Free Online Education for Mental Health Professionals

(Updated 4/30/20) A list of online education courses and trainings for mental health clinicians (some offering free CEs!)

Compiled by Cassie Jewell, M.Ed., LPC, LSATP

Are you looking to expand your clinical knowledge or do you need CEs to renew your license? In-person workshops and seminars are ideal for learning up-to-date practices and the latest research, but they’re often expensive and/or require travel. And while there are plenty of online programs that offer CEs, most charge a fee.

The following list is comprised of over 50 sites that offer free online courses and webinars. Please note that only a few of the sites offer CEs. However, all of the courses offer opportunities to grow as a clinician and expand your knowledge.

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

The American Institute of Stress

The AIS Learning Center offers videos and online courses.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

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

Access recorded 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 Youth Wellness: CYW Learning OnDemand Courses

Training courses on ACEs

CME/CE Courses on Topics Related to Opioid and Substance Use Disorders from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Courses on opioids, opioid overdose, and opioid prescribing

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

FUTURES Without Violence

View recorded webinars on topics relating to violence against women and children.

Health e Knowledge

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)

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.

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

Free education (CE credits) for mental health, primary care, and nursing professionals. Create a free account to access online learning programs.

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 on using WRAP – Wellness and Recovery Action Plan.

Military Cultural Competence – Free Online Course

75-minute interactive course

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

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 Child Traumatic Stress Center Network: The Learning Center

Online courses and webinars on childhood trauma. CE’s for social workers, counselors, and psychologists

National Council for Behavioral Health

Webinars on various topics related to behavioral health

National Institute of Mental Health

The 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 Center for Healthy Safe Children – Learning Portal

Access the learning portal for online learning modules and webinars, along with supporting materials and related resources.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Online Learning Campus

Online learning campus

OMNI Behavioral Health Webinars

Offers both free and paid Webinars on a variety of topics, some offering CEs

Pathways to Positive Futures: Research and Training Center

Pathways aims to improve the lives of young people with severe mental illness. Register for upcoming webinars or access previous webinars on-demand.

Psycharmor

Free courses on military cultural competence, PTSD, combat stress, and other 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.

Stalking Resource Center

Archived webinars

Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education

Free health and medical courses

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Online courses on suicide prevention

YMSM & LGBT

Access 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 may be offered.

Zero Suicide

Readings, tools, videos, and webinars


If you know of a site that offers free courses or trainings, please list in the comments section!