The Feeling Good Handbook Revised Edition

Audience: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors The Feeling Good Handbook presents a cognitive behavioral approach to treating depression and anxiety. The text also presents an in-depth examination of medications used to treat anxiety and depression. Extensive examples of therapeutic homework are also provided. Purchase and reading of the book, "The Feeling Good Handbook Revised Edition" is required to complete this course. Cours...
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Schizophrenia Addendum

Audience: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors This course covers the causes, symptoms and treatments of Schizophrenia. Course Syllabus * What is Schizophrenia? * What are the symptoms of Schizophrenia? * When does Schizophrenia start and who gets it? * Substance abuse and Schizophrenia. * How is Schizophrenia treated?
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Evidence Based Guidelines for Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress

Examination of evidence-based practices that are used in the prevention and treatment of PTSD. Audience: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors Course Syllabus: * Populations at Risk for Developing PTSD * Acute Stress Reaction and Prevention of PTSD * Assessment of ASD & PTSD * Treatment of ASD & PTSD * PTSD and Co-occurring Disorders * Management of Concurrent PTSD and Substance Use Disorder * Psychotherapy for PTSD * Pharm...
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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 and assessment through coping skills training, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and relapse preven...
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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, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it's easier than it seems. In...
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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 validated "anger episode model." This indispensable resource for human service professionals emphasize...
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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 descriptions of the various uses of journaling as well as detail on seven journal-writing technique...
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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: Journaling as an Adjunct to Therapy.” That course lays the basic foundation for understanding the benefits...
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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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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 and researching violence to demonstrate that society must intervene early in the lives of children li...
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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 teaching parents who live in separate homes how to establish healthy “co-parenting” abilities as we...
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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 supervisor and supervisee will be discussed and compared to the therapy relationship. The important t...
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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 ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, SES, etc. demonstrate compelling evidence and need for profes...
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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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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, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pa...
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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 practice, current threats to practice privacy, therapist disclosure, and HIPAA “psychotherapy notes....
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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 intelligent responses for years to come. Chapters identify factors that can positively alter and exte...
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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 outcome. Following the course, participants will be able to identify, analyze and replace their self-...
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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 adults and their families. Administrators as well as the rest of the nursing home staff will greatly b...
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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 following outline: Description and Uses; Metal Distribution in the Body; Nutrition-Related Exposure...
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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 who can teach practical anxiety management techniques have tools that can be used in nearly all clini...
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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 satisfaction, and shoring up the regularity of daily rhythms or routines. Each phase of this flexible, evidence...
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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, websites, blogs, or text messaging. The brief summarizes what is known about young people and elec...
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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 are dying need care in four areas—physical comfort, mental and emotional needs, spiritual issues,...
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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 with obese individuals and want to provide better psychological care.
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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 will be able to identify, analyze, and replace counter-productive manager behavior(s) with high perfor...
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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 that efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, ...
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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/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and multiracial populations, as well as recommendatio...
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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 identity; these documents can be used as psychoeducational pamphlets in healthcare settings.
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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. The purposes are to: explore the key issues regarding the infusion of multicultural competence throu...
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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 course is based on four public-access journal articles published by the National Institute on Alcohol...
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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, managing licensing board complaints, telepsychology guidelines, and using caution in online sharing.
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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 clients’ self-esteem, motivate children to learn, engage their willing cooperation, defuse power str...
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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, directions for taking medications, potential interactions with other drugs, and warnings about medi...
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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 with older patients may gain their trust and cooperation, enabling everyone to work as a team to han...
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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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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 aware of what is going on in our mind and body without judgment, reaction, and distraction, thus invitin...
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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 psychological treatment that helps clients disidentify with troubling thoughts associated with pain. Case exampl...
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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 not abuse pain medications, mental health practitioners need skills to assess when active substance...
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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 as the underlying cause of their symptoms (Taylor, 2000). Anxiety, depression, paranoia, and mania ...
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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 borderline patients, unacceptable patient behavior, delegation of work to others, integrating spiritu...
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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 adult functioning – are placed into a context of the actual “soft signs” that can help clinici...
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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 psychological autopsy as a risk management tool, insurance and the ethics of termination, and privacy concern...
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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 relationship in detail and includes supervision tools to help supervisors implement best practices within a c...
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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 Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD 101 curriculum. PTSD 101 is a web-based curriculum of...
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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 treatment considerations in traumatized/PTSD individuals.
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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 will review the psychobiology of the human response to stress in order to establish the pathophysio...
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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 provides coping suggestions for providers who are involved in trauma work or those who may have VT reactio...
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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 practices as outlined in the professional literature as well as the American Counseling Association Code of ...
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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 complex, time consuming, and risky. Many clinicians are frustrated by the extra work they must do and t...
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