Continuing Education Requirements for Virginia Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

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Virginia Mental Health Counselors and MFT’s CE Requirements and Licensure Information

Virginia-licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists have an annual license renewal with a June 30th deadline.
Twenty (20) continuing education hours are required to renew a license, and there are no limits on home study if APA, NBCC, or NAADAC approved.

Two hours of ethics, standards of practice, or laws governing behavioral science professions in Virginia are required at each renewal.

Information obtained from the Virginia Board of Counseling on May 5, 2015.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC Provider #5590); by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Continuing Education Courses for Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists:


Improving Communication with Your Young Clients is a 3-hour online continuing education course by Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP. Healthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective communication techniques and respectful conversational skills. Clinicians and other professionals who work with children and their families can benefit from adding to their repertoire by learning communication techniques that improve the quality of these relationships. The correct use of language can increase your young clients’ self-esteem, motivate children to learn, engage their willing cooperation, defuse power struggles, and teach conflict resolution skills. With this information, you will also be better prepared to manage difficult conversations. The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical communication and conversational skills to use in the classroom and in one-on-one situations with young clients and their families. Click Here to Learn More…

Animal Assisted Therapy is a 2-hour online CE course by Lois Jean Brady, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS. In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) the human-animal bond is utilized to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage in verbal therapies. AAT is considered an emerging therapy at this time, and more research is needed to determine the effects and confirm the benefits. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of research and case studies that illustrate the considerable therapeutic potential of using animals in therapy. AAT has been associated with improving outcomes in four areas: autism-spectrum symptoms, medical difficulties, behavioral challenges, and emotional well-being. This course is designed to provide therapists, educators, and caregivers with the information and techniques needed to begin using the human-animal bond successfully to meet individual therapeutic goals. This presentation will focus exclusively on Animal Assisted Therapy and will not include information on other similar or related therapy. Click Here to Learn More…

Helping Your Young Client Persevere in the Face of Learning Differences is a 3-hour online video CE course by Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP. Clinicians and teachers working with students struggling at grade level are committed to raising their students’ achievement potential by creating opportunities to learn. In order to accomplish this, they need to learn new techniques that can help encourage discouraged students – particularly those who have different ways of learning – by supporting and motivating them without enabling self-defeating habits. This course will provide strategies and techniques for helping students minimize the patterns of “learned helplessness” they have adopted, appreciate and maximize their strengths, develop a growth mindset, value effort and persistence over success, view mistakes as opportunities to learn, and develop a love of learning that will help them take personal responsibility for their school work. The course video is split into 3 parts for your convenience. Click Here to Learn More…