New York Mental Health Counselors Association

                     Continuing Education Program

NYMHCA's  continuing education program was developed to provide you with the continuing education programs that you need to fulfill your LMHC license renewal process every 3 years. 

NYMHCA will offer only live, in-person programs such as workshops given during our regional chapter meetings, webinars and workshops given during our biennial conventions. Attendees will fill out and hand in a survey and receive their completion certificates!
Are you interested in becoming a presenter for CEU presentations?

Click here for info and to apply.
*** If you attend a CEU workshop presented by one of NYMHCA's 10 Regional Chapters the 
     fee schedule is as follows:

       - If you are a NYMHCA Chapter Member - $5 per CEU
       - If you are a NYMHCA member but not a chapter member - $10 per CEU
       - If you are not a NYMHCA member - $20 per CEU
       - Students, new grads and members of other professions are welcome to attend these 
         workshops. You will only pay if you require CEU's.

  - Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs), and CASACs can use these CEU workshops to 
    fulfill a portion of the continuing education requirements for the renewal of their 
Questions? Contact our Continuing Education Program Coordinator, Tom Porpiglia
CE Presentations:
Non-members are welcome to attend NYMHCA chapters' CEU workshops.  See fee schedule above!

Date: 12/04 - 12/6, 2019 and April 29-May 1, 2020 
Program Title: Clinical Meditation and Imagery Certificate Program
Program Content: 
Counselors in every setting can now feel confident that the clinical applications of meditation and imagery are supported by evidence-based data. These inner skills empower our clients in reducing anxiety, increasing self-care and awakening new creative thinking for the future. 
Presenter: Richard Schaub, PhD, LMHC & Bonney Gulino Schaub, RN, MS
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Sponsored by: Huntington Meditation & Imagery Center
Location: 2 Murray Court, Huntington, NY 11743
Meeting Time: 8 AM to 5 PM all days  
CEU's: 45
RSVP to:, 631.673.0293

Date: 01/16/2020
Program Title: Childhood Demons and the Courage to Cope: The Role of Attachment in Counseling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma 
Program Content: Childhood sexual trauma exists within the history of more clients than we dare to imagine. This workshop will explore long-term effects of unresolved complex trauma with emphasis on Attachment to unsafe caregivers which may impede the capacity to develop resiliency, affect-regulation, mentalization, and a coherent sense of self.
Presenter: Aviva Bauer, MA, LMHC
Presenter Web page:
Sponsored by: Metro Chapter
Location: Hunter College
Meeting Time: 7 - 9 PM
CEU's: 2

Date: 12/17/19
Program Title: Focusing
Program Content: Mental Health counselors and psychotherapists will learn how Focusing can be a powerful therapeutic approach for teaching stress reduction, managing emotional regulation, and attaining general well-being for a variety of populations in any number of clinical situations.
Presenter: Liz Baring, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, NCPsyA, LP
Presenter Webpage:
Sponsored by: Metro Chapter
Location: Hunter College
Meeting Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
CEU's: 2
RSVP to:Cynthia Madsen:

Date: 11/21/19
Program Title: Eating Disorders: A Preliminary Overview for Clinicians 
Program Content: This presentation will provide a preliminary overview of the etiology and diagnostic criteria for varying eating disorders, as well as a number of treatment modalities which have been effectively used to manage eating disorder symptomology. Attendees will also learn brief and engaging techniques to assess and work with clients who report or you may suspect have eating related issues. 
Presenter: Jaimie Oliver-Masiello, LMHC
Presenter Webpage:
Sponsored by: Metro Chapter
Location: Hunter College
Meeting Time: 7 to 8:30 PM
CEU's: 1.5
RSVP to:Cynthia Madsen:

Date: 12/14/19
Program Title: When The Counselor Can't Perform - How to Ethically Prepare
Program Content: Woody Allen said, "t's not that I'm not afraid to die - I just don't want to be there when it happens." As counselors, we are not invincible and this workshop will help with the need to plan for what would happen if we are injured, fall seriously ill or even die so that our clients and practice can be ethically taken care of. NOTE: CV is already on file
Presenter: Rev. Christopher L. Smith, DMin, LCAC, LMHC, LMFT
Presenter Webpage: 
Sponsored by: Staten Island NYMHCA Chapter
Location: St. John’s University, S.I. campus, 300 Howard Avenue, DaSilva Bldg, room 110
Meeting Time: 10:30 - 12:30
CEU's: 2
RSVP to: Carol Demeo

Date: 01/12/2020
Program Title: Introduction to the Psychotherapy Model, Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Program Content: Internal Family Systems (IFS), a non-pathologizing, evidence based model of psychotherapy developed by Richard Schwartz. Come learn about how IFS views and works with the concepts of "parts," "Self" and "unburdening" to offer healing to even the most long term and deeply entrenched suffering.
Presenter: Sigrid Kulkowitz, MAMFT LMFT, Certified IFS Therapist
Presenter Webpage: 
Sponsored by: Central Region Chapter
Location: Community Restaurant, Cortland, NY
Meeting Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
CEU's: 2

Date: 12/14/19
Program Title: Trauma Informed Care for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Program Content: The presentation will be focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the correlation between PTSD and Moral Injury. Also discussed will be treatment modalities and evidence based therapeutic interventions when working with individuals who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 
Presenter: Yvette Birndle-DeCancq, LMHC & Paul DeCancq, Psy D
Presenter Webpage: 
Sponsored by: Rochester Chapter
Location: U of R 
Meeting Time: 10 - noon, presentation 11-noon
CEU's: 1
RSVP to:'Lauren Giglia' <>

Date: 12/7/2019
Program Title: Trauma-Informed Treatment of Clients Struggling with Addictions
Program Content: Many clients that present for addiction or substance abuse counseling also have a history of trauma and sometimes a diagnosis of PTSD. This workshop will focus on providing background rationale for trauma-informed addiction counseling, teaching how to case-conceptualize with a trauma-informed lens, and providing interventions that can be powerful with this population.
Presenter: Cindy Zabinski, MSEd, LMHC, CRC, ACS
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Sponsored by: L.I. Chapter
Location: Long Island University - C.W. Post, Kahn Center
Meeting Time: 9:30 - 11
CEU's: 1.5
RSVP to:

Date: 2/22/2020
Program Title: The Benefits of Sand Play Therapy
Program Content: Sand play therapy is a creative therapeutic process that can help clients in a unique way. You will learn of the impact sand play therapy can have in therapy through this workshop.
Presenter: Kristie Izzo, LMHC
Presenter Webpage:
Sponsored by: S.I Chapter
Location: St John's University
Meeting Time: 10:30 to 12:30
CEU's: 2

Date: April 3-5
Program Title: EFT Level 1 & Level 2 Training
Program Content: 
EFT Level 1
In Level 1, you will learn the basics behind the art and science of EFT theory and practice. Demonstrations and experiential learning are critical methods of learning that are employed along with the presented material.
EFT Level 2
This two day training reviews and expands upon the basics of EFT taught in Level 1. Additional techniques are taught to expand your repertoire and offer skillful and effective ways of working with different client populations and expanding your ability to work with deeper issues. Of course,. as in all trainings at EFT Tapping Training, new material is presented using a variety of learning styles including partnered teaching methods, demonstrations, paired and small group experiential applications, video examples and more to ensure that no one walks away without fully understanding everything that is taught
Presenter: Craig Weiner, DC, EFT International certified trainer
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Sponsored by: Amy Gaesser, Ph.D counselor educator and EFT researcher @SUNY Brockport, Tom Porpiglia, LMHC, DCEP (Diplomate of Comprehensive Energy Psychology)
Location: SUNY Brockport Campus, Brockport, NY
Meeting Time: 9 AM to 6 PM each day
CEU's: 21