One Size Does Not Fit All: Optimizing Use of Major Depressive Disorder Specifiers to Improve Outcomes

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a highly heterogeneous disorder that is increasingly seen as a continuum, with emphasis on overlapping and subthreshold symptoms. To address this issue, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) included the use of specifiers, such as mixed features and anxious distress, with the diagnosis of MDD. Although DSM-5 specifiers improve utility and precision in the diagnosis of MDD and related disorders, they may not be ...
CMEology

High Functioning Autism in Children

High Functioning Autism in Children is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides strategies to help children with HFA navigate the "neurotypical" world with success. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of April 2018, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing. This increase includes children on the higher end of the spectrum; those who have what is informally referred to as “high functioning” ASD. In this course we...
Professional Development Resources

Women's Health: Vaginitis

Recurrent Vaginitis: What to Do when You've Tried Everything. Vaginitis is one of the 7 most common health concerns for women in the United States. Of those who have an initial case of vaginitis, up to 70% will have another. Some have only a few days between symptoms. This course will examine the common causes of recurrent vaginitis; bacterial vaginosis, vaginal candidiasis and undiagnosed trichomoniasis. The course will also detail management techniques appropriate for the primary care s...
Boston College

STD Guidelines for Clinicians

The CDC issues new guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases every four years. Alison Marshall guides us through the highlights of the most recent update, and subsequent changes to treatment guidelines, in a friendly top-ten format, which is nonetheless full of sobering news of which every clinician need to be aware. Target Audience Clinicians with any sexually active population, nurse educators, and public health educators Faculty Alison O. Marshall, RN, MSN, FNP...
Boston College

Recognizing and Managing Eating Disorders in Primary Care

This course will discuss diagnostic criteria and other information related to eating disorders, review screening tools and weight monitoring procedures that may be useful. In addition, common comorbidities and lab abnormalities seen in persons with eating disorders will be discussed. Target Audience This course is designed for Nurse Practitioners, Physician's Assistants, Physicians, and Registered Nurses. Faculty Julie P. Dunne, MS, PMHNP-BC Clinical Instructor, Boston College Con...
Boston College

Psychopharmacology of Eating Disorders

This course is the second part of a mini-series about eating disorders. Content includes detailed information for the psychopharmacological treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders. Medications and corresponding uses, side effects, dosing information and other pertinent details will be covered. A review of diagnostic criteria is included at the beginning of the course, and participants are encouraged to view part 1 of this mini-series, titled, “Recognizing an...
Boston College

Men's Health: Hypogonadism, Erectile Dysfunction & Infertility

This course provides a comprehensive review of testosterone deficiency (hypogonadism), erectile dysfunction and male infertility. Content includes a review of key definitions and concepts, overview of pathophysiology, approach to diagnosis (including professional evidence-based guidelines) and presentation of treatment including pharmacologic management and other modalities. Best practices and caveats for clinical management are discussed as well as situations warranting specialist referral. T...
Boston College

IEP Goals: S.M.A.R.T.E.R. STEPS® Guide

IEP Goals: S.M.A.R.T.E.R. STEPS® Guide is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides a framework for writing legally compliant IEP goals. Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings give parents and professionals a chance to work together to design an IEP for children with learning disabilities who have been determined eligible for special education. The goals for academic achievement and functional performance set for each child are the core of the IEP. Goals r...
Professional Development Resources

Domestic Violence Update

Target Audience: This activity is designed for professionals at all levels and settings in the healthcare industry. Activity Description Domestic or family violence affects everyone, regardless of gender, race, education, profession, or socioeconomic status. Both abusers and victims come from diverse backgrounds. Health care professionals who focus on a single individual are missing the dysfunctional dynamics that sustain all abusive relationships. In the context of domestic violence, prof...
AKH Inc. Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

Domestic Violence 3 Hour: Focus on Child Abuse

Course overview This course defines domestic violence as family violence, and further differentiates the categories of intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and elder & dependent adult abuse, mistreatment and neglect. The dynamics of domestic violence are presented using Pence and Paymer’s power and control wheel as a guiding explanatory model (1986). Common forms of domestic violence are described and categorized; their effects within the family are reviewed. The core content...
AKH Inc. Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

Gaming Disorder and Internet Addiction

Gaming Disorder and Internet Addiction is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the controversial mental health condition of gaming disorder, and the broader concept of internet addiction. Parents, educators, and health care professionals have all expressed concerns about the proliferation of electronic devices and their negative effects throughout our society. Professional organizations have moved toward considering that the overuse of such devices may be diagnosab...
Professional Development Resources

The Psychological Effects of Ostracism

The Psychological Effects of Ostracism is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores the effects of ostracism in both children and adults. This course will explore the reasons why ostracism occurs – from feelings of moral superiority to differences in physical appearance, and even the idea that ostracism is necessary to insure social cooperation. We will then examine the ways in which ostracism leads to feelings of aggression, hostility, the tendency to endorse ext...
Professional Development Resources

Fact or Fiction? Test Your Knowledge on Residual and Treatment-Emergent Symptoms in Major Depressive Disorder

Although major depressive disorder (MDD) has a profound impact on individuals, families, and society, it remains undertreated. There are currently more than 4 million US adults who are inadequately treated for MDD. Numerous studies show that antidepressant therapies are superior to placebo, but most adults with MDD do not achieve an adequate response with first-line pharmacotherapy. Inadequate response to antidepressant therapy is associated with greater medical morbidity, more hospitalization...
CMEology

BRIDGE: HCV

BRIDGE HCV is an exciting grassroots initiative that taps into the strengths and resources of communities in inner-city and metropolitan areas to provide effective treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in people who inject drugs (PWID). Now, drawing upon dynamic content presented at live small-group meetings for community-based health care professionals, this enduring program will bring the critical content to the greater online learning community. Key learning emphases will be placed on feasi...
Integritas Communications

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the current literature on the medical, legal, educational, occupational, and ethical aspects of marijuana. In spite of the fact that more than 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 con...
Professional Development Resources

Counseling the Criminal Mind

Counseling the Criminal Mind is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the effects of mass incarceration and provides strategies for reducing criminal behavior. When events such as mass shootings, acts of terrorism, and familicide occur, one question we might ask ourselves is: What goes through the mind of the perpetrator? In attempting to answer this question, this course will explore the many factors that lead to criminal behavior, including traumatic brain injury,...
Professional Development Resources

The Herbert Benson, MD Course in Mind Body Medicine

COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR AN INTEGRATED MODEL OF CARE Mind body approaches such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, cognitive skills, lifestyle interventions and positive psychology now boast an impressive evidence base to support their ability to improve—and in some cases, prevent—stress-related illnesses, ranging from asthma to hypertension, functional bowel diseases and pain syndromes. Whether you are a physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or therapist, mi...
Harvard Medical School

Bipolar Depression Across the Life Span: Enhancing Diagnosis and Management From Youth to Older Age

Bipolar disorder affects individuals of various ages, but the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes are not the same in all patient populations. Although bipolar disorder is most commonly diagnosed in early adulthood, about half of adults with the disorder experienced onset in childhood or adolescence.1 Up to 2 million US children and adolescents suffer from bipolar spectrum disorders.2 Childhood-onset bipolar disorder is associated with delayed diagnosis and a more severe course of illness. Bipo...
CMEology

Opioid Use Disorder in Special Populations: Making Recovery a Goal

The opioid epidemic is ravaging many parts of the United States, resulting in drug overdose deaths emerging as the leading cause of injury death. The 2015 statistics from Health and Human Services on human and economic costs were staggering, reporting that 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids that year, resulting in $78.5 billion in economic costs. Yet the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA)'s National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol Abuse and Related Condit...
CME Outfitters, LLC

Fatal Attraction: Why are Opioids so Addicting?

Early in the opioid crisis, physicians were the principle source of opioid use and abuse due to overprescribing, often leading to patients storing leftover prescriptions at home and friends or family members finding and using these leftovers. Unfortunately, simply restricting opioid prescriptions is not an effective strategy in a culture that has wildly available and accessible drugs of abuse available. Opioids are the most addicting drugs of abuse; they interact with the brain's pleasure ...
CME Outfitters, LLC

Emotional Regulation: Teaching Children Calm

Emotional Regulation: Teaching Children Calm is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides strategies and techniques for helping children navigate their emotions. Emotional regulation is the ability to manage one’s emotions in order to respond appropriately to life’s inevitable ups and downs. It assists with competent decision-making, augments memory for critical events, and enables productive interpersonal relations. Inappropriate emotional responses are implica...
Professional Development Resources

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews evidenced-based research for identification, management and prevention of cyberbullying in children, adolescents, and adults. 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...
Professional Development Resources

Effects of Digital Media on Adolescents

Effects of Digital Media on Adolescents is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores how the digital world is affecting teens of successive generations. It is becoming clear that the effects of the digital world are affecting each successive generation of teenagers in ways that are only now beginning to come into view. iGen’ers’ communication and behaviors differ from those that characterized the Baby Boomers, Millennials, and the XGen’ers. We now know that th...
Professional Development Resources

The Role of the Genetic Counselor in Pompe Disease

Participants must have an NSGC license to participate. An important part of coordinated care for Pompe disease patients, whether diagnosed through NBS, clinical diagnosis, or prenatal diagnosis, is genetic counseling. Genetic counselors help families better understand Pompe disease, including medical recommendations and treatment options, and provide available resources so families with the affected child, and adults diagnosed with Pompe disease, can make informed decisions. Although a need fo...
EXCEL Continuing Education

Therapy Tidbits – January/February 2019

Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the Nov/Dec 2018 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: 2019 Brings Overhaul of Testing Codes and Payment Changes – Discusses the new coding structure for central nervous system (CNS) assessments and conf...
Professional Development Resources

Getting to Remission: Differentiating Residual Symptoms from Treatment Side Effects in Major Depressive Disorder

Millions of US adults with MDD are inadequately treated despite the availability of effective therapies. Achieving and maintaining remission continues to be a considerable clinical challenge. In addition, cognitive impairment is a common residual symptom, and many clinicians are failing to assess for and manage this aspect of depression. Some residual symptoms, such as weight gain, sleep disturbances, and sexual dysfunction, may be difficult to distinguish from treatment side effects. Despite ...
CMEology

Introduction to Energy Psychology

Introduction to Energy Psychology is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that describes the history, uses, and benefits of energy psychology treatment models. This course will focus on the use of energy psychology and how it can help health professionals who are seeking a holistic approach to work with patients. Energy psychology has its origins from acupuncture and can be used to address many emotional and behavioral problems. While it has many modalities, the most well-kn...
Professional Development Resources

The Power of Skepticism and Critical Thinking

The Power of Skepticism and Critical Thinking is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that examines how positive skepticism and critical thinking are necessary in clinical practice. The history of health care abounds with treatments that persisted (although they didn’t work) for many years without ever being seriously challenged. How did this happen? More to the point, how is it that this continues to happen today? At least a part of the answer can be found in a very long ...
Professional Development Resources

Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2018

This course is comprised of select articles from the September/October 2018 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: ACA Hasn’t Reduced Health Care Costs - Explains the impact of the ACA on independent practice doctors and the new recommendation for payment parity for clinic visits. Out-of-Office Encounters May Be Beneficial – Dis...
Professional Development Resources

The American Institute of Medical Education goes international to Italy and the Dalmatian Coast.

Join the American Institute of Medical Education for an educational and experiential time in Venice, Italy and a cruise on the Dalmatian coast. Earn 18 CEU's
Creativity and Madness / AMED

Spirituality & Aging

Spirituality & Aging is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers an insight into how spirituality influences the lives of elders in our care. Spirituality and religious beliefs provide coping mechanisms for issues related to aging and have been proven to have a protective factor. Elders with higher levels of spirituality have better mental and physical health, and are less anxious about aging. This course provides an accessible tool kit for healthcare professiona...
Professional Development Resources

Managing Anger & Aggressive Behavior

Managing Anger & Aggressive Behavior is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides strategies for dealing with anger and aggression in clinical practice. Healthcare professionals in every specialty have had experiences with anger and aggression, sometimes finding themselves the target of their clients’ anger. We are human, and all of us are subject to the full range of human emotions, even as therapists within the context of professional encounters with our clients. Wh...
Professional Development Resources

Counseling Victims of Natural Disasters

Counseling Victims of Natural Disasters is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that examines how to help the victims, and witnesses, of natural disasters. We may ask ourselves: What can be done for the victims of natural disasters? Beyond the physical needs, such as safety, food, and water, there remains the emotional residue of living through an experience that threatens one’s life. This course will address these emotional needs. This course offers healthcare professi...
Professional Development Resources

Poise: The Psychology of Posture

Poise: The Psychology of Posture is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores how body language can be used to better understand our clients and improve their lives. It is said that non-verbal communication represents two-thirds of all communication. Whether it be through gestures, posture, facial expressions, personal space or eye contact, how we position and move our bodies sends a message to those we are speaking to. Our poise is often a very telling look into ho...
Professional Development Resources

Gender and Transgender Identity

Gender and Transgender Identity is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews issues in the formation of gender and transgender identity. 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 humanness and the most basic sense of who we are. To experience a conflict between our physical body and our concept of maleness or femaleness is the most fundamental existen...
Professional Development Resources

About Suicide Screening, Referral, and Imminent Harm in Washington State, 3 units

This course contains information on the scope of suicide in Washington State and nationally, warning signs, suicide screening and referral, and assessment of issues related to imminent harm via lethal means. This course is approved by the Washington State Department of Health for certified counselors and advisers, chemical dependence professionals, chiropractors, occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, pharmacists, and dentists. Approval #TRNG.TG.60824032...
ATrain Education Inc.

Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018

Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the September/October 2018 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: Preexisting Conditions Dominate Health Care Discussions - A look at short term limited duration insurance plans (S...
Professional Development Resources

The Suicide Survivor

The Suicide Survivor is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides an understanding and means for helping the people who have lost loved ones to suicide. One of the most difficult and complex emotional adjustments many individuals will ever face is the challenging and often lengthy process of dealing with the suicide of a family member or other loved one. These people are called suicide survivors; the family members and close friends who have experienced the death of a f...
Professional Development Resources

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Practical Guide

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Practical Guide is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers healthcare professionals a basic foundation in Alzheimer's disease prevention, diagnosis, and risk management. This course will present practical information to aid healthcare professionals as they interact with clients who are diagnosed with any of the many types of dementia. We will review what is normal in the aging process, and what is not; diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's dis...
Professional Development Resources

Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2018

Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the July/August 2018 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: Hacking Creates Market for Cyber Insurance - Discusses the need for cyber insurance and provides examples of the types of coverage currently available ...
Professional Development Resources

HIV/AIDS: Therapy & Adherence

HIV/AIDS: Therapy & Adherence is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that treatment and adherence issues in populations at high risk for HIV infection. 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 55% of HIV-infected people follow their antiretroviral regimen well enough to achieve viral suppression. This course will discuss adhere...
Professional Development Resources

Psychological Effects of Media Exposure

Psychological Effects of Media Exposure is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores the psychological effects that media exposure has on both the witnesses and victims of traumatic events. This course will explore why we are so drawn to traumatic events and how media portrayals of these events influence our thoughts, conclusions, and assumptions about them. It will then discuss how the intersection of trauma and media has evolved to provide a place for celebrity-li...
Professional Development Resources

Personality and Temperament: Connecting with Young Clients

Personality and Temperament: Connecting with Young Clients is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that demonstrates how differences in personality and temperament impact how children behave and how adults communicate and connect with them. Understanding differences in temperament and personality among adults and children will ultimately assist us in developing better relationships with our clients and enhancing therapy interventions, plans, and goals. Within the context of ...
Professional Development Resources

HIV/AIDS: Adherence Issues

HIV/AIDS: Adherence Issues is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that discusses adherence issues in populations at high risk for HIV infection. HIV and AIDS are medical terms that are linked together due to the progressive nature of HIV, with the end result of untreated (or undertreated) HIV becoming AIDS. The virus affects people of all ages, from children born to mothers with HIV, to adolescents, to adults, and elders. People who live with HIV can live almost normal life...
Professional Development Resources

Executive Functioning in Adults

Executive Functioning in Adults is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides strategies to help adults overcome executive functioning deficits. As human beings, we have a built-in capacity to accomplish goals and meet challenges through the use of high-level cognitive functions called “executive functioning” skills. These are the skills that help us to decide which activities and tasks we will pay attention to and which ones we will choose to ignore or postpone....
Professional Development Resources

Grief: The Reaction to Loss

Grief: The Reaction to Loss is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that teaches healthcare professionals how to recognize and respond to grief. Grief is the reaction to loss. People grieve for the loss of someone they love, but they also grieve for the loss of independence, usefulness, cognitive functioning, and physical abilities. Grief is also a lifelong process: a journey rather than a disease that is cured. It changes over time to deal with different kinds of losses. It...
Professional Development Resources

Therapy Tidbits - May/June 2018

Therapy Tidbits - May/June 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2018 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 Prepayment Audits Strike Fear in Medicare Providers - Describes the difficulties practitioners are facing with when audited and explains the new m...
Professional Development Resources

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores the stigmas around mental illness and provides effective strategies to overcome them. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines mental illness stigma as “a range of negative attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about mental and substance use disorders.” Mental health and substance use disorders are prevalent and among the most highly stigmatized...
Professional Development Resources

Motivation: Igniting the Process of Change

Motivation: Igniting the Process of Change is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores the question: how do we tap into, ignite and harness our motivation? We will begin with a discussion about why clinicians need to know this information and how this information can be helpful in working with clients. Next, we will look at the research behind motivation, decipher between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and explore the roots of what keeps us motivated now,...
Professional Development Resources

Improving Communication with Your Young Clients

Improving Communication with Your Young Clients is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that teaches communication skills for use with young clients and their families. Healthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective and respectful communication skills. Professionals can benefit from enhancing their repertoire of communication techniques to improve the quality of relationships with families and children who have communication skills deficits. The co...
Professional Development Resources

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