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When planning professional development activities (conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions), consider offering continuing education units (CEU) to the attendees.  Contact the CEU Coordinator for more details about the official process and criteria.

 

CEU Coordinator:  

Dr. M. Carolyn Thomas
P.O. Box 640454, Pike Road, AL 36064-0454
(334) 244-3437, mthomas@aum.edu

 

Included here are the guidelines for requesting CEU approval for chapter and division workshops and obtaining certificates.
 

GENERAL NBCC REQUIREMENTS
 
The Alabama Counseling Association is an approved provider of NBCC Continuing Education Activities. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can be awarded to participants of ALCA continuing education activities if the following guidelines are followed:
 
The activity for which CEUs will be awarded must fall within one of the following NBCC core content areas:
 
Counseling Theory
Human Growth and Development
Social and Cultural Foundations
The Helping Relationship
Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
Lifestyle and Career Development
Appraisal of Individuals
Research and Evaluation
Professional Orientation in Counseling
 
The activity must be appropriate for master’s level professionals in the field of counseling.
 
If the activity is self-help in nature, the activity must include instruction for use in the counseling process.
 
The program must be offered by ALCA or chapters or divisions of ALCA, and must be available to all members of ALCA or the ALCA chapter or division.
 

PROGRAM APPROVAL PROCEDURES
 
The activity should be pre-approved for CEUs. The procedures for obtaining pre-approval include submitting to the CEU Coordinator:
 
A one-page description of the program, including:
 
Program title
Goals of the program
Length of the program
Description or outline of the program
Date, place and time of the program
Schedule of sessions and presenter(s) for each session
Identification of the NBCC core content area addressed
Presenter’s name and credentials and short vita
 
Important Note: These materials should be submitted and approval obtained prior to announcing and publicizing the activity.
 
The CEU Coordinator will review the submitted materials to determine if the program is in compliance with NBCC guidelines for CEU credits. Within two weeks of receiving the materials, the CEU Coordinator will notify the chapter or division representative regarding approval and the number of CEU credits to be awarded.
 

OBTAINING CEU CERTIFICATES
 
Following the approved activity for which CEU credits are to be awarded, the chapter or division representative should forward to the CEU Coordinator:
 
Attendance roster signed by participants
Names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses
$5.00 checks for all attendees who wish to receive a CEU certificate
 
The chapter or division may wish to collect the individual $5.00 checks and send one composite check, or the participants may be given a form to complete for them to send individually  to the ALCA CEU Coordinator. The form should contain the program title, number of continuing education hours, name, address, phones and e-mail address and a
check for $5.00 made out to “ALCA”.
 
The CEU Coordinator will process and mail the CEU certificates between  2 and 4 weeks after receiving the roster, names, attendee data, and fees, or the individual CEU applications.
 
Send requests for pre-approval and information following the program to:
 
Dr. M. Carolyn Thomas
ALCA CEU Coordinator
P.O. Box 640454, Pike Road, AL 36064-0454
(334) 244-3437    
mthomas@aum.edu
 

CEU RULES TO REMEMBER
           
Presenters may not receive credit for workshops or parts of workshops they present.
 
CEU credits are awarded only for the program part of activities. Business portions of meetings, registration periods, meals and breaks are not included in the program length.
 
Credit should be requested only for programs attended in their entirety. Credit cannot be granted for parts of programs, unless the workshop is composed of discrete and separate parts. This format should be described when seeking pre-approval.
 
Certificates of attendance are not legitimate substitutes for CEU certificates with NBCC numbers.

 

One hour of continuing education equals .1 CEU. Note that the Administrative Code of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling Section 255-X-.03 Continuing Education states that (a) A minimum of twenty (20) formal contact clock hours of relevant professional and continued education experiences shall be required for renewal of ALC license. (3 clock hours  devoted to ethical concerns), and (b) A minimum of forty (40) formal contact clock hours of relevant professional and continued educational experience shall be required for renewal of LPC license (6 clock hours devoted to ethical concerns).

 

Important note: The code does not require 20 or 40 CEUs.  Instead it requires 20 or 40 contact hours of continued educational experience.

 

 

 

[Information Provided by Dr. Carolyn Thomas]

 

 


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