Some experts are predicting an emergent mental health crisis as a result of the pandemic. Our profession as a necessary public service is now more important than ever.
Life has transformed seemingly overnight for all of us, in almost every domain. Some of us have been able to continue treating clients virtually from home. Some of us are doing telesessions while caring for/educating children. And some of us have been furloughed from agency work or have had to shut down private practice entirely. Life has slowed down for most of us, but without the ability to relax like we deserve. You may be working less, but you still have a license and CEU hours to maintain. Those seminars you’ve scheduled out the rest of the year to acquire your continuing education credits have likely been canceled. And you might even have incurred costs responding to these cancellations. We wanted to step in to help take the pressure off our much needed helpers who sacrifice so much, even in the best of times…
We Offered $100 to Spend on CE Credits Online
We reached out to licensed providers in KS, MO, OH, RI, WY, WI, and WV to offer them $100 to spend on CEU credits from any course in our CE library and the response was really positive. Here are some really cool things that happened with the recent outreach campaign:
Ohio clinicians have already started submitting their Online CE Credits completely free CEU’s to their joint CSWMFT board for renewal without issue
Feedback was positive: “Your company’s $100 give-away was timely, especially when I’m stuck inside, long on time, and even shorter on cash!”
Some who snagged our $100 coupon also spotted our free ethics ceu in the CE library and another $100 offer not-so-buried on the home page
**See all upcoming CEU courses at the top of our homepage here or check out our CE library to browse existing courses**
Advanced EMDR Skills for Complex Trauma
Intensive Trauma Treatment Workshop: EMDR, CBT, and Somatic-Based Interventions for Trauma and Complex Trauma
Early Trauma, Attachment, and Repair
Treating Trauma Using Somatic Experiencing
Neuroscience-Based Trauma Treatment: Ethical Considerations for Integrating Somatic, Sensorimotor, and Attachment-based Approaches
The Basics of BFRBs: Diagnosis and Treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
EMDR for Anxiety: Basic EMDR Skills and Anxiety Modifications
Creative Techniques for Clinical Supervision
Don’t Worry, We’ve Extended Our $100 Promotion!!
We know you’ll be inside a bit longer and times continue to get harder, so we’ve extended this “tryfree” coupon code to run through May 8th, 2020. Just navigate to our CE library, choose your CEU course, click ‘Access Course.’ Then click ‘Get CE Credit Now.’ When the order window pops up, enter your details and click “Have a coupon?” at the top. Enter code “tryfree” and click ‘Apply’ to zero out your balance – no billing detail entry required.
So you, a psychologist, counselor, or other clinical mental health provider, have enrolled in an online continuing education course. Below are some suggestions as to what you should do next.
Be sure you understand that online continuing education credits require as much attention as one taken in a brick-and-mortar setting.
True, you are not sitting in a classroom, complete with other students, an instructor and a blackboard, but your online course will be no less demanding.
Be sure to ask your school or CE credit provider about the technologies required for the course.
You will probably need: a fairly new computer (not more than 2-3 years old, the right operating system (at least XP), suitable software (minimally a good office suite, maybe Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Java – these last two, updated versions), updated anti-virus software, a secure browser, Internet access (high-speed is a must, preferably with secure WI-FI and a VPN if working in a public space), accessories (e.g., earbuds, flash drive, or web cam), a video card and monitor with good resolution, a sound card with speakers, a printer and a personal email account. Be sure to back up your materials to reliable storage (e.g. a memory stick, an external disk, or a second computer), and print out a hard copy of your work so that if you lose your electronic version, you can create another copy – a good online CE provider will digitally host your certificates and learning materials for your 24/7 access. Having a laptop is a good idea if you wish to be mobile. If you feel that you are going to require technical support, find out where to get it (usually via the contact us page); if you’re worried about what to do if your computer freezes or locks up, IT assistance should only be a message away. Your CE provider should also have IT assistance available for technical issues with course functionality.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the tools and websites involved in the CEU courses.
In order to avoid any potential problems navigating your course, be certain your instructions are clear for setting up the online account, downloading or accessing materials, and installing the software and/or apps required for taking the course. A good online CE provider’s learning platform should be intuitive and user-friendly for a seamless learning experience.
Create a study space.
Set aside a room, or segment of a room (e.g., at home, in an office, library or a coffee shop) that will provide the peace and quiet required for studying and taking exams.
Limit TV viewing and web surfing, temporarily deactivate Facebook and Twitter, turn off your cell phone.
Be sure to read the syllabus or course description and decide on timelines for completing assignments and preparing for quizzes/post-tests. Allocate consistent segments of time per week to coursework and stick to it. Use a study calendar and save it online or on a mobile device, and create weekly to-do lists.
The sooner you begin working on an assignment or preparing for a quiz/post-test, the greater the likelihood that you will do well.
Just as with a brick-and-mortar class, taking notes can help you to remember the information required for preparing for quizzes/post-tests, so preserve them all in one place via a regular Word document and click on the “Ctrl” & “F” key to find them.
Attend to one matter at a time, be it the course material or a quiz/post-test. Focus on the most important and demanding tasks.
Login to your CEU courses daily.
Although CE’s for your licensure renewal may not be due for a bit, it’s a good idea to check your student dashboard (a good online CE provider will have one for you) regularly to remind yourself of any impending work to be done or simply to see if anything new has been added to your course materials.
Join a CE credits study group.
This is an excellent way to prepare for a quiz or to simply make sense of confusing material.
Periodically quiz yourself.
Use flashcards, or formulate possible test questions as a study aid. If your CE provider gives you access to digital materials, you might even use the quiz/post-test itself as a study guide if you’re allowed to take your quiz/post-test more than once.
Remember why you are taking the CEU course.
Always bear in mind why doing well in the course is important – it can help you enhance your skills, get a better job, get credentialed, learn evidence-based techniques for practice, or simply teach you more about something you’re interested in.
Taking online continuing education courses in psychology or counseling is advantageous for a multitude of reasons. These online courses will often help you meet licensure deadlines, and most licensing boards will accept several of your required CE credits from online/home study courses. For individuals looking to earn CE credits, these online courses can help you stay current on the latest findings in mental health practice while efficiently earning credit to fulfill licensure renewal duties. Additionally, the course certificates are digitally signed and provided immediately upon course completion with no waiting required. This means you can present this to your board for approval as soon as your coursework is completed.
What are CEUs (Continuing Education Units)?
Continuing Education Units are awarded by many education and training programs to signify successful completion of non-credit programs and courses intended to improve the knowledge and skills of working adults. Among the most common uses of CEU’s revolve around professional workers undergoing what is called continuing professional education (CPE).
Professional Requirements for CEU Credits
Certain professions require practitioners to earn a specific number of continuing education credits per year to ensure that they are up-to-date with the most current practices in their field. Obtaining proof of credits from an accredited program or provider is necessary in order to renew a license to practice, although the number of credits required varies by industry and state.
Benefits of Online CEU Psychology Courses
1.) Advance your Mental Health Career
Online CE Credits provides APA-approved online continuing education for clinical psychologists, counselors, therapists, social workers, and anyone who performs mental health services. Whether you’re just starting your career in counseling or psychotherapy or you’re a senior professional in your field, pursuing CE credits is both a requirement to maintain your professional license and an excellent opportunity to further your career in whichever area of mental health you practice..
2.) Learn From Dedicated Mental Health Specialists
You’ll find many benefits when looking into online courses, one of which is access to a large pool of well known trainers in your area of practice. Oftentimes, you’ll learn from some of the top scholars, psychologists, and practicing clinicians in the industry, which may not be the case with live CE events offered in your geographic area of practice. Similarly, traveling to attend live events hosted by premiere trainers may come with a much higher price tag and the opportunity cost of missed billable hours for clinicians in private practice. With online courses, you’ll be treated to fast and personal customer service with most inquiries answered same-day. You also have access to a wider breadth of material at your fingertips with new courses added frequently.
3.) Go to School Without Re-Organizing Your Schedule
One of the most practical advantages of taking online continuing education courses around counseling, psychotherapy, and psychology is that you don’t have to sacrifice billable hours or reorganize your work day to attend training. You can take the online course anywhere and at your own pace. In the majority of these courses, you’ll be assigned a particular reading or need to watch a video of a lecture which can be done whenever your schedule allows. Many courses also come with downloadable handouts, worksheets, and slides included within the price of enrollment. With online CE courses, the only course due date you have is your state licensing board’s due date for licensure renewal, typically every year or every two years. The risk you run with attending in-person CE courses is that you must attend the event at a certain time and place, which introduces the possibility of having to cancel without a refund for sickness or an unpredictable life emergency.
4.) Learn More Within Your Industry
Another benefit of taking online courses in clinical mental health is that you’ll end up with a wealth of knowledge about your field which will aid you in better serving your clients and the community. Learning from the industry’s leading experts will keep you up to date on the best evidence-based approaches to mental health treatment. Earning continuing education credits from a well known and respected university or accredited CE provider will ensure your completed course certificates are accepted by your state board for credit. Be sure that you do all the necessary research on the institution or provider from which you’d like to take online courses before making your choice.
5.) Cheaper and More Convenient
Most live CE seminars run in the upper hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, just for registration. Oftentimes, they also require time away from clients, missed billable hours, and travel to the workshop location. With online CE courses, you can access a multitude of courses on different topics from your laptop, at your own pace. Most respectable online CE courses run about $10-$12 per CE for basic written courses and $15-$20 per CE credit for premium courses with a video lecture with included handouts or worksheets. Some of these video courses may also be offered in webinar format with the chance to ask questions of the instructor.
Would you prefer to smooth out the cost of your continuing education courses over the course of the year? Some online CE providers also offer monthly flat-fee membership programs for unlimited access to their CE course library – a slam dunk choice for clinicians who prefer the online format for the bulk of their credits required over the licensure period. The key is to find an online CE provider that publishes fresh course content on a continual basis that is relevant to your area of practice.
Important and Relevant Course Topics
For mental health workers seeking continuing education courses that will aid them in performing therapy in a clinical setting, it’s important to keep on top of the latest evidence-based therapy techniques in your area of practice. Whether you’re treating depression, performing suicide assessments for your clients, or assisting clients with healing from trauma or grief, many courses available from online mental health CE platforms bring you tools to provide your clients lasting relief from symptoms as well as strategies to address future mental health challenges. State licensing boards may also require a certain number of credits be earned within a certain category or topic. Some topics may include:
Diagnosis and Treatment: Courses relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Supervision: Courses dedicated to teaching clinicians how to be ethical, effective, and reliable supervisors to provisionally licensed clinicians or those simply seeking supervision around complicated cases.
Ethics: Courses to help mental health clinicians maintain an ethical approach to practice, especially when handling complicated scenarios related to client confidentiality and boundaries around the client-therapist relationship.
Suicide Prevention: Courses designed to educate mental health professionals around client suicidality and the importance of accurately assessing for it as part of an effective treatment plan.
So Is Online CE Credits Right For You?
The number one reason most people choose to work toward furthering their careers online is because they know it’s absolutely critical to adequately invest the necessary time and effort into continuing education in order to fully progress and successfully compete in a given career field. Even if you’re working a full time job, being a parent, or just trying to juggle what unexpected situations life throws at you each week, working on maintaining and furthering your license and practice can all be done on your schedule. If you’ve been thinking about expanding on what you’ve started or starting fresh with a new set of skills, online continuing education in psychology and counseling is great pavement to help you exercise the important value of continuous learning. Get started by browsing our CE offerings today!
In her article, “How Mental Health Professionals can be Competitive in the Industry” (which can be found on the Institute of Psychological Studies’ website) Marilyn G. Gerson, PhD, reminds us that learning must continue after mental health professionals have completed their academic training and complied with licensing requirements, and that such continuing education is crucial if clinicians are to remain abreast of advancements in knowledge, and changes in policies, procedures and best practices.
Gerson adds that one should also remember that the specific requirements regarding continuing education for mental health professionals – the number of credit hours and topics required, and the formats allowed and licensure renewal schedules – vary by both state and license.
CE Credit Requirements in California
Citing California as an example, she informs us that the state currently requires that licensed psychologists undergo 36 hours of approved continuing education (CE) every 2 years and that they keep up-to-date regarding the ethics and laws pertaining to the field. They can take the bulk of these hours online, which makes reasonably priced and convenient resources readily available. Those courses provided by institutions for mental health practitioners that have received approval from the American Psychological Association will be recognized by state licensing boards, agencies, professional associations, and private institutions, both in the U.S. and around the globe.
Gerson’s conclusion: the work of mental health professionals is demanding, and requires continuing education (mostly available online) to develop the skills needed for success in an evolving professional landscape.
What Else you Should Know About CEU Credits
We at onlinecredits.com would like to add that similar guidelines apply across state licensing boards for masters-level counselors, therapists, and social workers. In addition, some states have a single board charged with regulating both masters-level and doctoral-level providers employing the same sets of rules and guidelines, whereas other states have separate regulatory bodies that oversee masters-level and doctoral-level providers, respectively. Almost all state licensure boards recognize CE credits sponsored at the APA level, so a CE provider with APA sponsorship is ideal for all mental health professionals pursuing online CE credits, regardless of the state of practice.
A final thought on continuing education for mental health professionals:
Many licensing boards also require continuing education credits on certain topics, such as diagnosis and treatment and suicide prevention, and/or supervision. Onlinecredits.com helps clinicians satisfy these requirements, which is not always easy to do, as CE events on these topics can be hard to find. In addition, a common complaint expressed by clinicians regarding CE courses is that they are tedious, painfully boring, and/or not particularly helpful or relevant. We are committed to providing cutting-edge, practical, and inspiring courses that clinicians can really benefit from.