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Mental Health Continuing Education Options

Mental health continuing education is important. When you work in this field, you are there to help people and you can only do that with the latest information on illnesses and treatments. Depending on the state that you work, in you have specific requirements to keep your certification current. But what are some of the options available to you?

Variety is one of the biggest options available for those hoping to obtain mental health continuing education credits. This is one of the largest fields out there, so you have a lot of classes to choose from. If you are working in a general capacity with this health system, then any one of these areas will be available for you to dive into. It's a great way to keep up on most of the areas that you might come into contact with. However, if you are working in a more specialized area such as abuse, addiction, pediatrics, or elderly care, you can still find many classes that will fulfill that area. The important thing to remember is that before you take any class, double check and make sure it will fulfill your CE requirements. Some areas require that you take that specialized class.

Variety isn't the only option available to you. You also have many options on how you want to take your mental health continuing education classes. You can take e-learning classes online. These classes are self-paced and often allow you to start, pause, and complete them as you wish. If you need to stop the class in the middle so that you can meet with a patient, that's fine. You'll be able to log back in and resume the class when it is convenient to you. These classes are great if you are trying to work with a hectic schedule.

Another online option for your mental health continuing education units are webinars. Unlike the e-learning classes, you won't be able to pause and resume the class on your schedule. This is often like any other seminar that you will attend, only you can do it from the comfort of your own desk. It doesn't matter that the seminar takes place across the country, as you will be able to attend and get credit for it anyway. These types of classes are great for those who live in areas that don't have access to seminars or other traditional classes and can save you the frustration of travelling.

There is no one way to get your mental health continuing education credits. You don't have to take the same series of classes over and over; there are many areas for you to choose from. You also don't have to take your class just one way. There are e-learning classes, traditional seminars and structured classes, as well as online webinars that will allow you to be present even if the class is held states away. There are no excuses why you can't complete your requirements in order to maintain your certification.

By: Andrew Stratton