Gary Bloom

March 29, 2021

Continuing Education

(This is an excerpt from a book I wrote on how to have career in the mental health field. I unpublished it because it would need to be revised to stay current.)

The continuing education requirement in most states is based on two presumptions: (1) Mental health professionals need the fear of the stick to make them advance their skills. (2) Spending a few hours listening to a so-called expert or reading a book on a subject lead Mental health professionals to advance their skills. If you need state regulations as motivation to get better at your profession, then you probably chose the wrong profession. 

My state of Washington requires 36 CEs (continuing education) units every other year, 26 of which can be done online. I believe that’s representative of most states’ regulations. For psychologists, it’s 60 units every three years, all of which can be done online. 

There are numerous websites that provide continuing education at a fraction of the cost of in-person trainings. Online trainings are usually either book-based, webinars, or audio lessons. For small-unit classes, there is often online reading material created for just that class. Usually, online tests are the means of proof that you consumed (an appropriate connotation) the information. I use 

The most practical way to deal with this leave-no-counselor-left-behind nonsense is to get the ebook version used for the online class, bring up the test, and search for the answer in the ebook for each question. As far as I can tell, this is neither illegal nor unethical. May the farce be with you.