It is that time of year again. Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed and Certified Addiction Counselors need to get their continuing education for renewal. Several of these professions renew at the end of December in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. But, never fear. AllCEUs has NBCC and NAADAC approved CEUs available 24 hours a day. We will also continue offering our live interactive workshops at 7pm EST, 6pm CST on Wednesdays. Our next 3 live, interactive online workshops will be 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18. Remember it is free to attend and participate in the live webinars. You only pay if you want continuing education credits.
Over the past 5 years it seems that regulations around continuing education have gone backwards. Even as online master’s and doctoral degrees are being offered through most universities and colleges, licensure boards are actually beginning to restrict the number of self study, online CEUs. Click here to see a table summarizing the changes.
Nearly every state EXCEPT Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Wyoming limit the number of independent study, asynchronous, online CEUs. It is becoming increasingly important to check with your state board to verify acceptable continuing education activities.
The wording in the statutes is very vague in most cases. What is and is not allowed? Our belief is that the intent of the statutes was to limit self-study and online learning that did not allow real-time interaction with the instructor. Our webinars
• Have a live instructor (and occur in real time just like a traditional class)
• Provide an interactive with a monitored chat room and regular polls of students
• Require login with a username and password
• Log your IP address to verify your identity
• Have a brief quiz at the end so the participant can demonstrate mastery of the material
AllCEUs is working hard to make sure that you have affordable options. Beginning Friday September 6th, we will be offering a weekly 1 hour, online interactive CEU workshop at 2pm EST/1pm CST.
It is easy. You will:
1. Purchase the course.
2. Login to the course by 5pm EST
3. Click on the link to open the conference window
4. Choose a nickname (we suggest first name, last initial)
5. At 5pm, the course will begin.
6. When the course is over, you will be directed to the brief, 10 question quiz.
7. Once you pass the quiz you can print your certificate.
I had a wonderful question today…”My state accepts NBCC approved courses, but when I looked on the state website, you were not listed, why?” It can be confusing. States usually list providers who they have approved. These are usually local providers who do not have a need for a national approval like NBCC or NAADAC. However, most states also have a clause in their rules that automatically approve continuing education courses from providers who are approved by NBCC, NAADAC, AAMFT, NASW or a university. These automatically approved providers will generally not have a state approval number, just a national one. There are a few exceptions to this, so if you are taking a course from a provider who does not have a state approval number, make sure your state accepts their approval body (i.e. NBCC, NAADAC). In your licensure rules, it will read something like the following:
(1) For purposes of renewing or reactivating a license, credit is approved for the following:…
(e) Continuing education programs offered and approved by the following entities as long as such entities impose requirements similar to or more stringent than those imposed by the Board in subparagraphs 64B4-6.004(2)(a)1.-5., F.A.C.:
1. National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC);
2. American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT);
3. American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH);
4. National Association of Social Work (NASW);
5. American Psychological Association (APA);
6. Clinical Social Work Federation (CSWF);
7. Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB);
8. American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP);
9. American Psychiatric Association;
10. International Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors (AMFC);
11. American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB);
12. American Counseling Association (ACA);
13. American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA);
14. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); and
15. Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).
Thankfully, there are only a few states such as Ohio and California that require providers to have their particular state certification even if they have national certifications.
SAMHSA publishes a TON of resources that can be useful in clinical practice. Many of these Treatment Improvement Protocols of TIPs contain useful forms and assessment instruments in the appendices. Most are available in .pdf for download. There are three main types of publications TIPs which are detailed manuals that discuss current best practices in the field as they relate to a specific problem or population. Quick Guides–These cover the same information as TIPs, but they are the Cliff’s Notes version. They are good for a quick refresher, but, IMHO dangerous to use as a sole source of information. Finally, there are KAP KEYs. These laminated cards highlight what are thought to be the most important points of the TIP. For example, the KAP KEYs for TIP 35: Motivational Enhancement highlighted the FRAMES approach. Each of these tools has a unique place in every treatment center. Link to SAMHSA Publications
DBT is an extremely useful tool for helping people deal with seemingly overwhelming emotions. In early recovery many people experience the double whammy of not only having poor coping skills, but also of having lots of “stuff” (shame, anger, resentment, anxiety, depression) bottled up inside. DBT can help them learn that feelings in and of themselves are just feelings. You can feel them, and then choose how to act and react. Here is a very good set of books by Marsha Linehan and several other authors who can help you learn how to use DBT in your practice with patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, Anxiety and much more. Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is exceptionally useful for working with people in early stages of recovery. Since many of them have high levels of distress, and low levels of distress tolerance, it is helpful to provide them with tools to help them learn that it is okay to feel, you can survive your feelings and you do not have to act on every emotion.
Here is an awesome DBT manual for working with adolescents: https://www.box.com/shared/jbbu7c4xc7
For other similar resouces, please visit the following website: http://practicegroundprojects.wetpaint.com/page/DBT+Handouts,+Protocols+%26+Client+Learning+Activities
Well, we do not have an app for that yet, but you can take our courses on your mobile devices now.
We have added 4 more narrated powerpoints to the AllCEUs education channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation. These presentations are based in part on the wonderful books by Kathryn Zerbe: Integrated Treatment: Beyond The Body Betrayed, and Barbara McFarland: Brief Therapy with Eating Disorders. Each book presents a unique look at methods to help LPCs and addiction counselors work with persons with eating disorders.
We have had many requests to add live CEUs, so…beginning in May, we will be launching a weekly, interactive video podcast. You will be able to watch and participate in the workshop/lecture for free. CEUs will cost $3/credit.