From PDR Renewals
Texas psychologists have an annual license renewal with a birth month deadline. Twenty (20) hours of professional development during each year of licensing. Hours must be directly related to the practice of psychology.
Out of the 20 hours, a minimum of 3 hours must be in the area of ethics, board rules of conduct, or professional responsibility, and 3 hours in the area of cultural diversity. The board’s policy on ethics hours can be found here: Ethics Course Guidelines
Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists
View the Board Website or Email the Board
CE Required: 20 hours per year
Online CE Allowed: No limit
License Expiration: Birthmonth, annually
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: 3 hours in ethics, board rules of conduct or professional responsibility and 3 hours on cultural diversity are required each renewal
Texas-licensed psychologists may earn all 20 hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the psychology page of this site. Click here to view APA-approved online CEU courses.
Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Information obtained from the Texas Board of Psychologists on June 4, 2015.
Continuing Education Courses for Texas Psychologists
This course is intended to give psychotherapists the tools they need to resolve the common and not-so-common ethical and boundary issues and dilemmas that they may expect to encounter in their everyday professional practice in the 21st century. Among the topics discussed are definitions of boundaries; resolving conflicts between ethics and the law; boundary crossings vs. boundary violations; multiple relationships; sexual misconduct; privacy and confidentiality in the age of HIPAA and the Patriot Act; ethics issues with dangerous clients; boundary issues in clinical supervision; ethics and cultural competency; ethical boundaries in use of social media; ethical practice in teletherapy; fees and financial relationships; and a 17-step model for ethical decision making. * This course satisfies the ethics & boundaries requirement for license renewal of Florida counselors, social workers & MFTs.
Culture is a primary force in the creation of a person’s identity. Counselors who are culturally competent are better able to understand and respect their clients’ identities and related cultural ways of life. This course proposes strategies to engage clients of diverse racial and ethnic groups (who can have very different life experiences, values, and traditions) in treatment. The major racial and ethnic groups in the United States covered in this course are African Americans, Asian Americans (including Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), Latinos, Native Americans (i.e., Alaska Natives and American Indians), and White Americans. In addition to providing epidemiological data on each group, the course discusses salient aspects of treatment for these racial/ethnic groups, drawing on clinical and research literature. While the primary focus of this course is on substance abuse treatment, the information and strategies given are equally relevant to all types of health and mental health treatment.
In spite of the fact that nearly 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. What are the known medical uses for marijuana? What is the legal status of marijuana in state and federal legislation? What are the interactions with mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior? Is marijuana addictive? Is marijuana a gateway drug? What are the adverse consequences of marijuana use? Do state medical marijuana laws increase the use of marijuana and other drugs? The course will conclude with a list of implications for healthcare and mental health practitioners.
This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 22 archived articles from The National Psychologist and is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties. Topics include:
Why the Mismatch and What Do I Do?
What Malpractice Insurance Isn’t
An Ethical Prohibition That Isn’t – And Never Really Was
Documentation, Lawyers and Common Sense
Hot Topics in Psychological Practice
Self-Care Important for Psychologists and Graduate Students
I Confess …
Forensic Psychology IS a Specialty
Ethics with Feeling
Vague Standards, Guidelines, Laws Create Telepsychology Risks
Patient Access to Records: The Invisible Confidentiality Right
The Minefield of Divorce Counseling
Ethics, Psychology and the Prison Mess
Risks Accompany Benefits of Telecommunications
Most Psychologists Misinformed on ‘Duty to Warn’
Legal Pitfalls in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
Ethical Issues in Assessing & Treating Elite Athletes
Electronic Health Records Raise New Ethical Concerns
Legal, Clinical, and Ethical Implications of Legalized Marijuana
Test Security Must be Maintained
No Thinking Allowed: Ethics in Reverse
Employ Spiritual Practices Ethically
This is a web-based course based on the Psychology Education and Training from Culture-Specific and Multiracial Perspectives (click link to download free public-access document) published by the American Psychological Association in 2009. Based on thorough reviews of the research literature, this 52-page document provides specific cultural information about African-American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and multiracial populations, as well as recommendations for training and practice related to each group. This course is appropriate for any mental health professional who would like to learn more about diversity and multicultural counseling.