Center for Practice Innovations provides self-study credits for free (there is a catch)

cpilogosmallLooking for self-study credits? Looking for free courses to complete your requirements? The Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry offers over 25 hours in continuing education in their Learning Community portal.

The courses are well-produced and informative, covering topics in

  • assertive community treatment (ACT)
  • integrated treatment for dual disorders (FIT)
  • wellness self-management (WSM)
  • supported employment (IP)
  • suicide prevention (SP-TIE)

There are a few qualifiers which may limit their applicability or availability to many social workers:

  • You need to be employed in an OMH, OASAS-certified or NYS VA program (although this may change in the future, see the FAQ on their site).
  • You cannot retake any courses you completed prior to 4/15/15 (the date CPI became an approved provider).

With luck, though, you may be find this a useful resource. Here’s the complete list of current courses:

The CPI Courses approved for Social Work continuing education credit (total number: 49). All courses provide .5 hours of continuing education unless noted otherwise.


  • Peer Specialists: ACT and Beyond
  • Person-Centered Treatment Planning in Assertive Community Treatment — .75 CE Hour
  • Engaging Consumers in Assertive Community Treatment
  • Promoting Recovery through a Mobile, Team-based Approach —1 CE Hour

FIT Modules 1-39

  • FIT Module 01: Introduction
  • Screening and Assessment/Treatment Planning (FIT Modules, 3-7 & 28)
  • Stage-Wise Treatment/Stage Wise Groups (FIT Modules 12-17 & 22)
  • Motivational Interviewing (FIT Modules 8-11 & 22)
    Modules 8,9, and 10 each provides 1 CE Hour
  • CBT/Social Skills Training (FIT Modules 19-21)
  • Recovery and Community Support (FIT Modules 18, 23,24,25, &26)
  • Medication/Medical (FIT Modules 27 & 29)
  • Supervision Skills (FIT Modules 30 & 31)
  • Leadership Skills (FIT Modules 2 & 32)
  • Capacity/Fidelity/Tracking Outcomes (FIT Modules 33-35)
  • Co-Occurring Disorders in Adolescents  (FIT Module 39)
  • Tobacco Dependence Treatment (FIT Modules 36-38)
    Modules 37 and 38 each provides 1 CE Hour

WSM: Wellness Self-Management (WSM) — .75 CE Hour


  • Job Development
  • Introduction to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model of Supported Employment — .75 CE Hour


  • Structured Follow-up and Monitoring
  • Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention — .75 CE Hour
  • Assessment of Suicidal Risk Using C-SSRS