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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

New Live-Online (Webinar)

Presentation title: What is Schizophrenia and How Can I Treat It 

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017  Time: 12 pm to 1 pm  Location: Online

Presenter: Christie E. Weidenhamer MEd, LMHC, NCC, BCPC, ACS (1 continuing education hour-$40, $30, $20)

RSVP to by Thursday, September 21, 2017 by 11:59 pm

New Live Event

Saturday, October 21st at 12 pm to 2 pm    RSVP to Carol DeMeo at 718 356 0479 or

The Staten Island Chapter presents: Positive Psychology as a Growth Promoting Tool for Counselors

Presenter: Gary Bisogna MA, LMHC, CEAP (2 continuing education hours-$80, $60, $40)

 New Live-Online (Webinar)

 Presentation title: ADHD and What Does Checkers Have to Do With It Part 1

 Date: Monday, October 30, 2017  Time: 12 pm to 1 pm  Location: Online

 Presenter: Christie E. Weidenhamer MEd, LMHC, NCC, BCPC, ACS (1 continuing education hour-$40, $30, $20)

 RSVP to by Thursday, October 26, 2017 by 11:59 pm

 New 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 (2 continuing education hours-$80, $60, $40)

New 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 (1 continuing education hour-$40, $30, $20)

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

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)

Live Event: Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: An Overview and Recommendations for Implementation Date: TBD Location: TBD Presenter: Keith Klostermann PhD, LMHC, LMFT, NCC, CFT (7 contining education hours-TBD by presenter)

Live Event & Webinar: Creating Relationship: Techniques and Methods for Relationally Based Mental Health Counseling Date: TBD Location: TBD Presenter: Carol Merle-Fishman MA, CMT, LCAT, LMHC (? continuing education hours-series or individual)

Live Event: Improv for Building the Counseling Relationship Date: TBD Location: TBD Presenter: Joan Ingalls EdD, LMHC (4 continuing education hours-$160, $120, $80)


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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