Continuing education is an integral part of professional practice. There are many ways you can earn continuing education credit. Any of the following activities will qualify for continuing education clock hours to recertify your board certification, as long as the activity relates to an approved content area.
For any continuing education activity, you must have proper documentation, as described below, in order to claim credit. You can use the NBCC continuing education credit verification form for activities that do not provide a certificate of completion.
All courses must be graduate level. Courses may be audited. A transcript, grade report or verification form is required for documentation.
1 semester hour = 15 clock hours
1 quarter hour = 10 clock hours
NBCC ACEP approval is not required; however, the courses must meet NBCC guidelines for continuing education. A certificate, verification form or letter verifying attendance is required for documentation. The documentation must include your name, date attended, hours completed, program title and signature of presenter/provider.
Any amount of your continuing education clock hours can come from home study programs, including online activities. The same standards for selecting live programs apply to selecting home study programs. That is, they do not have to be NBCC ACEP approved, but they must meet NBCC guidelines for continuing education. A certificate, verification form or letter verifying attendance is required for documentation. The documentation must include your name, date attended, hours completed, program title and signature of presenter/provider.
List the dates for which credit was granted by your college or university for work done toward the completion of your dissertation. List the title of your dissertation and the name of your college or university. A transcript, grade report or verification form is required for documentation.
Continuing education clock hours can only be granted for formal consultation/supervision with a clinical focus received on a regular basis. Credit cannot be granted for supervision you provide to others. List the start and end dates and the site where you received supervision, as well as the name and credentials of your supervisor. A signed letter from your supervisor is required for documentation. Supervision for academic credit should be listed under coursework. A maximum of 25 contact hours can be granted in a certification cycle for supervision taken for academic credit. This supervision must appear on your transcript or grade report.
To qualify for continuing education credit, you must hold a leadership position for a minimum of one year and be within your current certification cycle. The position must be in a state or national counseling organization or state counseling licensure/certification board and must be unpaid. List the position, the start and end dates, and the name of the organization. A signed letter from the organization with the dates and type of service is the required documentation.
Volunteer hours may be earned from a national, state, or humanitarian organization. The mission of the organization must fit into an approved content area. A certificate, verification form, or letter verifying attendance and a written statement explaining how the activity assists in your direct service to clients is required for documentation. The documentation must include your name, date attended, hours completed, title of the activity, and signature of a presenter/provider. Activities are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Clock hours earned for activities on topic areas that do not fit within NBCC’s nine counseling topic areas may be considered if the activity helps in your direct service to clients. A certificate, verification form, or letter verifying attendance and a written statement explaining how the activity assists in your direct service to clients is required for documentation. Programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.
A passing score on the NCE or NCMHCE may be used in lieu of the required continuing education hours in the recertification and reinstatement processes.
Remember to check the calendar of events for upcoming NBCC-approved continuing education events in your state.
It is not required that your continuing education clock hours come from NBCC Approved Continuing Education Providers; however, your activities must fall within at least one of these approved content areas.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an advanced understanding of the counseling processes.>
Foundational and well-established counseling theories, principles and techniques and their application in mental health settings; diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders; wellness and prevention within counseling and treatment; crisis intervention techniques for counselors to use in response to disaster or other rapid-onset trauma-causing events, including psychological first aid strategies; psychophysiological awareness and mindfulness in the counseling process; distance counseling; and biofeedback used in a mental health setting.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an advanced understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at developmental levels and are relevant to professional counselors and the counseling profession.
Foundational and well-established theories, including personality theory, life span theory, learning theory and human development theory; end-of-life issues within the scope of practice of mental health professionals; and information related to developmental crises, disabilities, and situational, transitional and environmental factors that affect behavior.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an understanding of the issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society that impact professional counselors and the counseling profession.
Multicultural competency as a professional counselor; societal subgroups; societal changes and trends; mores and interaction patterns; major societal concerns; social justice; and cross-cultural effects, such as acculturation, assimilation and multicultural and pluralistic trends.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an advanced understanding of therapeutic group development, dynamics and counseling theories and group counseling methods and skills.
Group counseling theories and group counseling leadership styles, developmental stages in group counseling and related principles of group dynamics, group counseling methods and skills, and group members’ roles and behaviors within a mental health setting.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an advanced understanding of career counseling, development and related life factors.
Theories, principles and techniques of counseling as applied to work and career; career counseling processes and resources, including those applicable to specific communities and populations; career/life planning and decision-making models; life-work role transitions, including outplacement and retirement counseling; career development program planning, resources and program evaluation; assessment of workplace environment for purposes of job placement; trends in job search; and career avocational, educational, occupational and labor market information, and resources and career information systems.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an advanced understanding of approaches to assessment and evaluation in counseling practice.
Diagnostic interviewing; clinical assessment and interpretation for use in treatment planning; ethical strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment and evaluation instruments; information on the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM); implementation and interpretation of standardized assessment instrument protocols; new and existing assessments; issues related to assessment development; legal issues related to counselor authority to administer and interpret tests and inventories that assess psychopathology, abilities, interests and career options; and information on basic classification, indication and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications, in order to make appropriate referrals for medication evaluations and to identify the side effects of medication.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an advanced understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and evaluation, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
Critical evaluation of research findings and its clinical implications, development of measurable outcomes for counseling interventions, foundational and well-established research design and methods, statistics in research, research report development and information on disseminating research findings, and critical evaluation of research findings.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide an understanding of various aspects of professional functioning as graduate-level counselors.
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or American Counseling Association (ACA) ethical codes and conduct standards in professional counseling and/or counseling research; ethical decision-making models directly related to counseling practice; NBCC certification, state licensure and related mental health public policy; professional counseling organizations and associations, limited to NBCC, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and ACA and its branches and divisions; roles and processes related to counselor advocacy on behalf of the profession and the client; the counselor’s role and function as a member of an interdisciplinary team; starting and maintaining a counseling practice, including business-planning, quality control, service delivery, billing and reimbursement, fee-setting, capacity-building, referrals and ethical marketing; effective and ethical utilization of social media; counselor self-assessment to address areas for ongoing professional growth; critical analysis of emerging issues in the counseling profession; clinical supervision models, practices and processes for professional counselors; the counselor’s role and function as a professional consultant; the counselor’s role and function as a forensic interviewer; legal issues in professional counseling and/or counseling research; self-care strategies and burnout prevention appropriate to the counselor role; and grant writing for counselors and counseling programs.
Continuing education programs in this content area provide psychoeducational information for counselors to enhance their ability to promote optimal wellness related to client mental health.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), community-based wellness initiatives, conflict resolution, sex education, sleep hygiene, nutrition, and anger management.
Clock hours earned for activities on topic areas that do not fit within NBCC's nine counseling topic areas may be considered if the activity helps in your direct service to clients. A certificate, verification form, or letter verifying attendance and a written statement explaining how the activity assists in your direct service to clients is required for documentation.
Programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.
NCCs have immediate access to NBCC Approved Continuing Education Providers (ACEPs) and continuing education programs via the ACEP Directory. When registering for a course offered by an ACEP, you know that the CE provider has been vetted and that their programs offering NBCC credit will meet your NCC recertification requirements.
Remember to check the calendar of events for upcoming NBCC-approved continuing education events in your state.
NBCC collaborates with Psychology Today to identify featured articles that are eligible for continuing education for NBCC’s certifications. Your board certification allows you to earn continuing education clock hours for reading featured articles and completing an assessment through i-counseling. Once completed, print out the certificate and upload it to your ProCounselor account.
"10 Signs You Know What Matters”
“The Tough-to-Treat Kid”
“From Loss to Love”
"The Stealthiest Predator"
"To Love and To Envy"
"Your Elastic Mind"
"The Most Extraordinary Amnesia"
"Where No One Hears a Cry for Help"
"The Comparison Trap"
"The High Cost of Caring"
"The Big Data Bull's-Eye"
"The Hardest Word"
"The Mad Genius Mystery"
"Down with Extremes!"
"A Doorway to Change"
"The Vlogging Cure"
"Up From Chaos"
"The Mystery of Motivation"
"When the Body Speaks"
"The Fraud Who Isn’t"
"No Known Expiration Date"
"New Reflections on Narcissism"
"Love Beyond Gender"
"Right Where You Belong"
"Breaking the Code of the Streets"
"Rewrite Your Life"
"Duet Ex Machina"
"Moment of Impact"
"It’s Not All About You!"
"How to Pick a President"
"The 10-Second Take"
"Sympathy for the Deviant"
"The Einstein of Love"
"The Drama of Deception"
"The Voice of Reason"
"The New Survivors"
"Building the Perfect Day"
"Beyond Happiness, The Upside of Feeling Down"
"Are These Rules Worth Breaking?"
"A Death by Design"
"Just Say It"
"Seeing the Light"
"Partners in Crime"
"Parents Just Don’t Understand"
"The Night Shift"
"Dreams of Glory"
"The Beat (Up) Generation"
"Meet the Supertaskers"
"Love and Power"
"The Power of No"
"The Problem with Rich Kids"
"Kings and Queens of Chaos"
"When Virtue Becomes Vice"
"Love in the Time of Autism"
"What Happy People do Differently"
"Confessions of a Sociopath"
"The Enemies of Invention"
"The Against-All-Odds Club"
"Louder Than Words"
"Living a Lie"
"The Mixed Bag Buddy"
"What's in a Face"
"The Everyday Fear Zone"
"Lessons for Living"
"From Promise to Promiscuity"
"The High Art of Handling Problem People"
"The Atheist at the Breakfast Table"
"The Perfect Amount of Stress"
"Lighten Up and Terrorized by the Tongue"
"How to Save Your Brain"
"The Boom and Bust Ego"
"The Uses and Abuses of Optimism"
"Your Backup Brain"
"Self-Sabotage : The Enemy Within"
"The Art of Influence"
"How to Spot a Narcissist"
"Sense and Sensitivity"
"To Know Or Not To Know"
"The Idea That Wouldn't Die"
"A Chic Critique"
"The American Nightmare"
"Secrets of Special Agents"
"Revenge of The Introvert"
"The New Quitter"
"Get Lucky: Five Principles for Making the Most of Lifeâ€™s Twists, turns, and Coincidences"
"Go Ahead, Obsess!"
"The Expectations Trap"
"Portrait of a Hunger Artist"
"Hypochondria: The Impossible Illness"
"Who has a Difficult Mother?"
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