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Continuing Education & Professional Development

The Department of Professional Counseling offers continuing education and professional development opportunities for current students, alumni, and community professionals. Events are facilitated by the department, as well as by their active alumni organization Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC). This website contains information about upcoming offerings, ongoing initiatives, and credentialing.

If you would like to stay updated on professional development programming, please complete the short form located on the bottom right of this webpage.

Have a question? Contact Lisa Himelman, Director of Professional Development and Special Projects, at 732-923-4572 or

Upcoming Events


In response to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Monmouth University is holding classes and conducting business activities remotely (online). In light of this, and to ensure the safety of our participants, all Professional Counseling events scheduled for spring/summer 2020 have been cancelled, postponed, or moved to a virtual platform. Please continue checking this website and look out for e-mails with important updates as they become available. If you have any questions contact Lisa Himelman at Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Home Study Programs

Topics available:

  • Medical Trauma: Emotional Implications and Crisis Intervention (2 CE hours)
  • An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Basic Principles and Practical Applications (2 CE hours)

Alumni/Professional fee per program: $20

These programs will be available for registration and completion until Friday, August 14, 2020. A portion of the proceeds made will be donated to the Professional Counseling Scholarship Fund.

Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World

LIVE virtual workshop via Zoom Online Meeting Platform

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Fees: $20 for MU Alumni and Professionals | Free for Current Students (registration fee includes CE certificate)

2 CE hours

Presenter: Megan Delaney, PhD, LPC

Program Description:

This presentation provides an overview of the theoretical constructs of Ecotherapy with historical considerations and recent research discussed. Perspectives and reflections will be offered through the presenter’s own experience as a former wilderness therapist and current Ecotherapist/Counselor Educator. Examples of practical ways to incorporate Ecotherapy with different populations, as well as descriptions of other Ecotherapy modalities will be included.

4th Annual CAC Current Topics in Counseling Conference

Location: Monmouth University (400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch)

Day 1, Pre-Conference Ethics Institute: Friday, October 16, 2020

Time: 9am – 3pm (1 hour lunch break)

Topic: Ethics, Law, & Social Justice: The Intersection of Behaviors and Beliefs presented by Perry C. Francis, EdD, NCC, ACS, LPC, Professor and Counseling Training Clinic Coordinator at Eastern Michigan University.

5 CE hours in ethics

Breakfast and CE hours certificate will be provided.

Earn all of your required ethics credits in one place prior to license renewal in November!

Day 2, Full-Day Conference: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Keynote Address: Cultural View of Disability: Communicating with People with Disabilities presented by Mona Robinson, PhD, Professor and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Ohio University. Workshops on timely counseling-related topics will follow the keynote.

6 CE hours

Breakfast, catered networking luncheon, and CE hours certificate will be provided.

Participants may register for one or both days of this event – to view the fee structure click here. More details and registration are forthcoming. Please continue checking this website for the most current information.

Photo of S Kent Butler presenting at 2018 Counseling Conference at Monmouth University

Credentialing Information

For NJ Licensed Counselors:

Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For NJ Social Workers:
In accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44G-6.4(c)5, Social Workers may obtain continuing education from courses and programs offered at a regionally accredited institution.

For NJ Alcohol and Drug Counselors:
In accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:34C-5.4(b)1, Alcohol and Drug Counselors may obtain continuing education from courses or programs approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Please note: Credit requirements and approvals vary by state board regulations. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine what providers/programs their licensing board accepts.

If a participant would like to express a concern about their experience with Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling, they may call or email Jessica Burkholder at 732-571-3570 or Although we do not guarantee a particular outcome, the participant can expect us to consider the complaint, make any necessary decisions and communicate with the participant within one week.

Photo of audience at 2017 Counseling Conference at Monmouth University

Photo of presentation titled Counseling and Criminal Justice

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