New Jersey-licensed mental health counselors have a biennial license renewal with a November 30th deadline, even years.
Forty (40) hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. There are no limits on home study if NBCC approved.
Five (5) hours of ethics and three (3) hours of social/cultural competency are required at each renewal.
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:
Ethics & Boundaries in Psychotherapy is a 3-hour online ethics course. This course gives psychotherapists the tools they need to resolve the common and not-so-common ethical and boundary issues and dilemmas that they may expect to encounter in their everyday professional practice. Among the topics discussed are definitions of boundaries; resolving conflicts between ethics and the law; boundary crossings vs. boundary violations; multiple relationships; sexual misconduct; codes of ethics of the APA, NASW, NBCC, and AAMFT; privacy and confidentiality in the age of HIPAA and the Patriot Act; ethics issues with dangerous clients; boundary issues in clinical supervision; ethics and cultural competency; technology and ethical boundaries; fees and financial relationships; termination of psychotherapy; and a 17-step model for ethical decision making. Course #30-12 | 2012 | 38 pages | 20 posttest questions
Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips V is a 2-hour online ethics course. This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: (1) Is it kosher for a psychotherapist to serve as an expert witness? (2) Weighing patient’s rights against psychologist’s rights (3) Techno breaches could cost practitioners big bucks (4) Custody cases require special training (5) Too many rules – Risk Management (6) Pay me now, pay me later (7) Business of Practice and Ethics (8) Not all nations share APA’s ethics standards (9) Student/professor dating always questionable (10) Therapists need a strong back-up plan (11) Ethics primer addresses core issues (12) Wintering south can create ethics problems (13) Confidentiality in the 21st Century – Risk Management (14) The fiduciary heart of ethics. This course is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties. Course #20-69 | 2012 | 27 pages | 15 posttest questions
Multicultural Issues in Counseling – Multiracial Psychology Training is a 3-hour test-only course. This is a test only course based on the Psychology Education and Training from Culture-Specific and Multiracial Perspectives (click link to download free public-access document) published by the American Psychological Association in 2009. Based on thorough reviews of the research literature, this 52-page document provides specific cultural information about African-American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and multiracial populations, as well as recommendations for training and practice related to each group. This course is appropriate for any mental health professional who would like to learn more about diversity and multicultural counseling. Closeout Course #30-65 | 20 posttest questions
Data gathered from the New Jersey Professional Counselors Examiners Committee on September 16, 2014.