Illinois-licensed mental health counselors have a biennial license renewal with a March 31st deadline, odd years.
Thirty (30) continuing education hours are required for license renewal.
Fifteen (15) hours of correspondence courses are allowed with posttest.
All LCPC’s must complete 18 hours of clinical supervision as a one-time requirement. National accreditation accepted: NBCC, APA, ASWB.
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Professional Development Resources is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #5590) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. Programs for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified on the Counseling page of this website. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
Continuing Education Courses for Mental Health Counselors:
Group Work: Developing and Facilitating Groups is a 1-hour online video CE course. This is a brief course that describes various models of group work and addresses the aspects of group psychotherapy with adolescents that distinguish it from individual therapy, and techniques for identifying and working with difficult behavior. How is adolescent group work different from individual work with youth? What are the advantages? The challenges? This course will address how therapists and group leaders can work with youth who are dealing with negative life experiences to address cognitive change, strength mobilization and developing effective coping techniques. Course #10-83 | 2014 | 70 minute video | 7 posttest questions
Caregiver Help Part I: Coping with Anger and Guilt is a 2-hour online video course. The emotional stress of caring for persons who are aging, chronically ill or disabled can be debilitating for family members as well as professional caregivers. This course addresses caregiver anger and guilt, and provides a three-step process that helps caregivers develop an attitude of what is described as “creative indifference” toward the people, situations and events that cause them the greatest amount of emotional stress. By gaining insights into how degenerative and progressive diseases affect the life of the caregiver, the mental health professional will be in a better position to empathize with the caregiver’s situation and provide strategies that will help them manage the stress of caring for someone whose situation will never improve. The significance of honoring and supporting caregivers’ feelings and helping them understand the importance of self-care can not only improve their physical and emotional well-being, but can also have a huge impact on the quality of care they are able to provide to their care receiver. This course includes downloadable worksheets that you can use (on a limited basis) in your clinical practice. Course #20-84 | 2014 | 15 posttest questions
Living a Better Life with Chronic Pain: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors is a 5-hour online course. Certainly no one would choose a pain-filled body over a healthy, pain-free body. Yet every day, people unwittingly choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to other less-than-desirable consequences on their health, relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they keep us from living life to the fullest—if we let them. This course is a self-instructional module that “walks” readers through the process of replacing their self-defeating chronic pain issues with healthy, positive, and productive life-style behaviors. It progresses from an analysis of the emotional aspects of living with chronic pain to specific strategies for dealing more productively with it. Through 16 guided exercises, readers will learn how to identify their self-defeating behaviors (SDBs), analyze and understand them, and then replace them with life-giving actions that lead to permanent behavioral change. Course #50-12 | 2014 | 49 pages | 35 posttest questions
Data gathered from Illinois DPR – Professional Counselors on September 22, 2014.