Making a decision about which CE courses are worth your money and time can be an overwhelming experience. In today’s world of digital learning there is no shortage of continuing education offerings for mental health professionals.
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Our courses are approved by the APA, NBCC and AASECT. They fall into the Live and Homestudy categories and are formulated to provide a deep-rooted learning experience with instructors carefully selected based on their research background, clinical expertise and extensive knowledge in the field. Other popular choices include:
For a monthly or yearly fee counselors and therapists can take as many CE courses as they wish. These services follow a sort of “Walmart model” by typically offering a wide range of topics for a low price.
They are a convenient option for professionals whose main concern is to quickly check the boxes for licensure renewal and not so interested in personal interactions and a deep, customized learning environment.
Hint: When opting for these services make sure that you are familiar with your state’s licensure board requirements for the required number of live vs. homestudy courses you are allowed to claim for licensure.
These courses are offered on a daily or weekly basis for a short period of time (they typically run for 5-6 weeks). They are designed to promote a particular therapy model developed either by the originator of the model or a therapist who has adapted the model for his or her practice.
They are usually formulated to wet participants’ appetite to opt into further programs or products these therapists have to offer.
Hint: When opting for these CE courses make sure that your licensure board approves them. They may advertise “CE credits” but that does not necessarily mean that either the APA or NBCC has approved of them. To save yourself some headache later, it’s best to check in advance.
APA and NBCC-Approved Live CE Courses
These courses are offered in real-time and some of them also offer opportunities to interact with the instructors and fellow participants.
They are either presented in a lecture format or a workshop format with time for a Q&A. These courses have to pass rigorous reviews set by the APA and NBCC; such as having to be substantiated by scientific research and being presented by an expert on the topic, someone who possess an appropriate level degree in the field. They are usually a good choice for clinicians who value profound learning experiences and tend to consider well-supported presentations.
Since having an interactive learning environment facilitates acquiring knowledge, live courses often attract clinicians who want to immerse themselves in a topic while enjoying a peer group setting.
APA and NBCC-Approved Homestudy
Pre-Recorded Seminar (Asynchronous) CE Courses
These courses carry the same professional quality as live courses described above, but have the advantage of being available anywhere, anytime. Be sure to check your state’s licensure requirements for the approved number of homestudy hours for licensure renewal.