Mental Health Practitioners

Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements for Mental Health Practitioners

The Board of Regents has approved regulations to implement the mandatory continuing education (CE) requirement for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists and psychoanalysts, effective January 1, 2017. The approved regulations are posted at: After January 1, 2017, to maintain licensure, a licensee will have to complete 36 hours of CE during each three-year registration period, from a provider approved by the Department. The State Board will develop and post applications for eligible entities seeking to become an approved CE provider on the web in the coming weeks, so that applications can be reviewed, and where appropriate approved, prior to January 1, 2017. This will allow licensees to complete the required CE from Department-approved providers after January 1, 2017, which they must do in order to be eligible to register and maintain standing to practice in New York State. Please check our website in the coming weeks for the CE provider applications and frequently asked questions about the new law and regulations. (February 19, 2016)

Mental Health Practioners include Creative Arts Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, and Psychoanalysts.

Creative arts therapists are trained in psychotherapy and in specific arts disciplines, which may include dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy and art therapy. They have training in areas that include clinical practice and human development as well as the use of the creative arts to provide appropriate services, and multicultural and artistic traditions.

Read more about the profession of Creative Arts Therapists.

Practitioners, called marriage and family therapists, are trained in individual psychotherapy and family systems to assess and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, and address an array of relationship issues within the context of marital/couple, family and various relational systems.

Read more about the profession of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Practitioners, called mental health counselors, are trained in counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. Mental health counselors address mental health, human relationship, education and career concerns within ethical, developmental, preventive and treatment contexts. Mental health counselors demonstrate a concern for the short-term and long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.

Read more about the profession of Mental Health Counselors.

Practitioners, called psychoanalysts, may use verbal and non-verbal communications to uncover the unconscious blocks that may be affecting the individual’s behavior and personality. Psychoanalysts treat a range of conditions including anxiety, depression and phobias.

Read more about the profession of Psychoanalysts.

Last Updated: February 19, 2016