Exploring the Benefits of Pursuing an Advanced Certification
Updated: May 3
While looking for what CE courses to take you may have come across more advanced, (sometimes multi-day) CE courses that offer a certification in addition to CE Credits. These courses offer advanced training to deepen your knowledge and skills in a specific area of mental health. While pursuing an advanced certification can be a valuable investment in your professional development, it's important to carefully consider which topic area to choose. Factors such as your interests, professional goals, and the needs of your clients can all play a role in this decision. Here we will explore the benefits of pursuing an advanced certification in mental health and provide some guidance on how to decide which topic area is the best fit for you.
Deepen Your Understanding
When it comes to helping those struggling with various mental health conditions or circumstances mental health providers have an important role to play. However, it's not always easy to know the best ways to support these individuals. That's where pursuing an advanced certification can make a real difference. One of the biggest benefits of pursuing an advanced certification in a specific area of mental health is that it allows mental health providers to deepen their understanding of these issues. This can help them better support their clients and provide more effective treatments. With a greater understanding, mental health providers can tailor their interventions to better meet the unique needs of each person they work with.
Stay Current with Best Practices
An advanced certification can help mental health providers stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in their field. As our understanding of various mental health conditions continues to evolve, it's important for mental health providers to have access to the most current information. Pursuing an advanced certification can help ensure that mental health providers are able to provide the most effective and evidence-based treatments to their clients leading to better treatment outcomes.
Advance Your Career
Another benefit of pursuing an advanced certification is that it can demonstrate a mental health provider's commitment to their field. This can be especially valuable for those looking to advance in their careers or work in specialized areas. Having an advanced certification can help mental health providers stand out from their peers and show that they are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the clients they serve.
Deciding Which Certification to Pursue
Choosing which advanced certification to pursue can be overwhelming, but with a little guidance, you can make an informed decision that benefits both you and your clients. Here are some tips to consider when making your decision:
Consider your areas of interest and expertise and where you may want to build your knowledge and skill set.
Think about the needs of your clients and in particular issues that you have found the most challenging to work with.
Look for programs that align with your professional goals and values.
Research the requirements, reputation, and costs associated with the program.
Consider the time commitment needed to complete the program.
Ask for recommendations from colleagues or mentors in your field.
Attend informational sessions or speak with program representatives to learn more about the program and its benefits
Review the curriculum and course offerings to ensure they align with your learning objectives and goals.
Choosing an advanced certification should be a thoughtful and intentional decision that aligns with your professional goals and the needs of your clients. Taking the time to research and explore your options can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding professional development experience.
Explore some of the advanced certification courses Maryland CEU Institute has to offer below.
Each of the below courses includes your first year of certification in the course price
through Evergreen Certifications. Click below to learn more.
Certified Grief Informed Professional Training-6 Hour Course
On-Demand Course: Grief Certification Course | Maryland CEU
Clinical Trauma Professional Certification (CCTP):2-Day Intensive Training-12 Hour Course
Online Live Webinar: Real-Time, Interactive Training: June 1 & 2 - Clinical Trauma Cert | Maryland CEU