The Healing Power of Emotion – New 7-Hour CEU Course

The Healing Power of Emotion is a new 7-hour book-based CEU course that draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to better understand emotion.

The Healing Power of EmotionThis CE test is based on the book “The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice” (2009, 349 pages). In it, leading neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, therapy researchers, and clinicians illuminate how to regulate emotion in a healthy way. A variety of emotions, both positive and negative, are examined in detail, drawing on both research and clinical observations. The role of emotion in bodily regulation, dyadic connection, marital communication, play, well-being, health, creativity, and social engagement is explored. The Healing Power of Emotion offers fresh, exciting, original, and groundbreaking work from the leading figures studying and working with emotion today. Contributors include: Jaak Panksepp, Stephen W. Porges, Colwyn Trevarthen, Ed Tronick, Allan N. Schore, Daniel J. Siegel, Diana Fosha, Pat Ogden, Marion F. Solomon, Susan Johnson, and Dan Hughes. Course #70-15 | 50 posttest questions | This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590); by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC Provider #000279); by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625); by the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); by the Illinois DPR for Social Work (#159-00531); by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); by the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

Response to Customer Feedback on Book-Based CE Courses

We review course evaluations daily, and greatly appreciate the feedback given by our customers. This feedback enables us to improve our courses and services – which is invaluable to us. Today we received the following comment on a course evaluation:

Customer sending feedback in course evaluationI am greatly disappointed that PDR no longer includes books with the tests. So far the on-line classes are not as helpful to be translated to later uses with clients. Also it is frustrating to order a test, then have to order the book on Amazon. It is unfortuate that PDR has decided to operate in this manner as having the books and tests included has been a draw for me to order classes from PDR. Sincerely, RA Weaver, LISW-S

Since this is a sentiment others might share, we wanted to explain our reasoning behind the decision to outsource book inventory to Here is the response from our CEO:

We thought about this for a long time before making the decision to outsource our book functions. I know there are a lot of our customers like you, who enjoyed the convenience of one-stop shopping for books and CE, and we certainly do not like to disappoint. However, we made our decision based on two factors: first, in this 2011 economy, it is no longer financially feasible for us to underwrite the costs of ordering, stocking, and shipping books. With increasing costs of the books themselves and shipping and handling, we were faced with choosing between increasing our prices – which we did not want to do – and outsourcing to Amazon. Second – our analysis indicated that by ordering the book from Amazon and the CE test from us, customers would achieve a savings of 25%, on the average, off what it would cost if we continued to supply both.

I sincerely hope we can continue to earn your business. It is our intention to continue to offer book-based courses as well as online courses. The 25% savings might compensate you for having to place two orders instead of one.

Thanks for your feedback and your business.


Leo Christie, PhD
Professional Development Resources, Inc.

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Goodbye Books – The End of an Era

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We here at Professional Development Resources are in process of combining the convenience of our online CE tests with the power of Amazon’s exceptional inventory of book titles. We have found that you can get books from Amazon faster and for less than we can deliver, and you get CE tests instantly on our website.

We originally created ‘test only‘ courses so you could share course materials and earn CE credit. Up until now we have carried an inventory of our book-based home study courses to ship to you. With the recent rise in fuel costs, this is no longer an economical choice for us or for you.

An added benefit to Amazon’s services is the convenience of books being available for Kindle, or other e-book readers. This allows you instant access to your CE tests (from PDResources) and to your books (from Amazon). All for less money! (Average savings of 20%!)

This means that over the next few months we will be phasing out course books and offering only the CE tests that accompany the books. We will continue to create and offer CE tests based on published books, but you will have the freedom to choose from ordering the book online (from Amazon or another source), sharing with a colleague, or checking out from the library.

This is a great time to save on the remaining mail order courses in stock, now on closeout:

Our goal is to be book-free by the of 2011. What do you think?

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After the War Zone – New ‘Test Only’ CE Course

CE Credit: 6 Hours (0.6 CEUs)
Target Audience: Psychology Counseling Social-Work Marriage-and-Family
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Abstract:

Note: this is a ‘test only’ course (does not include the book). The textbook can be purchased through Amazon or another source.
After the War ZoneThis course is based on the book After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families (2008, 304 pages) written by Laurie Slone, PhD and Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, of the VA National Center for PTSD and Dartmouth Medical School. The book describes the experience of deployment and return from a war zone, typical experiences of military personnel, and issues relevant to special populations (women, ethnic minorities, peacekeepers, private contractors, and parents and extended family of affected individuals). It provides valuable insight into the military culture, as well as containing many useful military terms and definitions that would be essential for a lay clinician to know when working with military clients. As a psychoeducational tool for military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, this book may be used by clinicians as a recommendation for reading when conducting individual, family, or couples therapy with military patients or veterans. Course #60-88 | 2008 | 58 posttest questions

Learning Objectives:

1. Define essential terminology relevant to the military and military operations, including the acronym BATTLEMIND.
2. Identify some basic information and statistics regarding today’s military and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
3. List common practical issues for military personnel and their families before, during, and after deployment, and common solutions to those issues.
4. Identify common emotional experiences among military personnel and their families before, during, and after deployment.
5. Identify warning signs and symptoms of PTSD, TBI, alcohol and drug abuse, suicidal tendencies, and domestic violence among military personnel, and how these differ from common reactions to being in a war zone
6. Identify coping strategies that troops and their families can use to facilitate adjustment.
7. Identify special populations affected by the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and issues that are specific to those populations.
8. Identify federal laws and federal, private, and volunteer organizations that provide support to troops.
9. Apply information provided in this book to several case scenarios.

About the Author(s):

Laurie Slone, PhD, is the Associate Director for Research and Education of the VA National Center for PTSD and an assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School.
Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, is Executive Director of the VA National Center for PTSD and a professor of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School.

CE Information:

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
APA: American Psychological Association
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors (#5590)
NAADAC: National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (#00279)
California: Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625)
Florida: Boards of SW, MFT & MHC (#BAP346); Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635); Occupational Therapy Practice (#34). PDResources is CE Broker compliant.
Illinois: DPR for Social Work (#159-00531)
Ohio: Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501)
South Carolina: Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193)
Texas: Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) & State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678)