Courses for Staff or Clients

Not all of these courses are free or open to all comers – check with each provider to determine entrance requirements and costs

From the War Zone to the Home Front: Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families
A 14-part series of on-demand, online trainings for community primary care and mental health providers

National Empowerment Center Get Social! Using Social Media to Advance Your Mission, Raise Awareness, and Provide Peer Support  

So You Want to Start a Peer-Run Warm line? (National Empowerment Center) 

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Webinars - National Council offers webinars (online presentations) by experts on key topics in mental health and addictions. The National Council is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. Together with their 1,700 member organizations, serves the nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 6 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. They are committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life. The National Council advocates for public policies that ensure that people who are ill can access comprehensive healthcare services. And we offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement resources so that services are efficient and effective. For more information, and to access these webinars, please visit the National Council LIVE Webinar page.

Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Distance Learning Program The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Distance Learning Program is a collaborative effort between the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and the Program in Public Health located within the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI.

The purpose of the Distance Learning Program is to provide a range of health care professionals including addiction treatment providers, counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and physicians with access to continuing education courses covering a range of topics relating to advances in addiction treatment and prevention. Please view the calendar for a list of upcoming courses and information by visiting Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Distance Learning Program website.

Joyfields Institute for Professional Development Joyfields Institute is the world's leading training and technical assistance company in evidence based best practices for behavioral and mental health, correctional change, community reentry and reintegration. For more information, please visit the Joyfields Institute Training website.

SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) Each year, the SAMHSA ADS Center conducts approximately six training teleconferences that are free of charge and open to the general public. These educational events are designed to help participants enhance mental health consumer independence and community participation by relating the most up-to-date research and information about programs within the United States and beyond that are working to reduce discrimination and increase social inclusion of persons with mental health problems. In addition to featuring two or more formal presentations on social inclusion and related topics, each teleconference includes a thirty-minute open forum. The open forum period offers an opportunity for all participants to ask questions and share their experiences and expertise on efforts to counteract discrimination and reduce the negative attitudes associated with mental illness. All SAMHSA ADS Center training teleconferences are conducted via telephone. Accompanying presentation materials are made available through the SAMHSA ADS Center web site.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) offers a web-based training for clinicians. To register for this course visit

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health offers free TA teleconferences on Children's Mental Health topics.  Register for live teleconference or download past topics.  Sponsored by the Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, National Technical Assistance Conference Call. For more information and to register, visit:

 DBT Skills Training

Developed by Behavioral Tech. This highly interactive course teaches all the skills in all four DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation), as well as an extra module, the steps in Skills Coaching. This course is designed to teach you specific content while demonstrating exactly how to teach and coach skills and what to do when clients don’t understand the skills or don’t use them. For more information, visit:

From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Achieving Recovery for All
The Innovations Institute a series of online video courses based on recordings of leading presentations from that conference. Courses feature an outstanding collection of leaders from the US and around the globe, sharing innovative and effective ways to move systems, programs and practices toward a recovery orientation. Among the 14 courses available are:

  • Shifting to a Rehabilitation and Recovery Paradigm
  • Working as Peers
  • Fostering Leadership in the Transformation of Systems

All courses are offered online, so you can take them from anywhere you have Internet access -- from your home or your office; and at your own pace, any time of the day or night -- whenever you have the time. Also, these courses are very affordable, most costing $10 or $15.

These courses are open to learners from all levels and backgrounds; and offer continuing education credit from a variety of national and state accrediting bodies such as the APA, ASWB, NBCC, and many others. For more information, visit

Mental Health Recovery Correspondence Course
Work with Mary Ellen Copeland to learn key recovery concepts, skills and tools, to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan. These interactive courses are designed to increase your knowledge-base about mental health recovery and introduce you to new and exciting skills and strategies. You can take these courses at your own pace -- and at the times most convenient to you. For more information, visit the Mary Ellen Copeland's E-Learning web site.

National Research and Training Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago Online Education Courses and webcasts are available for a range of stakeholders in human service systems including consumers/peers, family members, providers, researchers, policymakers, students, administrators, and government officials. For more information, call (312) 355-1696

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation The BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation offers a number of online courses, seminars, webcasts, and videos, some of which are free, through their Professional Development Program. Some resource topics include: recovery, readiness, vocational rehabilitation, career planning, and financial planning. For more information, contact Sue McNamara, MS, CRC, CPRP, (617) 358-2574, email or visit