Social Work Ethics for Kentucky Licensure Renewal examines the code of ethical conduct set forth in 201 KAR 23:080 and the NASW Code of Ethics. This online course is designed for all social work professionals practicing in Kentucky, including licensed clinical social workers.

This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels.

By the conclusion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the importance and complexity of ethical considerations in social work practice settings
  • Explore the NASW Code of Ethics and other moral and ethical frameworks
  • Identify approaches to ethical thought and decision-making
  • Develop a framework for addressing ethical issues in professional social work practice

Sheryl Withers Woolverton designed the content for this course. Sheryl is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kentucky and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She has worked as a counselor in the field of domestic violence and served as a grief counselor at Hospice of the Bluegrass for twelve years. She currently has a private clinical practice specializing in life transitions and is a part-time instructor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky.

This online course is approved for 3.0 hours of continuing education by the Kentucky Board of Social Work and fulfills the Kentucky Ethics requirement for Social Workers.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 - 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive three continuing education credits.

This course is also approved for 3.0 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, go here

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.

Course Originally Released on: 10/23/2018

If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Miranda Huffman at or at (859) 257-2895.

Online Course Details

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Online Course
Due Date05/19/2020
Module 1 Section One
Lesson 1 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 1
Lesson 2 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 2
Lesson 3 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 3
Lesson 4 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 4
Lesson 5 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 5
Lesson 6 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 6
Lesson 7 Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 7
Module 2 Course Quiz
Lesson 1 Quiz
Module 3 Course feedback
Lesson 1 Feedback - Social Work Ethics for Kentucky Licensure Renewal