CFP Continuing Education
In order for a Certified Family Partner to maintain their certification, 20 continuing education units (CEUs) are required for each 24-month (two year) recertification period. CEUs are obtained through attendance at Via Hope endorsement trainings, relevant conferences, other classroom style trainings, or online courses/webinars. CEU credit is generally only accepted for topics covered in the Basic Certification Training or from the CFP core competencies.
The endorsement trainings offered by Via Hope provide approved CEU credits. If CEU requirements are not met within the two-year recertification period, the CFP’s certification is suspended until they have completed the required CEU hours.
CEUs do not have to be obtained formally. Some professions require a fee for CEUs; CFPs are not required to pay Via Hope a fee for CEUs although they may be required to pay for some of the education (such as conference registration). Verification of the hours through a completion certificate documenting the number of training hours, a conference agenda booklet with listings of the workshops you attended, or if neither of those is available, a brief summary of what you learned by attending or participating in a webinar will be accepted.
A CFP who is interested in participating in a class, online training, or conference outside of the Via Hope Endorsements or trainings listed as preapproved by Via Hope and wants to ensure they will receive CEU credit, must submit a Request for Training Approval for CEUs available on the Request for Training Approval for C.E.U.s page. Via Hope prefers that this form be submitted 30 days before the training. Via Hope will accept the form after the training but there is no guarantee that the CEU credit will be granted.
Courses that are preapproved by Via Hope include:
- Via Hope endorsement trainings or other sources of training on IDEA/Special Education, Juvenile Justice, and Wraparound
- Trainings recommended by Via Hope such as eCPR, Nurturing Parenting, and Medication Education
- Trauma informed principles of care, alternatives to seclusion and restraint
- Accessing Community Resources for Families with children with special needs
- Issues related to Transitional Age Youth
Resource List for Other Courses That May Be Used for CEU Credit
Via Hope has compiled the following list of webinar links and conferences that may be for CEU credit, depending on the subject matter (the links cover too many webinar sources to preapprove without further detail) Any questions about whether a given course can be used for CEU credit can be resolved by submitting the Request for Training Approval for CEUs form.
- Webinars on the Texas System of Care
- SAMHSA – Children’s Mental Health Webinars : https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/webinars-podcasts, https://www.samhsa.gov/tribal-ttac/webinars/youth-family
- SAMHSA -Trauma
- NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
- Wraparound, System of Care Webinars (Google Search – too many to link)
- Institute for Innovations and Implementation, Univ. of MD Online Trainings
- University of Maryland – School of Social Work – Webinars
- “CFPs and Trauma Webinar: Parent Peer Support for Families With Trauma” presented May 10, 2018
- Any HHSC approved Evidence Based Practice (EBP) trainings
- Strengthening Youth and Families Conference
- Texas Parent to Parent Conference
- National Federation of Families Conference
- Any SAMHSA endorsed conference/trainings
- Texas System of Care Conference
- Texas Council Conference
Questions on CEUs for CFPs can be directed to the Family Partner Program Coordinator or firstname.lastname@example.org.