American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Credits

The Mindfulness and Health Institute (MH) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MHI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

What mindfulness courses are available with APA CE credits?

These Mindfulness and Health Institute courses are available for continuing education credits: 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
28.0 CE credits are available for participation in this program. The fee for CE credits for this course is $55.

A Mindful Approach to Depression and Anxiety (MBCT) 
28.0 CE credits are available for participation in this program. The fee for CE credits for this course is $55.

Science and Practice of Habit Change 
12.0 CE credits are available for participation in this program. The fee for CE credits for this course is $35.

Self-Compassion for Shame
24.0 CE credits are available for participation in this program. The fee for CE credits for this course is $50.

What are the Two Steps to Sign up for APA CE credits for my Mindfulness course?

Note: Both steps above are necessary before the program begins to receive APA CE credits.

There are two steps to attending a course and getting APA CE credits. The first is registering for the course. The second is applying and paying for the APA CE credits. Course registrations are available on the Programs web page. Applying for APA CE credits is available on the APA CE credits web page. (Link to simplero product)

Steps to attend a course and get APA CE Credits

  1. Choose and registering for the course from the Programs web page
  2. Apply and pay for the APA CE credits on the APA CE credits web page

Attendance and Credits Acknowledgement

Currently, all courses are live-online. To ensure participants engage fully in the CE programming, participants taking programs for CE credits are required to have their videos on at all times.

Attendance Requirements

Students are required to attend all sessions  in order to receive CE credits. As part of the application and payment system, participants are required to read and acknowledge that they have read the attendance requirements.

Attendance is taken at the beginning and at the end of each class. Instructors take attendance at the beginning of each class to monitor course progression and report this to MHI. Participants are required to sign out with the instructor at the end of each session. Any absence will result in your not receiving CE credits for the entire course. Partial credits are not allowed.

Acknowledgement of Attendance and Credits

Upon successful completion of the course with 100% attendance, students receive a letter that certifies attendance in the specific course, a  listing of each CE credit session, the date, and the CE credit for that session.  The letter is signed by an MHI Program Administrator.  MHI maintains records of all APA related information for a minimum of three years.

How Can You Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Clinical Practice?

These well-researched courses offer a variety of mindfulness-based tools that support mental, emotional and physical well-being. They are taught by instructors who have expertise, experience and demonstrated competence in the field they teach. These programs are easily accessible (live-online) and affordable. Provide your clients with more inner resources and renew your own practice.

Why are mindfulness programs valuable to clinical psychologists? 

These programs are open to anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness and its applications in daily life to support better health.

All three of these programs are  designed for adults 18 and older who are interested in exploring a variety of mindfulness-based techniques. The extensive research on mindfulness over the past 40 years demonstrates its efficacy across a wide range of populations and high adaptability to individual needs and preferences (Roach et al., 2019; Smit & Stavrulaki, 2021; Strauss et al., 2021; Goldberg et al., 2020). 

Mindfulness: A Versatile Tool for Clinicians

This wide applicability and adaptability makes mindfulness a versatile tool for clinicians working with diverse populations. However, effectively integrating mindfulness into the therapeutic space requires clinicians to prioritize their own personal practice. Studies suggest that mindfulness training significantly strengthens the therapeutic alliance, the cornerstone of effective therapy, by enhancing therapeutic presence in several key ways:

  • Cultivating present-moment awareness: Mindfulness fosters clinicians’ ability to be fully engaged in sessions, leading to a deeper connection with clients and facilitating empathy. (Hunt et al., 2022)
  • Improving self-awareness: Through introspection, therapists develop a better understanding of their own thoughts and emotions, enabling more sensitive and responsive interactions. (Bourgault & Dionne, 2019)
  • Enhancing emotional regulation: Mindfulness skills equip therapists to manage their own emotions effectively, creating a calmer and more accepting therapeutic environment. (Sooreshjani et al, 2023)
  • Boosting empathy and compassion: Deeper self-awareness cultivates a stronger capacity for understanding and relating to clients’ experiences, thereby building a more compassionate therapeutic relationship. (Bourgault & Dionne, 2019; Sooreshjani et al, 2023; Latorre et al., 2023)
  • Deepening active listening skills: Mindfulness training strengthens focused attention and presence, allowing therapists to listen intently and remain attuned to subtle client cues. (Jones et al., 2019)

Research on Mindfulness and Clinicians

Overall, mindfulness training equips clinicians with the foundational and advanced skills and qualities necessary to foster a safe and trusting therapeutic space where clients feel heard, understood, and supported. This strengthens the therapeutic alliance, ultimately enhancing the effectiveness of treatment for a wider range of individuals.

  1. Bourgault, M., & Dionne, F. (2019) Therapeutic Presence and Mindfulness: Mediating Role of Self-Compassion and Psychological Distress among Psychologists. Mindfulness 10, 650–656. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-1015-z
  2. Goldberg, S. B., Riordan, K. M., Sun, S., Kearney, D. J., & Simpson, T. L. (2022). Efficacy and acceptability of mindfulness-based interventions for military veterans: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110232.
  3. Hunt, C. A., Goodman, R. D., Hilert, A. J., Hurley, W., & Hill, C. E. (2022) A mindfulness-based compassion workshop and pre-session preparation to enhance therapist effectiveness in psychotherapy: A pilot study. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 35(3), 546-561. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2021.1895724
  4. Jones, S. M., Bodie, G. D., & Hughes, S. D. (2019). The Impact of Mindfulness on Empathy, Active Listening, and Perceived Provisions of Emotional Support. Communication Research, 46(6), 838-865. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650215626983
  5. Latorre, C., Leppma, M., Platt, L. F., Shook, N., & Daniels, J. (2023). The relationship between mindfulness and self-compassion for self-assessed competency and self-efficacy of psychologists-in-training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 17(2), 213–220. https://doi.org/10.1037/tep0000395
  6. Roach, A. T., Mhende, J., Barger, B. A., & Roberts, D.  A. (2019) Implementing Mindfulness Practices With Parents of Young Children in a Low-Socioeconomic Status Neighborhood. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.20429/jgpha.2019.070206
  7. Smit, B., & Stavrulaki, E. (2021) The Efficacy of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for College Students Under Extremely Stressful Conditions. Mindfulness 12, 3086–3100. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-021-01772-9
  8. Sooreshjani, M. A., Nikgoo, R., & Hojjatollah Farahani (2023) The indirect effect of compassion for others in the relationship between mindfulness and therapeutic presence. Clinical Psychologist, 27(3), 343-351. https://doi.org/10.1080/13284207.2023.2225697
  9. Strauss, C., Gu, J., Montero-Marin, J., Whittington, A., Chapman, C., & Kuyken, W. (2021). Reducing stress and promoting well-being in healthcare workers using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for life. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 21(2). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijchp.2021.100227

To All PsychologistsThese three programs are sponsored by the Mindfulness and Health Institute.  The Mindfulness and Health Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Mindfulness and Health Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. 

For professionals who are not psychologists, such as Licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, LICSWs, this course is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. CE credit may be applied to other license renewal requirements; please check with your licensing board to determine if this APA CE credit is accepted.

Refund Policies

There are refunds policies for Courses and the Continuing education credits. Please note both policies.

Refund Policy for the courses with CE credits:  MBSR, MBCT, and Science and Practice of Habit Change

You can receive a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee, if requested within 3 calendar days after orientation or the first class, whichever comes first. A 50% refund is available if requested before the start of class two. No refunds will be issued after class two.

Refund Policy for the Continuing Education Credits Fee

When canceling Continuing Education Credits, you can receive a full refund, minus a $15 processing fee if requested within 3 calendar days of orientation or the first class, whichever comes first. A 50% refund is available if requested before the start of the second class.  No refunds will be issued after class two.  The refund for Continuing Education Credits will be made at the same time as the refund for the program associated with the CE credits.

Procedure for Requesting Refunds

The Mindfulness and Health Institute recognizes that your plans may change unexpectedly for reasons outside of your control. Please visit “My Account – Profile” page, select “Orders” and “Request Refund”. Follow the prompts to request a refund.

Upon review and approval, refunds are made in the same way they were paid. Refunds are available within 3-5 business days depending on your financial institution. Contact us at hello@mindfulnessandhealthinstitute.org if you have any questions.

All policies, including refund policy and procedure, cancellation policy, and external complaints policy and procedure can be found at our About Us & Policies page: https://mindfulnessandhealthinstitute.org/about-us/

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