Mandatory Continuing Ed. Requirements for the LCAT

Dear Colleagues and Advocates,

We have just been notified that information regarding the new mandatory continuing education requirements has been posted on the Office of the Professions (OP) website. As indicated in correspondence from Dr. David Hamilton, Executive Secretary of the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners:

The information is organized under the links to each profession, if you look at the left-hand navigation bar when you go to the main MHP page:


The information in each profession is organized as follows:

  • Profession name
  • License Requirements
  • Application Forms
  • Continuing Education
  • Consumer Information


You can access the specific link for creative arts therapy at the following:



The landing page for each profession provides a link to:

  • FAQs for licensees regarding the number of hours required, acceptable subjects and courses, non-compliance and record-keeping;
  • CE Provider requirements, including a link to the provider application form for the specific profession; and
  • Coming Soon, to hold the spot of listings of Department approved providers.

The OP will be sending an email to all licensees who have an email address on file. If you have questions after receiving this correspondence, please read the website for more information, including how to determine the number of pro-rated hours that are required and those who are exempt from CE. Remember that courses taken before January 1, 2017 or from a provider that is not approved by the Department will not be acceptable.

We understand the confusion and frustration that this process is causing for current licensees. Please note that the task force is presenting two final CMTE workshops, covering many issues of importance for LCATs. We will be at Nazareth College in Rochester on Saturday, September 24, and at Molloy College in Rockville Center, Long Island, on Friday, October 21.

We hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions for you.

In the spirit of service,
The New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation