The National Psychologist - September/October 2015

This CE test is based on the content of articles from The National Psychologist, September/October 2015 issue: APA resets ‘moral compass’ at Toronto meeting Face-to-face AA trumps online groups – for now States’ laws determine liability in duty to warn Hoffman Report says ethics standards intentionally loosened Holding sex offenders after prison ruled unconstitutional Circadian factors in mental health Danger: Electronic Records Ahead Correcting vs. altering records
Professional Development Resources

Using Digital and Social Media in your Work with the Dying and Bereaved

About the Webinar Online resources and digital/social media are changing the way that our society deals with life-threatening illness/impending death, tragedy, memorialization of the dead, and how we express grief. Therefore, it is crucial for professionals who work with the dying and their caregivers as well as the bereaved to be informed about the benefits and potential risks of the use of these types of “thanatechnology”. This webinar will summarize the ways that online resources and...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness...
Professional Development Resources

Trauma and the Mental Health of Global Populations

Traumatic event experiences are a common feature of the human lifecourse; the vast majority of people will experience at least one serious traumatic event during their life. The consequences of these traumatic events range from physical to mental health consequences. The science is increasingly highlighting that the causes of these consequences extend well beyond the traumatic event itself, to include pre-event circumstances, starting in many cases perinatally, to post-event circumstances and ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Current Management of Domestic Violence - Responding to IPV

Current Management of Domestic Violence - Responding to IPV will help you to: Improve your skills by managing up to 17 patient cases; Meet your ethical and legal obligations to screen patients for intimate partner violence (IPV); and appropriately respond to disclosures of abuse; Assess the safety of IPV victims; and Work with your patients to change their violent situation.
Virtual Lecture Hall

Communicating Through Healthcare Interpreters

Communicating Through Healthcare Interpreters will help you to: Understand the legal requirements and clinical importance of working with interpreters; Better manage your communications with patients who do not speak English; Appropriately use interpreters and interpretive services in your practice setting; and Improve your level of cultural competency.
Virtual Lecture Hall

Children of Suicide: In Her Wake

About the Webinar Every sixteen minutes someone dies by suicide, and every sixteen minutes a family is left devastated and trying to make sense of it. Although reliable statistics are difficult to come by, a conservative estimate reveals that at least 10,000 to 20,000 children and adolescents in the United States are bereaved by suicide each year. Although bereaved children experience a painful period of acute grief after a parent dies by suicide, most come to terms with the loss. However,...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Grief and Cognition: Exploring the Connections and Implications

About the Webinar This webinar explores the cognitive impact of grief in both children and adults. Grief impacts persons emotionally, socially, physically, cognitively, and spiritually. Most grief theories and literature focuses on the emotional dimensions of grief. This webinar will report on recent research exploring grief and cognition. The presenter will discuss the literature, one quantitative study finding of a positive association between multiple losses and a diagnosis of ADHD in chil...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Apps for Autism

This CE test is based on the book "Apps for Autism" (2015, 436 pages), the ultimate app planner guidebook for parents/professionals addressing autism intervention. There are hundreds of apps for autism, and this course will guide you through them so that you can confidently utilize today’s technology to maximize your child or student’s success. Speech-language pathologist Lois Jean Brady wrote this book to educate parents and professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherap...
Professional Development Resources

The National Psychologist – July/August 2015

This CE test is based on the following articles published in the July-August 2015 edition of The National Psychologist, a bi-monthly publication intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. Minnesota court decision excludes some from duty to warn protection Building trust most important in client relationship Transitioning to the ICD-10-CM New Jersey conversion therapy ban upheld; Oregon, Illinois pass bills Supervision isn’t easy Ethical consideration...
Professional Development Resources

Being There: Virtual Presence at the End of Life

About the Webinar "Being there" is what professionals recommend as families face death. In today's world, relatives and friends may be thousands of miles away when a loved one is dying. This presentation examines the ways in which technology can support families in being present for their loved ones and each other at the end of life. It addresses both professional, family, and individual issues in the dying process. The presentation traces a case from initial hospitalization to hospice and fi...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Improving Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment

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 Ameri...
Professional Development Resources

Audio-Digest Series Special - Clinical Pharmacology CME

Audio-Digest Series Special - Clinical Pharmacology CME represents a collection of Clinical Pharmacology lectures as they apply to various specialties. Some recent titles include: • Pharmacologic Therapy for Depression and Anxiety  • Treatment of Psychosis, Part 2: Antipsychotic Medications  • Pharmacotherapy: Where Do We Stand? • Bad for the Bones: Prescription Medications and Skeletal Deterioration  • Highlights from the 16th Annual Psychopharmacology Update  • Toxico...
Audio Digest

Audio-Digest Geriatrics Series Special CME

Audio-Digest Geriatrics Series Special is a compilation of 37 programs from various sections of Audio-Digest. It is geared toward the physician who treats older patients. Some recent topics include: Pain and Addiction Issues in the Older Adult, Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Older Adults, Geriatrics, Brain Health and Alzheimer Disease, Update on Osteoporosis, Geriatrics for Primary Care, Comprehensive Approach To Dementia, Alzheimer Disease: A Risk Assessment and Anemia in Older Patients/...
Audio Digest

Audio-Digest Substance Abuse

Audio-Digest Substance Abuse is a compilation of the best Audio-Digest lectures concerning addiction and substance abuse. Some recent titles include: Addiction 101: neurobiology, evaluation, and management, Another intoxicated patient, A critical care approach to reducing the risks of alcohol withdrawal, Substance use and psychiatric comorbidity, Depression and alcohol, Motivational interviewing in addiction, The case for treating addiction as a chronic disease, Medically supervised withdrawa...
Audio-Digest

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A)

This presentation will provide an overview of "Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents" (ITCT-A). ITCT-A is an evidence-based treatment that was developed to assist clinicians in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of psychological trauma, often in the context of negative living conditions such as poverty, deprivation and social discrimination. The core components of ITCT-A include: Assessment driven treatment; attention to complex tr...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Will You Be My 'Friend'? Digital Encounters and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals and Patients

About the Webinar For healthcare professionals, we may be faced with “friend” requests, twitter followers or “likes” that force us into new, uncharted ethical spaces. This webinar will explore the ethical implications of the “friend” request, including confidentiality and privacy (yours and your patients), dual relationships, boundaries, identity questions and conflict of interests. We will explore how social media and digital platforms impact our forming and maintaining of rela...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Yoga and Grief: A Unified View of Diversity

About the Webinar Grief reactions and the ways of dealing with them can be as diverse as the individuals experiencing them. Despite cultural differences, we all grieve and are confronted with the finitude of our own life. Ultimately, we realize the impermanence of all existing things, which is a universal truth. As expressed by Swami Satchidananda: truth is one, paths are many. This workshop presents yogic philosophical concepts and guides participants through practical yoga exercises that ca...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips VII

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: mismatch resolution; malpractice insurance; ethical prohibition; documentation, lawyers and common sense; hot topics in psychological practice; self-care; forensic psychology; ethics with feeling; telepsychology risks; patient access to records; divorce counseling; ethics, psychology and ...
Professional Development Resources

The Psychopathology and Treatment of PTSD

In this lecture I will discuss PTSD diagnosis and present emotional processing theory to explain why some trauma survivors development chronic PTSD and other do not. I will then discuss the efficacy of CBT programs for PTSD, with an emphasis on PE where I will briefly describe Prolonged Exposure Therapy program and the mechanisms that mediate the benefit from the treatment. Finally, I will discuss disseminating PE into community clinics in the US and other countries. After this webinar you ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The National Psychologist - March/April 2015

This CE test is based on the content of articles from The National Psychologist, March-April 2015 issue: Medicare penalties catch uninformed psychologists off guard Ohio teen’s suicide stirs conversion therapy discussion The ethics of leadership in psychology (Risk Management) Sorting through professional liability insurance for needed coverage PQRS: a quality vaccination for behavioral healthcare ‘Sexual sobriety’ leaves victims untreated (Ethics) Closing a practice: practical, e...
Professional Development Resources

Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy articulates a practical, theoretical approach to supervision that integrates salient elements of a number of diverse but complementary theoretical perspectives from the fields of human development, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision to assist in facilitating supervisee growth and change from a constructivist framework. Constructive Clinical Supervision is written in a way that is highly accessible and inviting to supervisor...
Professional Development Resources

Exploring Living Losses: Offering Support to Those Who Grieve with Non-death Loss Experiences

About the Webinar In this session, we will explore the clinical implications that underscore effective support of individuals whose grief results from significant non-death loss experiences. Topics will include ambiguous loss, non-finite loss, chronic sorrow, and tangible/ intangible losses. Utilizing case studies and examples, we will identify the unique features and specific interventions for individuals who experience these types of losses. Learning Objectives At the end of the pre...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

HIV/AIDS: Therapy & Adherence

People who live with HIV can live almost normal lifespans and have little risk of transmitting the disease if they use antiretroviral therapy appropriately under medical care. However, only 30% of HIV-infected people follow their antiretroviral regimen well enough to achieve viral suppression. This course will discuss adherence issues in populations at high risk for HIV infection, as well as strategies for healthcare professionals to encourage people with HIV to seek and maintain medical treat...
Professional Development Resources

HIV/AIDS: Adherence Issues

People who live with HIV can live almost normal lifespans and have little risk of transmitting the disease if they use antiretroviral therapy appropriately under medical care. However, only 30% of HIV-infected people follow their antiretroviral regimen well enough to achieve viral suppression. This course will discuss adherence issues in populations at high risk for HIV infection, as well as strategies for healthcare professionals to encourage patients to seek and maintain medical treatment.
Professional Development Resources

The ABC's of Bringing Bereavement Camps to Your Community

About the Webinar We all know the challenges of grief and loss! However knowing how to support those who don't adjust through known modalities is a problem. Bereavement camps have proven, for many, to be that special support that allows them to gain assimilation of their loss. This webinar addresses the successful use of grief camps and therapeutic recreation as tools for supporting the bereaved. The history and development of the Barretstown Programme will be briefly shared. Key prepa...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Ask the Expert: Katherine Shear

About the Webinar Welcome to Ask the Expert: Katherine Shear. This webinar will feature M. Katherine Shear, MD, answering your questions about complicated grief. For the past 20 years, since her work led to identifying the condition, Dr. Shear has been the leading researcher in the area of complicated grief and the most effective treatment methods for it. This entire webinar will be based on your questions for Kathy, which she will answer in a case consultation way respecting the confidential...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Understanding Sibling Loss: What Every Counselor Needs to Know

About the Webinar This webinar presents an overview of the salient issues related to sibling loss and its impact on bereaved siblings and their families. The presenters will address techniques for helping bereaved siblings cope and develop skills and strategies for healing — and eventually thriving — after sibling loss. Principles and practices will be explored with a focus on special considerations when working with bereaved siblings, and identifying practical strategies for instilling...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Use of Humor in Therapy

Should therapists and counselors use humor as a therapeutic technique? If so, should they be formally trained in those procedures before their implementation? This course will review the risks and benefits of using humor in therapy and the relevant historical controversies of this proposal. The paucity of rigorous empirical research on the effectiveness of this form of clinical intervention is exceeded only by the absence of any training for those practitioners interested in applying humor tec...
Professional Development Resources

Psychology and Neuroscience of Exercise

Integrative course exploring the social, cognitive, neuroscience, and physiological aspects of exercise as it relates to mental health. Examines how psychological and neuroscience research have been used to study how participation in regular physical activity affects mental health and how psychological variables influence participation in, adherence to, enjoyment of, and performance in sports and exercise. Designed for students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Psychology majors. Prereqs....
University of Colorado Boulder

Abnormal Psychology

Examines etiological, theoretical, clinical, diagnostic, and experimental perspectives of major mental health disorders, with an emphasis on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with these disorders. Prereq., PSYC 1001. Credit not granted for both PSYC 3303 and PSYC 3313. Formerly PSYC 4303.
University of Colorado Boulder

Caregiver Help: Sex and Dementia

Care providers need to understand that Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases impact the brain in ways that can cause some surprising, challenging and inappropriate behaviors. Some people with dementia may develop a heightened interest in sex – even to the point of aggression; experience a waning or complete loss of interest in sex; become addicted to pornography; lose the ability to understand what kind of behavior is acceptable; have a different perception of place and time and ...
Professional Development Resources

Communication with Elders

With the increasing number of older people in the United States, it is vital for healthcare professionals to communicate effectively and respectfully with elders. Effective, appropriate communication with elders is important for many reasons. For psychotherapists and other mental health professionals, communication is the foundation of service delivery. Communication is required for assessment of the person prior to treatment. Symptoms are, after all, subjective and must be reported by the per...
Professional Development Resources

Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

This course is an interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. In this course you will learn what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom. We will discuss the legal, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of diffe...
VESi

Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies

This course is designed to give participants an understanding of school violence and increase intervention strategies. Taught by Dr. Michael Sedler, the course provides an overview of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact of the media, community, and family upon violence is investigated. The learner will gain an understanding of identification and intervention approaches to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition, information about the ...
VESi

Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards

This course, Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards, has been divided into four chapters. The organization of the course covers the rationale for and design of the Common Core State Standards, the “Common Core Mindset” practitioners need for successful implementation, and what specific actions can be taken for deeper implementation across settings.
VESi

Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

This course includes topics on violence, aggression in the classroom, youth gangs, aggression in sports and on television, how drugs and alcohol play a role in aggression and violence, and "hot spots" that tend to breed aggression and violence. It is designed to help school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression and ways to evaluate it and intervene before it turns to violence in the schools. The course also discusses aggression in our communities through driving, dating, spor...
VESi

Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

Try DI! is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The conc...
VESi

Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, ...
VESi

Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.
VESi

Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

Designed to give the learner the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An emphasis in this course is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, and family and community values...
VESi

Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers an...
VESi

Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken. Course Description This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions.
VESi

Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken. Course Description Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction, this course will teach you about the elements of effective instruction and the importance of reading instruction.
VESi

Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken. Course Description The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of science and the scientific process. This is the first course in a three-course series.
VESi

Reading & Writing in Content Area

Reading & Writing in Content Area offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course also provides information on recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Pra...
VESi

Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

This course describes diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom. Taught by Dr. Bob Pillay, it lays the foundation for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, this course covers program planning and implementation, stresses the importance of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative caregivers, and explores methods for ensuring that the home-school axis is effective and meaningful. Major trends and unreso...
VESi

Infant & Toddler Mental Health: Issues & Information for Educators

This course is designed to help educators achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development, and strategies that can be used to promote positive relationships with children and their families. This course provides information that will help the learner understand and identify his or her role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional. Infant & Toddler Mental Health provides research-based information on child development, attachment...
VESi

Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

This course is designed to help special and general educators gain a better understanding of inclusion, one of the current educational reform movements that advocates educating students with disabilities in the general education classrooms. Upon course completion, the learner will be able to define key concepts and terms, identify and describe federal legislature and court cases, and list and describe the federal definition of students entitled to special services. This course will also discus...
VESi

Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is...
VESi

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