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Licensed psychologists, social workers, and mental health practitioners are now required to complete continuing education course work in appropriate professional boundaries in each three-year registration period, starting April 1, 2023. 

The Board of Regents approved regulations on Oct. 4, 2022, stemming from concern about the number of professional disciplinary proceedings by the state licensing boards against mental health professionals where boundaries were allegedly violated. 

Impacted titles include psychologist, licensed master social worker, licensed clinical social worker, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, creative arts therapist, and psychoanalyst. 

Licensees with registration commencing prior to April 1, 2023, do not have to complete the coursework until their next registration period. 

The following course satisfies the requirements: 

Professional Boundaries and Ethics 

This virtual workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon November 28, will discuss the professional ethics relevant for Mental Health Providers, including healthy boundaries with clients and the New York State Standards of Care for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.  

Ethical dilemmas and real-life situations present within the micro, mezzo, and macro level of mental health practice will be explored. The training will bring together ethical guidelines from the National Association of Social Workers, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the New York State Education Department Office of Professions using an accessible, practical approach.  

(3 approved Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor continuing education contact hours)    

Register here by November 21.