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New York Mental Health Counselors Association has been approved by the New York State Education Department as a provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

 Welcome to the NYMHCA's Learning Academy!  It was developed to address the continuing education needs of New York’s LMHC’s. As of January 1, 2017, LMHC's are required by the NY State Education Department to complete 36 hours of continuing education in order to renew their licenses every 3 years.

-      One third of those 36 hours can be self-study. Self-study includes self reviewed PowerPoints and therapeutic books. 

-      Two thirds of the requirement are live in-person and live online. Live in-person and live online (webinar) includes interactions with the presenter (question and answer opportunities). 

  NYMHCA’s Learning Academy can provide you with the continuing education that you need!



Systems Theory in Action by Shelly Smith-Acuna (3 continuing education hours-$120, $90, $60)

Catalog: Lynn Acquafondata 

Self Study

ADHD: What Does Checkers Have To Do With It (2 continuing education hours-$80, $60, $40)

Catalog: Christie Weidenhamer and Child and Adolescent

Live Event 

Saturday, November 11, 2017                   11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Greater Rochester Chapter Presents: Introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)

Location: University of Rochester

Presenter: Tom Porpiglia LMHC

Continuing Education Hour: 1

Price: $40 (non-NYMHCA association member), $30 (NYMHCA association member), $20 (NYMHCA association and chapter member)


Live Event

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm  Register online:

RESOLVE Presents: Intimate Partner Violence Workshop for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals

Location: The Irondequoit Conference Center at I-Square Irondequoit, NY 14617

Presenters: Jack Brennick, MS Ed., LMHC; Peter Mavratil, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC; Kate Dunlavey, LCSW; Amy Loblaw, ATR-BC, LCAT

Continuing Education Hours: 7.5 continuing education hours 

Price: Individual $129, Group $79 

Live Event

Saturday, November 18th at 2 pm to 4 pm  RSVP to

Capital District Chapter presents: The Use of Creative Arts Therapies in Outpatient Mental Health: Non-Verbal Approaches to Recovery

Presenter: Pamela Lerman, MEd, LMHC, LCAT, BC-DMT

Continuing Education Hours: 2

Price: $80 (non-NYMHCA association member), $60 (NYMHCA association member), $40 (NYMHCA association and chapter member)

Live-Online (Webinar)

Presentation title: ADHD and What Does Checkers Have to Do With It Part 2

Date: Monday, November 27, 2017  Time: 12 pm to 1 pm  Location: Online

Presenter: Christie E. Weidenhamer MEd, LMHC, NCC, BCPC, ACS

Continuing Education Hour: 1

Price: $40 (non-NYMHCA association member), $30 (NYMHCA association member), $20 (NYMHCA association and chapter member)

RSVP to by Thursday, November 23, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Live Event

Friday, December 1, 2017 

Time: 8:45 am to 9:45 am, 10:00 am to 11:00 am, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Register with: Lynn at 585-330-1340 or  by November 29, 2017

Presentation title: Family Systems Training for Mental Health Professionals

Location: Crossbridge Office Park Brighton, NY 14618

Presenter: Lynn Acquafondata DMin, LMHC

Continuing Education Hour: 1 per hour session (up to 3 hours)

Price: $50 for 1 hour, $90 for 2 hours, $120 for 3 hours

 Live Event 

Saturday, February 3, 2018                     Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

 Presentation title: Improv for Building the Counseling Relationship

 Location: Magnet Training Center in Manhatten, NY

 Presenter: Joan Ingalls EdD, LMHC

 Continuing Education Hours: 4

RSVP to by Monday, January 29, 2018

 Price: $80 for chapter members and $100 for non-chapter members

 Up Coming Events & Continuing Education Offerings

Self-Study: The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia by Kim T. Muesser (PhD) and Susan Gingerich (MSW) (12 continuing education hours-$480, $360, $240)

Presentation title: Creating Relationship: Techniques and Methods for Relationally Based Mental Health Counseling 

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Presenter: Carol Merle-Fishman MA, CMT, LCAT, LMHC

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 How much does it cost for continuing education hours through the NYMHCA Learning Academy?

    • Continuing education hours costs $40 per contact hour if you are not a NYMHCA member. Members can receive a discount as follows:. 
      • NYMHCA members pay $30 per contact hour!
      • If you are also a member of a NYMHCA regional chapter you pay only $20 per contact hour!
    • You can receive discounts with a coupon you can use when you pay for your continuing education. If you do not use your coupon at the time of your purchase you will forfeit the discount. 
  • How do I receive my member discount coupon?
    • When you register as a learner with NYMHCA's Learning Academy, an e-mail will be sent to the system administrator who will verify your NYMHCA membership. Once your membership has been verified, you will receive the coupon code via e-mail. 
  • How do I create my profile so I can access programs now and in the future?    
    • You need to set up an account and profile in the academy but will not have to pay anything until you choose a topic of study from one of our catalogs.  When you do that you will be prompted to pay for it by credit card.  Once you have paid, you will have full access to the program and the quiz that (when passed) will generate a personalized Certificate of Completion!




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