617-2109 or sheryl.mcnair@state.mn.us.

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