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Continuing Education Webinar: An Ethical Understanding of TN Social Work Licensure Law – Sept. 15

Date: Friday, September 15, 2023
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET | 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT
Location: Live Zoom Webinar
Presentation Title:
An Ethical Understanding of TN Social Work Licensure Law
Presenter: Paula Foster, LCSW

Cost – $45

Zoom information will be emailed to participants the afternoon before and morning of the event. Registration will close two hours before the event start time. This event is live and will not be recorded.


To request a discount code, please follow the instructions below. One discount allowed per purchase.

  • UTCSW Alumni: 25% – please email your graduation year and the program you completed to
  • UTCSW Field Instructors: 50% – please send an email using your agency email address to
  • UTCSW Faculty/Staff: 100% – you may have already received this info; please check your inbox before emailing to request the code.
  • UTCSW Students: 100% – please contact your program staff member for access.

Course Description

This workshop will provide information and clarity regarding the path for advanced licensure in the state of Tennessee. A thorough review of the current rules will help participants understand the requirements and the eligibility for advanced licensure as a clinical or advanced generalist social worker. Case scenarios will help participants understand how to conceptualize and document accurately the social work experience.  Clarification will also be given regarding the role of the supervisor and how to accurately accumulate supervision hours and contact hours.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Receive a comprehensive overview of the current TN Rules and Regulations of the TN Board of Social Worker Licensure.
  2. Learn more about the relationship between social work ethics and social work licensure including how the NASW Code of Ethics is incorporated into the Rules and Regulations.
  3. Gain insight into the specific requirements for obtaining advanced licensure as a clinical or advanced practice social worker.
  4. Gain understanding of the definitions of clinical and advanced generalist social work practice.


Participants are eligible to earn 3 continuing education units.

A link for the program evaluation will be emailed to participants after the event has concluded. To receive the CEU certificate, participants must complete the evaluation by the deadline indicated in that email. Certificates are not automatically generated and will be emailed out after the deadline to complete the evaluation has passed.


There is space on the event registration form to indicate accommodations required. We work with the university’s Office of Equity & Diversity and Office of Student Disability Services to make arrangements and ask that you allow us adequate time to communicate with them about any services needed.

It is a priority to make our events inclusive and accessible. For any questions or to notify us of a request, please email at least three business days prior to the event.


To request a refund, please email Full refunds will be granted up to 48 hours prior to the event. In the event this program is cancelled, full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

About the Presenter

Paula D. Foster, MSW, LCSW, received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana College in 1986 and her Master’s degree from the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work in 1993.  During her 13 years in NYC, Paula worked in a variety of culturally diverse settings throughout the city including the NYC public hospital system and a number of non-profit organizations.  After receiving her Master’s degree, Paula began working in the field of HIV/AIDS and homelessness, continuing this work after moving to Nashville in 2001 as the Director of Emotional & Practical Support for Nashville CARES, Tennessee’s leading provider of community based social services for people living with HIV/AIDS.  She has served as a Co-chair of the Ryan White Part A Planning Council for the Metro-Nashville Transitional Grant Area, providing input regarding the funding of services to the HIV/AIDS service community. Paula has been an adjunct instructor in the Social Work department at Tennessee State University and an adjunct instructor and field liaison for the University of Tennessee’s School of Social Work, Nashville campus.  She was a practicing faculty member at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, for the Vanderbilt Program in Inter-professional Learning. She also teaches a Social Services Competency Based Training at TSU’s Center for Excellence in Learning Sciences.  Paula was the Executive Director of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare (TCSW), a statewide advocacy and training organization and in 2020 she moved on to be the Executive Director of Open Table Nashville providing outreach and housing advocacy for Nashville’s most vulnerable citizens.  Paula’s experience spans a variety of service areas including advocacy, healthcare, mental healthcare, substance abuse, hospice and homelessness.  She is a past President of the Board of Directors for NASW-TN and has served as the Region VII Representative to the national board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, DC.  Paula was a trainer with the HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project of NASW and has developed extensive educational workshops for social workers throughout the state of Tennessee.  In 2011, she was honored as NASW-TN’s Social Worker of the Year.  Paula has served on a number of non-profit boards including Saddle Up!, the TN Disability Coalition, the Women’s Political Collaborative, Nashville Pride and was a mayoral appointment to the Metropolitan Nashville Homelessness Commission in 2016.  The commission merged with the HUD mandated Nashville Continuum of Care in 2018 becoming the Nashville Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council where she served as chair of the council for two consecutive years.