Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2017

New Online CE Course

Therapy TidbitsTherapy Tidbits – September/October 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the September/October 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. Course #11-12 | 2017 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

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The articles included in this edition are:

  • Practical Benefits Debatable for Geropsychology Specialty — Generalist vs specialist? This article examines which option may be a more sensible choice for clinicians just entering a modern practice setting.
  • Private Practice has Many Benefits but Also Pitfalls — Some important pros and cons clinicians will want to consider before “taking the plunge.”
  • Drug to Combat Opioid Addiction Not Widely Used — A recent survey reveals reluctance in practitioners to provide or dispense more, buprenorphine- a potentially less addictive alternative to methadone.
  • Price Transparency Movement Growing — This article looks into the concept of the “cost-unconscious” consumer; how recent insurance company practices have fostered these habits; and how those billing trends may be coming to an end.
  • Compulsive Washing, Contamination Fears: It’s not Just About Anxiety — OCD manifests in multiple subtypes and elicits an array of emotional responses from its sufferers. This article details a few key points to know about treating for it.
  • Is Consent for Treatment Informed? — A collection of important inclusions to review when composing your informed consent forms.
  • Protect Yourself from Ransomware — Explores common cyber-security threats and what can be done to mitigate these risks to your practice.
  • The Importance of Informed Consent — An answer to the question, “When and which elements of informed consent are required in the case of court-ordered evaluation?
  • Social Media and Mental Health — Regular social media users receive a steady stream of emotional stimulation. But how does that make us feel?
  • Good Hearing Linked to Auditory Hallucinations — Hearing something that isn’t there, or “making something, out of nothing?” This article discusses the interpretation of sound for what it could be, and not necessarily what it is.

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document). 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.

Professional Development Resources is approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA Provider #3159); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635), Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635), and Occupational Therapy Practice (#34); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678); and is CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).