A discussion we had at one of the monthly private practice networking meetings recently was about CEU’s. As private practitioners, I know we’re always keeping an eye out for not only training in topics we’re interested in, but also those requirements. Based on my own experiences and some recommendations, here’s a quick list of places to look for free and low cost continuing education opportunities, mostly in the Phoenix metro area.
If you have any questions about the specific continuing education requirements for your license, please be sure to consult your licensing board. For substance abuse counselors, marriage and family counselors, licensed professional counselors, and social workers in Arizona, that would be the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE): http://azbbhe.us/
American Counseling Association (ACA): If you are a member, you can get one hour of continuing education per month online. http://www.counseling.org/Resources/OnlineLearning.aspx
Arizona Association for Play Therapy: They offer monthly workshops for a small fee. http://www.azapt.org/workshop.htm
Magellan Health Services (Tempe): They offer FREE training for mental health professionals and the public. I’ve been to several of these trainings over the years and know a few of the trainers. https://magellan.learn.com/learncenter.asp?id=178411&sessionid=3-B257F2A6-7FBA-4E52-956D-E7995C3FC9C9&page=4
New Directions Institute: They offer free workshops in early childhood development. http://www.newdirectionsinstitute.org/freeworkshops.htm
Sierra Tucson (Phoenix, Chandler, Tucson): They offer bi-monthly networking breakfasts in Phoenix with two hours of continuing education. They also offer networking meetings in Chandler and Tucson. There’s a small fee to attend. I haven’t personally attended any of these but have heard from colleagues it’s something to check out. http://www.sierratucson.com/upcoming_proevents.php
Southwest Human Development: They offer workshops in early childhood development. http://www.swhd.org/training_education/child_care_training/index.php
St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center (Phoenix): They offer a monthly breakfast series and one hour of continuing education. http://www.stlukesbehavioralhealth.com/seminars/
If you are licensed with the AzBBHE, there’s some other ways to earn continuing education hours that you may (or may not) be aware of. This is taken directly from the continuing education section of the renewal guidelines:
- For each renewal period, a licensee may report a maximum of 10 clock hours of continuing education from first-time presentations by the licensee that deal with current developments, skills, procedures, or treatments related to the practice of behavioral health. The licensee may claim one clock hour for each hour spent preparing, writing, and presenting information.
- For each renewal period, a licensee other than a Board or credentialing committee member may report a maximum of six clock hours of continuing education for attendance at a Board or credentialing committee meeting where the licensee does not address the Board or credentialing committee with regard to any matter on the agenda.
- For each renewal period, a licensee may report a maximum of 10 clock hours of continuing education for service as a Board or credentialing committee member.
And there’s a lot more where that came from. If you keep reading in that section, you’ll also find out you can count:
- In-service training, courses, or workshops in the behavioral health field sponsored by federal, state, or local social service agencies, public school systems, or licensed health facilities or hospitals.
- Graduate-level or undergraduate coursework in the behavioral health field offered by regionally accredited colleges or universities.
- Publishing a paper, report or book that deals with current developments, skills, procedures, or treatments related to the practice of behavioral health.
- Programs in the behavioral health field sponsored by a state superior court, adult probation department, or juvenile probation department.
For complete details, again, please consult AzBBHE’s rules and regulations: www.azbbhe.us/Forms/renrule.pdf
If you know of any other CEU opportunities, please let me know!