Whether you are a doctor or a teacher, it can be helpful and essential to go forward with continuing education. Social work is a field where such advancement is also necessary. In your field you are probably required to take some hours of courses in order to keep your certification or license. These hours will be helpful, but you should consider going even further than what is required of you.
If you are considering continuing education, social work will not be a difficult field in which to get it. It will take you looking for an institution that offers courses that are accepted by the American Psychological Association as well as possibly associations that have more to do with your field.
You may also want to ask around among peers at your place of employment to see if they have suggestions for an institution for continuing education social work. If you need more options, you may want to search online and then look up reviews of the ones you find.
A large part of your decision will likely be to find an institution that offers courses in the areas where you have an interest in specializing. You should also consider courses that will help you in the common areas that you end up dealing with when you talk with individuals. It could be a very broad range of areas depending on where you are employed. If your job is at a hospital then you might deal with new moms, people who have lost a family member, or custody situations. If you work at a nursing home, you will likely deal a great deal with children of elderly parents. These individuals are in a difficult situation, so it is important that you know the best way to deal with each situation.
Reading up on your field is also continuing education. Social work topics can likely be found in specialized magazines and books. The institution you choose for courses may even offer a magazine that would add a great deal to the knowledge of your field.
Do not be afraid to take on a little more than you think you might be able to handle when it comes to increasing your knowledge. It is always good to challenge yourself. If you have a lot of free time on your hands, then increasing your knowledge is a great use of that time. You could even make some of your learning time social by having discussion groups with others in your field. Peer fellowship will likely be a benefit to you in your field of study and employment.