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Free APNA Continuing Education / Nursing Continuing Professional Development


Opioid Response Network


Thanksgiving 2020

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners in the Journey to Whole Health
1.0 Contact Hours
Strategies to care for your own mental health and well-being so that you can provide the best possible care to those you serve.

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APNA 18th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute

Clinical Practice During COVID-19
0.5 Contact Hours
A panel discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical practice and strategies for providing care to patients during this time.

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Nurses Month & Mental Health Month 2020

Cultivating Our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19: The Community Resiliency Model
1.5 Contact Hours
Strengthen and access your 'best self' through body-based approaches to reduce the impact of stress and trauma.

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APNA Webinars: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
Educating and Empowering Nurses During an Epidemic
For All Registered Nurses

1.5 Contact Hours

For Advanced Practice Nurses
3.5 Contact Hours (2.0 in pharmacology)

Motivational Interviewing: Free CE Program

Motivational Interviewing: Free for Everyone through 12/31/21
3.0 Contact Hours
Learn best practices for motivational interviewing and how best to apply it to the care you provide to your patients in this three-part presentation.

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Originally presented at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference



Free APNA Continuing Education for APNA Members


Originally presented at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference

Channeling the Power of Human Connection toward Whole Health
0.75 Contact Hours
Recovery Support Specialist Nanette Larson, BA, CRSS shares her story of recovery and strategies to connect with individuals on their journey to whole health.

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Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA)
Earn continuing education from articles in JAPNA - new issues available bi-monthly! Here's how to access the current CE article available to you:
  • Click the button below and use your APNA account info to log in.
  • Click on the Current Issue button.
  • Scroll through the articles to find the Free CE icon which indicates that the article is eligible for continuing education.
  • Click on the article title to read it.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the section labeled "Continuing Education". Note: For the March/April 2021 article, the NCPD information is available only in the pdf version of the article.
  • Follow the instructions to take a post-test and complete an online evaluation. You'll then be able to print or email your CE certificate!
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Remember, you can also use your membership bonus points to access CE content at low to no cost!

SMIAdviser Free Continuing Education

Integrating Equity and Diversity in Digital Mental Health Interventions for Depression
October 15, 2020, 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
1.0 contact hours

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Ethical Considerations in Digital Mental Health
1.0 Contact Hours

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The Treatment of Bipolar Depression: From Pills to Words
1.0 Contact Hours

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DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation and Cultural Formulation Interview: Tools for Culturally Competent Care
1.0 contact hours

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SMI, Psychotropics, and Sexuality
1.0 contact hours

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Update on Catatonia
November 5, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm ET.
1.0 contact hours

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Free CE for APNA Members as a part of Digital Membership with ANA

Navigate Nursing Webinar Series
Each month, earn continuing education contact hours while learning about challenges all nurses face.

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Free Continuing Education from Outside Organizations

This continuing education is provided by organizations not affiliated with APNA. Posting here does not imply endorsement of content.

PCSS Training & Education
Training and education focused on evidence-based clinical practices in prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders.

Engaging the Nursing Community in Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
0.25 Contact Hours
National Institute on Drug Abuse


SMI Adviser
A collection of resources to support evidence-based care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).

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Clinical Convergence®: Child & Adolescent Bipolar Depression
1.0 Contact Hours


Case Studies & Conundrums: Practical Management of Tardive Dyskinesia for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Creative Educational Concepts
1.25 Contact Hours


Adolescent Substance Use and Rx Drug Misuse
1.0 Contact Hour
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Binge-Eating Disorder: Developing a Treatment Plan for Binge-Eating Disorder When First-Line Options Fail
1.5 Contact Hours
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) webinar
Designed for health care professionals seeking information on urine drug screens, their interpretation, and cross reactivity of different substances.
1.0 Contact Hours

Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
2.5 contact hours
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Free Access to CE Activities
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
1.0 Contact Hours

Applying the Latest Genetics Findings to Your Practice
0.75 contact hours
American Society of Human Genetic Global Virtual Meeting


Child Welfare Online Tutorials
4.5 contact hours
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare


Major Depressive Disorder: Using the Components of Shared Decision Making in Treatment Planning
ACPE Contact Hours: 2.25
The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Rx Drugs
1.75 contact hours
National Institute on Drug Abuse


SMI Adviser
Calendar of upcoming events including webinars from support system for serious mental illness (SMI).

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Association for Nursing Professional Development
Promoting Resilience Webinar Series
1 contact hour each
May 20 - 22, 11am CT each day.





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