Training Institute


September 10, 2021: Important Announcement

Like many others who provide public services, we have had to reevaluate hosting our in-person events. Due to increased concerns and rising numbers of COVID-19 infections, all Sweetser Training Institute events scheduled for both in-person and webinar options will be, until March 2022, offered as webinars only.

We will reevaluate the in-person possibility for the spring workshops after the first of the year.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we all navigate this pandemic time together!


The Sweetser Training Institute is proud to announce the release of its 2021-2022 training season catalog of clinical workshops.

This year you will notice that most of our trainings are “hybrid” workshops. Hybrid meaning, you have the option to attend either in-person at the identified location or via webinar from your own location.

For all in-person attendees:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out an abundance of caution for the health and wellbeing of you, our colleagues around the state, the following precautions are being required:

    1. Face coverings must be worn by each attendee for the duration of the workshop; regardless of vaccination status.
    2. Seating will be at a reduced capacity in an effort to maintain a minimum of 6 foot distance. When arriving at, leaving, and moving about the training location, please attempt to maintain a social distance.
    3. Each attendee will have a complete and individual set of handouts, worksheets, and/or supplies provided at their seat.
    4. Sweetser staff will sanitize each table and chair before and after your workshop. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available for attendees throughout the training.

Should pandemic circumstances changes such that attending in-person is not a completely safe option, then we be forced to cancel the in-person option and proceed with just the webinar method of delivery.

Thank you for your understanding and support in ensuring we all get through this safe and healthy.

This year we continue our commitment to offering you not only the required trainings (ethics and intimate partner violence) but also the best in a broad range of topics addressing youth, adults, substance use, and evidence based practices.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and let us know. training@sweetser.org or 294-4414.


February 8, 2021: Important Announcement

REGARDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 29 FY 20/21, AN ORDER AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 35 FY 19/20 AND REINSTATING CERTAIN LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order on Feb 3, 2021 which will end the waiver of certain provisions of Maine’s occupational and professional licensing statutes.

You can view the order in its entirety by clicking: Executive Order 29 FY 20/21

Executive Order 29 FY 20/21 ends the extension of certain license expiration dates. If your license was due to expire on or after March 15, 2020 and your license expiration date was extended by EO 35, your license must be renewed by March 20, 2021 in order to avoid a gap in licensure.

Executive Order 29 FY 20/21 makes no change to EO 35’s March 21, 2021 expiration date of the continuing education waiver. For those licensees with continuing education requirements:

EO 35 provided that certain licensees who held an active license scheduled to expire on or before March 20, 2021 could renew that license without satisfying required continuing education requirements. That waiver will expire on March 20, 2021.

If your license renewal date is after March 20, 2021 and you are concerned that you will not have accrued enough continuing education credits to satisfy your license’s continuing education renewal requirements, we encourage you to renew your license prior to March 20, 2021. If you renew after March 20, 2021 and are not able to satisfy continuing education due to the impacts of the public health emergency, you may request a hardship deferment from your board at the time of renewal.


July 17, 2020: Important Announcement

REGARDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 1 FY 20/21:

AN ORDER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT OF

CERTAIN LICENSING STATUTES AND RULES

 

On July 7th, 2020, Governor Mills signed Executive Order 1 FY 20/21 (AN ORDER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN LICENSING STATUES AND RULES ).

You can view the order in its entirety by clicking EO 1 FY 20/21 suspending enforcement of certain statutes and rules for counselors and social workers.

Of particular interest is Order I section A that states: “Provisional, temporary, or conditional licenses due to expire on or after March 1, 2020 shall remain active until 90 days after the conclusion of the declared state of civil emergency or until such time as the holder of such a license passes the required examination or obtains their independent or next level license, whichever shall come first.”

Section A makes it so that staff without full independent licensure get a time extension due to the pandemic caused state of civil emergency.

Additionally is states in Order 1 section C that: “Provisional, temporary, or conditional licensees licensed under Chapters 2, 81, 83 and 119, alcohol and drug counseling aides, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and licensed social workers, who must complete required supervision or consultation hours may complete any of those supervision or consultation hours via video conference or telephone or other audio-only technology until 90 days after the conclusion of the declared state of civil emergency.”

Section C offers staff that are required to obtain hours of clinical supervision, the ability to get those hours through means other than traditional face-to-face supervision.


April 10, 2020: Important Announcement

REGARDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 35:

IMPACT ON LICENSURE RENEWAL AND

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

On April 6th, 2020, Governor Mills signed Executive Order 35 (AN ORDER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN LICENSING STATUES AND RULES IN ORDER FACILITATE HEALTH CARE AND VETERINARY CARE DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY CREATED BY COVID-19).

You can view the order in its entirety by clicking EO 35 suspending statutes and rules for health care and vet care for COVID-19.

Of particular interest is Order I section E that states: “Any individual who holds a license of the type listed in Paragraph A or B above, including a conditional license, or an active administrator license issued by the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board, that is scheduled to expire on or before March 20, 2021, may renew that license without satisfying any continuing education requirement that would otherwise apply.”

Please be aware that this order is subject to Order II EFFECIVE DATE that states: “This Order is effective April 6, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded or until the State of Civil Emergency to Protect Public Health is terminated, whichever occurs first.”

So while Order I suspends the continuing education requirements for licenses, once the order is rescinded or the State of Civil Emergency to Protect Public Health is terminated, licenses up for renewal will once again be subject to all of their appropriate board’s previously established laws, rules and requirements.

The Sweetser Training Institute will continue to offer interactive webinars during this period of physical distancing to prepare licensed individuals for that time when orders are rescinded and licensure requirements are reinstated. Furthermore, we are committed to a return to providing the best in face-to-face workshops just as soon as conditions and law permit.

Thank you for all the work you do with and on behalf of the clients around our great state.

Best,

Matt Robinson

Director of Training


The foremost provider of mental health training in Maine, Sweetser Training Institute’s continuing education courses and clinical workshops help psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, and other allied professionals all over the state better support patient mental health. In fact, almost 800 mental health professionals and community members received mental health training and earned contact hours at Sweetser in 2018.

The Sweetser Training Institute sets the standard.

Sweetser’s mental health training institute provides recovery focused, trauma informed continuing education courses grounded in evidence-based practice from compassionate, ethical instructors. We honor diversity and inclusivity. And while we offer most of our mental health training in Brunswick and Saco, we can tailor trainings and workshops to your organization and present custom courses onsite. Our training makes promising futures possible.

  • Workshops and Courses – Keep your skills current and earn contact hours in person or online. Browse our course calendar and sign up for training updates to get a discount on upcoming CE classes.
  • FOCUS Through Adventure – Adventure-based experiential learning and team-building opportunities for students and teachers. Learn lifelong skills in small groups through age- and ability-appropriate challenges at our ropes course in Saco, Maine.
  • Peer Training Network – The newest addition to our continuing education curriculum, the Peer Training Network provides recovery-based facilitator training and logistical support to peers working or volunteering in behavioral health settings statewide. We have trained over 40 WRAP facilitators who now run their own trainings across Maine.
  • In partnership with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Sweetser offers free online training for clinicians and community members through the Suicide Safer Care Training Portal.

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