Overview

Professional Development Resources, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. Our mission is to provide busy health care professionals with accredited continuing education home study courses on topics that are vital to contemporary clinical practice. In addition to our staff, we have a Professional Advisory Board consisting of accomplished professionals representing the disciplines to which we offer our continuing education courses. We are located in Jacksonville, Florida. Federal Tax ID 59-3138625.

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by a large number of state and national accrediting bodies to offer continuing education courses to psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists and assistants, marriage and family therapists, and registered dietitians and nutrition counselors.


10 Reasons Not to Worry (Too Much) About Malpractice Claims

This course will enable therapists to become clear about the legal definition of malpractice and what it means for them. Using the data available and the opinions of experts – researchers, clinicians, and especially plaintiffs’ attorneys – the author presents ten reasons why the risk of a malpractice claim and its consequences are really not very high. Interspersed throughout are ethical p...
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21-16 The Speech-Language Pathologist in Long-Term Care

Skilled nursing facilities have unique challenges for healthcare professionals. Multiple federal regulations, a complex billing system, and the long-term nature of skilled nursing facility residents make this a setting that requires an orientation to its unique traits. This course provides an overview of skilled nursing facilities as a work setting for speech-language pathologists. The structure...
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21-17 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. This course provides an overview of aging changes that affect communication, dysfunctional communication habits to avoid, and strategies for appropriate communication with elders.
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A Dissociative Identity Disorder Casebook

This course details the diagnosis, treatment, and case management of Multiple Personality Disorder, more recently known as Dissociative Identity Disorder. In-depth discussions include acknowledgement of the confusion and controversies surrounding this relatively rare disorder, rule-outs and co-morbid conditions to be considered, and the numerous clinical challenges encountered in treating indivi...
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A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

This CE test is based on the book "A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook" (2010, 224 pages). Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. This stress can often leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, ...
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AAC Strategies for Individuals with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

This CE test is based on the book “AAC Strategies for Individuals with Moderate to Severe Disabilities” (2012 | 384 pages). With more children and young adults with severe disabilities in today's general education classrooms, SLPs, OTs, PTs, educators, and other professionals in school settings must be ready to support their students' communication skills with effective AAC. This text provid...
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Achieve Success with PQRS: Mastering the Measures, 2015

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the first step toward pay-for-performance, is part of a broad initiative from the federal government and private insurance companies aimed at advancing health care quality and value over volume. PQRS encourages clinicians to attend to issues such as safety, healthy lifestyles, and improvement of care coordination. Policy experts predict that PQRS wi...
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Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children

Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers a valuable compilation of practical and ready-to-use strategies and techniques for achieving more effective communication through active listening. One of the fundamental tools of clinicians who work effectively with children and adolescents is the art of listenin...
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Acupuncture – An Introduction

This course is divided into two parts. Part I - “Introduction to Acupuncture” – provides an overview of acupuncture as presented by a fact sheet from NCCAM and includes a number of video clips illustrating its use. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimul...
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Adult Obesity: Prevention & Treatment

Overweight and obesity constitute one of the nation’s ten leading health indicators with nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States now classified as either overweight or obese. Before any diet and physical activity program can be personalized and imple­mented, a nutrition assessment is needed, along with an understanding of the individual's readiness to change and motiva­tion. This co...
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Aging: Challenges for Clinicians

Aging: Challenges for Clinicians is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides a review of the aging process, illustrating potential challenges and effective solutions. Americans are living longer and there are proportionately more older adults than in previous generations due to the post-World War II baby boom. Many Americans are now living into their eighties and beyond....
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Aging: The Unraveling Self

This course examines the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging, offering a definition of aging that allows for more variability than simply the attainment of a specific age, including the essential element of declining vigor. It describes a developing societal crisis in the making, in which 20% of the U.S. population is over the age of 65 and facing challenges that will demand i...
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Alternative Therapies: Herbs I (What Every Clinician Should Know)

This course provides a very brief introduction to the use of herbal remedies, based on a publication from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbs at a Glance – A Quick Guide to Herbal Supplements. In this course, clinicians will learn about the historical use of herbal medicine, the beneficial effects and potential dangers of commonly used herbs, and the scientifi...
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Alzheimer's Caregiver Guide and Tips on Acute Hospitalization

This course is presented in two parts. Part 1 offers strategies for managing the everyday challenges of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, a difficult task that can quickly become overwhelming. Research has shown that caregivers themselves often are at increased risk for depression and illness. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and...
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Alzheimer’s - Unraveling the Mystery

Alzheimer’s dementia is a growing concern among the aging Baby Boomers; yet, modern science points the way to reducing the risks through maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This course is based on a publication from the National Institute on Aging, which describes healthy brain functioning during the aging process and then contrasts it to the processes of Alzheimer’s disease. Full of colorful, ...
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Alzheimer’s Disease - Overview

Alzheimer’s disease is an increasing concern for the aging American population. It is important for healthcare providers to have a basic familiarity with the disease, in order to provide adequate diagnosis, treatment, and referrals. This course, based on documents from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides an overview of the prevalence, causes, symptoms, d...
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Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort

This course, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on research findings reported and projects funded in 2011 and the first half of 2012. These highlights, prepared by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), the lead institute within NIH for Alzheimer’s research, covers work by an active scientific community. This work aims to elucidate the basic mechanisms and risk factors o...
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Anger Management: The Complete Treatment Guidebook for Practitioners

This CE test is based on the book "Anger Management: The Complete Treatment Guidebook for Practitioners" (2002, 320 pages). A comprehensive state-of-the-art anger management program and a must-have manual for the practitioner. The authors are distinguished researchers, teachers and practitioners in the field of anger management, and their book offers a detailed, research-based and empirically va...
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Animal Assisted Therapy

In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) the human-animal bond is utilized to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage in verbal therapies. AAT is considered an emerging therapy at this time, and more research is needed to determine the effects and confirm the benefits. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of research and case studies that illustrate the c...
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Animal-Assisted Therapy and the Healing Power of Pets

This is the first course in a three part series and includes the story of Deirdre Rand’s journey with her animal companions and the lessons learned from the challenges and rewards of those relationships. Also discussed are temperament, socialization and training; the role of the neurohormone oxytocin in strengthening the human-companion animal bond; the founding of the three major organization...
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Anti-Social Youth & Conduct Disorders

This course zeros in on the youngster who may damage property, defy authority, steal, lie, torment peers, manipulate and hurt others, disrupt classrooms, make threats, and break laws and rules. In the extreme, some of these youth may even engage in fire setting, sexual assault, or school violence. Anti-social youth and conduct disorders are among the hardest-to-manage youngsters. The conventiona...
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Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that focuses on behavioral interventions for children with anxiety disorders. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (2017), it is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children, but is often not diagnosed. Untreated anxiety can...
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Anxiety: Practical Management Techniques

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 w...
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APA Report on the Sexualization of Girls

This a test only course based on the Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls published by the American Psychological Association in 2010. This 72-page APA task force report will examine and summarize psychological theory, research, and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls. It will also define sexualization; examine the prevalence and provide examples of se...
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Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides evidence-based behavioral interventions for the minimally verbal child with autism. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently seems to be holding steady at one in 68 children (or 1.46 percent). The communication challenges of these children are widely known and require s...
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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 wro...
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Assessing Substance Abuse in Patients with Chronic Pain

This course will demystify the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, the role and limitations of pain medications, and how to identify when pain relieving drugs may be harmful to clients. Participants will understand how to conduct a complete evaluation of clients with a pain disorder, chronic pain syndrome and co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses. Although the majority of chronic pain patients do...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gives a brief update on the various facets of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It details the core symptoms, including behavioral manifestations of each, notes what is known about its causes, and lists the components of a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. It also describes a multifaceted treatment app...
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Autism Movement Therapy

Autism Movement Therapy® is an emerging therapy that combines movement and music with positive behavior support strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and language, social and academic goals. Its purpose is to connect left and right hemisphere brain functioning by combining patterning, visual movement calculation, audile recept...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment

Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, students with mild to moderate symptoms of ASD remain an underidentified and underserved population in our schools. The DSM-5 conceptualizations of autism require professionals t...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that summaries proven approaches to screening, assessing and diagnosing ASD in children and young adults. Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade....
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Autism: The New Spectrum of Diagnostics, Treatment & Nutrition

The purpose of this course is to trace the history of the diagnostic concept of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), culminating in the revised criteria of the 2013 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, with specific focus on the shift from five subtypes to a single spectrum diagnosis. It also aims to provide epidemiological prevalence estimates, identify fa...
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Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss

Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that exposes the many thought errors that confound the problem of weight loss and demonstrates how when we use behavioral strategies – known as commitment devices - we change the game of weight loss. While obesity is arguable the largest health problem our nation faces today, it is not a problem that i...
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Biology of Aging: Research Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

What is aging? Can we live long and live well—and are they the same thing? Is aging in our genes? How does our metabolism relate to aging? Can your immune system still defend you as you age? Since the National Institute on Aging was established in 1974, scientists asking just such questions have learned a great deal about the processes associated with the biology of aging. Technology today sup...
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Biopsychosocial Approaches to Treatment of Chronic Pain

This course will outline biological, behavioral, psychological, social-environmental and mind-body treatment approaches to pain management and introduce techniques and interventions that mental health practitioners can use to be most effective. In addition, participants will be introduced to novel approaches to chronic pain management such as acceptance and commitment therapy, a new psychologica...
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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 sch...
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Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing

The breath is intrinsically linked to the nervous system and has a powerful effect on both the mind and body, yet has been largely overlooked as a mechanism of change within medicine and mental health. This course is based on an audio book by Andrew Weil, MD, Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing (1999), in which he describes the physiological mechanisms by which the breath affects the mind ...
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Building Resilience in your Young Client

Building Resilience in your Young Client is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers a wide variety of resilience interventions that can be used in therapy, school, and home settings. It has long been observed that there are certain children who experience better outcomes than others who are subjected to similar adversities, and a significant amount of literature has been...
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Caffeine and Health

Caffeine is a rapidly absorbed organic compound that acts as a stimulant in the human body. The average amount of caffeine consumed in the US is approximately 300 mg per person per day - the equivalent to between two and four cups of coffee - with coffee accounting for about three-fourths of the caffeine that is consumed in the American diet. This is considered to be a moderate caffeine intake, ...
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Caregiver Help 2: Depression and Grief

The emotional stress of caring for persons who are aging, chronically ill or disabled can be debilitating for family members as well as professional caregivers. This course addresses caregiver depression and grief and provides a three-step process that can help develop an attitude of creative indifference toward the people, situations and events that cause emotional stress. It offers suggestions...
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Caregiver Help Part I: Coping with Anger and Guilt

The emotional stress of caring for persons who are aging, chronically ill or disabled can be debilitating for family members as well as professional caregivers. This course addresses caregiver anger and guilt, and provides a three-step process that helps caregivers develop an attitude of what is described as “creative indifference” toward the people, situations and events that cause them the...
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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 t...
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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

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 who has mild-to-moderate impairment, including a description of common challenges and coping strategies. Advice is provided regarding keep...
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Casebook for Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach

This CE test is based on the book "Casebook for Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach" (2008, 259 pages). With expert commentary and detailed excerpts from actual supervisory sessions, the authors describe supervision as process—the process of becoming competent, the process of psychotherapy, and the process of developing as a supervisor. The book examines the supervision relations...
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Celiac Disease: Basics & Beyond

This course explains the basics of celiac disease from the prevalence and pathophysiology of celiac disease to the diagnosis and management of celiac disease. It also goes beyond the basics by including the dietary treatment of celiac disease from a registered dietitian’s perspective by outlining the steps of the nutrition care process from assessment to monitoring and evaluation. Two case stu...
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Children’s Exposure to Violence

This course, which includes two CDC bulletins, discusses the findings of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence to date, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Preven...
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Clergy Stress and Depression

According to the Schaeffer Institute, the ministry is perhaps the single most stressful and frustrating working profession, more than medical, legal, or political careers. Most statistics say that 60% to 80% of those who enter the ministry will not still be in it 10 years later, and only a fraction will stay in it as a lifetime career. One study found that over 70% of pastors are so stressed and...
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Clinical Supervision for Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Supervision for Healthcare Professionals is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that will outline best practices in psychotherapy supervision and review the structure of the supervisory relationship. Topics presented include developmental models of supervision, goals of the supervisory experience, ethics and risk management in the supervision process, using technology in su...
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Clinical Supervision: Framework for Success

This course will outline best practices in psychotherapy supervision and review the structure of the supervisory relationship. Topics presented will include developmental models of supervision, goals of the supervisory experience, ethics and risk management in the supervision process, and diversity awareness training for the supervisee. The vital and, at times, challenging relationship between s...
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Clinician’s Guide to Understanding, Evaluating & Treating Obesity

This course is designed to help clinicians enhance their working knowledge of the etiology and treatment of obesity, including assessment skills, diagnostic issues, treatment planning, and current developments in pharmacological and surgical treatments. Case studies will elucidate different aspects of treatment. The information in this course will be especially helpful to clinicians who work wit...
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Codependency: Causes, Consequences and Cures

In this course, the author offers in-depth and in-person strategies for therapists to use in working with clients who present with the characteristic behavior patterns of codependency. Clients are usually unaware of the underlying codependency that is often responsible for the symptoms they’re suffering. Starting with emphasis on the delicate process of building a caring therapeutic relationsh...
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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 o...
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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. Constr...
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Counseling the Pastor's Kid

Counseling the Pastor’s Kid (PK) is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that will provide clinicians with an understanding of the complex factors that cause stress in PKs, along with recommendations for prevention and treatment. It has been long observed that the ministry is one of the most frustrating and stressful working professions, due largely to the complex dynamics that exi...
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Couples No-Fault Counseling

Couples counseling is a challenging undertaking for both counselors and couples. Counselors need to take a detailed history of both partners and gradually discover the real reasons they overreact to certain things their partner says and does. Couples need to be motivated enough to keep counseling appointments and need to believe that they can improve their relationship. This course will share fo...
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Cyberbullying

Bullies have moved from the playground and workplace to the online world, where anonymity can facilitate bullying behavior. Cyberbullying is intentional, repeated harm to another person using communication technology. It is not accidental or random. It is targeted to a person with less perceived power. This may be someone younger, weaker, or less knowledgeable about technology. Any communication...
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Deposition & Courtroom Testimony: How to Survive – and Thrive

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who may be involved in litigation in the capacity of expert witness. The material outlines skills necessary to be an expert witness, identifies tactics commonly employed by cross-examining attorneys, suggests methods for enhancing professional credibility and provides detailed strategies for dealing with the rigors of cross-examination. Also i...
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Developmental Effects of Alcohol

Data on alcohol use, abuse, and dependence show clear age-related patterns. Moreover, many of the effects that alcohol use has on the drinker, in both the short and long term, depend on the developmental timing of alcohol use or exposure. Many developmental connections have been observed in the risk and protective factors that predict the likelihood of problem alcohol use in young people. This c...
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Diagnosing ADHD in Adults

This course will describe the unique ways in which the symptoms of ADHD manifest in adults, including the distinction between attention deficit and attention regulation. It also includes a discussion about the difficulties of accurately diagnosing ADHD in adults and the reasons the disorder is simultaneously over- and under-diagnosed. The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD – as they apply to ...
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Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" (2013, 336 pages). In his new book, Dr. Paul A. Offit takes on the vitamin and herbal supplements industry and alternative medicine of all kinds. He offers an impassio...
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Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course intended to help healthcare professionals maintain a high state of vigilance and to be well prepared with immediate and appropriate responses when abuse is disclosed. Domestic violence, in the form of child abuse and intimate partner violence, remains a pervasive part of contempora...
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DSM-5: The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide

This CE test is based on the book "The Intelligent Clinician's Guide to the DSM-5®” (2013, 272 pages), a critical review that explores all revisions to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual and shows clinicians how they can best apply the strong points and shortcomings of psychiatry's most contentious resource. The book uses evidence-based critiques and new research to po...
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Dysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program

This course will enable therapists in long-term care or post-acute rehabilitation facilities to present staff training that offers strategies and techniques for implementing a Restorative Mealtime Program (RMP). The purposes of such a program are to make dining safe and enjoyable, to increase resident independence at mealtimes, and to create a mechanism for monitoring declining abilities as dise...
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Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice

Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that focuses on the interdisciplinary team approach to identifying, treating and managing dysphagia. Dysphagia is a wide spread problem in the elderly, with many going untreated. Older adults are at an increased risk due to having many factors that lead to swallowing difficulties. Some of these a...
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E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices

E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the advantages, risks, technical issues, legalities and ethics of providing therapy online. E-therapy can be used to address age-old problems, such as how to reach out to those who might not otherwise avail themselves of psychotherapy services even though they are in acute need. At the same time,...
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Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

This CE test is based on the book "Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families" (2012, 304 pages). This text includes the work of many researchers and practitioners from music therapy and related disciplines brought together to provide a comprehensive overview of music therapy practice with young children who present with...
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Economic Distress and Clinical Practice

This is a brief course that defines stress and its physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses and identifies the common indicators of financial stress. It demonstrates a model for performing a financial stress assessment that uses specific tools to identify impact, severity and components of financial stress. It goes on to illustrate a variety of interventions, including thought co...
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Effects of Digital Media on Children’s Development and Learning

Effects of Digital Media on Children’s Development and Learning is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the research on media use and offers guidance for educators and parents to regulate their children’s use of digital devices. Today’s world is filled with smartphones used by people ignoring their surroundings and even texting while driving, which is crimin...
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Electronic Media and Youth Violence

This course, based on the publication Electronic Media and Youth Violence: A CDC Issue Brief for Educators and Caregivers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focuses on the phenomena of electronic aggression. Electronic aggression is defined as any kind of harassment or bullying that occurs through email, chat rooms, instant messaging...
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Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors

Self-defeating behaviors are negative on-going patterns of behaviors involving issues such as smoking, weight, inactive lifestyle, depression, anger, perfectionism, etc. This course is designed to teach concepts to eliminate these negative patterns. The course is educational: first you learn the model, then you apply it to a specific self-defeating behavior. A positive behavioral change is the o...
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Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors: Management Improvement

This course was originally designed for managers at 3M Corporation. 3M wanted an effective model of behavioral change to eliminate defects—self-defeating behaviors—in their management style. The course is educational. First, participants learn the model, and then apply it to a specific self-defeating behavior. The outcome is a positive behavioral change. Following the course, participants wi...
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Emotional Overeating: Practical Management Techniques

Statistics report that Americans are an increasingly overweight population. Among the factors contributing to our struggle to stop tipping the scales is the component of “emotional eating” – or the use of food to attempt to fill emotional needs. Professionals in both the physical and emotional health fields encounter patients with emotional eating problems on a regular basis. Even clients ...
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End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care

End-of-life care is the term used to describe the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. Such care does not happen just in the moments before breathing finally stops and a heart ceases to beat. An older person is often living, and dying, with one or more chronic illnesses and needs a lot of care for days, weeks, and sometimes even months. Generally speaking, people who...
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Ethical Decision Making for Counselors: A Practical Model

From time to time, counselors are confronted with ethical dilemmas that are difficult to resolve. Although ethical decision-making models provide guidelines as to how counselors should proceed in such matters, they do not always do so in a pragmatic manner. The purpose of this course is to provide counselors with an intuitive method of resolving ethical dilemmas that is grounded in best practice...
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Ethics & Boundaries in Psychotherapy

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; mul...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips 8

Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips 8 is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a wide variety of ethics and risk management topics, written by experts in the field.
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips I

This course for psychotherapists of all specialties addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 11 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are monographs on special handling for high-risk clients, risks of online therapy, identification of high-risk clients, protecting privacy, a HIPAA update, ethics in teaching, therapist/patient sex, the psycholog...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips II

This course for psychotherapists of all specialties addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 13 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are monographs on ethical conflicts in risk management, risk in the forensic arena, understanding the duty to warn, obligations of faculty and supervisors, records management, confidentiality and laptops, managin...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips III

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: disclosure of records during a legal proceeding, psychologists as crisis negotiators, boundary issues and multiple relationships, HIPAA changes driven by the federal economic stimulus plan, duty-to-warn, treating "perfect" and "not-so-perfect" p...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips IV

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 12 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: the risks and benefits of alternative treatment; Medicare puts providers in peril; the treatment of children whose parents are in the process of divorcing; keeping client needs uppermost in termination; the pitfalls facing psychologists who beco...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips V

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: (1) Is it kosher for a psychotherapist to serve as an expert witness? (2) Weighing patient’s rights against psychologist’s rights (3) Techno breaches could cost practitioners big bucks (4) Custody cases require special training (5) Too many ...
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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 f...
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Ethics and Social Media

Ethics and Social Media is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the use of Social Networking Services (SNS) on both our personal and professional lives. Is it useful or appropriate (or ethical or therapeutic) for a therapist and a client to share the kinds of information that are routinely posted on SNS like Facebook, Twitter, and others? How are psychotherapists to han...
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Ethics for Occupational Therapists

Ethical and moral issues pervade our lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Occupational Therapists are frequently confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas, and their decisions can have long-range effects both professionally and personally. Why does one decision win out over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact those involved? This cou...
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Ethics for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists encounter ethical issues across the spectrum of practice settings, from pediatric treatment to care of elders in skilled nursing facilities. This course will present an overview of ethical issues that arise in speech-language pathology and audiology practice, including barriers to ethical thinking, evidence-based ethics, economics, discrimination, ab...
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Ethics in Psychotherapy: Practical Tips I

This course addresses a variety of topics in psychotherapy ethics in the form of archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are ethics articles on psychologist prescription privileges, answering a licensing board complaint, clinical supervision, military proceedings, automation, fee setting, custody recommendations, life coaching, and more.
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Ethics in Psychotherapy: Practical Tips II

This online course for psychotherapists of all specialties addresses a variety of ethics topics in the form of 13 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are monographs on multiple relationships, self-care, documentation, technology in practice, standards on therapist accessibility, client confidentiality, responding to a subpoena, multicultural competence, ethics of rural pra...
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Ethics in Psychotherapy: Practical Tips III

This course for psychotherapists of all specialties addresses a variety of ethics topics in the form of 12 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are monographs on the “do no harm" principle, competencies in expanding to new areas of practice, mandatory reporting, the principle of beneficence, avoiding client bias in custody cases, avoiding legal and ethical pitfalls with b...
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Ethics in Therapy: Quick Tips I

This course addresses a variety of ethics topics in the form of seven archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: office bookstore should not be for profit; ethical, effective marketing for your private practice; impact of law on psychology; duty to warn is now duty to protect; test givers must be qualified; to collect or not to collect; and duty to warn, protect differs in...
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Executive Functioning: Teaching Children Organizational Skills

COURSE ABSTRACT Executive Functioning: Teaching Children Organizational Skills is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that will enumerate and illustrate multiple strategies and tools for helping children overcome executive functioning deficits and improve their self-esteem and organizational abilities. Executive functioning skills represent a key set of mental assets that h...
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Florida Mental Health Laws and Rules

This course is approved to meet the requirements of a Florida Laws and Rules course as a license renewal requirement for Florida-licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors. It is required every third biennium after initial licensure. Content of this course will include excerpts from the relevant Florida statutes and Administrative Code regulati...
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Florida Occupational Therapy Laws & Rules

This 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 t...
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From Contention to Contemplation: Overcoming Core Impasses in Couples Therapy

Many couples come to therapy emotionally disconnected from each other, polarized by a constant state of struggle and unable to see past the last fight. Couples often engage in a repetitive cycle of interaction, resulting in their feeling stuck and hopeless. Once this reciprocal pattern can be identified, couples can be empowered to break the pattern and learn new ways of relating to one another ...
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Gender Identity and Gender Variance

This is a test only course based on the Report of the APA Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance published by the American Psychological Association in 2009. This 106-page document focuses on transgender issues, including gender identity and gender variance. In addition, two short informational pamphlets present basic facts about homosexuality, transgendered individuals, and gender i...
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Gender Identity and Transgenderism

Gender Identity and Transgenderism is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews issues in the formation of gender identity and the possible resultant condition of transgenderism, formerly transsexuality. After viewing oneself as a human being, the most important aspect of our self-concept is that we are a male person or a female person. That is the very essence of our humanne...
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GLB Issues in Psychotherapy

This is a test only course based on the Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation published by the American Psychological Association in 2009. This 138-page document examines psychotherapy with gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. The APA Task Force conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and concluded tha...
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Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, 7th Ed

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, 7th Ed." (2013, 369 pages), a highly readable text that has become the go-to resource for thousands of mental health clinicians seeking a reliable and easy-to-reference resource detail...
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Helping Children Learn to Listen

Parents, teachers, and other adults often complain that their children do not listen to them. In fact, failure to listen is a common occurrence among all children, at least some of the time. When it becomes a chronic condition, that is, when a child rarely or never listens to adults, it becomes clinically worrisome because the safety and well-being of the child can be at risk. The failure to dev...
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Helping Your Young Client Persevere in the Face of Learning Differences

Clinicians and teachers working with students struggling at grade level are committed to raising their students’ achievement potential by creating opportunities to learn. In order to accomplish this, they need to learn new techniques that can help encourage discouraged students – particularly those who have different ways of learning – by supporting and motivating them without enabling sel...
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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 str...
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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 str...
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How Children Become Violent

This course was written for professionals working in the mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice/criminal justice, and research fields, as well as students studying these fields. The authors’ goal is to make a case for the fact that juvenile and adult violence begins very early in life, and it is both preventable and treatable. The author draws on her 30 years of experience working in a...
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How Temperamental Differences Affect Young Children

Temperament plays a significant role in a child’s development, experience, relationships, and behaviors. Children often need supportive intervention to allow them to function in healthy ways and reach their potential. This video course will include a discussion of normal early childhood development and the range of normal functioning as it is impacted by temperament. The purpose of this course...
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Improving Communication with Your Young Clients

Healthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective communication techniques and respectful conversational skills. Clinicians and other professionals who work with children and their families can benefit from adding to their repertoire by learning communication techniques that improve the quality of these relationships. The correct use of language can increase your young cl...
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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 rac...
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Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents

Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents is a 4-hour online continuing education course that will discuss the need for children and adolescents to develop the social skills they will need to be successful in school and beyond. It will demonstrate the challenges and difficulties that arise from a deficit of these crucial skills, as well as the benefits and advantages that can come about ...
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Interviewing Clients across Cultures

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Interviewing Clients across Cultures: A Practioner's Guide" (2008, 334 pages), which provides a solid consideration and analysis of relevant cultural competency issues. Topics include a multicultural framework, preparing for interviews, biases and unbiased obse...
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Journaling II: Directed Exercises in Journaling

This course is designed for the practitioner who would like to use journal-writing exercises with clients as an adjunct to traditional psychotherapy, and would like some topic ideas to suggest, rather than limiting writing only to the technique of “freewriting.” It is suggested, although not mandatory, that the practitioner has already completed the course #20-13, “Writing It Out: Journali...
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Leveraging Adversity: Turning Setbacks into Springboards

Leveraging Adversity: Turning Setbacks into Springboards is a 6-hour online continuing education (CE) course that gives clinicians the tools they need to help their clients face adversity from a growth perspective and learn how to use setbacks to spring forward, and ignite growth. While clients can seek the help of a psychotherapist for numerous reasons, one thing that all clients face is adv...
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Living a Better Life with Arthritis: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors

Every day, people unwittingly choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to other less-than-desirable consequences for their health, relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they keep us from living life to the fullest—if we let them. This course is a self-instructional module that “walks” re...
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Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Medication for chronic pain is addictive; therefore, the treatment of individuals with both substance abuse disorders and pain presents particular challenges. This course is based on a document from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substances Use Dis...
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Medical Marijuana

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. ...
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Mental Health Medications

A variety of medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes medications are used in combination with other treatments such as psychotherapy. This guide describes the types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications,...
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Metallic Environmental Contaminants: Behavior & Nutrition

Substances in the environment are related to human health, nutrition, behavior, and cognition. A large body of scientific literature and governmental agencies acknowledge that exposure to environmental contaminants through food and water (dietary intake) or by other means may pose significant human health risks. In this course, major metallic environmental contaminants will be examined using the...
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Mindfulness: The Healing Power of Compassionate Presence

This course will give you the mindfulness skills necessary to work directly, effectively and courageously, with your own and your client’s life struggles. Compassion towards others starts with compassion towards self. Practicing mindfulness cultivates our ability to pay intentional attention to our experience from moment to moment. Mindfulness teaches us to become patiently and spaciously awar...
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Misdiagnosis & Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children & Adults

This CE test is based on the book "Misdiagnosis & Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children & Adults" (2005, 265 pages). Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger’s. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result. Physicians, psyc...
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Motivating Children to Learn

Motivating Children to Learn is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides strategies and activities to help children overcome their academic and social challenges. This course describes the various challenges that can sidetrack children in their developmental and educational processes, leaving them with a sense of discouragement and helplessness. Such challenges inclu...
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Multicultural Issues in Counseling - Multiracial Psychology Training

This is a test only 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/Pacif...
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Multicultural Issues in Counseling - Older Adults

This is a test only course based on a 27-page report from the American Psychological Association regarding Multicultural Competency in Geropsychology and is relevant for any mental health professional working with older adults. The 2009 APA report summarizes the work of the American Psychological Association Committee on Aging and its Working Group on Multicultural Competency in Geropsychology. ...
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Nutrition and Addiction: Advanced Clinical Concepts

Nutrition and Addiction: Advanced Clinical Concepts is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines addiction from a nutritional perspective. Drug addiction is an alarming problem in America, and one that is not receiving the treatment it needs. Compounding the problem is that addiction often leads to nutritional deficiencies, which predisposes the addict to a host of related h...
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Nutrition and Depression: Advanced Clinical Concepts

Depression is an increasingly common, complex, inflammatory condition that co-occurs with a host of other conditions. This course will examine how we can combat depression through nutrition, starting with an exploration of the etiology of depression –taking a look at the role of neurotransmitters, the HPA axis and cortisol, gene expression (epigenetics), upregulation and downregulation, and t...
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Nutrition and Mental Health: Advanced Clinical Concepts

Nutrition and Mental Health: Advanced Clinical Concepts is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that examines how what we eat influences how we feel, both physically and mentally. While the role of adequate nutrition in maintaining mental health has been established for some time, just how clinicians go about providing the right nutritional information to the patient at the right...
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Nutrition Education for Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up the muscles and tissues. It's also the brain's main source of fuel. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabe...
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Nutrition in Mental Health & Substance Abuse

This course discusses how good nutrition impacts a person's mental health and well being. It provides the latest information on hypothyroidism, neurotransmitters, amino acids, the GI index, vitamins and herbs. Case studies are provided.
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the diagnosis, assessment and treatment strategies for OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by intrusive, unwanted, and anxiety-provoking thoughts, images, impulses and rituals that are performed to alleviate the accompanying distress. Because OCD is a heterogeneous di...
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Prescription Drug Abuse

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 accessibl...
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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the misuse of prescription drugs (including opioids) in the United States. Misuse of prescription drugs means “taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel eupho...
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Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health

Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the ways in which clients can be harmed in mental health practice, and the many strategies for anticipating and avoiding such undesirable outcomes. This course is intended to increase clinicians’ awareness of the many types of errors that can occur within mental health practice, ...
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Preventing Medical Errors in Nutrition & Dietetics

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 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 c...
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Preventing Medical Errors in Nutrition & Dietetics (Video)

This video course was recorded at the Annual Symposium of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2014. It 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, national healthcare safety trends, reporting of sentinel event...
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Preventing Medical Errors in Speech-Language Pathology

Preventing Medical Errors in Speech-Language Pathology is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that 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 ...
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Psychological Practice with Girls and Women

This is a test only course based on the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women published by the American Psychological Association in 2007. Although many may believe that women’s issues in psychology were dealt with and resolved in the 1970s and 1980s, the changing and increasingly complex life experiences of girls and women and the intersection of their gender roles with e...
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Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 1

This course addresses a variety of brief clinical topics in the form of 15 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: Anger, violence and radical ideologies: mental illness or different beliefs? Psychopathy important to understand in clinical practice Is marijuana an appropriate treatment for ADD/ADHD? Internet pornography addiction cause discomfort to some therapi...
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Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 2

This course addresses a variety of brief clinical topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: Tips on documenting disabilities for college Refugee children of war-torn lands need help Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead Hearing loss always psychologically significant Introducing the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) ...
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PTSD & Substance Abuse: Dual Diagnosis Overview & Treatment

Substance abuse problems are commonly experienced by those who have experienced trauma. This course discusses the complex relationship between trauma/PTSD and substance use disorders and provides a background for understanding comorbid PTSD and substance abuse. Topics covered include assessment, practice guidelines, common issues and their implications for treatment, and empirically-based treatm...
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PTSD - What is It?

This course provides an overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It describes the diagnostic criteria, prevalence of PTSD in veteran and civilian samples, comorbid conditions, longitudinal course, and risk factors. Empirically validated treatment options are briefly discussed. The course is based on one of a series of activities from the Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cent...
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PTSD Treatment I: CBT, Neurobiology & Pharmacotherapy

Part I of this course provides an overview of cognitive-behavioral interventions for PTSD. It describes some basic aspects of CBT, outlines cognitive-behavioral theories of PTSD, discusses key trauma-focused CBT interventions, and provides some tips for using CBT to encourage behavior change. Additional resources related to the topic are identified. Part II has two principal objectives. First it...
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PTSD Vicarious Traumatization: Towards Recognition & Resilience-Building

Providers, and those who listen empathically to the trauma stories of others, are at risk for reactions known collectively as vicarious traumatization (VT). This course outlines some of the basic differences between primary traumatization, secondary traumatization, VT, and compassion fatigue; discusses many of the signs and symptoms of VT; provides questions for self-assessment of VT; and provid...
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Reading the Room

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders" (2012 | 425 pages). This course aims to enrich psychologists, consultants, coaches, therapists, leaders, and all professionals’ understanding of communication within their teams t...
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Real Boys

This CE test is based on the book "Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood" (1999, 447 pages). Modern culture has in the past 50 years grown more tolerant of authentic human development; nevertheless, there are still a plethora of negative images of men and masculinity which abound, affecting and afflicting boys and youth who are struggling to build their sense of self. Real Boys ...
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Realistic Risk Management

Over the last 10 years there has been a major increase in the number of lawsuits, licensing board actions, and ethics complaints against mental health practitioners. Changes in the economic system, the growth of managed care, increased federal and state regulations, and greater demands for oversight and accountability in clinical practice have made record keeping and communications much more com...
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Really Bizarre Sexual Behaviors

The range of extant human behavior is truly extraordinary. But, the range of sexual behaviors is exponentially more so. Some are so infrequent and atypical that we call them “bizarre.” Such sexual practices may be described by some laypersons as “sick” or “abnormal.” Even some health care professionals may label such behaviors as “paraphilic” or “psychopathological” or a majo...
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Record-Keeping Guidelines from the American Psychological Association

This is a test only course based on the Record Keeping Guidelines published by the American Psychological Association in 2007. The 12-page document provides aspirational information regarding the creation, maintenance, sharing, and destruction of records related to psychological services.
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Rethinking Narcissism

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on Rethinking Narcissism (HarperCollins 2015, 256 pp.), which has enjoyed international expert and critical acclaim for its exciting blend of empirical rigor, practical strategies, and compelling narrative style. In it you’ll discover: A new definit...
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Risk Management: Quick Tips I

This course addresses a variety of risk management topics in the form of seven archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: social networking: how should psychologists respond to online ‘friending’ requests; some additional thoughts on social networking; malpractice insurance 101: claims-made vs. occurrence coverage; progress notes: what not to write down; triple jeopard...
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School Refusal Behavior: Children Who Can’t or Won’t Go to School

School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, for their families, and for school personnel. Failing to attend school has significant long and short-term effects on children’s social, emotional, and educational development. School refusal is often the result of, or associated with, comorbid disorders such as anxiety or depression. Careful assessment, treatment planning, interventi...
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Separation Anxiety in Children & Adolescents

This CE test is based on the book "Separation Anxiety in Children & Adolescents" (2005, 298 pages). The book presents a research-based approach to understanding the challenges of separation anxiety and helping children, adolescents, and their parents build the skills they need to overcome it. The authors provide step-by-step guidelines for implementing the entire process of therapy-from intake a...
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Spiritual Care Handbook on PTSD/TBI

With the wars in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq, a new generation of military veterans has arrived home, requiring appropriate and sensitive pastoral care. This course is based on a handbook written for the Department of the Navy by The Rev. Brian Hughes and The Rev. George Handzo, entitled Spiritual Care Handbook on PTSD/TBI: The Handbook on Best Practices for the Provision of Spiritua...
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Spirituality & Adults in Later Life

This online course provides an accessible tool kit for health care providers and therapists to use in attending to the spiritual well being – as well as the physical, social, and emotional needs – of older adults in their care. Included are ready-to-use exercises and techniques for promoting spiritual self-awareness in seniors, as well as vignettes from the author’s own years of experience...
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Suicide & Psychological Pain: Prevention that Works

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Suicide & Psychological Pain: Prevention that Works" (2012, 147 pages). Jack Klott, using case studies taken from his 45-year-career as a suicidologist, brings to life the ideas, theories and concepts surrounding suicide and self-mutilation...
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Suicide Prevention: Evidence-Based Strategies

Suicide Prevention: Evidence-Based Strategies is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews evidence-based research and offers strategies for screening, assessment, treatment, and prevention of suicide. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In 2015, 44,193 people killed themselves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, “...
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Talking with Your Older Patient: A Clinician’s Handbook

Advising an older man about starting an exercise program . . . counseling a woman about the proper way to take her osteoporosis medication . . . discussing end-of-life care options with the family of a long-time older patient who is dying. These are just some examples of the complex and sensitive issues facing clinicians who treat older people. Health care providers who communicate successfully ...
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The Challenge of Co-Parenting: Helping Split Couples to Raise Healthy Kids

Parents who have chosen not to remain together as a couple are still responsible for the healthy upbringing of their mutual children. They must face not only the typical challenges of parenting, but also those unique tasks that come from living in separate homes. While therapists and other professionals have long worked with intact couples on parenting skills, they must now also be versed in tea...
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The Complete Guide to Special Education

This CE test is based on the book "The Complete Guide to Special Education, 2nd Edition" (2010, 372 pages) and should appeal to a wide variety of professionals, including: clinical psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, speech-language pathologists, as well as educators and school administrators. The course explores the special education process, from testi...
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The Healing Power of Emotion

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book “The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice” (2009, 349 pages). In it, leading neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, therapy researchers, and clinicians illuminate how to regulate emotio...
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The Heart and Soul of Change, 2nd Ed

This is a test only course (book not included). The book can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Heart and Soul of Change (2nd Edition): Delivering What Works in Therapy” (2009, 455 pages). How does psychotherapy work? As research on psychotherapy has accumulated, it has become increasingly clear that common factors like the therapeutic alliance constitute the p...
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The Heart of Being Helpful

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Heart of Being Helpful" (2006, 179 pages). Based on Dr. Peter Breggin's more than 30 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist and a therapist, this book illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond – or healing presence – between he...
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The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients

Section I of this course involves a detailed discussion of the many ways that a lifetime of ADHD can affect a person’s life. This is important information for all clinicians working with adults who have ADHD, partly for their own understanding, but also to help clients understand their own ADHD. It will include descriptions of situations that can obscure ADHD and will highlight the executive, ...
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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 h...
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The National Psychologist - November/December 2014

This CE test is based on the content of articles from The National Psychologist, November-December 2014 issue: 3rd District Appeals Court upholds ban on conversion therapy Problems, perceptions likely to dampen ACA enrollment Prepare for a winter of content Informed Consent: Ethical challenges and opportunities (Ethics) Women uniquely vulnerable in criminal justice system Improved treatmen...
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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 fac...
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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 convers...
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The National Psychologist January/February 2016

This CE test is based on the content of articles from The National Psychologist, January/February 2016 issue: Cincinnati becomes second city to ban conversion therapy Federal court upholds New York SAFE Act Who let that doggie on the airplane? (Risk management) Informed consent: records and fees (Ethics) Rural psychologists and integrated primary care Therapy termination: the transformatio...
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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain" (2010, 460 pages), which provides an account of the scientific basis of psychotherapy, based on the newest revelations of neuroscience. Beginning with a neurological analysis of Freud's theories, the ...
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The Nursing Home Resident: A Holistic Approach

The increase of the older population is imminent and in order to have successful aged persons we need to create the appropriate environment in our long-term care facilities addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions. The goal of this course is to increase awareness about the needs of this population and to understand the place grief and loss have on the lives of older ad...
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The Occupational Therapist in Long-Term Care

Skilled nursing facilities have unique challenges for healthcare professionals. Multiple federal regulations, a complex billing system, and the long-term nature of skilled nursing facility residents make this a setting that requires an orientation to its unique traits. This course provides an overview of occupational therapy services in skilled nursing facilities. The structure, organization, an...
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The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century

This a test only course based on Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century (click link to download free public-access document) published by the American Psychological Association in 2012 (124 pages). Psychologists and other psychotherapists are, and increasingly will be, serving immigrant adults and their children in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers...
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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health” (2007, 387 pages). Lifestyle changes, including diet, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation, have been proven in research to have multiple beneficial ...
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The Speech-Language Pathologist in Long-Term Care

As the population of the United States ages, more healthcare professionals find themselves treating elders. Schools, private practice, and hospitals will always be major practice settings, but the demographics of our country point to a growing need for geriatric treatment. In 2014 there were an estimated 1.5 million people in 16,000 skilled nursing facilities. By 2030 this number may be as high ...
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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 e...
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Therapy Tidbits - January/February 2017

Therapy Tidbits - January/February 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Mental Health Advocates Wary of Coming Changes – Discusses possible budgetary...
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Therapy Tidbits - July/August 2017

Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Telebehavioral Health is Psychology’s Future - Promo...
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Therapy Tidbits - March/April 2016

This course is comprised of select articles from the March/April 2016 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Depression Screenings Urged During and After Pregnancy, ACA Constantly Changing, Social Media and Ethic...
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Therapy Tidbits - September/October 2017

Therapy 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. The articles included in this course are: Practical Benefits Debatable for Gerops...
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Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2016

Therapy Tidbits is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the July/August 2016 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Mental Health Problems Abound in Flint Lead Cri...
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Therapy Tidbits – March/April 2017

Therapy Tidbits – March/April 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the March/April 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Drug Tests Add Doubt to Amyloid Theory on Alzheimer...
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Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017

COURSE ABSTRACT Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Advocates in Field of Aging Hear Strong ...
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Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2016

Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2016 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the November/December 2016 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: New ACA Rule May be Onerous Burden – o...
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Therapy Tidbits May/June 2016

This course is comprised of select articles from the May/June 2016 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: CMS Wrongfully Denying PQRS Incentives Psychology Lags in Helping Impaired Colleagues Disclosures for...
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Therapy Tidbits November/December 2017

Therapy Tidbits - November/December 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the November/December 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: MMPI-...
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Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients" (2010, 233 pages). In this book, Brodsky examines the difficulties faced by therapists who work with involuntary clients including those who come to therapy through the judicial system. He address...
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Treating Bipolar Disorder

This CE test is based on the book "Treating Bipolar Disorder" (2005, 212 pages). This innovative manual presents a powerful approach for helping people manage bipolar illness and protect against the recurrence of manic or depressive episodes. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy focuses on stabilizing moods by improving medication adherence, building coping skills and relationship satisfactio...
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Treating Explosive Kids

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach” (2006, 246 pages). This book provides a detailed framework for effective, individualized intervention with highly oppositional children and their families. Many vivid examples and Q&A sectio...
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Understanding the Biology of Mental Disorders

Mental health practitioners agree that psychiatric symptoms are not always best explained psychologically. In fact, neuroscience now maintains that mental illness is largely a question of biology. Although most psychiatric or emotional symptoms are appropriately explained by biopsychosocial models, studies suggest approximately ten percent (10%) of psychiatric outpatients have a physical disease...
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Unusual Paraphilias

A paraphilia involves stimulating sexual arousal in someone by an object or fantasy that for most people is commonplace and not sexually related, either directly or symbolically. What you will learn in this course is that there is a clear continuum of unusualness for paraphilias. There are some familiar ones and there are also very many paraphilias reported in the clinical literature which are i...
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Unusual Psychosexual Syndromes, Part 1: Koro, Autoerotic Asphyxia, and Necrophilia

This course presents three of the most unusual human sexual behavior disorders. Each syndrome is a relatively rare, yet extraordinarily intriguing pattern of behavior. These men and women have fashioned highly unorthodox means of gratifying their basic needs for love and attention. These syndromes are typically ignored or receive only mere mentions in most abnormal psychology textbooks. Yet, the...
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When Your Young Client is Defiant

Children with difficult temperaments and those with developmental delays may have learned to express their dissatisfaction with challenging and defiant behavior like whining, anger, temper tantrums or bad language. They sometimes engage in negative behavior or “misbehave” because they do not have the necessary skills – communicative or otherwise – to make their needs known. The purpose o...
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Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?

Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity? is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that explains an alternative treatment for obesity. Conventional treatment for obesity, founded on the First Law of Thermodynamics, assumes that all calories are alike, and that to lose weight one must simply "eat less and move more." However, this prescription rarely succeeds over the long term. Accordi...
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Why Diets Fail: The Myth of Willpower

Why Diets Fail: The Myth of Willpower is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that explains why diets fail and provides strategies for what does work. Clinicians continue to recommend diets to their patients, even though diets don’t lead to long-term weight loss. In this course, Dr. Mann will describe the evidence on why diets don’t work in the long term, give the biological reaso...
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Writing it Out: Journaling as an Adjunct to Therapy

This course is a brief monograph on the use of journal writing as an aid to the therapeutic process. While most psychotherapy is conducted through traditional “talking therapy,” having a client express himself through the written word offers another way to let him vent his thoughts and feelings, and to gain information about his internal and external experiences of life. This course includes...
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Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing

This CE test is based on the book "Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing" (2007, 592 pages). This course is intended to correct common misconceptions about yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the conditions under which yoga may be beneficial for a variety of health and mental health issues. The general health benefits of yoga are discussed, followed by a d...
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