CEU information for participants

CEU approval for LivingWorks programs is an increasing concern and request. Many professions have provided CEUs for ASIST and safeTALK including psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, school counselors, educators, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, nurses, police officers, EMTs, and firefighters. The challenge has been that many states and provinces have varying requirements for each profession. Additionally, some groups accept continuing education from providers who are accredited or certified nationally.

We are partnering with an online group to provide continuing education credit. To register and complete the exam click here.

Most professional organizations will accept the following documentation for continuing education unit credit:

  1. Certificate of Completion—the date and location of training should be on the certificate
  2. Names and professional credentials of the trainers (some may want their resume or vitae)
  3. Workshop Overview document for each workshop or presentation which includes:
  • Course description
  • Course content
  • Course outline including contact hours
  • Course learning objectives
  • Course outcomes
  • Texts and instructional resources
  • References

A standard template covering this documentation is available for download from the CEU resource page. We encourage you to contact licensing organizations to determine exactly what their requirements are and let us be of assistance in any way we can. Please contact Monica Kintigh, LivingWorks CEU Coordinator, with any questions.

Unfortunately, most organizations offer continuing education credits based on the individual trainer’s credentials as much as the quality of the program that is offered. That being said, LivingWorks trainers and the organizations they are connected to have been able to offer continuing education credits in the many states and provinces across North America. You can download the list of participating organizations here.

Different organizations count contact hours differently. You will need to contact your organization to find out which method they use. There are three major methods:

Method One

Higher education counts an hour as 50 minutes’ contact and 10 minutes’ break. 10 hours equals 1 credit hour or CEU. 

Here is how the ASIST workshop is counted according to this method:
Day 1 morning: 220 minutes
Day 1 afternoon: 160 minutes
Day 2 morning: 213 minutes
Day 2 afternoon: 165 minutes
Total: 758 minutes
758 divided by 50 minutes would be 15 contact hours. If you were offering higher education credits or CEUs, the course would be worth 1.5 credit hours or 1.5 CEUs.

Here is how the safeTALK workshop is counted according to this method:
Part one: 85 minutes
Part two: 80 minutes
Total: 165 minutes
160 divided by 50 minutes would be 3.2 contact hours. If you were offering higher education credits or CEUs, the course would be worth .33 credit hours or .33 CEUs.

 

Method Two

Some professional organizations count all time spent in the workshop, including short breaks but excluding the lunch break. Totals are measured in hours of continuing education.

Here is how the ASIST workshop is counted according to this method:
Day 1 morning: 220 min. (contact) + 20 min. (breaks) = 240 min. (4 hours)
Day 1 afternoon: 160 min. (contact) + 20 min. (breaks) = 180 min. (3 hours)
Day 2 morning: 213 min. (contact) + 30 min. (breaks) = 243 min. (4 hours)
Day 2 afternoon: 165 min. (contact) + 15 min. (break) = 190 min. (3 hours)
Total: 758 min. (contact) + 85 min. (breaks) = 843 min. (14 hours)
843 divided by 60 minutes would be 14 hours of continuing education.

Here is how the safeTALK workshop is counted according to this method:
Part one: 85 min. (contact) + 15 min. (break)
Part two: 80 min. (contact)
Total: 165 min. (contact) + 15 min. (break) = 180 min. (3 hrs) 
180 divided by 60 minutes would be 3 hours of continuing education.

 

Method Three

Some professional organizations do not count breaks as part of the time provided. The totals are measured in hours of continuing education.

Here is how the ASIST workshop is counted according to this method:
Day 1 am: 220 min. (contact) + 20 min. (breaks) = 240 min. (4 hrs)
Day 1 pm: 160 min. (contact) + 20 min. (breaks) = 180 min. (3 hrs)
Day 2 am: 213 min. (contact) + 30 min. (breaks) = 243 min. (4 hrs)
Day 2 pm: 165 min. (contact) + 15 min. (break) = 190 min. (3 hrs)
Total: 758 min. (contact) + 85 min. (breaks) = 843 min. (14 hrs)
758 divided by 60 minutes would be 12.6 hours of continuing education.

Here is how the safeTALK workshop is counted according to this method:
Part one: 85 (contact) 15 (break)
Part two: 80 (contact)
Total: 165 minutes (contact) + 15 (break) = 180 (3 hrs)
165 divided by 60 minutes would be 2.75 hours of continuing education.