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Ohio Marriage and Family Therapists

Continuing Education Requirements and Licensing

Ohio-licensed marriage and family therapists have a license renewal every two years with a
date of issue deadline.
Thirty continuing education hours are required to renew a license. There is a 15-hour online CE
limit, and three hours of ethics are required at each renewal.
Marriage and Family Therapists
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and MFT Board
View the Board Website or Email the Board
Phone: 614-466-0912
CE Required: 30 hours every 2 years
Online CE Allowed: 15 hours (distance learning)
License Expiration: DOI, every 2 years
National Accreditation Accepted: Board Approved Provider #RCST100501
*Check the accreditation statement for each course if Ohio is not listed, the course is not
approved!
Notes: 3 hours ethics required at each renewal

Online Continuing Education Courses for Marriage and Family Therapists

Economic Distress and Clinical Practice


This is a brief course that defines stress and its physical, emotional,
cognitive, and behavioral responses and identifies the common indicators of
financial stress. It demonstrates a model for performing a financial stress
assessment that uses specific tools to identify impact, severity and
components of financial stress. It goes on to illustrate a variety of
interventions, including thought construct, self-narrative, meaning, cognitive
behavioral therapy (CBT), disputing dysfunctional beliefs, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT),
learning distress tolerance, and identifying action steps. The course is intended for therapists
who are working with clients for whom economic distress is a primary presenting problem.

From Contention to Contemplation: Overcoming Core Impasses


in Couples Therapy
Many couples come to therapy emotionally disconnected from each other,
polarized by a constant state of struggle and unable to see past the last
fight. Couples often engage in a repetitive cycle of interaction, resulting in
their feeling stuck and hopeless. Once this reciprocal pattern can be
identified, couples can be empowered to break the pattern and learn new
ways of relating to one another that better satisfies their needs. The purpose of this course is to
train therapists to conduct a strength-based assessment and identify those dynamics in a
couples interaction that serve to perpetuate unsatisfactory relationship patterns. Therapeutic
techniques discussed include diagramming a couples vulnerability cycle using pictorial
representations and facilitating new patterns by identifying the partners beliefs and core
premises and providing training in retroactive analysis of conflictual interactions.

The Challenge of Co-Parenting: Helping Split Couples to Raise


Healthy Kids
Parents who have chosen not to remain together as a couple are still
responsible for the healthy upbringing of their mutual children. They must
face not only the typical challenges of parenting, but also those unique tasks
that come from living in separate homes. While therapists and other
professionals have long worked with intact couples on parenting skills, they
must now also be versed in teaching parents who live in separate homes
how to establish healthy co-parenting abilities as well. This course will provide a basic
understanding of the significant issues unique to children of split couples, and how to help coparents address these issues while at the same time overcoming the common blocks that
prevent them from working together in a healthy way.

Couples No-Fault Counseling


Couples counseling is a challenging undertaking for both counselors and
couples. Counselors need to take a detailed history of both partners and
gradually discover the real reasons they overreact to certain things their
partner says and does. Couples need to be motivated enough to keep
counseling appointments and need to believe that they can improve their
relationship. This course will share four interesting case studies, where you
will witness couples who came to therapy for an identified problem and left with a much
greater understanding of the underlying causes of their difficulties. The studies clearly reveal
the reasons the partners were attracted to each other, and what they can learn from one
another began in their childhoods. After taking this course, you will know how to help couples
to give up their BAD (blame, argue & defend) communication style and replace it with active
listening. In doing so, you will help them to create more harmonious relationships by increasing
the empathy they feel for each other. By helping a couple who has children, you are making a
positive difference in the couples lives, in the lives of their offspring and in the lives of
countless unborn generations. The Couples No Fault Workbook, with twelve exercises to help
couples begin their journey into greater self-awareness, is included at the end of this course.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association


(APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; the National Board of Certified
Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE
Program); the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625); the Florida Boards of Clinical
Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and
Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board
(#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the
Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social
Worker Examiners (#5678).