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Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists and Social Workers meet your licensure requirements

Maintaining the continuing education requirements stipulated by state licensing boards and associations for certification for therapist, counselors, psychologists, and social workers is a necessary and rewarding part of being in these professions, especially if you enjoy learning.  But it can also be expensive.

We get it. That's why we have compiled a list of some of the ideas for gaining the free CE's/CEU's. Not only are there great opportunities to meet these requirements in your community, but we have found quite a few of them on the internet. 

Before you get started, keep in mind the following*...

✔ Always check with your state licensing board, accreditation organizations, and professional associations to ensure the CEU’s meet your specific requirements for your state licensure and certification. You’ll want to do this regularly, as requirements by these entities may change between your renewal periods. For example:
  • How many total hours are required? 
  • Of these, how many hours are required for ethics?  
  • Are there any stipulation related to how many CEU’s can be provided through different methods such virtually, written or correspondence CEU’s or live/in-person trainings?
✔ Consider finding trainings that meet your requirements for licensure in each state you work, as well as your CE's for continued certification for any specialized certifications you hold, and employer training expectations, so you can minimize the number of courses you need to take.  For instance, if you're a licensed social worker and a registered play therapist, find courses that y count towards both continuing education requirements.
✔ Prior to paying for a training and/or submitting it to your board for licensure renewal, check that the provider of the training has the necessary credentials and approval to meet your state or association's requirements.
✔ Find out how you receive the necessary documentation (certificate) you need to submit for proof of completion for renewal or in case you are audited in the future.  Will it be emailed to you?  Will you need to download it from a portal?  If so, does that link expire?
✔ When selecting which courses you want to take, consider prioritizing topics that you find interesting and/or may increase your knowledge and skills to support your current client population and professional goals.

FREE Mental Health Provider CEU/CE's Offered Online* 

Play Therapy Bundle

A wonderful foundation for therapists who are wanting to learn and grow in play therapy interventions.

15 Hours of CE's provided through Jen Taylor Play Therapy Services

10 Brain-Based Strategies to Help Children Handle Their Emotions: Bridging the Gap between What Experts Know and What Happens at Home & School

Featuring Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

Building a Great Marriage

Featuring Drs. John and Julie Gottman

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

The Importance of Differential Diagnosis

Featuring Margaret L. Bloom, Ph.D.

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior

Featuring Janina Fisher, PhD

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

The Problem with Diet Culture

Presented by Judith Matz, LCSW, ACSW

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

Self-Regulation Strategies for  Children with Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder

Featuring Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

FREE CE Videos on Anxiety: "Ask the Right Questions" AND "Being a Detective!"

Featuring Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, M.S.W., LCSW-C, Kimberly Morrow, LCSW

Offered by PESI

2-hours CE

Transforming the 'Living Legacy' of Trauma

Presented by Dr. Janina Fisher

Offered by PESI

1-hour CE

Ethics and Boundary Issues

Authors: Heidi Dalzell, PhD, Teresa Crowe, MSW, PhD, and Beth Russell, PhD 

Offered by CE4less

1-hour CE

Older Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness

Offered by Quantum Units Education

1-hour CE

HIPAA Security Compliance in Mental Health

Offered by Person Centered Tech

1-hour CE

Digital Ethics

Offered by TherapyNotes

1-hour CE

SBIRT for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals: How to Talk to Patients about Substance Use

Offered by SBIRT Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use

3.5-hour CE

Our Role Moving Forward: Reproductive Justice as Harm Reduction and Ethical Imperative

Podcast Presentation featuring Dr. Orisha Bowers, Dr. Jamie Marich, and Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

Offered by Clearly Clinical

1-hour CE

Providing Inclusive, Respectful Care to Your Gender Questioning, Transgender, & Nonbinary Clients 

Podcast Presentation featuring Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC

Offered by Clearly Clinical

1-hour CE

Lifting Black Voices: Therapy, Trust, and Racial Trauma

Podcast Presentation featuring La Shanda Sugg, LPC, L.J. Lumpkin, LMFT, and Dr. Tiffany Crayton, LPC

Offered by Clearly Clinical

1-hour CE

Creating an Ethical, Impactful Presence Outside the Therapy Room, from Books to Social Media to Podcasting

Podcast Presentation featuring Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, PSY

The prolific host of the Therapy for Black Girls podcast shares how to effectively and ethically expand beyond the therapy room to impact mental wellness and social justice.

Offered by Clearly Clinical

1-hour CE

Healing Invisible Wounds: Working Through Past Sexual Trauma in Relationships

Podcast Presentation featuring Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman 

Dr. Gottman shares ways to support couples working through past sexual traumas in one or both/all partners.

Offered by Clearly Clinical

1-hour CE

A Wounded Healer Heals:  Dr. Yalom on Life, Loss, and Therapy

A pre-recorded interview with Dr. Irvin Yalom

Dr. Yalom's thoughts on the role of a therapist, the intermingling of personal life and career, and perspectives on existentialism.

Offered by Clearly Clinical

1-hour CE

The Effects of Child Maltreatment on Brain Development

The information is designed to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect in children who have been exposed to chaotic or threatening environments.

Offered by Mindful Continuing Education

1-hour CE


Integrating Telehealth Interventions for Eating, Mood and Anxiety Disorders 

With Casey Tallent, PhD, Director of Collegiate & Telebehavioral Health Initiatives 

This presentation will highlight real-life lessons learned from the development and implementation of virtual services for eating disorders.

Offered by Eating Recovery Center

1 CE hour

Resilience and Self-Care Basics for Helping Professionals

Presented by Sam Himelstein, Ph.D.

Offered by Center for Adolescent Studies

1.5 hour CE

Texas Health Steps offers free CE courses for primary care providers and other health professionals. 

These courses offer updated clinical, regulatory, and best practice guidelines for a range of preventive health, oral health, mental health, and case management topics.

SMI Adviser 

An APA and SAMHSA Initiative, SMI Adviser provides clinical support for serious mental illness (SMI).

Search their online catalog for free CE’s

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Center

NCTSN provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. 

Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents (NBCC, APA, and NASW).

Centene Clinical Provider Training

National Provider Webinars are events available to any Centene provider, stakeholder, community member and/or staff. Webinars are on clinical topics appropriate for web learning and usually offer free continuing education hours.


Offers a free CEU when you sign up for their newsletter


Routinely offers free CEU courses.

Additional ideas for finding free CE's:

Beside's the free CE's/CEU's on the internet, there are also some other great ways to obtain them:  

  • Join Facebook groups related to training, your interests and industry.  There are local, national and specific niche groups.  Oftentimes, colleagues will post free CE opportunities.
  • Sign up to receive email notifications about events and opportunities from organizations in your community that offer free training at  marketing events, such as psychiatric hospitals and clinics, home health agencies, and senior living facilities.
  • Attend networking groups in your community.  If you belong to a local or regional professional organization in your state, they may offer free training opportunities as part of your membership.
  • Subscribe to email or mailing lists for CE/CEU providers.  Oftentimes, they offer promotions for free training.
  • Check with the insurance companies you are paneled with.  Many of the national commercial and government insurance providers offer free CE's/CEU's through their website.

Have more free CE/CEU resources to add to our list?  

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