Prescription Drug Abuse – New Online CE Course

Prescription Drug Abuse

By: Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, NCC, LMHC

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology | Counseling | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Marriage & Family Therapy

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type : Online

Prescription Drug AbuseCourse Abstract: Prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Pharmaceuticals like OxyContin®, Adderall®, and Xanax® are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. For some prescription drug addicts, medication was originally taken as prescribed – until they started developing a tolerance for it. For others, members of their peer group began to abuse prescription drugs because they are easily accessible and relatively inexpensive on the street. Prescription drug abuse also affects those who don’t use – through increased costs and the inconveniences of increased security at pharmacies. Treatment is comprised of a series of steps, including detoxification, inpatient/outpatient treatment, and maintenance. In some cases, patients must be closely monitored because of the potential for withdrawal effects. Once treatment is completed, there are various options for maintaining sobriety. Laws are being tightened, and some medications have become difficult to find due to the increased rate of prescription drug abuse. Course #30-61 | 2012 | 30 pages | 20 posttest questions
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Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online

Welcome to the oldest annotated directory of online psychology and mental health resources. This directory began in 1992 and was originally published in the Usenet newsgroups; it was transferred to its current Web-based format in 1995. Every resource contained herein has been personally reviewed by Dr. Grohol.

Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online

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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

3 Hours CE for only $20.25! (25% Off!)

This course is based on the public-access publication, Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging. The booklet discusses practical issues concerning caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, including a description of common challenges and coping strategies. Advice is provided regarding keeping the person safe, providing everyday care, adapting activities to suit their needs, and planning ahead for health, legal, and financial issues. Chapters also discuss self-care for caregivers, sources of assistance for caregivers in need, residential options for care, common medical issues, and end-of-life care. This course is relevant to clinicians who work with elderly individuals, their families, and their caretakers.

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Anxiety: Practical Management Techniques

Anxiety: Practical Management Techniques

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Nearly every client who walks through a health professional’s door is experiencing some form of anxiety. Even if they are not seeking treatment for a specific anxiety disorder, they are likely experiencing anxiety as a side effect of other clinical issues. For this reason, a solid knowledge of anxiety management skills should be a basic component of every therapist’s repertoire. Clinicians who can teach practical anxiety management techniques have tools that can be used in nearly all clinical settings and client diagnoses. Anxiety management benefits the clinician as well, helping to maintain energy, focus, and inner peace both during and between sessions.

The purpose of this continuing education course is to offer a collection of ready-to-use anxiety management tools. 2007 | 41 pages | 30 posttest questions | Course #40-12

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CE Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)
Target Audience: Psychology Counseling Social-Work Occupational-Therapy Marriage-and-Family
Learning Level: Intermediate
Online Course: $56

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe two natural bodily functions that serve as powerful and basic tools for anxiety management
  2. Distinguish between the use of anxiety management techniques for prevention and intervention
  3. List and define nine basic categories of anxiety management techniques
  4. Identify at least one specific exercise in each of the nine basic categories of anxiety management techniques
  5. Name ten anxiety management techniques that employ cognitive restructuring as their base
  6. Describe two anxiety management techniques that address the specific disorders of phobia and panic attack

About the Author:

Lisa M. Schab, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Libertyville, Illinois. A graduate of Loyola University School of Social Work, Ms. Schab has specialized in anxiety and depression, blended families, and the treatment and prevention of eating problems and disorders. She has presented a number of professional training seminars and is the author of several books and continuing education courses, among them:

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
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ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
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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)
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ASD in Schools is now ASHA-Approved!

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Schools: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment - 3 Hour Online CE Course

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This new 3-hour online continuing education course, Autism Spectrum Disorders in Schools: Evidence-Based Screening & Assessment, is now ASHA-approved and available for credit by Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Abstract: Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, children with mild to moderate autistic behaviors remain an underidentified and underserved population in our schools. School professionals should be prepared to recognize the presence of risk factors and/or early warning signs of ASD and be familiar with screening and assessment tools in order to ensure that students with ASD are being identified and provided with the appropriate programs and services. The objective of this course is to summarize the empirically-based screening and assessment methodology in ASD and to describe a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing students with ASD. Course #30-53 | 2011 | 43 pages | 40 posttest questions

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the characteristics of the most prevalent types of ASD in schools
  2. Distinguish between DSM diagnosis and IDEA classification schemes
  3. Identify the differences between a dimensional and categorical perspective of ASD
  4. Differentiate among screening, assessment, and diagnosis
  5. Identify a multi-step assessment strategy to screen students with ASD
  6. List the components of a comprehensive developmental assessment for ASD
  7. Identify evidence-based assessment tools available to school practitioners
  8. Name coexisting conditions commonly found in students with ASD

About the Author:

Lee A. Wilkinson, EdD, PhD, NCSP, is an author, applied researcher, and practitioner. He is a nationally certified school psychologist, registered psychologist, chartered scientist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. Dr. Wilkinson is currently a school psychologist in the Florida public school system where he provides diagnostic and consultation services for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. He is also a university educator and teaches graduate courses in psychological assessment, clinical intervention, and child and adolescent psychopathology. His research and professional writing has focused on behavioral consultation and therapy, and children and adults with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. He has published numerous journal articles on these topics both in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the book “A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools” published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Dr. Wilkinson can be reached at

Accreditation Statement:

ASHA-Approved ProviderThis course is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA credit expires 2/19/2014. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the quarterly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the quarter in which the course was completed.

The month of April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month and is intended as a time of learning for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who care for them. We (Professional Development Resources) have pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from every autism course sold during the month of April to the Autism Society of America. All seven of our Autism courses are on sale during the month as well.

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Renewal Information for Virginia Counselors & MFTs

Continuing education courses for Virginia-licensed counselors and MFTs

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Virginia-licensed counselors and MFTs renew their licenses annually on June 30th.

  • 20 hours of continuing education are required per year to renew
  • 2 hours must be in ethics, standards of practice, or laws governing behavioral science professionals in Virginia
  • There is no limit on hours earned through online or home study coursework
  • Courses offered by APA, NBCC, and NAADAC approved providers are accepted by the Board

For more information regarding licensing in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Board of Counseling website @

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC Provider #5590); by the American Psychological Association (APA); and by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC, Provider #000279).

Over 150 online, web-based, mail order and test only home study courses are available to meet the CE needs of Virginia-licensed counselors and MFTs.