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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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Renewal Information for Kentucky Counselors

Kentucky LPCs can earn all of their required CE online!

Click to view approved online CE

Kentucky Licensed Professional Counselors renew their licenses annually on October 31st. 10 hours of continuing education are required to renew and must relate to the field of professional counseling. There is no limit on online courses offered by NBCC or APA approved providers.

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 by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

The purpose of the Kentucky Board of Licensure of Professional Counselors (http://lpc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx) is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public. The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession as a professional counselor. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 335.500.

The board is a self-supporting agency and receives no general fund tax appropriation. It is funded entirely through fees assessed for licensing its professionals.

The annual renewal date for licensure shall be October 31.

Continuing Education Requirements

A minimum of ten (10) continuing education hours shall be accrued by each person holding a license during the annual period for renewal. All continuing education hours shall be in or related to the field of professional counseling.

Continuing education hours applicable to the renewal of the license shall be directly related to the professional growth and development of the licensee’s practice of professional counseling. They may be earned by completing any of the following educational activities:

Programs not requiring board review and approval. An educational program from any of the following providers shall be deemed to be relevant to the practice of professional counseling and shall be approved without further review by the board if it is sponsored or approved by:

  • The American Counseling Association, or any of its affiliated branches or divisions
  • The Kentucky Counseling Association, or any of its affiliated chapters or divisions
  • The National Association of Social Workers or any of its affiliated state chapters
  • The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or any of its affiliated state chapters
  • The American School Counselor Association or any of its affiliated state chapters
  • The American Psychological Association, or any of its affiliated state chapters or divisions
  • The divisions of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors
  • An academic course offered by an accredited post-secondary institution directly related to professional counseling or counseling psychology

Programs requiring board review and approval. A program from any of the following sources shall be reviewed and determined if it is relevant and therefore subsequently approved by the board:

  • A program, including a home study course and in-service training provided by another organization, educational institution, or service provider approved by the board.
  • A program or academic course presented by the licensee. A presenter of relevant programs or academic courses may earn full continuing education credit for each contact hour of instruction, except the earned credit shall not exceed one-half (1/2) of the continuing education renewal requirements. Credit shall not be issued for repeated instruction of the same course.
  • Authoring an article in a relevant, professionally recognized or juried publication. Credit shall not be granted for an article unless it was published within the one (1) year period immediately preceding the renewal date and a licensee shall not earn more than one-half (1/2) of the continuing education hours required for renewal. More than one (1) publication shall not be counted during a renewal period.

A general education course, either elective or designated to meet degree requirements, shall not be acceptable. Academic credit equivalency for continuing education hours shall be based on one (1) credit hour equals fifteen (15) continuing education hours.

During the licensure renewal period, up to fifteen (15) percent of all licensees shall be selected at random by the board and required to furnish documentation of the completion of the appropriate number of continuing education hours.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in General

 

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Acupuncture – An Introduction

New 1-Hour Online CE Course

Acupuncture – An Introduction

CE Credit: 1 Hours (0.1 CEUs)
Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, MFTs, OTs, RDs
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Abstract:

This course is divided into two parts. Part I – “Introduction to Acupuncture” – provides an overview of acupuncture

Acupuncture – An Introduction

Click to view course details

as presented by a fact sheet from NCCAM and includes a number of video clips illustrating its use. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Part II – “Acupuncture for Pain” – is also a fact sheet from NCCAM. Physical pain is a common occurrence for many Americans; in fact, a national survey found that more than one-quarter of U.S. adults had recently experienced some sort of pain lasting more than a day. In addition to conventional treatments, such as over-the-counter and prescription medications, people may try acupuncture in an effort to relieve pain. This fact sheet provides basic information about pain and acupuncture, summarizes scientific research on acupuncture for specific kinds of pain, and suggests sources for additional information. It also includes a video clip.

Course #10-47 | 2011 | 16 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the fundamental procedure that is involved in acupuncture
  2. Identify the concepts of “balanced” and “unbalanced” states in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
  3. List cautions to observe when seeking a qualified acupuncture practitioner
  4. Identify conditions for which there is scientific evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture
  5. List complications that can occur as a consequence of improper delivery of acupuncture treatments

About the Author(s):

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/

Accreditation Statement:

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Association (#3159)
APA: American Psychological Association
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors (#5590)
NAADAC: National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (#00279)
California: Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625)
Florida: Boards of SW, MFT & MHC (#BAP346); Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635); Occupational Therapy Practice (#34). PDResources is CE Broker compliant.
Illinois: DPR for Social Work (#159-00531)
Ohio: Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501)
South Carolina: Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193)
Texas: Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) & State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678)
 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for New Mexico Counselors & MFTs

New Mexico-licensed counselor earning CE online

Earn up to 12 hours online!

New-Mexico counselors and MFTs renew licenses on September 30th, every 2 years from initial licensure. 40 hours of continuing education are required to renew. Up to 12 hours may be earned through online courses offered by an NBCC-approved provider.

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.

SCOPE:  

All professional clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional art therapists, professional mental health counselors, registered independent counselors, licensed mental health counselors, licensed associate marriage and family therapists, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, alcohol abuse counselors, drug abuse counselors, and substance abuse associates.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:  

Continuing education credit. Effective for the renewal period beginning October 1, 1997 forty (40) contact hours of continuing education approved by the New Mexico counseling and therapy practice board will be required to be documented during each two-year renewal period.

  1. Continuing education must be acquired during the expiring licensing period.
  2. One contact hour of continuing education is sixty minutes.
  3. Specific continuing education which must be obtained and verified:
  • six hours of ethics related to counseling/mental health for all licensees
  • three hours in supervision related to counseling/mental health for all licensees who are supervisors

ACCEPTABLE CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES:

  • approved by certifying groups such as the national board for certified counselors, American marriage and family therapy regulatory board, American art therapy, association international certification reciprocity consortium, national association of alcohol and drug abuse council
  • approved by other regulatory boards of related mental health or substance abuse fields, including psychiatry, psychology and social work
  • sponsored by international, national, regional or state mental health professional associations including psychiatry, psychology and social work, or state and federal divisions of substance abuse
  • publication of professional writings and presenting board approved educational courses shall be awarded in a manner consistent with Part 16, section 16.27.16.8 and shall not exceed 20 hours for a license renewal period
  • approved by the New Mexico counseling and therapy practice board
  • internet continuing education correspondence shall not exceed 12 hours for a license renewal period
  • home studies continuing education shall not exceed 12 hours for a license renewal period

DOCUMENTATION OF PARTICIPATION:  

The licensee shall be responsible for submitting proof of attendance of all continuing education hours at the time of license renewal. All continuing education hours must be documented at the time the license is renewed. The board reserves the right to require additional documentation of participation. The board will notify the licensee of approval or disapproval of continuing education hours within 30 days after receiving documentation.

FAILURE TO MEET CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  

The board will refuse to renew the licensee’s license in accordance with the Uniform Licensing Act NMSA 1978 sections 61-1-1 through 61-1-31. If continuing education units requirements are not completed within the licensing period and by the expiration date, the licensee or registrant will be considered expired and will refrain from practicing. Individuals unable to meet continuing education requirements due to circumstances beyond their control must submit a written request for a waiver sixty (60) days prior to their renewal date. Extenuating circumstances include illness, death in immediate family, military service, or other severe circumstances, which do not allow an applicant to meet continuing education requirements. The applicant may request a one-time extension approved by the board and must pay an additional $300.00 fee. The board will review each request on a case-by-case basis.

New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-4610
(505) 476-4633 Fax
counselingboard@state.nm.us

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in General

 

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South Carolina Counselors/MFTs License Renewal Requirements

South Carolina-licensed Counselors and MFTs license renewal deadline: August 31, 2011.

South Carolina-licensed Counselors and MFTs license renewal deadline: August 31, 2011.

South Carolina-licensed Counselors and MFTs are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education during each two-year licensure period. Licenses must be renewed by August 31, 2011.

  • 25 hours must be “formal” and involve face-to-face instruction.
  • The remaining 15 hours may be “informal.”

Professional Development Resources is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and by the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (Provider #193) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590).

South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in General

 

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