RSS

Tag Archives: APA

Florida Psychology License Renewal & Continuing Education

Florida psychologists have an upcoming license renewal deadline of May 31, 2012.

Every licensee must complete 40 hours of approved continuing psychological education (CE) within the two year licensure period (biennium) including 2 hours on the prevention of medical errors, 3 hours on ethics and Florida laws, and 2 hours on domestic violence (every third renewal).

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and Office of School Psychology (CE Broker Provider #50-1635 – courses are automatically reported to CE Broker). Florida psychologists may earn all 40 required hours @ pdresources.org.

Questions about CE Broker? Click here for answers to FAQs.

Preventing Medical ErrorsPreventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health is intended to increase clinicians’ awareness of the types of errors that can occur within mental health practice, how such errors damage clients, and numerous ways they can be prevented. Its emphasis is on areas within mental health practice that carry the potential for “medical” errors. Examples include improper diagnosis, breach of confidentiality, failure to maintain accurate clinical records, failure to comply with mandatory abuse reporting laws, inadequate assessment of potential for violence, and the failure to detect medical conditions presenting as psychiatric disorders (or vice-versa). It includes detailed plans for error reduction and prevention like root cause analysis, habitual attention to patient safety, and ethical and legal guidelines. The course includes numerous cases illustrations to help demonstrate common and not-so-common behavioral health errors and specific practices that can help clinicians become proactive in preventing them. Course #20-10B | 2010 | 31 pages | 15 posttest questions
Ethics and Law in Florida PsychologyEthics & Law in Florida Psychology ensures that Florida-licensed psychologists are fully aware of the ethical and legal privileges and constraints under which they are licensed to practice in the State of Florida. It provides the opportunity for a comprehensive reading of the APA Code of Ethics and the three sets of statutes and rules governing the practice of psychology in Florida. Completing this course will fulfill the requirement that licensed psychologists in Florida complete each biennial renewal period three hours of continuing education on professional ethics and Florida Statutes and rules affecting the practice of psychology. Course #30-06 | 2012 | 40 pages | 21 posttest questions
domestic violenceDomestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence is intended to help health professionals maintain a high state of vigilance and to be well prepared with immediate and appropriate responses when abuse is disclosed. There is a special section on the complexity of an abuse victim’s decision about if and when to leave an abuser. This course will teach clinicians to detect abuse when they see it, screen for the particulars, and respond with definitive assistance in safety planning, community referrals, and individualized treatment plans. Course #20-61 | 2012 | 31 pages | 18 posttest questions
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 21, 2012 in General

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Renewal Information for Iowa Psychologists

Iowa psychologists can earn all 40 hours of continuing education through online courses @ www.pdresources.org

Click to view approved online courses

Psychologists in Iowa must renew their licenses every 2 years, on June 30th of even-numbered years. The current renewal deadline is June 30, 2012. 40 hours of continuing education are required to renew, including 6 hours in ethics, laws/regulations or risk management.

Licensees may earn all 40 hours through online courses offered by APA-approved providers.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Over 100 online courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Index.aspx

Continuing Education Requirements:

The biennial continuing education compliance period shall extend for a two-year period beginning on July 1 of even-numbered years and ending on June 30 of even-numbered years. Each biennium, each person who is licensed to practice as a Psychologist in Iowa shall be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education approved by the board.

A continuing education activity which meets all of the following criteria is appropriate for continuing education credit if the continuing education activity:

  • Constitutes an organized program of learning which contributes directly to the professional competency of the licensee
  • Pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of the profession
  • Is conducted by individuals who have specialized education, training and experience by reason of which said individuals should be considered qualified concerning the subject matter of the program. At the time of audit, the board may request the qualifications of presenters
  • Fulfills stated program goals, objectives, or both
  • Provides proof of completion or attendance

Licensees shall obtain 6 hours of continuing education pertaining to the practice of psychology in any of the following areas: ethical issues, federal mental health laws and regulations, Iowa mental health laws and regulations, or risk management.

A licensee may obtain the remainder of continuing education hours of credit by:

  • Completing training to comply with mandatory reporter training requirements. Hours reported for credit shall not exceed the hours required to maintain compliance with required training.
  • Attending programs/activities that are sponsored by the American Psychological Association or the Iowa Psychological Association.
  • Completing academic coursework that meets the criteria set forth in these rules.
  • Conducting scholarly research or other activities that integrally relate to the practice of psychology, the results of which are published in a recognized professional publication.
  • Preparing new courses that have received approval from the board.
  • Completing home study courses for which a certificate of completion is issued.
  • Completing electronically transmitted courses for which a certificate of completion is issued.
  • Attending workshops, conferences, or symposiums.

Iowa Board of Psychology: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure/board_home.asp?board=psy

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 14, 2012 in General

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Renewal Information for Maine Psychologists

Psychologists in Maine have an upcoming license renewal deadline of April 30, 2012.

  • 40 hours of continuing education are required to renew (in even-numbered years)
  • 3 hours must be in ethics
  • 20 hours must be in the area of practice

Courses offered by APA-approved providers are accepted by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

 

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor online continuing education for psychologists. Maine psychologists can earn all 40 hours through online courses offered at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Psychology/Online/CourseID/1/

Maine Psychologists license renewal April 30 continuing education

Click to view approved online courses

Summary: This chapter requires licensees to update and advance their skills through continuing professional education so that the public may benefit from the most current and effective standards of professional practice.

General Requirements

40 Hours Over Two Years Required for License Renewal

On license renewal applications for even-numbered years, each psychologist and psychological examiner shall attest to the completion of 40 hours of face-to-face or indirect approved continuing professional education directly related to the practice of psychology during the preceding two years of licensure in conformance with the requirements of this chapter. This requirement becomes effective upon the licensee’s second renewal application for an even-numbered year.

Subject-Matter Requirements

Of the 40 hours of continuing professional education required for renewal —

  • A minimum of 3 hours must be earned in the area of ethics;
  • A minimum of 20 hours must be earned in the licensee’s current areas of practice or anticipated areas of future practice; and
  • If the psychologist performs any of the supervisory functions described in Chapter 7, Section 1 of the board’s rules, a minimum of 3 hours must be earned in the skills and principles of supervision.

Continuing Professional Education Activities

Permissible Activities

Continuing professional education is a systematic learning experience directly related to the practice of psychology. Permissible continuing professional education activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Seminar, lecture, conference and workshop;
  • Televised or interactive instruction and established distance learning procedures;
  • Commercially-prepared self-study; published writing and editing of published works;
  • Successful completion of graduate level courses offered by a college or university that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or in candidacy for accreditation;
  • Literature review resulting in a published work, annotated bibliography or other tangible work product;
  • Documented advanced training under supervision; and
  • Instructional development as described in Section 2(2)(C) and (D) of this chapter.

Limitation of Permissible Activities

  • Continuing professional education credit may not be claimed for elective office or service in professional associations or societies, or for membership on governmental regulatory boards.
  • Continuing professional educational credit may not be claimed for non-instructional time such as lunch, breaks and registration.
  • A licensee may claim no more than 10 hours of continuing professional education credit for development of seminars, workshops, conference presentations, lectures or similar activities. No credit may be claimed for development of an activity that is the same or substantially the same as one for which credit has previously been claimed. No credit may be claimed for actual teaching, presentation or lecture time.
  • A licensee may claim no more than 10 hours of continuing professional education credit for development of academic courses. No credit may be claimed for development of a course that is the same or substantially the same as one for which credit has previously been claimed. No credit may be claimed for actual teaching time.
  • A licensee may claim no more than 10 hours of continuing professional education credit for literature review described in Section 3(1)(E) of this chapter.

Criteria for Approval of Continuing Professional Education Activities

  • The activity must be at least one hour in length;
  • The activity must include specified learning objectives;
  • The instructor must be a psychologist or other professional who has recognized expertise in the specific subject area of the activity;
  • Where appropriate, the announcement materials for the activity must clearly state the name of the sponsor and provider, the name of the individual(s) delivering instruction, the number of contact hours for which the activity has been approved by the board, and the learning objectives of the activity;
  • The activity must distribute its articulated learning goals to participants at the beginning of the activity; and
  • Participants (including licensees who complete commercially-prepared self-study) must be given a certificate of participation or other documentation of completion of the activity stating the hours of continuing professional education credit earned.

Pre-Approved Continuing Professional Education Activities

  • APA or any of its approved sponsors approved through the APA Sponsor Approval System

Hardship Deferment

A licensee may request from the board in writing a deferment of continuing education due to health reasons, military service or other unforeseeable circumstances of genuine hardship. A licensee who receives a deferment shall make up the deferred continuing education according to a schedule determined by the board in consultation with the licensee.

Audit

The licensee’s attestation of completion of continuing professional education is subject to audit. The licensee shall retain, for purposes of audit:

  • The certificate of participation or other documentation
  • The official or unofficial transcript of graduate level courses
  • Evidence of board approval of activities for which specific approval is required
  • Any corroborating or descriptive material that explains the nature and scope of a continuing education activity for which specific board approval is not required

Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/index.htm

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 3, 2012 in General

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Change to CE Requirements for Rhode Island Psychologists

Rhode Island-licensed psychologists have moved to a biennial renewal on June 30th of even-numbered years (previously annual by 5/31). Renewal applications are due by 6/1 of even-numbered years.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content. Over 100 online courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Index.aspx

Rhode Island Psychologists can earn all 24 continuing education hours online

Click to view APA-approved online CE

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 2, 2012 in General

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

20% Off CE in Celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

We’ve reached a major milestone: 20 years of continuous operation as an accredited provider of continuing education! We couldn’t have done it without you.

In celebration of our anniversary, and to thank you for your support, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our CE courses through June 30, 2012.

Use coupon code 20YEARS to apply during checkout @ www.pdresources.org. Coupon valid on FUTURE orders only (cannot be applied retroactively). Expires 6/30/2012.

20% off CE Sale

A History of PDR

Professional Development Resources was incorporated on August 12, 1992 in the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Its mission was – and continues to be – to seek out the most recent scientific and clinical publications in selected professional areas of psychology, mental health, social work, nutrition, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy and to present continuing education topics of current clinical relevance to the named professions for the purpose of improving patient care.

The company’s founder, Leo Christie, PhD, is a Florida-licensed marriage and family therapist who was in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida from 1982 to 1992. With the intention of establishing an outlet for his interest in writing and teaching, Christie founded the new company and set out to explore the possibility of planning and delivering live educational seminars. The vice president and director of continuing education was – and still is – his wife, Dr. Catherine Christie, who is a registered dietitian.

Christie recalls the early years: “The first steps were to become credentialed by the professional boards, select and develop a topic, identify target audiences, implement a marketing plan, and arrange funding for a series of delivery sites in the State of Florida – a daunting process, to say the least. We set out to secure accreditations from some of the Florida licensing boards so that we could award official CE credit to those who attended our conferences. That process took over 8 months. I remember having some difficulty with the Florida Board of Psychology, and it required a personal appeal and some restructuring before we were eventually recognized as a CE provider. We also sought and received approval to offer CE to nurses, under the auspices of the New York Nurses Association, which was a widely accepted accrediting board at the time. In the early years, nurses represented more than 50% of our seminar attendees.

“During the summer and fall of 1993, we completed 12 six-hour seminars in 7 Florida cities. The summer seminars were titled ‘Fears, Phobia, and Panic’ and dealt with the full spectrum of anxiety disorders. In fall, we introduced a new topic ‘Compulsive Behaviors,’ which featured a study of obsessive compulsive disorder. As a startup year, 1993 generated enough revenue to make further planning and development possible for the new company.

From there, the company went on to secure provider accreditation credentials from a number of national and state boards, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) [now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]. The speaker circuit grew to the point at which there were four speakers on the road at one time presenting various topics in 46 of the 50 states.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 31, 2012 in General

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: