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Unusual Paraphilias – New PDResources Online Continuing Education Course

Unusual Paraphilias

By: Louis R. Franzini, PhD

Unusual Paraphilias is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that describes a number of paraphilias and specific fetishes, which are generally quite rare but still fascinating…

Unusual ParaphiliasA 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 indeed extremely unusual. This course will include discussions of the eight standard Paraphilic Disorders included in the DSM-5: 1) Voyeuristic Disorder, 2) Exhibitionistic Disorder, 3) Frotteuristic Disorder, 4) Sexual Masochism Disorder, 5) Sexual Sadism Disorder, 6) Pedophilic Disorder, 7) Fetishistic Disorder, and 8) Transvestic Disorders, as well as a number of additional paraphilias and specific fetishes, which are generally quite rare. Course #10-85 | 2015 | 15 pages | 6 posttest questions

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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. You can print the test (download test from My Courses tab of your account after purchasing) and mark your answers on while reading the course document. Then submit online when ready to receive credit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Louis R. Franzini, PhD, received his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toledo, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavior Modification at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University). Following the postdoctoral program Dr. Franzini joined the Psychology Department at San Diego State University, where he spent his entire academic career. He retired as Emeritus Professor of Psychology. His international academic experience included appointments as Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-le-Neuve, Belgium and Senior Fellow in the School of Accountancy and Business, Human Resource and Quality Management Division at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Franzini is licensed as a psychologist in Florida and in California.

CE INFORMATION:

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

Original: https://www.pdresources.org/blog_data/unusual-paraphilias-new-online-ce-course/

 

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Renewal Information for California Social Workers, Counselors & MFTs

California-licensed Social Workers, Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs) are required to renew their licenses every 2 years from the date of issue.

36 hours of continuing education are required to renew. Of those, 6 hours must pertain to law and ethics each renewal. The following courses are required for the first renewal only:

  • 3 hour on aging/long-term care
  • 7 hours on spousal/partner abuse
  • 7 hours on HIV/AIDS

All 36 hours may be earned through electronic means (online courses) that are offered by a board-approved provider.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Approval #PCE1625). Over 100 online courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Index.aspx

Click here for a brochure explaining the continuing education requirements.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for California Occupational Therapists

California-licensed Occupational Therapist

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Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants work with people experiencing different medical conditions or disabilities to develop, improve or restore functional daily living skills.

For millions of people, the service of occupational therapy is a lifeline. People of all ages receive it to help them participate in the activities of their daily life. Sometimes people need occupational therapy to do things we take for granted, like getting dressed, being productive at school or work, eating unassisted, even socializing.

Occupational therapists do this by helping people surmount their disabilities or medical conditions to do everyday things. The nature of the therapy depends on the individual and their environment; occupational therapists consider the whole person when developing a therapy plan. Occupational therapists collaborate with physicians and other professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach.

Occupational therapy has its roots, a century ago, in helping war veterans return to life at home. These days, occupational therapists work in rehabilitation hospitals and on the front lines of combat. Some occupational therapy programs help soldiers recognize and relieve stress. In addition, occupational therapy helps soldiers learn to care for themselves after an injury, including helping them use artificial limbs.

Effective January 1, 2006, all California-licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants renewing a license or certificate in active status must certify that they completed the required number professional development units (PDU) through participation in professional development activities.

The Board transitioned from an annual to a biennial renewal. As of January 2009, all renewing practitioners will need to complete 24 PDUs. The PDUs must be earned during the renewal period. Your renewal period begins the day after your license expires and ends on your expiration date. For example, if your license expires on October 31, 2009, your PDUs must have been completed during the period November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009.

If you have any questions or are unclear as to how many PDUs are need, please contact the Board.

You do not need to submit documentation of your PDUs with your renewal form, however, you are required to maintain documentation for a period of four (4) years following the renewal period. You must submit the evidence of completion if you are audited by the Board. Failure to provide records documenting completion of the continued competency requirements is grounds for citation and fine or disciplinary action.

A list of activities that qualify can be found in the CCR Section 4161.

One half (1/2) of the required number of PDUs must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. The remaining units can be in other areas related to your practice. The Board does not require that you take courses from approved providers. You are also allowed to take online or home study courses, as long as a course completion certificate is provided.

If you earn more than the required number of PDUs within your renewal period, a maximum of six (6) PDUs may be carried to the next renewal period.

Exemptions from the continued competency requirements can be found in the CCR Section 4163.

Continuing Competency Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.bot.ca.gov/

Q. When do the continuing competency requirements go into effect?

A. January 1, 2006.

Q. What is a Professional Development Unit?

A. Sixty minutes (or one contact hour) of participation in a profession development activity qualifies for one Professional Development Unit PDU.

Q. How many PDUs do I need?

A. You are required to complete 24 PDUs, which may be earned any time during your renewal period.

Q. When is my “renewal period?”

A. Your renewal period starts the day after your license expires and continues until your license expiration date or the date you sign your renewal form.

Q. Do I have to take a Board-approved course?

A. No. The Board does not approve courses for continuing competency. Twelve of the 24 units must be directly related to the delivery of OT services. The remaining units may include, but are not limited to, occupation based theory assessment/interview techniques, intervention strategies, and community/environment as related to your practice. All activities must be objectively measurable in terms of hours involved.

Q. Are continuing education courses the only way I can earn PDUs?

A. No. There are a variety of ways you can earn PDUs. They include involvement in a structured special interest or study group; structured mentoring; supervising the fieldwork of Level II students; publication of an article in a professional publication; publication of a chapter in a textbook; and making a first time presentation at a seminar, workshop or conference. Section 4161(c) of Title 16, California Code of Regulations (CCR) outlines how many units can be earned through these activities.

Q. Can I take courses on the internet?

A. Yes. Internet, DVD and video courses are acceptable as long as you receive a certificate of completion from the provider.

Q. Can I earn PDUs by reading books or articles?

A. You cannot count reading unless it is objectively measurable in terms of the hours involved (Title 16 CCR section 4161(b)(3)). If you read an article in a professional journal and receive credits and a certificate of completion, you may count those units; reading on your own will not be accepted.

Q. Can I carry over units into my next renewal period?

A. If you earn more than the required number of units during your renewal period, you can carry over six of the extra hours into the next renewal period.

Q. Can I use the same units that I use for my NBCOT certification?

A. Yes. If you maintain certification with NBCOT you can use the same units you completed for NBCOT to renew your license as long as those units were earned within your renewal period and meet the requirements outlined in Title 16 CCR, Sections 4161(b) and (c).

Q. Can I use the same units that I earned for my advanced practice certification?

A. Yes

Q. Do I have to send my course completion certificates to the Board?

A. No. You will be required certify that you completed the required number of units on your renewal form and list the activities on the back of the renewal form. You must maintain copies of course completion certificates and documentation of other activities completed for a period of four (4) years following the renewal period. The Board will conduct periodic random audits. Failure to complete continuing competency requirements or provide documentation during an audit can result in your license being placed on inactive status, a citation and fine, or other disciplinary action.

Q. My license is inactive. Do I need to earn PDUs?

A. No. Inactive licenses are exempt from continuing competency requirements. At the time that you decide to reactive your license, you will need to complete the required number of PDUs for a single renewal period.

Q. Do I need to earn PDUs for my advanced practice certification?

A. No. Advanced practice certifications do not require renewal and, therefore, do not have continuing competency requirements.

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for California Psychologists

California-licensed psychologists renew every 2 years. 36 hours of continuing education (CE) are required for each renewal. 27 hours (75%) are allowed from approved online coursework (independent learning). A course on CA laws and ethics must be taken each renewal. Courses offered by APA-approved providers are accepted.

Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements

online (independent learning) courses for California-licensed psychologists

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What is continuing education?

Continuing education means the variety of forms of learning experiences, including, but not limited to, lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, grand rounds, video conferencing, and distant learning technologies. “Independent learning” means the variety of forms of organized and directed learning experiences that occur when the instructor and the student are not in direct visual or auditory contact. These include, but are not limited to, courses delivered via the Internet, CD-ROM, satellite downlink, correspondence and home study. Up to 27 hours or 75% of continuing education during each renewal cycle can be accrued through independent learning technologies. Independent learning courses must meet all standards of an approved continuing education course.

How much continuing education must be completed?

All licensed psychologists must have completed at least 36 hours of acceptable continuing education each time they renew their license. The only exception to this is for psychologists who are renewing their licenses for the very first time, if the license was issued for a period of less than 24 months.

How many hours of continuing education can be accrued through independent learning?

You can accrue up to 27 hours or 75% of continuing education through independent learning for each renewal cycle. Independent learning means the variety of forms of organized and directed learning experiences that occur when the instructor and the student are not in direct visual or auditory contact. These include, but are not limited to, courses delivered via the Internet, CD-ROM, satellite downlink, correspondence and home study. Independent learning courses must meet all standards of an approved continuing education course.

Who administers the Board’s continuing education program? How do I get a list of approved continuing education providers?

The MCEP Accrediting Agency (MCEPAA) is the approved entity to administer the Board’s continuing education program. They are solely responsible for approving and maintaining a list of qualified providers and courses. To obtain a list of approved courses, contact MCEPAA by phone at 916-286-7980 (Fax: 916-286-7985) or by visiting their web site at http://www.cpapsych.org.

Which courses count toward the continuing education requirements?

The Board of Psychology recognizes and accepts for continuing education courses that are:

  • approved by MCEPAA;
  • provided by American Psychological Association (APA) approved sponsors;
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses specifically applicable and pertinent to the practice of psychology and that are accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME);
  • sponsored by the Academies of the specialty boards of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

How do I report hours of continuing education to the Board of Psychology?

You do not need to report hours of continuing education to the Board or to MCEPAA if the course you took was approved by MCEPAA. The hours will be reported directly to MCEPAA by the provider within 45 days of the course. It is recommended that you keep copies of all continuing education certifications.

If the course you took was not approved by MCEPAA (i.e. APA, CMA, ACCME, ABPP, or UCCMEC courses), you are responsible for reporting the course to MCEPAA. To do so, you must complete the MCEP Credit Reporting Form (PDF) which is available on this web site. You can print the form, complete it, and send it, along with the required $35 course reporting fee, to MCEPAA at the address listed on the form. The credit reporting form, copies of CE certificates of completion and the $35 fee, made payable to MCEPAA, must all be sent together to the MCEPAA, in order for your CE record to be properly credited. You are able to report multiple CE courses per credit reporting form submitted, however, the $35 fee must be paid each time the credit report is submitted.

How do I find out how many hours of continuing education I have been credited?

Since all hours of continuing education are reported directly to MCEPAA, they keep track of how many hours have been reported for you. To find out how many hours have been reported, contact MCEPAA by phone at (916) 286-7980 or by e-mail at www.cpapsych.org.

When do the hours of continuing education need to be completed?

The required number of hours of continuing education must be accrued within the 24 months immediately prior to the expiration date of your license. The CE hours must be completed as a condition of the renewal of your license as a psychologist. Extensions cannot be granted. Psychologists who have not completed the minimum CE requirements are not eligible to renew their licenses as a psychologist.

Are there any specific courses that need to be taken as part of my continuing education requirements?

Effective January 19, 2007!

Psychologists now have the flexibility to determine the most effective means to stay abreast of changes in California laws, regulations, ethical standards and standards of practice as they apply to the practice of psychology in California. Training in this area maybe obtained in one or more of the following ways:

  • Formal coursework in laws and ethics taken from an accredited educational institution;
  • Approved continuing education course in laws and ethics;
  • Workshops in laws and ethics;
  • Other experience which provide direction and education in laws and ethics including, but not limited to, grand rounds or professional association presentation.

This change in the regulations applies to anyone with a license expiration date of January 31, 2007 or later.

Additionally, all psychologists renewing the psychologist license on or after January 1, 2004 are required to have a CE course in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection and intervention strategies. The course must include community resources, cultural factors and same gender abuse dynamics. Equivalent courses in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection and intervention strategies or proof of equivalent teaching or practice may be submitted to the board and, at its discretion may be accepted in satisfaction of this requirement. This is a one-time requirement.

Psychologists renewing their license on or after January 1, 2005 are required to have proof of completion of a three hour CE course in aging and long-term care or show proof to the board of its equivalent in teaching or practicing experience. This is a one-time requirement.

What should I do if I take a continuing education course that seems completely inadequate?

Feedback should be given to the provider of the course using the required course evaluation form. In addition, report the course to MCEPAA so that only top quality providers will continue to be approved.

What happens if I fail to complete the continuing education requirements prior to the expiration date of my license?

If you fail to complete the required hours of continuing education, your license will become invalid for renewal upon expiration. The continued practice of psychology is prohibited until the continuing education is completed and the license is restored to a valid status. If the deficiency is not made up within six months following the license expiration date, you will be subject to disciplinary action and/or citation and fine.

What about CE hours completed prior to the issue date of my psychologist license?

CE credit cannot be granted for CE hours taken prior to the issue date of your psychologist license.

Are there any exemptions from the continuing education requirements?

When applying for renewal, a psychologist may request a waiver from the continuing education requirements if, during the two-year period immediately prior to the expiration date of the license, he or she:

  • has been residing in another country or state for at least one year, reasonably preventing completion of the continuing education requirements, or
  • has been engaged in active military service, or
  • has had a total physical and/or mental disability for at least one year, or
  • has had total responsibility for the care of an immediate family member with a total physical and/or mental disability for at least one year

Psychologists with inactive licenses do not need to comply with continuing education mandates until their licenses are reactivated. Additionally, psychologists requiring reasonable accommodations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act may be granted an exemption from the on-site participation requirement and may substitute all or part of their continuing education requirement with an APA or accreditation agency approved distance learning continuing education program.

Does the Board audit licensees to assure compliance with the continuing education requirements?

Yes. The MCEPAA provides reports to the Board that list the names and license numbers of all licensees who are deficient in continuing education credits at license expiration. The Board conducts a 100% audit by contacting each licensee to notify him or her of the deficiency and then continues to monitor the situation until compliance is obtained.

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.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in General

 

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Domestic Violence is Focus of New Professional Development Resources Curriculum

This week Professional Development Resources, Inc. released the first three courses in its new online continuing education series on domestic violence. The company plans to publish a ten-course online series dealing with the many facets of domestic violence. The online format is intended to make vital assessment and treatment information widely and easily available to mental health professionals across the country.

According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence is “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.… Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences… can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.” The National Coalition reports the following facts about intimate partner violence:

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

The statistics on child abuse are similarly disturbing. A 2009 study published in the journal Pediatrics estimated that 1 in 5 U.S. children (20%) experience some form of child maltreatment. Approximately 1% are victims of sexual assault; 4% are victims of child neglect; 9% are victims of physical abuse; and 12% are victims of emotional abuse. The numbers add up to more than 20% because some children are subjected to more than one form of abuse.

A third vulnerable group of individuals are the elderly, who frequently depend upon family or non-family caregivers for their daily needs. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is a lack of data on the numbers of persons age 60 and older who are victims of abuse. Many cases are not reported because elders are afraid to tell police, friends, or family about the violence. Victims face a particularly agonizing choice: tell someone they are being hurt or continue being abused by someone they depend upon or care for deeply.

“One of the most important elements in preventing abuse to vulnerable individuals is for health and mental health professionals to maintain a high state of vigilance in their practice,” says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. “Our goal as a provider of continuing education to mental health professionals is to make routine screening procedures, reporting hotlines, and support service resources widely accessible to all helping professionals.”

Florida, California, and a number of other states require mental health professionals to complete courses on domestic violence as part of their periodic license renewal. Awareness of domestic violence is essential for all professionals involved in clinical care. Identification of domestic violence and appropriate referrals can result in significant and meaningful change, including both a reduction of personal suffering and a reduction of long-term costs to society in terms of health care, legal involvement, and lost productivity. Inappropriate responses, or lack of responses, may both result in considerable harm; therefore, clinician education is fundamental to ensuring that standards of care are consistently implemented across healthcare systems.

Professional Development Resources has just published the first three courses in the new domestic violence series:

Domestic Violence - Child Abuse & NeglectDomestic Violence – Child Abuse & Neglect | 2 Hours CE | Online Course $18 | The course begins with a definition of child abuse and neglect from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), followed by an overview of laws pertaining to child abuse and neglect, fact sheets with statistics and hotline referral numbers, information about risk and protective factors for becoming an abuser or victim, description of the costs and consequences of child abuse and neglect, information on assessment and referral, links to resource pages filled with a variety of essential tools for change, and Florida-specific information regarding mandated reporting. Course #20-48 | 2011 | 15 posttest questions | 6 page course download includes instructions, links to online course materials, and posttest questions

Domestic Violence - Intimate Partner ViolenceDomestic Violence – Intimate Partner Violence | 2 Hours CE | Online Course $18 | The course begins with a definition of intimate partner violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), followed by an overview of laws pertaining to violence against women, fact sheets with statistics and hotline referral numbers, information about risk and protective factors for becoming an abuser or victim, description of the costs and consequences of domestic violence, assessment measures compiled by the CDC, information on referral, links to resource pages filled with a variety of essential tools for change, and Florida-specific information regarding statistics and referral options. Course #20-47 | 2011 | 15 posttest questions | 6 page course download includes instructions, links to online course materials, and posttest questions

Domestic Violence - Elder MaltreatmentDomestic Violence – Elder Maltreatment | 2 Hours CE | Online Course $18 | The course begins with a definition of elder maltreatment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), followed by an overview of laws pertaining to elder abuse, fact sheets with statistics and hotline referral numbers, information about risk and protective factors for becoming an abuser or victim, description of the costs and consequences of elder maltreatment, information on assessment and referral, links to resource pages filled with a variety of essential tools for change, and Florida-specific information regarding mandated reporting. Course #20-49 | 2011 | 15 posttest questions | 6 page course download includes instructions, links to online course materials, and posttest questions

The remaining courses, which will address universal prevention strategies and international perspectives on domestic violence from the World Health Organization (WHO), are under development and will round out the series in the coming months.

About Professional Development Resources, Inc.

Professional Development Resources is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1992 by licensed marriage and family therapist Leo Christie, PhD. The company, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), 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) – as well as many other national and state boards – has focused its efforts on making online continuing education courses more efficient and widely accessible to health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients. View all accreditations here.

 
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