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FAQs

WHERE ARE THE PROGRAM LOCATIONS?

We are excited and proud to announce the recent opening of the new Pamela & Robert Swieringa Education Room, where many of our course offerings will be held. Some larger programs will be held at the Tompkins County Public Library or in alternate locations. Check the program listing for specific information on course location.

WHICH PROFESSIONS CAN RECEIVE CREDITS?

F&CS is approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0293 for a three year term beginning November 18, 2015 and ending November 30, 2018.

F&CS is approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-001. For a three year terms beginning January 9, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.

F&CS is approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MFT-003. For a three year terms beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.

Not all classes are approved for professional continuing education credits. Please check the course listing for more information.

HOW DO I OBTAIN CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS?

Family & Children’s Service provides quality educational activities that are available for professional continuing education credit.

New York State LMSW & LCSW Contact Hours:  Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognized by the New York StaFamily & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0293.

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Provider Approval Number #MFT-0001.

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognizedby the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Menth Health Counselors, Provider Number #MHC-0003. Participation: To qualify for continuing education credit, you must be registered in the workshop, pay all fees in full, attend all sessions, and fully and actively participate in the program. You must pre-register for CE credit; please be sure to include all related fees when you register.

Fees: There is a $25 fee for CE credit, unless stated otherwise in the course description. There will be an additional $25 fee for certificates that need to be reissued.

Procedures: To receive accreditation, you must attend the course in full and sign in each day at your workshop. At the end of your workshop, you leave the evaluation form with the instructor. The CEU certificate will be provided at the end of the workshop. In some cases, the certificate may be mailed within one week after the last session. Failure to submit all fees and paperwork at the conclusion of the workshop will disqualify you from receiving CUE credit.

Requests for refunds will only be honored in cases where 48-hours notice is given prior to the start of a workshop. At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

Payment in full is expected at time of registration. Mail a check made out to Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca to 127 W. State St./Martin Luther King Jr./State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 or call 607-273-7494 ext 506 to pay by credit card. Those registering at the door may pay by either method. Agencies may be invoiced.

WHAT IS PSYCHOEDUCATION?

Psychoeducation is a highly effective evidence-based practice approach to both clinical and community work. Psychoeducational practices are flexible enough to be applied in both illness-specific treatment programs and in broader wellness management efforts.

WHICH PROFESSIONS CAN RECEIVE CREDITS?

  • We are approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0293 for a three year term beginning November 18, 2015 and ending November 30, 2018.
  • We are approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-001. For a three year term beginning January 9, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.
  • We are approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MFT-003. For a three year term beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.
  • Not all classes are approved for professional continuing education credits. Please check the course listing for more information.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES?

Community Education courses focus on topics such as:

  • Improving mental health
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Therapeudic Yoga
  • Self-Compassion
  • Nutrition for Mental Wellness
  • Enriching self-knowledge
  • Creative energy expression
  • Kinship Caregivers
  • Challenges of Caretaking

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES?

Continuing education workshops focus on topics such as:

  • Theories and concepts of human behavior in the social environment;
  • Mental health care practices, knowledge and skills;
  • Social work research, programs or practice evaluations;
  • Employment management, administration or social policy;
  • Ethics;
  • Clinical interventions;
  • Evidence-based models and principles of clinical social work practice;
  • Psychotherapy and clinical social work diagnosis;
  • Client communications and record keeping;
  • Administrative supervision and/or clinical supervision;
  • Pedagogical methodologies;
  • Cross-disciplinary offerings.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SUPPORT AND THERAPY GROUPS?

Ithaca’s human service community has long sought a viable resource for group programming. Group therapy has distinct benefits to one-on-one counseling and works very effectively in conjunction with counseling or instead of counseling. Most insurance companies will reimburse for group therapy. The Community & Continuing Education program aims to offer a comprehensive array of alternative therapeutic support services to meet counseling and support needs that are currently under-served in our community.