Continuing Education

Last updated: September 3, 2020

NOTICE: On August 6, 2020, the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) made the following temporary change to the MHRT/C Continuing Education Requirements: The entire 18-hour Continuing Education requirement can be completed online until 30 days after the State of Emergency is lifted. At least four (4) of these hours must be in Ethics.

On September 2nd, Governor Mills extended the current 30-day coronavirus civil state of emergency proclamation through October 1, 2020.

Full MHRT/C certificate holders are required to complete at least 18 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years in order to have their MHRT/C certificates renewed. A minimum of four (4) hours of the 18 hours of training must be in Ethics. CE must address one or more competency domains. Select this link for a list of the MHRT-C Knowledge Competencies.

At the time of renewal, please submit a completed MHRT/C Renewal Form with your CE documentation. Please submit no sooner than 90 days prior to your expiration date. You do not need to submit a copy of your MHRT/C certificate with the renewal form.

Renewal Form in Word   Renewal Form in PDF

For a list of what is and is not accepted for CE, we’ve created a checklist to help you (last updated 5/1/20): CE Checklist

If you have questions, please first review our FAQs before contacting our office.

The following is a partial list of organizations that offer training and courses in behavioral health. Please work with your supervisor to determine training to meet your professional goals, or whether or not a training meets the MHRT/C continuing education requirement.

To see a calendar of upcoming training in Maine, go to the Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative website linked below.

Offers online continuing education in several topic areas.

AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.
Offers online and face-to-face training in substance use disorders, ethics, behavioral health, stigma, cultural competence and recovery

Addiction Technology Transfer Network/New England ATTC at Brown University
A national network with 10 regional centers that offer training in topics mainly related to addictions treatment and recovery

AHS E-Learning Center
Offers two to four hour courses on co-occurring disorders

Behavioral Tech/ A Linehan Institute Training Company
Offers in-person or online training in dialectical behavior (DBT) and other therapies

Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
Online training in topics such as community integration, WRAP, etc. Some are approved for continuing education credit.


Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine
Offers a variety of online and face-to-face training in topics such as co-occurring disorders, addiction, trauma, recovery, motivational interviewing, domestic violence, and cultural competence

Elsevier DirectCourse’s College of Recovery and Community Inclusion
Online training in a variety of behavioral health topics including community inclusion, cultural competence, recovery and trauma

Health Affiliates Maine
Offers a variety of training in clinical topics. Continuing education credit may be earned for some.

Health Education & Training Institute
Face-to-face and online training in topics such as motivational interviewing

An online learning portal offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of improving health and healthcare services

Magellen Health
Offers a variety of one-hour continuing education approved courses on topics such as peer support, serving older adults, and peers working in in-patient settings

Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative
Offers a variety of online and face-to-face training and courses in behavioral health topics such as ethics, cultural competence, recovery, trauma, and substance use disorders

Maine DHHS, BH Training Resources
Has a listing of several training resources in the behavioral health field

MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence
Offers trainings on Tobacco Cessation.

Massachusetts General Hospital – Psychiatry Academy
Offering a variety of free online modules covering a range of health topics

Mental Health Technology Transfer Network
A collaborative network that supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field.–They are offering live webinars on May 14 & 21, 2020 on Person-Centered Recovery Planning

NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals
Offers independent study, certificate programs, and face-to-face training in topics such as addiction counseling, ethics, and co-occurring disorders

NASW Maine Chapter
Click on Continuing Education on the main page

National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems
Offers webinars.

New England ADA Learning
Offers online courses in topics such as disability rights, employment, and accessibility laws

Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMHS)
Creating a Culture of Employment
(applies to Domain 8: Vocational Support)

PESI Online Education
Offers live seminars, online courses, and certificate programs in topics such as ethics, mental health disorders, treatment modalities

Resources for Integrated Care
Culturally Competent Direct Care: Meeting the LTSS Needs of Diverse Dually-Eligible Beneficiaries-Webinar (July 25, 2019)

Relias Learning
Offers a variety of online training in areas such as behavioral health, counseling, addictions, case management, and intellectual and developmental disabilities

Saco River Education
Maine-based online training agency

Free online courses

STAR (Staffing Training Alternative Resources Inc.) Services
Online trainings such as orientation to mental health topics

Sweetser Training Institute
Face-to-face training in topics such as mental health first aid, evidence-based practices, trauma, ethics, and substance use disorders

New England Public Health Training Center, the Maine Center for Disease Control, and the Maine Mobile Health Program
A growing collection of free online educational training modules to help public health workers and others broaden their knowledge of critical issues affecting the health of Maine people

Training Resource Network
Online, on-demand training in topics such as person-centered planning, supporting effective behavior, orientation to disabilities, normalization, etc.

US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Online training on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
Click on Practitioner Training