Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?

New online CE course @pdresources.org

Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity? is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that explains an alternative treatment for obesity. Conventional treatment for obesity, founded on the First Law of Thermodynamics, assumes that all calories are alike, and that to lose weight one must simply “eat less and move more.” However, this prescription rarely succeeds over the long term. According to an alternative approach, the metabolic state of the fat cells play a key role in determining body weight. High intakes of processed carbohydrate raise insulin levels and program fat cells to store too many calories, leaving too few for the rest of the body. Consequently, hunger increases and metabolic rate slows in the body’s attempt to conserve energy. From this perspective, conventional calorie-restricted, low fat diets amount to symptomatic treatment, destined to fail for most people. Instead, a dietary strategy aiming to lower insulin secretion promises to increase the effectiveness of long-term weight management and chronic disease prevention. Course #11-08 | 2017 | 10 posttest questions

CE Credit: 1 Hour
Target Audience: Nutritionists & Dietitians
Learning Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Audio

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Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity? provides instant access to the course audio, course handout and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to listen to the audio or download the mp3, download/print the course handout and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while listening to the course audio). Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion.

About the Speaker:

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist, researcher, and professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ludwig also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on how food affects hormones, metabolism, body weight, and well-being. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to restrict junk food advertising directed at young children, improve the quality of national nutrition programs, and increase insurance reimbursement for obesity prevention and treatment. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and published over 150 scientific articles and is a Contributing Writer for the medical journal JAMA. Dr. Ludwig lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Dawn, and two children, Joy and Benji. He can be found most weekends with nice weather biking along the Charles River.

This audio course was recorded at the Annual Symposium of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2016.

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Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR #PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (#50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within one week of completion).

DSM-5: The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide

Are you prepared for the highly anticipated and long awaited DSM-5? This new CEU course will guide you through the revision.

DSM-5: The Intelligent Clinician’s GuideBased on the book “The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to the DSM-5®” (2013, 272 pages), this 4-hour CEU course explores all revisions to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual and shows clinicians how they can best apply the strong points and shortcomings of psychiatry’s most contentious resource. The book uses evidence-based critiques and new research to point out where DSM-5 is right, where it is wrong, and where the jury is still out. The author tackles the question – how can we appropriately classify and diagnose mental disorders and address the complexities of distinguishing a psychiatric ‘case’ from a ‘non-case’? He details a flawed DSM-5 ideologically-based production but encourages us to recognize that while we have to use it, we can still work our way around it. In the end he counsels clinicians to “apply extra caution and follow common sense.” Course #40-37 | 30 posttest questions | CE test available online @ https://www.pdresources.org/course/index/6/1153/DSM-5-The-Intelligent-Clinicians-Guide

About the Author:

Joel Paris, MD, is a psychiatrist who is renowned for his research on personality disorders. He obtained an MD from McGill University in 1964, where he also trained in psychiatry. Dr. Paris’ main diagnosis of interest, borderline personality disorder, affects 1% of the population and it is associated with repeated suicide attempts. Dr. Paris’ research program aims to learn more about the causes of personality disorder, how they develop during childhood and adolescence and how patients recover over time. Dr. Paris collaborates with numerous researchers within the McGill network. These collaborations have employed the methods of neuroendocrine challenge, neuropsychological assessment, behaviour genetics and molecular genetics and include studies aimed at the prediction of suicide ideas and suicide attempts in young women. The primary hypothesis is that personality traits (impulsivity and affective instability) will be the predictors of suicidality.

CE Information:

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).


Renewal Information for Maryland Psychologists

Maryland Psychologists may earn up to 20 CE hours online!

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Continuing Education:

Maryland-licensed psychologists are required to complete a minimum of 40 continuing education (CE) hours during each reporting period to renew their license.

A maximum of 20 CE hours are allowed from independent study courses that are approved by the American Psychological Association.

[Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content. Over 100 online (independent study) courses are available at www.pdresources.org, including courses on ethics, risk management and cultural diversity]

A minimum of 3 CE hours must be in activities whose content area is:

  • Laws pertaining to the practice of psychology;
  • Ethics and professional conduct in the practice of psychology; or
  • Managing risks associated with the practice of psychology; and

A minimum of 3 CE hours must be in activities designed to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations.

During each reporting period, CE hours may be earned only once for the same activity.

Reporting Period:

The reporting period for psychologists with license numbers ending with an odd digit will be March 31 of odd years; and for those ending with an even digit or 0 will be March 31 of even years.

For psychologists receiving their license with less than 12 months before the end of their reporting period, CE hours are not required for that reporting period.

Psychologists receiving their license with 12 months or more before the end of their reporting period shall be required to complete 20 CE hours.

CE Audits:

The Board shall audit the continuing education documentation of all psychologists randomly selected by license numbers.

Within 30 days following notification by the Board, a psychologist who is audited shall provide:

  • Proof of completion of continuing education activities;
  • A completed continuing education reporting form; and
  • Any additional information that may be requested by the Board to evaluate completion of CE requirements.

Proof of completion as required of this regulation may include:

  • Certificates of attendance;
  • Transcripts or course syllabi;
  • Reprints of publications;
  • Test results; or
  • Any other proof of completion acceptable to the Board.

To earn CE credits for independent study, a psychologist shall:

  • Pass an examination on the activity; and
  • Be awarded a certificate of completion.

The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists: http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/psych/

The Board of Examiners of Psychologists is a group of seven licensed psychologists and two consumer members appointed by the Governor to administer and regulate the laws regarding the practice of psychology in Maryland. The Board’s mission is to ensure that consumers in Maryland receive quality psychological services in accordance with the laws in Maryland. The Board has been in existence since July 1, 1981. The original Psychologist’s Certification Act was enacted into law in Maryland on July 1, 1957 by the General Assembly. The Board functions include licensing psychologists, approving psychology associates, renewing licenses, reviewing continuing education, promulgating regulations, interpreting the scope of practice, educating licensees, and investigating complaints.

Renewal Information for Maryland Social Workers

Maryland Social Workers can earn up to 20 hours through ASWB-approved online courses

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Maryland Social Workers are required to renew their licenses every 2 years, on October 31st. 40 hours of continuing education are required to renew. 20 hours must be earned in Category 1 (live courses), including 3 hours in professional ethics. The remaining 20 hours may be earned through online courses offered by ASWB-approved providers (Category 2).

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education for social workers by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program). Over 100 online and home study courses are available for Maryland Social Workers @ http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Social-Work/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Continuing Education Requirements for Maryland-Licensed Social Workers

The current continuing education requirement is 40 credit hours (30 for LSWA’s) of continuing education in programs and categories approved by the Board for each two-year period of licensure.

Category I credit can only be given by Board Authorized Sponsors. An organization can be a Board Authorized Sponsor by meeting the requirements for automatically authorized sponsorship. If an organization does not fall into the automatically authorized group, then they must complete an approval process through the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. In addition, the Board recognizes and accepts the continuing education approval process conducted by the Association of Social Work Boards , the National Association of Social Workers and the Clinical Social Work Federation.

Home Study Programs

A licensee can earn up to 20 (15 for LSWA’s) Category II continuing education credit hours from home study programs. The home study program must be provided by a Board approved Category I sponsor or by an automatically eligible sponsor.

Ethics Requirement

Effective November 1, 2003 all licensed social workers are required to obtain three (3) Category I continuing education credit hours, every two years, in the content area focusing on ethics and professional conduct, including boundary issues. The program must be given by a Board Approved Sponsor.

The content area must be related to social work ethics and professional conduct which may include maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients and a review of the social work statute and Code of Ethics as it relates to conduct which is consistent with generally accepted professional standards. In addition, the content of the program may address issues related to avoiding dual relationships and the acceptance of gifts.

Since many mental health professionals require their licensees to take similar ethics programs, you may be receiving notices of programs offered by their national professional associations who are approved by the Board to provide Category I continuing education credit hours. It would be appropriate to participate in their programs.

Category I Activities

Live real-time transactions between teachers and learners (may include face to face and interactive technology).

Courses, seminars, workshops, symposiums, conferences, staff development, case conferences, grand rounds and attendance or presentation of programs offered at professional or scientific meetings

  • At least 20 (15 for LSWA’s) of the required credit hours must be earned in this category.
  • All 40 (30 for LSWA’s) credit hours may be earned in this category.
  • At least 3 credit hours must be earned in ethics and professional conduct, including boundary issues.


An official transcript for academic courses; or a certificate of participation, which is signed and dated by the approved sponsor indicating credit hours earned.

Category II Activities

Programs which are less structured or are not Board-authorized. Workshops, conferences, in-service trainings, structured peer-case conferences, journal clubs, preparation and presentation of a scientific or professional paper at a meeting of a professional or scientific organization; authoring, editing or reviewing a professional publication; preparing and presenting Category I activities. Audio-visual instructional programs and home-study courses provided by a Board approved Category I sponsor.

  • Twenty (20) (15 for LSWA’s) of the required 40 credit hours may be earned in this category.


A certificate of participation, if available; or if a certificate of participation is not available: the dates when the program was presented; the name(s) of the presenter(s); topics presented; and an outline of the presentation (this could be from your notes). Post-test passing score for audio-visual and home study programs or a certificate of participation if available. Proof of presentation made, reprints of publications, letters from educational institutions when credit is claimed for the instruction of students; dates, times and names of participants in structured peer-case conferences and journal club activities.

Other Items

No credit can be earned for activities related to consultation or the provision of and participation in planned supervisory activities as a supervisor or supervisee.

Social workers shall retain records documenting completion of continuing education requirements for 1 year after the licensing renewal date. The Board conducts a random audit of licenses renewed each year.

Attention !!!

Personal growth courses (e.g. yoga, qi gong, meditation) intended for lay audiences will not be approved for social workers for CEUs. For approval, the audience must be all professionals, the topic theory-based and supported by research, and the technique’s application to social work clients must be shown. The CEU Criteria are listed in a pdf

Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners: http://www.dhmh.md.gov/bswe/index.html


Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing


Yoga as Medicine

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This is a test only course (book NOT included). The book can be purchased through Amazon or another source. The CE test is based on the book Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (2007, 592 pages) by Timothy McCall, MD, a medical doctor trained in the United States and avid yoga practitioner. Dr. McCall describes the practice of yoga as a technology for promoting health, and – as a major emphasis – presents scientific research that demonstrates the beneficial effects of yoga for ameliorating many common illnesses.

This course is intended to correct common misconceptions about yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the conditions under which yoga may be beneficial for a variety of health and mental health issues. The general health benefits of yoga are discussed, followed by a discussion of yoga’s role in treating anxiety and panic attacks, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, infertility, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. This course is intended for health and mental health professionals who have an interest in integrative and alternative medicine. Course #80-49 | 54 posttest questions

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define common terminology associated with yoga practice
  2. Name several major types of yoga
  3. Identify common misperceptions about yoga as a health practice
  4. List guidelines for practicing yoga safely
  5. Describe scientific research literature supporting yoga as a technique for improving health
  6. Identify differences between therapeutic yoga and conventional medicine
  7. Identify strategies for integrating yoga into ones lifestyle

About the Author(s):

Timothy McCall, MD, is a board-certified internist, the Medical Editor of Yoga Journal and the author of two books, Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing and Examining Your Doctor: A Patient’s Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Public Citizen’s Health Letter, The Nation, American Health, Redbook (where he was a contributing editor), The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Los Angeles Times. His column appeared monthly in the newsletter Bottom Line Health from 1995 to 2003. From 1996-2001 his medical commentaries were featured on the public radio program Marketplace. He writes feature articles for Yoga Journal and columns for the magazine’s online newsletter for teachers, My Yoga Mentor (free subscription available online through Yoga Journal).

Timothy has studied yoga since 1995 with Patricia Walden, a teacher of classical Iyengar yoga. More recently, he has been working with Donald Moyer and Rod Stryker. In addition, Timothy travels regularly to India to research yoga, yoga therapy and Ayurveda, and to study with a traditional Ayurvedic Vaidhya (doctor) in Kerala and a Tantric master in Bangalore. In 2004-2005, he spent a year as scholar-in-residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.

Timothy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he also attended medical school. After completing his residency in primary care internal medicine, he practiced for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full time to writing and research. His main focus since the year 2000 has been investigating the therapeutic aspects of yoga, as well as the scientific explanations of yoga’s effects. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and gives lectures, seminars, and yoga workshops around the U.S. and internationally.

Accreditation Statement:

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Association (#3159)
APA: American Psychological Association
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
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)

Maryland Social Workers Can Now Earn up to 20 Hours of CE from Home Study!

The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners revised their rules and regulations regarding continuing education (CE) this year. Maryland-licensed Social Workers are now allowed to earn up to 20 hours of CE via online and home study coursework under Category II credit (previously limited to 10 hours per 2-year renewal period).

Maryland-licensed Social Workers are required to renew their licenses biennially on October 31st. 40 hours of continuing education are required each renewal to show an on-going commitment to life-long learning. 20 of the 40 required hours must come from Category 1 (live) courses, including 3 hours in ethics. The remaining 20 hours can now come from online and home study courses offered by approved-providers.

The Board recognizes and accepts the continuing education approval process conducted by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and automatically accepts courses offered by ASWB-approved providers.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education for social workers by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program) and offers over 150 continuing education courses in online and home study format for social workers throughout the United States.

Maryland Professional Counselors & MFTs Can Earn 10 Hours of CE Through Distance Learning

Maryland licensed professional counselors and MFTs are required to earn 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years for their license renewal on December 31st. 30 of these required hours must be earned through Category A activities. Category A activities include the following: a course; workshop; seminar, or symposium. Author, editor, or review of a juried publication.).

Up to 10 hours may be earned through Category B activities. Category B activities include attending or presenting informal courses, in-house colloquia, invited speaker sessions, in-house seminars, and case conferences which are specifically designed for training, teaching; individualized learning, such as receiving formal professional supervision (except administrative supervision), participating in distance learning programs with evidence of appropriateness, minimum mastery of materials and completion. NOTE: The board specifically states that “home study” courses are not allowed if they DO NOT require a posttest and DO NOT issue a certificate of completion.

The Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists accepts courses offered by NBCC approved providers as pre-approved.

Professional Development Resources offers online and mail order continuing education courses which require successful completion of an online posttest and a program evaluation. Upon successful completion, a certificate of completion is immediately available for printing from the student’s online account.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590). We adhere to NBCC guidelines.

Maryland licensed professional counselors and MFTs may earn up to 10 hours of Category B credits through courses offered by Professional Development Resources at: http://www.pdresources.org/Index.aspx