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Approved Provider

Social Workers:  We are approved by the Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Program (provider #1235) and the National Board for Certified Counselors.  We are also approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (provider 10-001) and the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider # 50-13565).  Many states that require continuing education for social workers, counselors, therapists and other mental health professionals accept ASWB or NBCC approved courses.  Please review the state information on our approvals page or contact your licensing board for more information.

Remember, it is your responsibility to check licensing guidelines with your state licensing authority to ensure that courses on this site meet your continuing education requirements.

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

To use our website, you must must consent to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Please be sure to review these documents.

Refunds and Exchanges
If you wish to make any changes to your course selection, please let us know by contacting  We will be happy to assist you.

Refunds will be issued at the request of the member within 15 days of enrollment in a course.  Please contact us at

No refunds or exchanges will be given once the course exam is completed and credit is given.  No refunds or exchanges can be given after 6 months from the date of purchase.

You have one year, or until the expiration date indicated at the bottom of each course page (whichever comes first), to complete any courses purchased in this transaction.  In order to take advantage of the free courses, you must take and pass the post-test during the promotional period.  If you wish to retake a post-test after the promotional period expires, you must purchase access to that course.

Passing Score
You must score 75% or higher to pass the test.


Gwendolyn M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW, is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of the program.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.

Mary Chris Blickhan, MSW, LCSW is our Social Work Consultant.  She earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas.  She has over 15 years of experience in the field and specializes in working with children and families.

Honor Code
Members agree that honesty and integrity are important values to be upheld. It is prohibited to provide work that is not your own.  Sharing exams with others is also prohibited.

Code of conduct
All members agree to act in a manner that promotes respect and dignity.  Free State Social Work reserves the right to deny membership access to any person for any reason.

Changes in your personal information
If any changes occur with respect to your personal information, you can update your record on your account profile page. You can also contact us at and we will be happy to update our records.

We hope that your experience with Free State Social Work is a great one. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at  As part of our grievance process, we can seek input from our Continuing Education Director, our Social Work Consultant, another licensed social worker, and our Technical Director.  We will do our best to resolve any potential conflicts that may occur.  Please let us know if you are having any difficulties with our program.  We are happy to help!

New Jersey social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by Free State Social Work, LLC may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board.

ADA Accommodations
If you have a disability or special needs, please contact us at so that we can accomodate your needs.

Why Is Our Company Called Free State Social Work?
Free State Social Work is a Kansas based company and the name along with the wheat logo that appears on our website and certificates reflects our Kansas heritage. The original settlers of Kansas Territory in the 1850’s were known as ‘Free Staters’ because of their opposition to the expansion of slavery into Kansas and Kansas was known as ‘The Free State.’

We would love to hear from you about your experiences at Free State Social Work!  You can let us know what is going well with the site and what is not going so well.  Please send feedback to or you can write us at Free State Social Work, LLC / PO Box 7803 / Overland Park, KS / 66207.