Florida Occupational Therapy Laws & Rules

By Leo Christie, PhD

Florida Occupational Therapy Laws & Rules is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that meets the license renewal requirement of Florida Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs).

Florida Occupational Therapy Laws & RulesThis course addresses the Florida Laws and Rules contained in the Florida Occupational Therapy Practice Act and the Florida Occupational Therapy Rules. The purposes of this course are to (1) provide the opportunity for a comprehensive reading of the two documents listed above, (2) ensure that Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in the State of Florida are fully aware of the laws and rules governing the license under which they are practicing, and (3) fulfill the requirement that Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in Florida complete each biennial renewal period two hours of continuing education relating to the Practice of Occupational Therapy. Course #21-01 | 2015 | 37 pages | 18 posttest questions

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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. 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. You can print the test (download test from My Courses tab of your account after purchasing) to mark your answers on it while reading the course document. Then submit online when ready to receive credit.

Florida-licensed occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) have an upcoming license renewal deadline of February 28, 2015.

CE Required: 26 hours every 2 years, of which:
2 hours Preventing Medical Errors is required each renewal
2 hours Florida Occupational Therapy Laws & Rules is required each renewal
1 hour HIV/AIDS is required for the first renewal only
Online CE Allowed: 12 hours (home study)
License Expiration: 2/28, odd years
National Accreditation Accepted: AOTA

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education (#3159). OT Content Focus – Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, Regulatory, & Reimbursement Issues. This program is offered for 0.2 CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of OT Practice (#34). Participant successfully completed the required assessment component for this activity.

All course completions are reported to CE Broker within one week.

Ethics and Law in Florida Psychology

Ethics & Law in Florida PsychologyPsychologists licensed to practice in the State of Florida are required to complete – upon each biennial renewal of their professional license – a three-hour CE course covering professional ethics and Florida Statutes and rules affecting the practice of psychology. The continuing education course, Ethics and Law in Florida Psychology, was written to meet this requirement and is based on these four documents:

  1. The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association
  2. The Florida Health Professions and Occupations General Provisions
  3. The Florida Psychological Services Act
  4. The Florida Administrative Code: Board of Psychology

“The intent of the biennial CE requirement, according to the Florida Administrative Code, is to ‘to enhance the psychological skills and/or psychological knowledge of the licensee,’” says Leo Christie, PhD, president of Professional Development Resources. “As an example, a critical issue in healthcare ethics is the concern for privacy in handling clients’ personal information. This is far more challenging today than it was even a decade ago. The pervasive use of electronic communication technologies like cell phones, laptops, email, the Internet, and social networking has created an environment in which new protections must be implemented. Psychologists need to be trained in the most current procedures for safeguarding their clients’ protected health information in the recording, storage, and transmission of electronic communications.”

The new Professional Development Resources online CE course Ethics & Law in Florida Psychology includes sections on distinguishing between the concepts of law and ethics, deciding what to do when ethics and the law are in conflict, understanding multiple relationships, knowing when a client’s confidentiality can – and should – be broken, resolving ethical dilemmas posed by the Patriot Act, and identifying legal restrictions placed upon sexual intimacies between psychologists and clients.

“I am occasionally asked why it is necessary to keep taking an ethics and law course again and again over one’s career,” says Christie. “My response is always the same: There are five fundamental reasons for psychologists to study ethical theories, principles, and laws on a regular basis. First, therapy is important work; it can never be taken lightly. Second, ethical and legal practice is not simple; in fact it is occasionally overwhelmingly complex. Third, psychologists – like all human beings – are subject to certain prejudices, biases, and blind spots; they must be discovered and understood. Fourth, the practice and process of psychotherapy is a dynamic – not a static – process; the world and the psychologists in it change with time and technology. And, fifth, to the extent that psychologists effectively regulate themselves, they will be able to maintain professional autonomy and avoid undue intrusions by outside parties.”

By May 31, 2014 all Florida psychologists must complete their required 40 hours of continuing education courses and renew their professional licenses. In addition to the ethics and law course, they are also required to complete a course on Preventing Medical Errors, and – every six years – a course on Domestic Violence.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).

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This course addresses the impact of medical errors on today’s healthcare with a focus on root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety. It satisfies the requirements of the Florida State Legislature mandating a 2-hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors as part of the licensure and renewal process for health professionals. Course #20-63 | 2011 | 30 pages | 14 posttest questions

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Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health is intended to increase clinicians’ awareness of the types of errors that can occur within mental health practice, how such errors damage clients, and numerous ways they can be prevented. Its emphasis is on areas within mental health practice that carry the potential for “medical” errors. Examples include improper diagnosis, breach of confidentiality, failure to maintain accurate clinical records, failure to comply with mandatory abuse reporting laws, inadequate assessment of potential for violence, and the failure to detect medical conditions presenting as psychiatric disorders (or vice-versa). It includes detailed plans for error reduction and prevention like root cause analysis, habitual attention to patient safety, and ethical and legal guidelines. The course includes numerous cases illustrations to help demonstrate common and not-so-common behavioral health errors and specific practices that can help clinicians become proactive in preventing them. * This course satisfies the ethics requirement for biennial relicensure for Florida mental health professionals. Course #20-64 | 2010 | 31 pages | 15 posttest questions

Preventing Medical Errors in Speech-Language Pathology addresses the impact of medical errors on today’s healthcare with a focus on root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety. Multiple scenarios of real and potential errors in the practice of speech-language pathology are included, along with recommended strategies for preventing them. Evidence shows that the most effective error prevention occurs when a partnership exists among care facilities, health care professionals, and the patients they treat. Suggested strategies for preventing errors address all three elements: (1) models for changing the culture in care facilities, (2) lifelong learning for SLPs that is focused on ethical, evidence-based, culturally competent practice and (3) tools for educating and empowering patients. * This course satisfies the medical errors requirement for biennial relicensure for Florida speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Course #20-66 | 2010 | 33 pages | 16 posttest questions

Preventing Medical Errors in Nutrition & Dietetics addresses the impact of medical errors on today’s healthcare with a focus on root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety in the practice of nutrition and dietetics. Real life stories, ethical considerations, health literacy and growing health consumerism are addressed. Also included are tips for distinguishing scientific from pseudoscientific treatment claims and for improving communication with patients. Printable hand-outs, a glossary and online resources are provided. * This course satisfies the requirements of the Florida State Legislature mandating a 2-hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors as part of the licensure and renewal process for health professionals. Course #20-65 | 2011 | 30 pages | 15 posttest questions

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Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC#5590); the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC #000279); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR #PR001); the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA #AAUM); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA #3159); and various state licensing boards.

Florida Psychology License Renewal & Continuing Education

Florida psychologists have an upcoming license renewal deadline of May 31, 2012.

Every licensee must complete 40 hours of approved continuing psychological education (CE) within the two year licensure period (biennium) including 2 hours on the prevention of medical errors, 3 hours on ethics and Florida laws, and 2 hours on domestic violence (every third renewal).

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. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and Office of School Psychology (CE Broker Provider #50-1635 – courses are automatically reported to CE Broker). Florida psychologists may earn all 40 required hours @ pdresources.org.

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Preventing Medical ErrorsPreventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health is intended to increase clinicians’ awareness of the types of errors that can occur within mental health practice, how such errors damage clients, and numerous ways they can be prevented. Its emphasis is on areas within mental health practice that carry the potential for “medical” errors. Examples include improper diagnosis, breach of confidentiality, failure to maintain accurate clinical records, failure to comply with mandatory abuse reporting laws, inadequate assessment of potential for violence, and the failure to detect medical conditions presenting as psychiatric disorders (or vice-versa). It includes detailed plans for error reduction and prevention like root cause analysis, habitual attention to patient safety, and ethical and legal guidelines. The course includes numerous cases illustrations to help demonstrate common and not-so-common behavioral health errors and specific practices that can help clinicians become proactive in preventing them. Course #20-10B | 2010 | 31 pages | 15 posttest questions
Ethics and Law in Florida PsychologyEthics & Law in Florida Psychology ensures that Florida-licensed psychologists are fully aware of the ethical and legal privileges and constraints under which they are licensed to practice in the State of Florida. It provides the opportunity for a comprehensive reading of the APA Code of Ethics and the three sets of statutes and rules governing the practice of psychology in Florida. Completing this course will fulfill the requirement that licensed psychologists in Florida complete each biennial renewal period three hours of continuing education on professional ethics and Florida Statutes and rules affecting the practice of psychology. Course #30-06 | 2012 | 40 pages | 21 posttest questions
domestic violenceDomestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence is intended to help health professionals maintain a high state of vigilance and to be well prepared with immediate and appropriate responses when abuse is disclosed. There is a special section on the complexity of an abuse victim’s decision about if and when to leave an abuser. This course will teach clinicians to detect abuse when they see it, screen for the particulars, and respond with definitive assistance in safety planning, community referrals, and individualized treatment plans. Course #20-61 | 2012 | 31 pages | 18 posttest questions

Renewal Information for Florida-Licensed Dietitians/Nutritionists

License Renewal Deadline: May 31, 2011

Cost to Renew: Active to Active $105.00

Florida Dietitians/Nutritionists may renew their license online utilizing FLHealthSource.com during the renewal period (payment must be made via credit card) or by mail using the US Postal Service.

Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal

If Initially Licensed from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010:

30 hours total, with specifics as follows:

  • 3 hours on HIV/AIDS
  • 2 hours on the prevention of medical errors
  • Up to 20 hours may be in home study
  • No more than 10 hours may be in management, risk management, personal growth, and educational techniques.
  • The licensee shall retain the certificates of attendance or other records for 4 years for documentation purposes, in case of audit.

If Initially Licensed from June 1, 2010 to January 1, 2011:

Every Renewal Thereafter

30 hours total, with specifics as follows:

  • 2 hours on the prevention of medical errors
  • Up to 20 hours may be in home study
  • No more than 10 hours may be in management, risk management, personal growth, and educational techniques.
  • The licensee shall retain the certificates of attendance or other records for 4 years for documentation purposes, in case of audit.

The Council shall award credit for educational experiences received through the following methods:

  • Organized courses of post graduate study offered by or approved by the American Medical Association’s Liaison Committee for Medical Education;
  • Organized courses sponsored by the Public Health Service, state or territorial health services, or a branch of the United States Armed Services;
  • College courses from an approved graduate or undergraduate program which is accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education and which course clearly relates to maintaining skills necessary for the safe and competent practice of dietetics and nutrition services.
  • Organized courses offered by or approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health and which course clearly relates to maintaining skills necessary for the safe and competent practice of dietetics and nutrition services.
  • In addition to the continuing education credits authorized above, any volunteer expert witness who is providing expert witness opinions for cases being reviewed pursuant to Chapter 468, Part X, shall receive 2.5 hours of credit per case for performing a literature survey of at least two articles in conjunction with the review of cases for the Board up to a total of 5 hours per biennium.
  • A lecturer or author presenting or authoring for the initial presentation a Board approved continuing education program shall receive three hours continuing education credit for every one hour of program up to a maximum of fifteen hours of credit per biennium.
  • One contact hour equals fifty minutes in duration.
  • CE hours must be completed within the 24 month period prior to the expiration date of the license.
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A Note about CE Broker

The CE Broker system is the Florida Department of Health continuing education tracking database. Your continuing education will be tracked whether or not you subscribe (subscription is voluntary). CE Providers began submitting CE course completions to the new CE Tracking System (CE Broker) on January 1, 2004, in accordance with Florida Statute 456.025(7). Course completions submitted to CE Broker (www.cebroker.com) will be used to determine that licensees have met their continuing education requirements at the end of the effective license renewal period.

CE Broker offers you a number of benefits, including the ability to check the status of your CE requirements anytime, day or night, as well as the ability to search for courses that match your outstanding CE needs. To subscribe, please go to www.cebroker.com/subscribe.

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Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #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 (Provider #50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant.

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Renewal Information for Florida-Licensed Dietitians/Nutritionists

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License renewal information for Florida Dietitians/Nutritionists

Current licenses will expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on May 31, 2011.

The process of renewing a license may take two (2) to three (3) weeks. Initiating contact to confirm the receipt of fees or the status of your license prior to this time will not expedite the renewal process.

Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal

30 hours of continuing education are required, including:

  • 2 hours on the prevention of medical errors
  • 3 hours on HIV/AIDS required for first renewal only
  • Up to 20 hours may be in home study
  • No more than 10 hours may be in management, risk management, personal growth, and educational techniques

The licensee shall retain the certificates of attendance or other records for 4 years for documentation purposes, in case of audit.

CE hours must be completed within the 24 month period prior to the expiration date of the license.

Courses offered by or approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are accepted.

In addition to the continuing education credits authorized above, any volunteer expert witness who is providing expert witness opinions for cases being reviewed pursuant to Chapter 468, Part X, shall receive 2.5 hours of credit per case for performing a literature survey of at least two articles in conjunction with the review of cases for the Board up to a total of 5 hours per biennium.

A lecturer or author presenting or authoring for the initial presentation a Board approved continuing education program shall receive three hours continuing education credit for every one hour of program up to a maximum of fifteen hours of credit per biennium.

Board Website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/dietetics/index.html

Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #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 (Provider #50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant.

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10 Most Famous Medical Mistakes of All Time

An interesting read from our friends at Masters in Health Care: http://www.mastersinhealthcare.com/blog/2011/10-most-famous-medical-mistakes-of-all-time/

Learn more about preventing medical errors and earn continuing education credits toward your license renewal:

Preventing Medical Errors – 2 Hours CE

Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health – 2 Hours CE

Preventing Medical Errors in Speech-Language Pathology – 2 Hours CE

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Florida Occupational Therapists – License Renewal Reminder

Florida OT License Renewal Deadline: February 28, 2011

  • 26 hours of continuing education (CE) are required to renew license

Please visit the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy website for more information regarding licensure renewal.

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of OT Practice (#34) and is CE Broker compliant.

 

Preventing Medical Errors for Florida Licensees

All Florida-licensed healthcare professionals are required to earn 2 hours of continuing education on the prevention of medical errors each renewal cycle. The same course may be taken every 2 years to ‘refresh’ knowledge.

Professional Development Resources offers 3 different continuing education courses on the prevention of medical errors, in hopes of providing more targeted and relevant information to licensees.

Preventing Medical ErrorsThe first course, Preventing Medical Errors, is a general course any healthcare professional could take to meet the 2-hour requirement. This course is accepted by all Florida licensing boards since Professional Development Resources is approved by several Florida boards (see below). This course addresses the impact of medical errors on today’s healthcare with a focus on root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety. It is intended to satisfy the requirements imposed by the 2001 Florida State Legislature mandating a 2-hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors as part of the licensure and renewal process for health professionals. 2008 | 29 pages | 14 posttest questions | Course #20-10

Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral HealthNext comes Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health. This course is intended to increase clinicians’ awareness of the types of errors that can occur within mental health practice, how such errors damage clients, and numerous ways they can be prevented. Its emphasis is on areas within mental health practice that carry the potential for “medical” errors. Examples include improper diagnosis, breach of confidentiality, failure to maintain accurate clinical records, failure to comply with mandatory abuse reporting laws, inadequate assessment of potential for violence, and the failure to detect medical conditions presenting as psychiatric disorders (or vice-versa). It includes detailed plans for error reduction and prevention like root cause analysis, habitual attention to patient safety, and ethical and legal guidelines. The course includes numerous cases illustrations to help demonstrate common and not-so-common behavioral health errors and specific practices that can help clinicians become proactive in preventing them. 2010 | 31 pages | 15 posttest questions | Course #20-10B

Preventing Medical Errors in Speech-Language PathologyFinally, Preventing Medical Errors in Speech-Language Pathology was created with a focus on the specific types of medical errors than can occur in the world of speech and hearing. This course addresses the impact of medical errors on today’s healthcare with a focus on root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety. Multiple scenarios of real and potential errors in the practice of speech-language pathology are included, along with recommended strategies for preventing them. Evidence shows that the most effective error prevention occurs when a partnership exists among care facilities, health care professionals, and the patients they treat. Suggested strategies for preventing errors address all three elements: (1) models for changing the culture in care facilities, (2) lifelong learning for SLPs that is focused on ethical, evidence-based, culturally competent practice, and (3) tools for educating and empowering patients. 2010 | 33 pages | 16 posttest questions | Course #20-10S

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Boards of Psychology and School Psychology (CE Broker Provider #50-1635); Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); OT Practice (#34); Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (Provider #50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant.

Florida OT License Renewal

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

View the Board Website or Email the Board
Phone: 850-488-0595
CE Required: 26 hours every 2 years, of which:
2 hrs Preventing Medical Errors is required each renewal,
2 hrs Florida Occupational Therapy Laws & Rules is required each renewal,
1 hr HIV/AIDS is required for the first renewal only
Home Study Allowed: 12 hours
License Expiration: 2/28, odd years
National Accreditation Accepted: AOTA
Date of Info: 12/15/2010

Renewal Information from the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy:

Renewing online is as simple as going to www.FLHealthsource.com, clicking on the “Renew My License” button on the homepage, and following the instructions. The system will allow licensees not knowing their User ID and Password to log in after answering several specific validation questions.

By renewing and submitting the appropriate renewal fees, you are acknowledging compliance with all requirements for renewal have all been completed, including continuing education requirements. You are responsible for retaining proof of all earned continuing education hours for a period of four (4) years. All licensees renewing active licenses are subject to audit and may be asked to show proof of appropriate continuing education.

If you have any problems using online renewal or other questions about your renewal, please contact the Division’s customer contact center at 850-488-0595 and choose option 3.

Please note when you complete your licensure renewal you are confirming all renewal requirements are complete, including 26 hours of continuing education have been completed as required by Rule.

Current License Holder Renewal Information

  • $60 renewal fee ($55 renewal fee = $5 unlicensed activity fee)
  • 26 hours continuing education per each biennium

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of OT Practice (#34) and is CE Broker compliant.

Twelve (12) hours of home study per biennium are allowed. Home study education is independent study and requires a certificate of completion. Home study education does not include a web-based, satellite transmitted or online instruction program that allows or requires the licensee to interact or communicate back and forthwith the instructor during the presentation of the program.