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Continuing Education

Esalen provides continuing education (CE) credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, nurses, bodyworkers, acupuncturists, and nutritionists.

Esalen’s status as a provider of continuing education is approved by the following boards:

  • Each course meets the qualifications for 10, 26, 36, or 38 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Esalen Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs/LCSWs/LEPs/LPCCs. Esalen Institute maintains responsibility for programs/courses and their content. (Provider No. 128759)
  • Massage practitioners and bodyworkers: The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (provider number 043062-00) and the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education (school code 2700571)
  • Registered Nurses: Board of Registered Nursing (provider number 01152)
  • Registered Dietitians: State Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Acupuncturists: State of California Acupuncture Board (provider number 946).

Please note: if your workshop is listed as offering CE but indicates that you must "see leader," your leader will be responsible for processing and issuing the continuing education certificates.

Continuing Education Credit

With few exceptions, approved weekend workshops qualify for 10 CE units, approved five-day courses qualify for 26 CE units, approved seven-day courses qualify for 36 CE units, and approved Residential Study courses qualify for 38 CE units.

You can find the course information and educational objectives in .pdf format for all MFT approved courses on our website through the link on the course page. Please check workshop listings online for frequent updates to CE status.

CE credit is not offered for lunch or break periods.


For workshops that offer continuing education but indicate you must "see leader", certificates will be processed and issued by the workshop faculty. For these courses, there is no need to contact or pay fees to Esalen.

For all courses offering continuing education that is sponsored by Esalen, participants must meet the following requirements in order to receive a certificate:

  • Pay the $25 per-certificate processing fee (Spring 2020) online when you book your workshop, with a Guest Services representative over the phone, or in the front office prior to the start of your workshop.
  • Notify your teacher at the beginning of your workshop, then attend all sessions and sign the attendance sheet provided by the leader. Partial credit will not be given.
  • Once the workshop has completed, you will receive an online Course Assessment Form via email that you must complete and submit before you can receive your CE Certificate. If you do not receive your form within three days after the end of the workshop, first check your spam folder and if necessary contact
  • Certificate processing can take up to 45 days. Certificates will be emailed to you.

Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board's approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

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