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Renewal Information for Iowa Psychologists

Iowa psychologists can earn all 40 hours of continuing education through online courses @

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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:

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.

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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in General


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Renewal Information for Maryland Psychologists

Maryland Psychologists may earn up to 20 CE hours online!

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Continuing Education:

Maryland-licensed psychologists are required to complete a minimum of 40 continuing education (CE) hours during each reporting period to renew their license.

A maximum of 20 CE hours are allowed from independent study courses that are approved by the American Psychological Association.

[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 (independent study) courses are available at, including courses on ethics, risk management and cultural diversity]

A minimum of 3 CE hours must be in activities whose content area is:

  • Laws pertaining to the practice of psychology;
  • Ethics and professional conduct in the practice of psychology; or
  • Managing risks associated with the practice of psychology; and

A minimum of 3 CE hours must be in activities designed to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations.

During each reporting period, CE hours may be earned only once for the same activity.

Reporting Period:

The reporting period for psychologists with license numbers ending with an odd digit will be March 31 of odd years; and for those ending with an even digit or 0 will be March 31 of even years.

For psychologists receiving their license with less than 12 months before the end of their reporting period, CE hours are not required for that reporting period.

Psychologists receiving their license with 12 months or more before the end of their reporting period shall be required to complete 20 CE hours.

CE Audits:

The Board shall audit the continuing education documentation of all psychologists randomly selected by license numbers.

Within 30 days following notification by the Board, a psychologist who is audited shall provide:

  • Proof of completion of continuing education activities;
  • A completed continuing education reporting form; and
  • Any additional information that may be requested by the Board to evaluate completion of CE requirements.

Proof of completion as required of this regulation may include:

  • Certificates of attendance;
  • Transcripts or course syllabi;
  • Reprints of publications;
  • Test results; or
  • Any other proof of completion acceptable to the Board.

To earn CE credits for independent study, a psychologist shall:

  • Pass an examination on the activity; and
  • Be awarded a certificate of completion.

The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists:

The Board of Examiners of Psychologists is a group of seven licensed psychologists and two consumer members appointed by the Governor to administer and regulate the laws regarding the practice of psychology in Maryland. The Board’s mission is to ensure that consumers in Maryland receive quality psychological services in accordance with the laws in Maryland. The Board has been in existence since July 1, 1981. The original Psychologist’s Certification Act was enacted into law in Maryland on July 1, 1957 by the General Assembly. The Board functions include licensing psychologists, approving psychology associates, renewing licenses, reviewing continuing education, promulgating regulations, interpreting the scope of practice, educating licensees, and investigating complaints.

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in General


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Risk Management

Risk Management: Quick Tips I

Risk Management: Quick Tips I

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This new online continuing education course addresses a variety of risk management topics in the form of seven archived articles from The National Psychologist.

Topics include:

  • Social Networking: How Should Psychologists Respond to Online ‘Friending’ Requests?
    Many who read this article are likely to have a knee-jerk response of, “No way can a therapist accept a friend request from a client under any circumstance!” As with most ethical dilemmas, the avoidance response of “don’t” is not always applicable, as it is not always the correct or most helpful response.
  • Some Additional Thoughts on Social Networking
    Therapists who choose to use social networking and other electronic means as a way to exchange information with clients must deal with the multitude of confidentiality issues and other risk management questions created by doing so. This article reviews the confidentiality, legal and ethical issues involved.
  • Malpractice Insurance 101: Claims-made vs. Occurrence Coverage
    The purpose of this article is to acquaint early career psychologists and those who may be confused about insurance with an important issue to consider when shopping for professional liability coverage: What type of insurance should you buy?
  • Progress Notes: What Not to Write Down
    This article provides suggestions and considerations for what to (and not to) write in your progress notes.
  • Triple Jeopardy: Dangers of an APA Ethics Complaint
    For most psychologists, professional licensure is a prerequisite for their livelihood and professional identity. Most of us know psychologists are in “double jeopardy” when it comes to practice vulnerability. Malpractice lawsuits and complaints before state licensing boards can drastically restrict a psychologist’s ability to practice. This articles reviews the issues and offers suggestions.
  • When Marital Therapy Isn’t & When Marital Therapy Is
    These articles discuss the use of creative billing, to include creative diagnostics, in order to provide marital therapy under an insurance plan.

This course is intended to provide psychotherapists of all specialties with a set of brief, practical tips for dealing with risk management challenges that present themselves in everyday practice. Course #10-42 | 2011 | 13 pages | 8 posttest questions | 1 Hour CE

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in General


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Professional Development Resources Announces New Ethics and Risk Management Training

Professional Development Resources, a nationally accredited provider of continuing education for psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered dietitians and occupational therapists, has announced the publication of two new courses dealing with ethics and risk management. The two topics are considered essential training for professionals practicing in an increasingly complicated climate in which privacy is threatened and litigation is common.

Jacksonville, Florida – May 11, 2011 — Professional Development Resources has recently increased its curriculum in professional ethics and risk management courses. Many psychologists, social workers, counselors, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists are required – as part of their periodic relicensure process – to complete courses related to ethics in the practice of their specialties.

The company’s website,, now offers over 180 accredited healthcare and mental health continuing education (CE) courses. Of this catalog, more than 20 relate to multiple aspects of ethics and risk management in clinical practice. The courses include modules on ethical decision making, privacy and confidentiality, maintenance of professional boundaries, multicultural competency, use of internet technologies, and management of high-risk clients. The wide range of courses is intended to provide clinicians with thoughtful perspectives on maintaining open, honest, and ethical relationships with their clients.

Risk management involves careful planning and documentation of all services and communications for the purpose of assuring that the professional has acted ethically, responsibly, and legally. The goals are to assure that the client’s best interests are upheld and that the clinician is prepared in case there is a lawsuit or licensing board complaint at a later date.

Leo Christie

"Clinicians who are thoughtful and ethical in developing and documenting their therapeutic work are those who are most effective in their work and least susceptible to lawsuits and ethics complaints."

“In many ways, risk management is the opposite side of the ethics coin, in that both processes ultimately contribute to the welfare of the client,” says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. “Clinicians who are thoughtful and ethical in developing and documenting their therapeutic work are those who are most effective in their work and least susceptible to lawsuits and ethics complaints. They get the job done in ways that result in high client satisfaction and low risk of adverse outcomes to any legal challenge.”

Among the most salient issues in healthcare ethics is the concern for privacy in handling clients’ personal information. If individuals are to benefit from health services, they must be assured that their personal information will be protected. This is far more challenging today than it was even a decade ago. The pervasive use of electronic communication technologies like cell phones, laptops, email, and social networking has created an environment in which new protections must be implemented. All professionals need to be trained in the most current procedures for safeguarding their clients’ protected health information in the recording, storage, and transmission of electronic records.

“We want to be sure that the clinicians who take our courses have access to training in the many facets of ethical conduct in practice, whatever their specialties, says Christie. “They need to be equipped to assure their clients of compliance with the highest and most recent standards of ethical behavior, while at the same time protecting their own ability to continue to practice.”

A wide variety of ethics and risk management course topics are available, including:

The entire ethics catalog can be seen at

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 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 ethics courses and other clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.

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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in General


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Ethics and Risk Management: Expert Tips IV

Ethics and Risk Management: Expert Tips IV is now available!

Ethics & Risk Mgmt: Expert Tips IVThis 2-hour online course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 12 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: the risks and benefits of alternative treatment; Medicare puts providers in peril; the treatment of children whose parents are in the process of divorcing; keeping client needs uppermost in termination; the pitfalls facing psychologists who become involved in their patients’ custody disputes; security is necessary for test validity; tips for working with the duty to protect; are anger, violence and radical ideologies mental illness or different beliefs?; the role of the psychologist; issues in determining top authorship in publications; managing multiple relationships; and LGBQT issues in psychotherapy. This course is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties. Course #20-41 | 2010 | 25 pages | 16 posttest questions

Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips I

Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips II

Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips III

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Association (#3159)
APA: American Psychological Association
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors (#5590)
NAADAC: National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (#00279)
California: Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625)
Florida: Boards of SW, MFT & MHC (#BAP346); Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635); Occupational Therapy Practice (#34). PDResources is CE Broker compliant.
Illinois: DPR for Social Work (#159-00531)
South Carolina: Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193)
Texas: Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) & State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678)
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Posted by on September 24, 2010 in General


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