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Renewal Information for South Dakota Counselors & MFTs

South Dakota Counselors and MFTs can earn all 40 hours of continuing education online

South Dakota Counselors and MFTs can earn all 40 hours of continuing education online. Click to view approved coursework.

South Dakota-licensed Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs) are required to renew their licenses annually on December 31st. 40 hours of continuing education are required on odd-numbered years. 4 of these hours must relate to ethics.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC Provider #5590); by the American Psychological Association (APA); and by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC, Provider #000279). South Dakota-licensed Counselors and MFTs can earn all 40 hours through courses offered at www.pdresources.org. Over 100 courses are available, including ethics.

Continuing Education Compliance Period

The continuing education compliance period begins January 1 of each even-numbered year and ends December 31 of each odd-numbered year. The first compliance period for a new licensee begins after the second renewal date.

Continuing Education Requirements

During the continuing education compliance period, each licensee must complete at least 40 contact hours of approved continuing education. Four of those contact hours shall be on the subject of ethics as it relates to counseling. This shall be documented by a published program, title, or description.

Sources of Continuing Education Credit

The licensee may obtain hours of continuing education credit by attending and participating in continuing education courses, workshops, clinics, forums, lectures, programs, seminars, distance learning programs, or other educational activities either previously approved by the board pursuant to § 20:68:07:09 or otherwise meeting the requirements in this chapter and approved by the board pursuant to § 20:68:07:08. A continuing education unit equals 10 contact hours and a semester of academic credit equals 15 contact hours.

Continuing education activities must be geared toward professionals and must focus on increasing knowledge or skills, or both, in the practice of counseling.

The licensee is responsible for financing the costs of continuing education.

Approval of Sponsors

The board will accept continuing education credits for programs accredited, approved, or presented by the following national organizations:

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
  • American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit)
  • Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHCO)

Standards for Approval

A continuing education course, workshop, clinic, forum, lecture, program, seminar, distance learning program, or other educational activity is qualified for approval by the board pursuant to this section, § 20:68:07:09, or § 20:68:07:10 if it meets the following requirements:

  • It constitutes an organized program of learning which contributes directly to the professional competence of the licensee in serving the public;
  • It relates to the practice of counseling;
  • It is conducted by individuals considered experts in the subject matter of the program because of education, training, or experience; and
  • It is accompanied by a paper, manual, or written outline which substantially pertains to the subject matter of the program.

South Dakota Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners: http://dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealthservices/licensingboards/board_examiners.asp

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Tennessee-Licensed Professional Counselors and MFTs

Tennessee LPCs and MFTs can earn 5 hours per year online

Click to view approved online CE

Professional Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists (MFTs) in Tennessee are required to renew their licenses every 2 years. 10 hours of continuing education (CE) are required during each calendar year. 5 hours are allowed from online courses each year. Online courses must be offered by an approved provider and include a posttest.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC Provider #5590) and by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer online continuing education for Tennessee-licensed Professional Counselors and MFTs. Over 100 courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Index.aspx

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board’s administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at Tennessee.gov/health. Click on the “License Renewal” link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license.

The due date for certificate and license renewal is the last day of the month in which a licensee’s birthdate falls pursuant to the Division of Health Related Board’s biennial birthdate renewal system as contained as the expiration date on renewal certificates.

Continuing Education

Each person registered with the board is required to complete 10 clock hours of continuing education during each calendar year.

Those persons who hold two (2) certificates and/or licenses regulated by the Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Clinical Pastoral Therapists shall complete fifteen (15) clock hours of continuing education each calendar year. A person who holds three (3) certificates and/or licenses shall complete twenty (20) clock hours of continuing education each calendar year. In each case, at least five (5) clock hours shall be directly related to the practice of each profession for which the person is licensed or certified.

Ethics and Jurisprudence Course Requirement

Three (3) clock hours of the ten (10) clock hour annual requirement shall, every two (2) years, pertain to the following subjects:

  • Professional ethics; and/or
  • Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 22; and/or
  • Official Compilation, Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee, Chapter 0450-1.

Those persons who hold two (2) certificates and/or licenses regulated by the Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Clinical Pastoral Therapists shall have three (3) clock hours of the fifteen (15) clock hour annual requirement pertain to ethics and jurisprudence every two (2) years. A person who holds three (3) certificates and/or licenses shall have three (3) clock hours of the twenty (20) clock hour annual requirement pertain to ethics and jurisprudence every two (2) years.

A person is not required to complete continuing for a profession in the calendar year that his/her license and/or certificate was initially approved.

Acceptable Continuing Education

Acceptable continuing education shall consist of master or doctoral level course work from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education; attendance at educational events sponsored or approved by national, state, regional, or local professional associations in the field; or events related to the practice of the profession for which a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education grants CEUs.

Multi-Media – continuing education courses may be presented in the traditional lecture and classroom formats or, with successful completion of a written post experience examination to evaluate material retention, in Multi-Media formats.

A maximum of five (5) clock hours may be received for multi-media courses during each calendar year. Those persons who hold two (2) certificates and/or licenses regulated by the Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Clinical Pastoral Therapists may receive a maximum of seven and one-half (7½) clock hours for multi-media courses during each calendar year. Those persons who hold three (3) certificates and/or licenses may receive a maximum of ten (10) clock hours for multi-media courses during each calendar year.

Each person registered with the board must retain proof of attendance and completion of all continuing education requirements. This documentation must be retained for a period of four years from the end of the calendar year in which the continuing education was acquired. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested in writing by the board during its verification process. The board will not maintain continuing education files.

The board will conduct a randomly selected audit of individual records to assure that the continuing education requirements have been met. An individual’s records may be audited during consecutive renewal periods.

Pre-approved course providers – Continuing education courses which pertain to the practice of counseling shall be considered approved if provided or sanctioned by the following entities:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Board for Certified Counselors

The Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors and Marital and Family Therapists: http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/PC_MFT&CPT/index.htm

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for California Social Workers, Counselors & MFTs

California-licensed Social Workers, Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs) are required to renew their licenses every 2 years from the date of issue.

36 hours of continuing education are required to renew. Of those, 6 hours must pertain to law and ethics each renewal. The following courses are required for the first renewal only:

  • 3 hour on aging/long-term care
  • 7 hours on spousal/partner abuse
  • 7 hours on HIV/AIDS

All 36 hours may be earned through electronic means (online courses) that are offered by a board-approved provider.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Approval #PCE1625). Over 100 online courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Index.aspx

Click here for a brochure explaining the continuing education requirements.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Massachusetts Counselors & MFTs

Massachusetts Counselors may earn up to 15 hours online per renewal cycle

Click to view NBCC-approved online CE

Massachusetts-licensed Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are required to renew their licenses biennially on December 31st of odd-numbered years.

All licensees are required, as a condition of license renewal, to complete a minimum of 30 contact hours of continuing education activities per licensure/renewal period (every two years). Please remember that only up to 50% of the required CEUs may be obtained via on-line or home study programming.

The purpose of continuing education is to assure high standards for the practice of mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counseling and educational psychology by requiring licensees to participate in on-going educational activities. Through these experiences, licensees increase their competence and enhance the knowledge obtained during prior education and training.

For LMHCs, CEUs must be approved under the standards of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MAMHCA):

MAMHCA’s CE division is called the Massachusetts Mental Health Continuing Education Program (MMCEP)

www.mamhca.org
Phone: (508) 698-0010

For LMFTs, CEUs must be approved under the standards of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and/or their appointed Continuing Education administrators approved by this Board.

Currently FDA/ CE certifications are the appointed CE administrator.

FDA/CE Certifications
www.mftce.com
Phone: (508) 877-3660 ext. 6

Failure to comply with the continuing education requirements will result in the non-renewal of the license.

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mh/

Professional Development Resources is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590). We adhere to NBCC guidelines. Professional Development Resources is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC, Provider #000279). Massachusetts-licensed counselors may earn up to 15 hours per renewal through online courses offered at www.pdresources.org.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Alabama LPCs

All Licensed Professional Counselor licenses expire biennially and on July 31 of the renewal year.

Alabama LPCs may earn up to 10 hours for renewal online

Alabama LPCs can earn up to 10 hours per renewal cycle online! Click to view NBCC-approved online and home study courses.

Continuing Education

No license will be renewed unless the renewal request is accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the Board of the completion of relevant professional and continued education experience during the term of the current license.

A minimum of forty (40) formal contact clock hours of relevant professional and continued education experience shall be required for renewal of LPC license. The forty (40) hours of continuing education required for licensure renewal must contain a minimum of six (6) clock hours of continuing education devoted to ethical concerns for practice, assessment, supervision, or research in counseling.

The LPC is responsible for maintaining documentation to verify completion of all continuing activities listed on the renewal application. This documentation must be available for review by the Board upon request for a period of three (3) years following the renewal period in which the continuing education activities were used for licensure renewal.

Of the forty (40) formal contact clock hours required for renewal of LPC, ten (10) hours may be obtained by supplying documentation of two (2) of the activities listed below:

  • Services as a presenter for a seminar, workshop, or training conference that is primarily counseling in nature.
  • Publication of Peer reviewed material that is primarily counseling in nature.
  • Therapy received (counseling, psychotherapy, analysis) leading to certification or utilized as a learning modality that is preapproved by the Board and yields a certificate or similar document for inclusion in the licensure file.
  • Services on boards, commissions, and holding office in professional organizations, specifically related to counseling, and in which at least thirty (30) hours annually are devoted to such service.

Real-Time Participation in Continuing Education Activities

Effective August 1, 2011, a minimum of seventy-five percent (75%) of the continuing education activities required for any licensure renewal period must consist of real-time participation in seminars, classes, workshops, presentations, training programs, or similar activities. Such real-time participation must involve licensee presence in the location of the activity as it occurs or use of interactive technology by the licensee for the activity as it occurs. Self-contained activities (e.g., recorded presentations, reading, online study) that do not feature opportunities for dialogue and interaction for the licensee as the activity occurs do not qualify as real-time participation in continuing education.

Note: This requirement limits online coursework to 10 hours per renewal cycle.

Documentation of Continuing Education Activities

Acceptable professional development activities for continuing education must reflect provider documentation from one of the following: the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), or a statement of approval by another state counseling licensure board, and must be training in the professional field of counseling

All certificates of completion/verification of attendance must contain: licensee’s name, name of workshop/seminar/training, name of sponsoring entity, dates of the activity, and number of contact hours granted.

Audit of LPC Renewals

Beginning August 1, 2012, the Board will conduct a mandatory random audit of 10 percent (10%) of LPC renewal applications for the most recent renewal period. The audit is to ensure that the continuing education requirement is being met.

An LPC whose renewal is selected for audit is required to send verification of his/her continuing education to the Board office within thirty (30) days of the date of receipt of the audit notice. Failure to submit verification of continuing education within the thirty (30) day period automatically results in a formal disciplinary action by the Board.

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling: http://www.abec.state.al.us/

Professional Development Resources is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590). We adhere to NBCC guidelines. Up to 10 hours per renewal cycle may be obtained by Alabama LPCs.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in General

 

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