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Continuing Education

Last updated: June 14, 2024

MHRT/C Continuing Education Change

Full MHRT/C certificate holders are required to complete at least 18 hours of continuing education (CE) during the time period listed on their certificate in order to have their MHRT/C certificates renewed. That period is two (2) years as listed on the current MHRT/C certificate. A minimum of four (4) hours of the 18 hours of training must be in Ethics. A minimum of six (6) hours of the 18 hours of training must be live training:  face-to-face or live interactive video conference/webinars or classes. CE must address one or more knowledge competencies. 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 6/1/23): CE Checklist

Ninety (90) days before your expiration date, an email reminder will be sent to the email address we have on file for you. If you have changed email addresses since your last MHRT/C certificate was emailed to you, please update your info with our office using the following email address:

If you not sure whether a training applies to one or more of the MHRT/C knowledge competencies, we have a short guide that may help you.

What if I’m late in submitting my paperwork?
If you submit your continuing education late and it is approved, your new certificate will be effective the date we received your paperwork. It will not be backdated. The continuing education submitted must have been completed within the 2 year period prior to the submission date. Example: If an individual submits their documentation late on December 15, 2023, all continuing education submitted must have occurred between December 15, 2021 and December 15, 2023. Training completed prior to December 15, 2021 would not be accepted. In this example, if approved, their new certificate would be effective for the period: December 15, 2023 through December 31, 2025.

If you have additional questions, please first review our FAQs and our February 17, 2022 newsletter before contacting our office. FAQs answered include how to reinstate your MHRT/C if your certificate has expired (Click on “What if I submit my continuing education late?” within the FAQs).

The following is a partial list of organizations that offer training and courses in behavioral health. Not all trainings offered by these providers necessarily meet the requirements for Continuing Education for the MHRT/C. 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

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.

Ignore the offer on the landing page. Click on COURSE LIST. The first course offering should be a FREE 5 hour training in Ethics (as of 4/27/21–this offer may change).

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

Kennebec Valley Community College
Offers continuing education trainings through their Workforce Development Program.

Maine Behavioral Health Organziation
A Maine behavioral health agency, which opens up its continuing education training to non-employees. Webpage coming soon. For now, you may contact Linnea Hoffmeister at for more information.

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

MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence
Offers trainings on Tobacco Cessation.

MaineHealth: Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services
Work & Benefits Navigator Training (applies to Domain 8). Information & Registration link for Fall/winter 2023-24 (might change)

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.

Mindspring Mental Health Alliance
Offers free webinars. Click on Programs to find them.

Moving Mountains Mental Health, LLC
A Maine company that offers continuing education training.

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 free online courses in topics such as disability rights, employment, and accessibility laws

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 Services Administration
Click on Practitioner Training