How can I obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the 2021 CCEF National Conference?
This process is not as difficult as you may think! And we are here to help!
Each State Board is different in its requirements, each State has various State Boards (LPC, LSW, LMHC, etc.), and many State Boards are going to an audit system that requires you to provide proof of CEU credits only if you are asked for them. Therefore, CCEF has found it more helpful to provide attendees with the materials they need to apply on their own for CEU credits (or have proof in an audit situation). Most of the attendees we have helped with CEU credits in the past have been able to claim the National Conference hours toward their CEU requirements. We want to help you with that too!
A.) If you need CEUs for your professional license, you should first contact your Board of Licensure and answer 4 questions:
- What is the deadline to submit an application for CEUs with my State Board? Some State Boards require applications to be submitted before the Conference begins.
- What material does my Board need to process my application? In year’s past, we made available upon request a National Conference Description, which is a several page document listing out the a) title and description of each session, b) speaker’s name and qualifications, and c) the time schedule for each session. Your Board may require this information for a CEU application, or it may not. If you do need a National Conference Description, or if there is some other document we can try to help you obtain, please reach out to our CEU Administrator, Kellie Sironi, at [email protected].
- Will my Board recognize CCEF as a CEU provider? You must determine if it will approve CCEF as a provider of that content. We have worked with many of you through the years to determine if your State will accept CCEF content. The list below contains information we have complied. If you do not see your State listed below, you can talk to your Board to determine what it needs to recognize CCEF or you can reach out to our CEU Administrator for help [email protected].
- And, for those who “attend” through live-stream: Will my Board approve CEUs for my participation in the National Conference via live stream or recorded content if I am not in person at the Conference? Each Board is different. Some give CEUs for any type of conference material offered; some require the event to be live through streaming or a webinar format.
B.) Now that you know what your Board allows and what they need, please make sure you are registered for the Conference. Then either obtain a 2021 Certificate of Attendance from the CEU Table at the Conference or print the one attached hereto, and use it to document your participation in each session. You will write in the number of minutes of each session that you watched. If you had to leave early, halfway through for example, you will only mark half of the allowed minutes. (Please note the Certificate has two columns for tracking hours, but you should only use one column. One column is for you to track minutes if your State uses a 50-minute hour; the other column allows you to track minutes for use with States operating on a 60-minute hour). Please only fill out one column based on the standards of your State.
C.) Once you have completed your 2021 Certificate of Attendance please have our CEU Administrator sign it in person at the Conference or via e-mail at [email protected]. If you chose to e-mail, we will review the Certificates, print, sign and scan them back to you. If you have any special deadline or if an actual signature (not a scanned one) is required, please make sure to let us know. Otherwise, you can expect to receive back your Certificate of Attendance within 2 weeks of us receiving it.
Not too hard, right?! We will be on site at the Conference to help you with any questions you may have!
State CEU Information
This webpage has been used to update licensees on various State Board approvals or denials as they are received, or to provide information for those State Boards that do not allow an application for credit to come from someone other than the license holder himself/herself. The term “Board” is used to pertain to a Board of Counseling unless otherwise indicated. For other Boards (Social Work, Licensed Addictions, etc.) the attendee should contact their specific board to determine the requirements of obtaining credit.
LPCs: Alabama does not pre-approve CEU credits and requires that continuing education units be offered for events provided by one of its approved providers. One of the listed approved providers is “any peer state counseling licensure board/department.” Attendees should review the materials available and contact the Board to determine if the standard is met for peer state counseling licensure board/department. http://abec.alabama.gov/PDFs/2019/CEPolicy2019.pdf
Social Workers: For your use, the Alabama Social Work board approved the Conference for 22 possible CE hours in 2019. No application was made in 2020 or 2021.
CCEF is not an approved provider of CEUs through the Board of Behavioral Health if CCEF applies as an organization. Attendees should check with the Board to see if they can apply for CEU credit on an individual basis.
Colorado does not appear to allow CCEF to become a pre-approved provider of CEUs for the conference. Attendees from CO should check with the State Board on how to apply for credit as an attendee of the conference.
The Bureau of Professional Licensure does not pre-approve continuing education providers, sponsors or individual programs. It is the licensees’ responsibility to determine if the continuing education programs they attend meet the requirements of their professional licensure board. For questions visit: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/
Potential sponsors are responsible for independently determining if the programs they provide conform to the continuing education requirements set forth in the rules regulations of the professional boards.
To make this determination, thoroughly review the rules for the board(s) in which you are interested prior to offering continuing education to Iowa licensees. By providing inclusive information about the content, objectives and applicability of your program to professional practice, you will assist licensees to make informed decisions when selecting continuing education.
A percent of licensees in every profession regulated by the Bureau of Professional Licensure are randomly audited following each license renewal cycle. For auditing purposes the licensee must submit to the board office an individual certificate of completion issued to the licensee or evidence of successful completion of the course from the course sponsor. These documents must contain the course title, date(s), contact hours, sponsor and licensee's name. In some instances, licensees will be requested to provide to the board additional information to assure compliance with continuing education requirements, including program content, objectives, presenters, location and schedule. For this reason, sponsors should provide these items to licensees in writing. Many times an inclusive brochure meets this requirement.
CCEF is not an Illinois approved sponsor but CCEF has learned that IL may accept an attendee’s application for credit for attending the National Conference if approved in other States. Attendees should review the materials listed in this document and then contact the Board to determine if approval standards are met. The application form can be obtained from the Board (try this link as well: https://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/forms/f1797pcc.pdf) and would require the following to be obtained from CCEF at [email protected]::
- An outline of the content of the program/main sessions & workshops
- A schedule of the program/main session & workshops
- A brief bio or vitae of each speaker
- A copy of the certificate of attendance
In 2019, the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors approved the National Conference for 25.5 hours. This approval was only good for 2019 but may give an indication on how Kentucky will respond to an application in 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsay Sipple, Boards and Commissions Support Specialist at [email protected].
The National Conference is not preapproved for CE credit. However, the Board of PCs and MFTs may still approve the content of the conference for CE credit if, upon an audit, the Board determines the conference meets its criteria. Attendees should determine if the National Conference meets the criteria and maintain the documentation in their individual files in the event of an audit.
MICHIGAN (Board of Social Work):
The Board has previously represented that if the Conference is approved by another State’s Board of Social Work it will be approved by MI. Attendees wanting credit from MI Board of SW should contact that Board directly to verify this information. Attendees should review the materials in this document to determine if the standards are met.
Attendees must apply on their own to his or her Board. Please contact us for materials you may need for the application.
Attendees must apply on their own to his or her Board. Please contact us for materials you may need for the application.
The National Conference is not pre-approved for CE credit. Attendees should contact the Board to determine availability of credit.
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (“NCBLCMHC”) has regulations regarding continuing education, which can be found here: https://www.ncblcmhc.org/Assets/LawsAndCodes/NCBLCMHC_Administrative_Rules(NCACTitle21Chapter53).pdf
The CEU Administrator for CCEF is attempting to gather more specific information from the NCBLCMHC regarding approval for the National Conference.
Attendees must apply on their own. Individual applicants must apply to the State before the conference starts. For materials that may be necessary for application, contact [email protected] and for questions, visit: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/
Texas no longer provides any CEU provider, including CCEF, with a pre-approval number (as they have in the past). Thus, applicants must determine if the session meet the TX requirements (see those Requirements below) and apply on your own.
To be acceptable for the purposes of license renewal or satisfaction of disciplinary stipulations, the education must be received from a continuing education provider that:
(1) ensures the education provided is related to the practice of professional counseling;
(2) ensures the individual(s) presenting the information have the necessary experience and knowledge in the topic(s) presented;
(3) verifies attendance of participants and provides participants with a letter or certificate of attendance displaying the licensee's name, topic covered, date course was taken, and hours of credit earned; and
(4) provides participants a mechanism for evaluation of each continuing education activity.
The board will not give continuing education credit to a licensee for:
(1) education incidental to the regular professional activities of a counselor such as learning occurring from experience or research;
(2) organizational activity such as serving on committees or councils or as an officer in a professional organization;
(3) meetings and activities not related to the practice of professional counseling that are required as a part of one's job;
(4) teaching or consultation that is part of one's employment; and
(5) an experience that does not fit the types of acceptable continuing education in §681.142 of this title (relating to Acceptable Continuing Education).
The Board does not pre-approve CE programs. Individual applicants must use his or her professional judgment to determine whether or not programs are applicable and meet the requirements of the Board. For application materials, contact us. For questions visit http://health.state.tn.us/boards/PC_MFT&CPT/
CCEF is not affiliated with an organization approved by VA Board of Counselors. To get credit for the conference each VA attendee must individually determine if the conference meets “the requirements of the regulations” 18VAC115-20-106, which states:
- Continuing competency activities must focus on increasing knowledge or skills in one or more of the following areas:
- Ethics, standards of practice or laws governing behavioral science professions;
- Counseling theory;
- Human growth and development;
- Social and cultural foundations;
- The helping relationship;
- Group dynamics, processing and counseling;
- Lifestyle and career development;
- Appraisal of individuals;
- Research and evaluation;
- Professional orientation;
- Clinical supervision;
- Marriage and family therapy; or
The Department does not pre-approve continuing education programs. If the courses satisfy the requirements of Administrative Code Chapter MPSW 14, they will be accepted toward a professional counselor’s CE renewal requirements. For questions visit: http://dsps.wi.gov/