Continuing Education Distance Credentialed Counselor

Continuing Education Opportunities

Recredentialing of your DCC credential requires that you complete 20 hours of continuing education during your five- year credentialing period. Fifteen of those hours can be general counseling or mental health- related courses. Five hours must be specific to distance counseling. Below are several courses that could be applied toward the five-hour distance counseling requirement.

This information is provided as a courtesy. You will need to verify the accuracy of all information, including course content, price and credits prior to registering for a course. Inclusion on this list does not imply CCE endorsement.

American Telemedicine Association (ATA)


Delivering Online Video Based Mental Health Services: [3 Clock Hours] [$199.00] U of South Florida and ATA. The course covers a multitude of areas such as the history, evolution, models of care and benefits of telemedicine. In addition, the course provides a detailed overview of telemental health and online service delivery models and instructs participants in how to develop an online mental health service or practice by outlining essential infrastructure and technology components for getting started. Legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations when delivering mental health services online are also included.


Counseling Issues Online (3 clock hours) ($49): Richard K. Nongard. This course explores and explains the evolving ethics concerning online and electronic therapy, which is more common than many in the field would imagine. Interesting information about the counseling and social work industry, even if you don’t practice therapy in these ways.

American Counseling Association (ACA)


Online Counseling and Electronic Records (1 clock hour) ($30): Robert Mitchell. Since publication of the previous edition of this monograph in 2001, electronic technology has exploded and has made the requirements for online counseling and electronic records even more challenging for every helping profession. In addition, since the 1996 passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), there has been an ongoing controversy about the storage and transmission of electronic data as well as various interpretation of pertinent law.



Navigating the Mental Health Internet (8 clock hours) ($89): David Lukoff, Ph.D. This course is designed to teach mental health professionals a variety of skills necessary to use the Internet as a powerful communication and information technology tool. A wide variety of mental health Internet resources is presented, together with skill development necessary to fully utilize such resources. The Internet contains over 1.7 billion Web pages, including vast archives of mental health resources. But with no bibliographic control standards such as those that guide the print world, the mental health Internet is difficult to navigate and fully utilize. This course provides hands-on training in Internet exploration, search strategies and tools. The course begins with basic navigation training, followed by an Internet guided tour of clinical resources available for working with patients with substance abuse, PTSD, medical illnesses, depression, and other problems. The next lesson covers search skills to obtain a wide variety of mental health information and resources, including links to dozens of useful Web sites. In addition, the clinical topics of online therapy, technostress and Internet addiction are covered in some detail. At the end of the course, you will be a confident Internet user. You can find resources necessary to stay up with developments in the mental health field and utilize such resources in your daily professional activities.

Ethics for Mental Health Professionals: Concepts and Current Developments (3 clock hours) ($49): Mary L. Caldwell, MA This course helps mental health professionals become more aware of the ethical dimensions of practice. First, a basic outline of ethical theory is presented which explores principles that guide ethical thinking. There are abundant examples, case studies, and scenarios to help illustrate the principles in concrete ways. There is in-depth consideration of mental health advance directives, which are becoming increasingly available as more states create legislation providing for patients to indicate their wishes concerning treatment. There is, as well, consideration of ethical dimensions of therapy conducted via the internet.


Considerations for the Provision of e-Therapy (2 clock hours) ($12): SAMHSA.This course examines the provision of mental health services using electronic means (e-therapy), the technological mechanisms for delivering e-therapy, the appropriate uses for electronic therapies and the populations for which this modality may be used. In addition, the overview provides suggestions for potential uses of e-therapy and the benefits and challenges associated with this treatment.

Renewed Vision Counseling Services


DCC Distance Counseling Training:(23 Clock Hours)($425.00) This training can be an important professional enhancement as you strive to stay current with new and important advancements in the counseling field. By completing the DCC Training Workshop, a counselor will learn effective distance techniques, with specific applications to clinical counseling specialties.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC


DCC- Distance Counseling Training: (15 Clock Hours)($397.00) This course provides the best practices in the legal, ethical, technical, clinical, and practice management aspects of telemental health counseling. Afterwards, you will be able to confidently manage a private practice in distance counseling and be competitive in the evolving field of counseling.

TeleMental Health Institute, Inc


Distance Credentialed Counselor Training Program-DCC: (15 Clock Hours)($349.00) This program is designed to answer your questions with evidence-based research to provide many strategies to make distance counseling safe, exciting and rewarding. You can access legal and ethical solutions related to areas such as technology, confidentiality and privacy, HIPAA, HITECH, Skype, licensure, informed consent, preventing and handling emergencies, practice-building, reimbursement and more.

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