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The New York State Education Department instituted a requirement that, “[b]eginning January 1, 2015, each Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must complete 36 hours of approved continuing education courses for each triennial registration period.”

Social workers are now required to gain CE credits in order to maintain their licenses. While various courses for CE credit were being offered, Lamson & Cutner saw a significant gap. Where could social workers gain knowledge about the legal and financial issues that so directly and deeply affect their patients, as well as their patients’ families and loved ones?  Learning about these issues is crucial for social workers who advise and assist the elderly and disabled.

Lamson & Cutner decided to answer the call, and became the first law firm in New York State to become an accredited provider of courses for CE credit to LMSW’s and LCSW’s.  Our firm has always had a strong focus on educating social workers and others about important Elder Law issues and strategies.  It was a natural fit for the firm to seek, and gain, approval to grant CE credit for courses similar to the seminars the firm has given regularly over the years.

For social workers who have clients or patients who need long-term care, knowing about Elder Law strategies can enable them to guide those clients. Elder Law strategies can mean the difference between living out their lives in comfort, on their own terms, or quickly becoming impoverished and ending up prematurely confined to a nursing home.

Lamson & Cutner is now offering courses of highly relevant and useful content on Elder Law and Estate Planning topics. Each course provides CE Credit of 2.0 contact hours to LMSWs and LCSWs.

Examples of CE Courses we offer:

Medicare and Medicaid in NY, and the Current Status of Changes to Community Medicaid Services

How your clients or patients can obtain the best health care and long-term care, and how they can protect their assets and income against the ruinous costs of health care and long-term care.

Disability Planning, Estate Planning, and Advance Directives

Protecting the disabled, including minor and adult children; cost-effective estate planning, including provisions for elderly or disabled family members; advance directives – powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.

 

If you are a LMSW or LCSW who works with the elderly or disabled, or their families, you’ll find that you can be much more helpful to your patients and clients when you have the knowledge gained from a Lamson & Cutner course for CE credit.  Click here to check on dates and locations of upcoming sessions.

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