Mandatory INITIAL 6-Hour Legal Standards Course* (virtual)

On October 26th 2023 by admin
Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS March 12, 2024 9:15 AM - 4:30 PM VIRTUAL COST: $125 6 CEU’s

The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, requires that all L/CADCs complete a 6-hour continuing education course in Legal Standards pertaining to alcohol and drug counseling in NJ during the initial biennial period pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d). This course provides an overview of changes in laws and regulations including the Uniform Enforcement Act and continuing education. In addition, participants will review regulations related to clinical supervision and telehealth. The course will also address clinical areas of practice such as confidentiality & duty to warn. Participants will review elements of professional conduct including working within the scope of practice, sexual misconduct and harassment as well as self-reporting. This course also focuses on clinical documentation including electronic health records.

*This course covers the Uniform Enforcement Act applicable to other NJ credentials; this course may be taken in lieu of the 3-hour Mandatory Renewal Course.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between statutes and regulations that inform the scope of practice for L/CADCs.
  • Discuss the NJ Uniform Enforcement Act
  • Summarize reporting statutes in NJ
  • Outline telehealth regulations in NJ
  • Discuss updates in clinical supervision
  • Describe what constitutes professional conduct and misconduct
  • Discuss record-keeping and confidentiality pertaining to all forms of client records

Ms. Guerra, is a seasoned mental health professional with extensive experience in mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in the treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma. Ms. Guerra parlayed her clinical experience into a career as an adjunct/faculty member for various colleges and universities in NJ. She proposed, developed the curriculum and taught the Substance Use Disorder courses at Kean University’s Social Work Department. Ms. Guerra teaches across the Bachelor and Master level curriculum in Social Work and Addiction Studies. As a trainer for NJPN, she served as an integral team member revising the CADC curriculum. Ms. Guerra facilitates training and consultation for various mental health, substance use and academic settings. She also maintains a private practice. Ms. Guerra is approved by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ (APCBNJ) to teach initial and re-certification L/CADC courses.  In 2018 & 2019, Ms. Guerra facilitated training for NASW-NJ and the Annual Conference.  Ms. Guerra was selected by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to serve on the National Taskforce Committee to develop CSWE’s Substance Use Curricular Guide which was published in 2020.  In 2021, Ms. Guerra was approved by the APCBNJ as a Mandatory Legal Class Trainer; then in 2022, the NJ Alcohol & Drug Counselor Committee approved Ms. Guerra to teach the 3-hour Legal Standards course.

NJ CE’s:
This course “Mandatory Initial Legal Standards” and the trainer, Ana Guerra have been approved by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ. This course, provided by Behavioral Health Matters, approval #403031224MandLegalREC6 has been approved for 6 continuing education credit hours by the APCBNJ. Credentials issued by the APCBNJ, the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners and the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners recognize such courses. This 6 CE course is approved for social work continuing education hours in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4c12.

Behavioral Health Matters, LLC is recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0443.

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