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To Address Mental Health Crisis and Equity, Sheppard Pratt Unveils Free Continuing Education Global Portal


Sheppard Pratt today announced that it will offer all of its continuing education courses for free in response to the growing mental health crisis and the need to create greater access to high-quality continuing education. 

“Already used by thousands of healthcare providers from across the globe, we are making a bold investment to benefit our community and to achieve mental health equity. We firmly believe in the importance of sharing best practices and expanding medical knowledge broadly to lead the field in addressing the mental health crisis our nation is facing,” said Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt.

More than 4,600 providers from 48 states and in 19 countries around the world have established an account with the Center for Professional Education and are actively leveraging the resources Sheppard Pratt is making available. Sheppard Pratt has long been a trusted resource, providing world-class continuing education programs and resources for a wide variety of mental health professionals—both inside and outside of Sheppard Pratt. 

Responding to greater demand for educational content during the pandemic, the organization significantly expanded course offerings and housed them all within the Center for Professional Education, an education hub for psychiatrists, physicians, behavioral health nurses, therapists, social workers, and other clinicians. It’s continuing education programs feature global leaders and experts, and participants can earn continuing medical education (CME) credits by attending web-based live events, or online, on-demand events. 

“The Center for Professional Education was founded to engage renowned leaders who are actively shaping the future of behavioral healthcare,” said Todd Peters, MD, vice president and chief medical officer at Sheppard Pratt. “It gives our team as well as professionals from around the world access to valuable information and novel, diverse perspectives.”

Providers will be able to meet their continuing education requirements by tuning in to Sheppard Pratt’s free events. From topics on neurodevelopmental disorders and eating disorders to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma, Sheppard Pratt will offer virtual trainings and workshops on a variety of areas including evidence-based diagnostic and treatment guidelines, translational research, policy, and public health topics, among many others.

In addition to making its continuing education free, Sheppard Pratt’s Wednesday Lecture Series will be renamed to Sheppard Pratt Grand Rounds and will continue to offer the same great speakers and topics for free.

Learn about and register for upcoming continuing education opportunities at the Center for Professional Education:

About Sheppard Pratt

Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country. A nationwide resource, Sheppard Pratt provides services across a comprehensive continuum of care, spanning both hospital- and community-based resources. Since its founding in 1853, Sheppard Pratt has been innovating the field through research, best practice implementation, and a focus on improving the quality of mental health care on a global level. Sheppard Pratt has been consistently recognized as a top national psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for more than 30 years.