About Gina Gunderson

Gina Gunderson, MS, RD, LD/N, is a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Operations for Professional Development Resources, a Florida non-profit that provides online continuing education (CE) courses for healthcare professionals. She has been with the company since 2003 and enjoys the freedom, flexibility, and creativity that comes from working in the field of online education. Gina also loves painting, gardening, spending time with her husband, two dogs, and parrot, and the Oxford comma. :)

20% Off Online CE for Texas Psychologists

Professional Development Resources offers 20% off online CE for Texas psychologists @pdresources.org.

Texas psychologists have an annual license renewal deadline on the last day of their birth month. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education are required to renew:

CE Required: 20 hours per year 
Online CE Allowed: No limit if APA-approved
License Expiration: Last day of birth month, annually 
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: 3 hours in ethics & 3 hours in cultural diversity (areas of cultural diversity include, but are not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status) are required each renewal

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor online CE for Texas psychologists and offers 20% off all courses:

Professional Development Resources offers 20% off online CE for Texas psychologists who need 20 hours annually to renew.

Use coupon code PDR438 at checkout to redeem. Coupon valid on all future orders now through 12/31/2019.

Click here to view online CE courses for Texas psychologists.

Information obtained from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists’ website on May 6, 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2019

Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2019 is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2019 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists informed about practice issues.

Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2019 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2019 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists informed about practice issues.

The articles included in Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2019 are:

  • Psychologists Face Denials, Delays in Testing Payments – Discusses the difficulties of receiving reimbursement following the update of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for central nervous system assessments, and provides contact information for APA information and support.
  • Integrated Healthcare Requires Caution – Provides an overview of the modalities of integrated healthcare and discusses the importance of dilalogue between psychologists and other healthcare providers.
  • Using Testing Codes Requires Great Care – The author provides an explanation of the billing codes used in skilled nursing facilities.
  • Rescue Dogs Replace Lab Rats – Highlights the success of a program in which university students work with dogs from a local animal shelter.
  • ACA Less Friendly to Psychologists than Expected – Describes the ways in which the Affordable Care Act impacts upon the practice of Psychotherapy.
  • Former Opponent Now Favors RxP – The author explains why he feels it is beneficial for psychologists to have prescribing privileges.
  • Mass Shootings Unfairly Stigmatizing Mentally Ill – Highlights the issues surrounding media exposure and violent gun crimes and reminds psychologists of the ethical issues that should be considered regarding mental health and gun violence.
  • Roles Collide in Internship at Federal Prison – The author describes the many dual roll relationships she is experiencing as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
  • Exposure Therapy is Fast and Effective – The author describes her experiences when learning exposure therapy and the benefits it can have for both the client and clinician.
  • Pope Calls for Psychological Tests – Discusses whether psychological testing to determine if a person is suited for a celibate life is of use.
  • Court Ruling Could Affect Psychologists – The author reflects upon the course rulings in the case of Byrne v Avery Center to highlight the difference between privilege and confidentiality when patient records are under subpoena.

Course #11-28 | 2019 | 19 pages | 10 posttest questions

Click here to learn more about Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Texas School Psychologists – License Renewal & CE

Texas School Psychologists have an annual license renewal deadline, on the last day of the birth month. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education (CE) are required to renew:

CE Required: 20 hours per year 
Online CE Allowed: No limit 
License Expiration: Last day of birth month, annually 
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: 3 hours in ethics & 3 hours in cultural diversity (areas of cultural diversity include, but are not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status) are required each renewal

Texas School Psychologists can earn all 20 hours per renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on all online courses:

Texas School Psychologists can earn all 20 hours per renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on all online courses.

Use coupon code PDR437 at checkout to redeem. Coupon valid on all future orders now through 12/31/2019.

Click here to view online CE courses for Texas School Psychologists.

Information obtained from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists’ website on May 2, 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

New Jersey Psychologists – New CE Requirement

New Jersey psychologists have a new continuing education (CE) requirement for license renewal:

CE Required: 40 credits (hours) every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: 30 hours (10 hours must be live) 
License Expiration: 6/30, odd years
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: 4 hours in topics related to domestic violence required each renewal

New Jersey psychologists can earn up to 30 hours per renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on all online courses:

New Jersey psychologists  can earn up to 30 hours per renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on all online courses!

Use coupon code PDR436 at checkout to redeem. Coupon valid on all future orders now through 12/31/2019.

Click here to view online CE courses for New Jersey psychologists.

Information obtained from the New Jersey State Board of Psychological Examiners website on May 1, 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

North Carolina OTs – License Renewal FAQs

North Carolina OTs have an upcoming license renewal deadline of June 30, 2019. The following continuing education (CE) requirements must be met in order to renew:

CE Required: 15 points (hours) per year 
Online CE Allowed: No limit if AOTA-approved
License Expiration: 6/30, annually 
National Accreditation Accepted: AOTA 
Notes: 1 hr OT ethics required each renewal

North Carolina OTs can earn all 15 hours required for renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on all AOTA-approved online CEUs:

North Carolina OTs can earn all 15 hours required for renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on all AOTA-approved online CEUs.

Use coupon code PDR435 at checkout to redeem. Coupon valid on all future orders now through 12/31/2019.

Click here to view online CE courses for North Carolina OTs.

Information obtained from the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy website on April 30, 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Medical Marijuana CE Course Update

Medical Marijuana CE is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the current literature (updated 2019) on the medical, legal, educational, occupational, and ethical aspects of marijuana.

Medical Marijuana is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the current literature on medical, legal, educational, occupational, and ethical aspects of marijuana.

In spite of the fact that more than half of the states in this country have enacted legislation legalizing marijuana in some fashion, the reality is that neither the intended “medical” benefits of marijuana nor its known (and as yet unknown) adverse effects have been adequately examined using controlled studies. Conclusive literature remains sparse, and opinion remains divided and contentious.

This course is intended to present a summary of the current literature on the various medical, legal, educational, occupational, and ethical aspects of marijuana. It will address the major questions about marijuana that are as yet unanswered by scientific evidence. The course will conclude with a list of implications for healthcare and mental health practitioners. Course #31-20 | 2019 | 65 pages | 21 posttest questions

Click here to learn more about Medical Marijuana CE.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Virginia Counselors License Renewal

Virginia counselors have an upcoming license renewal deadline of June 30, 2019. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education are required to renew, including two (2) hours in ethics.

CE Required: 20 hours per year
Online CE Allowed: No limit
License Expiration: 6/30, annually
National Accreditation Accepted: APA, NBCC
Notes: 2 hrs in ethics, standards of practice, or laws governing behavioral science professions in Virginia required each renewal

Virginia counselors can earn all 20 hours required for renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 courses to choose from. Order now and save 20% on board-approved online CE courses:

Virginia counselors can save 20% on all online continuing education (CE) courses for the June 30th license renewal @pdresources.org.

Use coupon code PDR434 at checkout to redeem. Coupon valid on all future orders now through 12/31/2019.

Click here to view online CE courses for Virginia Counselors.

Information obtained from the Virginia Board of Counseling website on April 24, 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Counseling the Criminal Mind – New CE Course

Counseling the Criminal Mind is a new 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the effects of mass incarceration and provides strategies for reducing criminal behavior.

Counseling the Criminal Mind is a new 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the effects of mass incarceration and provides strategies for reducing criminal behavior.

When events such as mass shootings, acts of terrorism, and familicide occur, one question we might ask ourselves is: What goes through the mind of the perpetrator? In attempting to answer this question, this course will explore the many factors that lead to criminal behavior, including traumatic brain injury, genetic predisposition, sibling behavior, exposure to violent video games, excessive television viewing, alcohol abuse, and social cohesion.

We will then explore the psychological effects of the incarceration experience itself, factors that contribute to criminal behavior, and brain-related and environmental approaches to turn around criminal behavior. Lastly, we will present strategies that you can use in session with your clients to help them make effective changes, find a vocation, decrease feelings of shame while increasing feelings of empathy, and practice mindfulness and self-regulation – all aimed at helping clients turn from a life of crime into one of fulfillment, meaning, and productivity. Course #21-33 | 2019 | 35 pages | 15 posttest questions

Click here to learn more.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Texas LPCs License Renewal Info

Texas LPCs can now earn all 24 hours required for license renewal via online continuing education (CE) courses!

Texas-licensed professional counselors (LPCs) have a biennial license renewal in which 24 hours of CE are required:

CE Required: 24 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: No limit (effective 2/28/2019)
License Expiration: Last day of birthmonth, every 2 years 
National Accreditation Accepted: NBCC, APA, ASWB 
Notes: 4 hours in ethics, 2 of which must be directly related to Texas LPC ethics, required each renewal. Completion of the Texas LPC Jurisprudence Exam will count as 1 hour of Texas LPC ethics. A licensee holding the supervisor status must complete 6 hours of continuing education in supervision each renewal.

Texas LPCs can now earn all 24 hours per renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from! Order now and enjoy 20% off all courses:

Texas LPCs can now earn all 24 hours per renewal through online courses offered @pdresources.org. Over 100 online courses to choose from! Order now and enjoy 20% off all courses:

Click here to view online courses for Texas LPCs.

Information above obtained from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors website on April 2, 2019.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target AudiencePsychologistsSchool PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!

Why We Should Laugh at Ourselves

Laughing, we know, can ease stress. It can strengthen social relationships and build trust. It can also help us cope with challenges.

The ability to turn our humor inward and laugh at ourselves eases the tension we feel about ourselves, allowing us to feel more at ease.

Self-Defeating Humor

According to the work of Jorge Torres Marín at the University of Granada Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (CIMCYC), self-defeating humor is one of the best ways to boost psychological well-being.

Marín explains, “In particular, we have observed that a greater tendency to employ self-defeating humor is indicative of high scores in psychological well-being dimensions such as happiness and, to a lesser extent, sociability” (Marín, 2017).

Adaptive Humor

While adaptive styles of humor, such as affiliative humor, which is aimed at strengthening social relationships, or self-enhancing humor, which helps us maintain a humorous outlook in potentially stressful situations, have consistently been linked to indicators of positive psychological well-being such as happiness, satisfaction with life, hope, Marín and his team aimed to provide the psychology of humor with a well-founded, accurate theoretical body of knowledge.

Moreover, the goal was to discern the different behavioral tendencies related to the everyday use of humor, and classify them based on their adaptive natures.

The Effects of Humor

The researchers found the existence of a curvilinear relationship between prosocial humor and personality dimensions such as kindness and honesty – meaning that the more we tend to make humorous comments, the stronger our social relationships tend to be. Further, when we maintain a humorous perspective in adverse situations, we tend to manage anger more effectively (Marín et al., 2017).

Interestingly, the direction of our humor also predicts how well we manage anger. When we use aggressive humor aimed at covertly expressing anger at others, we have a greater propensity to experience anger in everyday life. However, when we use self-defeating humor, we tend to fare better psychologically, and feel less anger towards others. 

Much in the same way humor eases the tension in social relationships, when we laugh at ourselves it likely eases the tension we feel about ourselves. The result is that we feel more at ease – however flawed we may think we are.

Related Online Continuing Education (CE) Courses:

The Use of Humor in Therapy is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews the risks and benefits of using humor in therapy and the relevant historical controversies of this proposal. Closeout Course #21-02 | 2015 | 24 pages | 14 posttest question

Finding Happiness: Positive Interventions in Therapy is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE) course that explores the concept of happiness, from common myths to the overriding factors that directly increase our feelings of contentment. Course #40-45 | 2018 | 57 pages | 25 posttest questions

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

PDR offers over 150 accredited online CE courses for healthcare professionals. 

Target Audience: Psychologists, School Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), Occupational Therapists (OTs), Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and Teachers

Enjoy 20% off all online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses @pdresources.orgClick here for details.

Earn CE Wherever YOU Love to Be!