Our goal as an educational institution is provide trainings that increase your knowledge and confidence and broaden your horizons and capabilities as a healthcare provider. Continuing education is available live and in home study formats.
We offer single-session trainings and multisession thematic tracks on such specialties as trauma, expressive therapies, children, diversity, as well as tracks leading to basic and advanced certifications in clinical supervision.
MaMHCA’s continuing education workshops are specifically designed to meet the needs of LMHCs in Massachusetts at all levels in their career and are preapproved by MaMHCA/MCEAP for LMHC License renewal as the designated CE approval entity for the LMHC licensing board.
Since March 2020, ALL MaMHCA CE workshops have been Live, Remote via Zoom.
Starting in the Spring of 2023, some workshops are now in-person, in Foxboro. Please check the workshop description carefully on the continuing education calendar.
Additionally, we offer multiple tracks each year focusing on a specific subject, typically during our Summer Institute. Examples of tracks include:
PROPOSE A WORKSHOP FOR MAMHCA'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
MaMHCA invites licensed behavioral health providers to submit a proposal for consideration for a 3 hour clinically focused or 4 hour supervision focused workshop.
MaMHCA is seeking new faculty to teach workshops for the in the following areas:
Child Mental Health Issues and Care, Cultural, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health Counseling, LBGTQI+, Senior/Geriatric Mental Health Issues
Suggest a Workshop by completing the following Workshop Proposal Form MaMHCA Workshop Proposal Form 2023
All presenters are compensated at competitive rates.
MaMHCA/MCEAP has created Guidelines for LMHCs regarding appropriate Continuing Education for LMHCs. These guidelines have been approved by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions.
Most CE Providers in Massachusetts have their CE offerings pre-approved by MaMHCA. This will appear on their marketing materials and CE Certificates. The Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA) is the designated entity of the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions to approve providers of Continuing Education (CE) activities for Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
You can download a PDF of the LMHC Guidelines here.
When an LMHC attends a CE event that has not been previously approved by MaMHCA, NBCC, ACA or AMHCA, as required by the Allied Board of Mental Health and Human Service Professions, approval may be obtained retroactively by meeting the criteria for approval outlined in the MaMHCA LMHC Consumer Guidelines and the CMR 262 Regulations for LMHCs). With Retroactive Approval, the CEs can be applied to the CE requirement to renew a license.
The CE requirements for license renewal, including prorating (i.e., the Guidelines).
The license renews December 31 of odd years (biennial cycle). For example, the cycle as of this writing are 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023.
These are also called the prorated license CE requirements. To answer this question, you need to know when in the current two-year cycle you received your license.
That date is based on when you received the confirmatory email from the board, not when the license came in the mail:
Jan 1-June 30, even year -> 22.5 CEU
July 1-Dec 1, even year -> 15 CEU
Jan 1-June 30, odd year -> 7.5 CEU
July 1-Dec 1, odd year -> 0 CEU
At the very least, the training must be clinically relevant.
MaMHCA or NBCC.
The categories used in previous renewal cycles are no longer used to distinguish different educational content.
No, you cannot save up or roll over continuing education from a previous cycle.
Fill out this form; send us your certificate of completion (e.g., degree, certificate that shows the name and contact information of the educational organization); and send the payment as mandated by the form.
No. Only providers can get preapproval. Everyone else must do it retroactively.
When considering whether to submit a request for retroactive authorization, please note that the material must have a clinical application to the material. It must focus on teaching or implementing the techniques with clients. If it’s not specifically for use by a therapist in a clinical settings for the purpose of treatment, it will not be accepted for authorization.
Most trainings these days provide a certificate as either a printout or PDF. We strongly recommend you scan in any printouts immediately and keep two copies (either physical and electronic, or two electronic, one on a disk, one in the cloud) on hand for all trainings in the last 10 years.
If your training requires that you fill out an evaluation in order to receive the certification, do so immediately, as there are sometimes time limits to when a program will deliver a certification after the fact.
The Licensing Board randomly audits licensed professionals. If you are audited, the Board will request immediate proof of compliance (i.e., copies of your certificates). They can audit up to two prior cycles (that’s up to six years ago).
Your license can be suspended if you fall out of compliance, and even following suspension, there is will be a mark that is permanently and irrevocably noted on your license. Don’t do it.
One of our home study options is to pick a preapproved book from a list and write a test for it. If you get one of these books from your local library and submit a test following some relatively straightforward guidelines, you can receive up to 10 CEU for free. Learn more about this program.
No, but your supervisee can.
Yes, up to 7.5 per renewal cycle.