Free Online Education for Mental Health Professionals
Are you looking to expand your clinical knowledge or need CEs to renew your license? In-person workshops and seminars are ideal for learning up-to-date practices and the latest research, but the are often expensive and/or require travel. And while there are plenty of online education programs that offer CEs, most charge a fee.
This is a list comprised of over 50 sites that provide free online education, including training courses and webinars, some offering CEs.
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Free Online Training Courses and Webinars
- 6-Module DBT Course | An educational course designed for professionals to learn the basic principles for the diagnosis and treatment of borderline personality disorder. There are six 20-minute modules.
- Addiction Treatment Forum: Online Continuing Education Free Training Modules | Trainings on Hepatitis/HIV/AIDS and medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction
- Alison – Mental Health Courses | Free courses on stress management, burnout, and more
- American Institute of Stress | Videos and online courses
- American Society of Addiction Medicine | Webinars
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America | Free monthly webinars. You can access archived webinars. You can also watch a six-part series for professionals on treating anxiety disorders.
- Battered Women’s Justice Project | On-demand webinars on sexual violence prevention and policy
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation | A variety of webinars. (Sign up for the newsletter to be notified when new webinars are available.)
- CAMH – Mental Health 101 | Basic mental health tutorials
- CDC Train | Over 1,000 public health training opportunities, many offering free CEs. Create an account to access a variety of online courses.
- Center for Deployment Psychology: Webinars & Online Courses | Free trainings, CEs for a fee
- Center for Youth Wellness: CYW Learning OnDemand Courses | Training courses on ACEs
- Clinical Provider Training | Online trainings (national provider webinars) offering free CEs (approved by the NBCC)
- Co-Occurring Disorders: A Training Series | Free training modules from the University of South Florida
- DSM-5 Online Training Course | Free course through Relias Learning
- Eating Disorders HOPE | View recorded webinars on topics related to eating disorders
- Free Mental Health Webinars | SocialWork.Career posts a list of free webinars every month
- Free Online Psychology Courses from Top Universities | LearningPath.org provides links to a variety of psychology courses
- Free Racialized Trauma Course | From Cultural Somatics Training & Institute
- FUTURES Without Violence | View recorded webinars on topics relating to violence against women and children.
- Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: Webinars for Professionals | Online learning on topics related to substance use and behavioral health
- Health eKnowledge | Free online courses on a variety of topics including clinical supervision, substance use, and behavioral health. You must create a free account and login to access the courses.
- Healthy Minds | A public television series on mental health (and ending stigma)
- Honor Our Voices | A learning module that allows you to see domestic violence through the eyes and voices of children, includes a printable guide
- Implicit Bias Module Series | From the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
- Indiana Prevention Resource Center | Webinars and online modules on drug education and treatment. You must register to access the courses. Free CEUs.
- Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions | Register for a free account to access web-based training (webinars and online courses) on addiction and recovery topics. Free CEUs for NAADAC and Social Work.
- International Society for Bipolar Disorders | Free webinars. The site also offers videos and tools for clinicians.
- Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy | IPSRT is an evidence-based treatment for bipolar disorder. With registration, this course offers a free 8-hour online training.
- Just Detention International Webinars | Current and archived webinars on sexual abuse in detention centers, no CEs
- Mad in America Continuing Education | Free and low-cost courses
- Magellan Health E-Learning Center | Professional learning opportunities. Many of the continuing education courses offer free CEs approved by the following organizations: APA, ASWB, NBCC, and NAADAC.
- Maryland Behavioral Health (University of Maryland School of Medicine) – Online Training | Several free courses, some offering CEs. Must register for a (free) account.
- Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy | Search for free online education (CE credits) for mental health, primary care, and nursing professionals
- Mental Health America | Recorded webinars on various mental health topics
- Mental Health Professionals’ Network | Australia-based site. Webinars on topics ranging from complicated grief, complex trauma, anxiety, LGBT issues, and more.
- Mental Health Recovery: Wellness Action and Recovery Plan Webinars | On-demand webinars related to WRAP – Wellness and Recovery Action Plans
- Mindful Ecotherapy Center: Archived Courses | Several free courses, including a suicide risk and prevention course. Other courses for a fee.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction | Learn mindfulness with this free 8-week course
- NAADAC | Webinars on addiction, CEs for a low fee for nonmembers
- National Association for Continuing Education | For medical professionals
- National Center for Healthy Safe Children – Learning Portal | Modules and webinars, along with supporting materials and related resources
- National Center for PTSD | Training materials, online courses, information, and tools for professionals
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, & Mental Health | Free webinars and seminars. (You must register for the webinars.) The site also provides free toolkits and other resources.
- National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare | Sign up for free online tutorials. (An access key will be sent via email you register.) CEUs offered for NAADAC professionals.
- The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community: Webinars and Trainings | Recorded webinars, no CEs offered
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Center Network: The Learning Center | Online courses and webinars on childhood trauma. CEs for social workers, counselors, and psychologists
- National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women: Webinars | Several webinar series with slides and handouts, no CEs
- National Council for Behavioral Health | Webinars on various topics related to behavioral health
- National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: Resource Library | Webinars to support Tribes, Tribal programs, and advocates working on issues of violence against Native women
- National Institute of Mental Health | Multimedia section has a variety of webinars and recorded series
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Health Professions Education | Videos and CE opportunities
- National LGBT Health Education Center – Learning Resources | Free webinars and learning modules
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Online Learning Campus | Both free and certificate courses offered
- Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center | Online trainings, webinars, and other training tools, some trainings offer CEUs
- OMNI Behavioral Health Webinars | Both free and for-a-fee webinars on a variety of topics, some offering CEs
- Partnership to End Addiction: Online Learning | A skill-building (self-paced) course designed to address adolescent substance use
- Pathways to Positive Futures: Research and Training Center | Register for upcoming live webinars or access previous webinars on-demand
- PsychAlive Webinars | Free and low-cost scheduled and on-demand webinars
- Psycharmor | Free courses on military cultural competence, PTSD, combat stress, and related issues
- SAMHSA – Practitioner Training | Tools, training, and technical assistance to practitioners in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders
- SBIRT for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals: How to Talk to Patients About Substance Use | A 3.5-hour self-paced course on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use. Offers free CEs for NAADAC and NBCC (among others).
- SOAR Works: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Online Course | A free 20-hour course with seven comprehensive classes that teaches how to navigate the SSI/SSDI application process with clients with mental illness, who are at risk of homelessness, have a medical impairment, or a co-occurring disorder. CEUs offered for NASW.
- Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education | Free health and medical courses
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center | Online courses on suicide prevention, assessment, and recovery
- Teaching Tolerance: Professional Development | On-demand webinars
- TF-CBT Web 2.0 | Self-paced, online training course on trauma-focused CBT, $35 fee, 11 contact hours offered
- Uniformed Services University: Center for Deployment Psychology | Self-paced learning courses and webinars, CEs available for a fee
- VHA Train | Register for a free account to access on-demand trainings, some free CEs available for counselors and social workers
- YMSM & LGBT | Archived webinars on topics related to treatment services for the lesbian, gay, and transgender population. You can also access a monthly webinar series held on the 4th Friday of each month. CEs offered
- Zero Suicide | Articles, tools, videos, and webinars
Free Online College Courses
Cassie Jewell, M.Ed., LPC, LSATP