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Continuing Education and License Renewals for Vermont Psychologists

http://www.pdresources.org/blog_data/vermont-psychologists-continuing-education-and-license-renewals/Psychologists licensed in the state of Vermont have a license renewal every two years with a January 31st deadline, even years. Continuing education is due December 31st, odd years.

Sixty (60) hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. Of the sixty hours, thirty (30) hours (Category 2 informal) are allowed from home study if APA approved.

Thirty (30) hours must be formal or live Category 1, and six (6) hours of professional ethics are required at each renewal.

The pursuit of continuing education assures the best possible standards for the psychology profession. All licensees are required to complete continuing education as a condition of licensing.

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.

Continuing Education Requirements

Vermont psychologists have a license renewal every two years with a deadline of January 31st, even years.

Continuing education is due December 31st, odd years. Sixty hours of continuing education are required for license renewal.

Of the sixty hours, thirty hours (Category 2 informal) are allowed from home study if APA approved.

 

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Washington DC Psychologists License Renewals and Continuing Education

http://www.pdresources.org/blog_data/district-of-columbia-psychologists-continuing-education-and-license-renewals/Washington DC-licensed psychologists have a license renewal every two years with a December 31st deadline, odd years.

Thirty continuing education hours are required to renew a license. Of the thirty hours, fifteen (15) hours are allowed from home study if APA approved.

Three hours of ethics and three hours of cultural competence are required at each renewal.

The pursuit of continuing education assures the highest possible standards for the psychology profession. All licensees are required to participate in continuing education as a licensing requirement.

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.

Requirements for Continuing Education

Washington DC-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with a December 31st deadline, odd years. Thirty hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. Of the thirty (30) hours, fifteen hours are allowed from home study if APA approved. There are three (3) hours of ethics, and (3) hours of cultural competence required at each renewal.

Information gathered from the Washington DC Board of Psychology on November 19, 2013.

 

 

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Arkansas Psychologists Continuing Education and License Renewals

http://www.pdresources.org/blog_data/arkansas-psychologists-continuing-education-and-license-renewals/Psychologists licensed in the state of Arkansas have an annual license renewal with a June 30th deadline.

Continuing education is due December 31st for odd years. The CE report is due January 31st for even years. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education are required in order to renew a license.

There is no limit on home study if APA approved – but “shall not be exclusively by home study or online means.” Three (3) hours of ethics are required at each 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.

Continuing Education Requirements

Psychologists licensed in the state of Arkansas have an annual license renewal with a deadline of June 30th. For odd years, continuing education is due by December 31st.

Twenty (20) continuing education hours are required to renew a license.

There are no limits on home study if APA approved – but “shall not be exclusively by home study or online means.” Three (3) hours of ethics are also required at each renewal.

Information obtained from the Arkansas Psychology Board on November 19, 2013.

 

 

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Multiple Relationships Revealed

Multiple Relationships RevealedA female psychologist works with a male patient for about one year in a suburban area. They agreed to meet weekly for the first four months of psychotherapy, and then they agreed to meet twice per month. They developed a good therapeutic alliance. During the course of their work, he discussed significant facts about his troubled past, numerous details about failed past relationships, and sexual fantasies. The main therapeutic issues are depression and loneliness.

During the current session, the patient related having made a new female friend. As social isolation, loneliness and depression are regular themes in treatment; the psychologist frames this as positive progress.

As the conversation continues, the psychologist is surprised to learn that the patient’s new friend is the ex-wife of the psychologist’s husband. The patient reveals that he became aware of that information after several dates and recently felt comfortable revealing this to the psychologist. He also indicated that the relationship is taking on a more serious tone.

The ex-wife moved back to the area about six months ago. The psychologist knows that the ex-wife had been struggling with isolation and loneliness as well. The psychologist, her husband, and his ex-wife are on good terms. They see her regularly for informal family events and do holidays together with their adult children and grandchildren.

After the session is over, the psychologist has time to reflect on her concerns. The psychologist feels stuck and overwhelmed by her present situation. She calls you for an ethics consult.

  • What are the ethical issues involved?
  • What would you suggest that she does?
  • With whom does the psychologist discuss the multiple roles?
  • With only the patient?
  • With the patient and the ex-wife?
  • With her husband, the patient and the ex-wife?
  • Can the psychologist continue the treatment relationship with the patient?
  • Even if they terminate therapy, how does the psychologist cope with family gatherings since she knows significant details about her patient’s life?

Source: http://www.papsyblog.org/2012/02/dilemma-10-multiple-relationships.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThePennsylvaniaPsychologicalAssociationsEthicsBlog+%28The+Pennsylvania+Psychological+Association%27s+Ethics+Blog%29

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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in General

 

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Continuing Education for School Psychologists

School Psychologists

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School psychologists work with students in early childhood and elementary and secondary schools. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and school personnel to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. School psychologists address students’ learning and behavioral problems, suggest improvements to classroom management strategies or parenting techniques, and evaluate students with disabilities and gifted and talented students to help determine the best way to educate them.

They improve teaching, learning, and socialization strategies based on their understanding of the psychology of learning environments. They also may evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, prevention programs, behavior management procedures, and other services provided in the school setting.

School Psychologists are required to earn continuing education credits to maintain licensure and to stay up-to-date on best practices. State School Psychology CE Requirements

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and school 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 (#50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within one week of completion).

Click here to view online CE courses for school psychologists.

Popular course topics for school psychologists include:

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Renewal Information for Oklahoma Psychologists

Oklahoma-licensed psychologists renew annually on December 31st. 20 hours of continuing education (CE) are required to renewal. 3 hours must be in ethics.

Oklahoma-licensed psychologists annual license renewal deadline December 31, 2011

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The purpose of continuing professional education requirements for psychologists is to assure that licensees update and advance their skills such that the public shall benefit from the most current and effective standards of professional practice.

To further the goal of public benefit, all psychologists are encouraged to fulfill a portion of their continuing professional education requirements in the areas of ethics, professional conduct, and related legal issues. Beginning with renewal of the license to practice on January 1, 1998, a minimum of three (3) of the twenty (20) continuing professional education credits required for yearly licensure renewal shall be earned by licensees with HSP certification in activities that are specific to ethics, relevant laws and legal issues, and/or applicable professional practice guidelines and standards.

Credits required for annual license renewal.

The minimum of twenty (20) credits of acceptable continuing professional education will be required for renewal of a license to practice psychology for the following year (one clock hour equals one credit).

The continuing professional education year extends from October 1 through September 30 for licensure in the following calendar year. A continuing professional education form, on which to register the activities and hours claimed for the year, will be sent out with the license renewal notice and must be returned to the Board office in person by the close of business on November 1, or postmarked by November 1. For licenses issued after October 1 of a given year, the required credits of continuing professional education will be adjusted for the initial continuing professional education year only, to require 1.5 credits of continuing professional education per full month of licensure for the initial renewal of the license.

Preapproval of continuing professional education activities required.

Continuing professional education credits may be granted for acceptable educational activities at the graduate level which are preapproved by the Board, or by a committee appointed by the Board. No credits will be granted for any activities or categories of activities that have not been preapproved. Approval may be made at a regularly scheduled open meeting of the Board, or at a special meeting of either the Board or its appointed committee convened for the specific purpose.

You may enter your CPE at any time online by logging in on the renewal link.

All CPE credits must be approved by the Board or a recognized sponsor. (View a list of recognized sponsors)

Q: How much is the renewal fee and when is it due?
A: Renewal fee is $400.00 and is due by December 31 each year.

Q: Do I have to pay my renewal fee at the same time as submitting my CE’s?
A: No, you may submit them separately.

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.

Oklahoma-licensed psychologists may earn all 20 required hours for renewal through online courses offered by an APA-approved provider.

Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists

 
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Posted by on August 30, 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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