Therapy Tidbits – New CE Course

New Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2018Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2018 is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • ACA Hasn’t Reduced Health Care Costs – Explains the impact of the ACA on independent practice doctors and the new recommendation for payment parity for clinic visits.
  • Out-of-Office Encounters May Be Beneficial – Discusses the importance and benefits of out of office therapy sessions and encounters with clients.
  • Court Cases, Market Forces – An overview of court cases that highlight the ways in which regulatory boards may be at risk for an FTC complaint or federal suit.
  • Most Military Efforts Miss Target on Suicide Prevention – Provides an overview of the military’s current programs to support individuals struggling with suicidality and recommends a positive support process.
  • Closing Practice Not for Faint of Heart – Highlights the emotional toll that closing a private practice can have on clinicians and offers practical advice on how to prepare for this transition.
  • CBT: Helpful Hints for Clients – Lists cognitive behavioral therapy strategies for helping clients.
  • HIPAA Preempts State Laws – A review of HIPPA requirements regarding personal representatives after a patient’s death.
  • Empathy May Be Ill-Timed in Treating Trauma – Explains why offering empathy in the treatment of trauma patients may be counter-productive, but offers hope that with therapy the client may eventually be ready to accept a clinician’s compassion.

Course #11-24 | 2018 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

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Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

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Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018

New Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018 is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the September/October 2018 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • Preexisting Conditions Dominate Health Care Discussions – A look at short term limited duration insurance plans (STLDI’s) and Affordable Care Act insurance in light of recent events.
  • Landmark Changes on Horizon for Psych Testing – Discusses the upcoming changes to the psychological and neuropsychological testing codes and how they will affect psychologists.
  • What Happens Next? Confidentiality after Death – Considers the legality and ethical issues of sharing confidential client records after a patient’s death.
  • Nutrition Studies Can Aid Clinical Psychologists – Highlights the importance of nutrition to help prevent and treat mental health issues and introduces the ‘Center for Nutritional Psychology.’
  • ‘13 Reasons Why’ Can Spark Useful Discussions – Discusses how the controversial Netflix show can be used to positively help patients and the wider public.
  • Challenges Facing Today’s Latino Community – Discusses the ways in which practitioners can help both documented and undocumented members of the Latino community, without becoming embroiled with political or legal factors.
  • Variety Can Help ECPs Avoid Burnout – Offers strategies that can be used in conjunction with self-care that may help psychologists avoid burnout and fatigue.
  • Why are African Americans Reluctant to Seek Therapy? – Describes the barriers associated with African Americans seeking mental health treatment.
  • Model Pre-Emptive Family Therapy Intervention Proposed for Parents and Teens – Provides recommendations for establishing a reward-punishment contingency system to reduce misunderstandings, manipulations, and possible ensuing conflicts between family members.

Course #11-22 | 2018 | 20 pages | 10 posttest questions

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Our online courses provide instant access to the course materials 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. Click here to learn more. Have a question? Contact us. We’re here to help!

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

Target Audience: PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapist (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)School Psychologists, and Teachers

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Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2018

New Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2018Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2018 is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the July/August 2018 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists and other mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • Hacking Creates Market for Cyber Insurance – Discusses the need for cyber insurance and provides examples of the types of coverage currently available to psychologists.
  • VA’s Telehealth Rule Raises Licensing Concerns – Describes the benefits and possible difficulties of the VA’s new rule, which allows VA psychologists to use technology in treatment of veterans regardless of the state of licensure or patient’s state of residence.
  • WHO Reclassifies Transgenderism – Statement noting the removal of transgenderism from the World Health Organization’s classifications of mental illness.
  • States Ponder Possible Changes to ACA – Highlights the opportunity to apply for Affordable Care Act Section 1332 innovation waiver, and cites examples of how states are attempting to reform the law.
  • Should Psychologists Abide by the Goldwater Rule? –  The author shares her thoughts on the possible impact psychologists have on politics, and notes the psychologist’s obligation to adhere to the Goldwater Rule.
  • We Need a “Men’s Movement” – Discusses the need to re-evaluate society’s expectations of males in order to end antisocial behavior of errant males and to acquire views and practices that are more psychologically reliable in giving men better lives.
  • Managing Risks of Telepsychology – A brief overview of the possible risks associated with telepsychology.
  • Supervising in the Age of #MeToo, Trigger Warning and Safe Spaces – A look at the nuances of interactions between supervisors and supervisees in light of the current social and political climate.
  • Many Clients Need Financial Therapy – A look at this emerging field of therapy focused on evaluation and treatment of the “cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, and economic aspects of financial health” affecting one’s daily life.
  • Coming to Terms with LGBTQ Issues in Teen Therapy – Highlights the importance of educating oneself about LGBTQ issues in teen therapy and suggests websites that offer more information.

Course #11-21 | 2018 | 20 pages | 10 posttest questions

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Our online courses provide 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. Click here to learn more. Have a question? Contact us. We’re here to help!

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

Target Audience: PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapist (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)School Psychologists, and Teachers

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Therapy Tidbits – March/April 2018

New Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy Tidbits – March/April 2018Therapy Tidbits – March/April 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the March/April 2018 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • Teletherapy is the Future Norm – Discusses the importance of educating oneself about teletherapy and introduces a variety of teletherapy companies.
  • ‘Housing First’ Reducing Homelessness – Introduces the book ‘Housing First’ and provides background information on the Housing First program of providing housing and support services for the homeless
  • Ethics of Technology and Clinician Responsibility – This article differentiates between the psychological testing and assessment of patients and highlights the dangers of relying on technology and the importance of the clinician’s expertise in the process.
  • Psychology Lags Behind Psychiatry in Health Integration Readiness – Provides an overview of the new initiative to train behavioral health care professionals to work in primary care practice.
  • ACA’s Likely Future Depends on Who’s Guessing – A brief update on the Affordable Care Act.
  • Consulting in Medical Settings Expands Practice – This course offers a description of a consulting liaison psychologist’s role in a medical setting and discusses the difficulties and rewards of taking on such a role.
  • Unique Peer Consultation Issues in Rural Alaska – The author highlights the need for developing connections with trusted peers, who can support the clinician living and working in a rural Alaskan community.
  • Psychotherapy and Counseling are Different – In a world where psychotherapy is declining and counseling is growing, Dr. Doane provides an important reminder of the difference between the two.
  • Therapists Vulnerable to Sexual Misconduct Accusations – This article reminds practitioners of the importance of having effective policies, practices and education in place to protect oneself against allegations of misconduct
  • ICD-11 to Include ‘Gaming Disorder’ – A brief description of ‘Gaming Disorder’ as described by The World Health Organization.

Course #11-19 | 2018 | 20 pages | 10 posttest questions

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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

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. Click here to learn more. Have a question? Contact us. We’re here to help!

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

Target Audience: PsychologistsCounselorsSocial WorkersMarriage & Family Therapist (MFTs)Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)Occupational Therapists (OTs)Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)School Psychologists, and Teachers

New Therapy Tidbits CE Available

New 1-Hour Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy Tidbits – January/February 2018Therapy Tidbits – January/February 2018 is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the January/February 2018 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • Legalization for Medical Use Means Psychologists Should Study Marijuana – Discusses the variables involved in considering if marijuana may be a beneficial treatment for patients.
  • Second EPPP Exam to be Mandatory – Summarizes the upcoming changes regarding the mandatory second EPPP exam.
  • CMS Unfairly Penalizing Psychologists’ PQRS Reports – Reviews the difficulties practitioners are facing with PQRS reports and provides information on how APA will help in 2018.
  • How to Fine Tune Consultations – Offers advice on how to determine when a consultation may be necessary and who may be best equipped to provide you the necessary information.
  • Gun Violence: A Professional Psychology Proposal – Describes the NAPPP’s proposal to help reduce gun violence.
  • High Quality, Well Documented Patient Care is Risk Management – Explains how developing habits of good practice and judicious competence underlie risk management protocols.
  • Remaining Resilient as an ECP, Despite Stress – Provides strategies that may help mental health providers establish good boundaries and self-care while supporting clients who are dealing with painful experiences and loss.
  • Ministries Exempt from ACA Strictures – An overview of the ever-growing Heath Care Sharing Ministries (HCSM) medical coverage option.

Course #11-16 | 2018 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

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. Click here to learn more. Have a question? Contact us. We’re here to help!

Professional Development Resources is approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); 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).

Therapy Tidbits – New Edition Available

Therapy Tidbits - November/December 2017Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2017 is a new 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the November/December 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • MMPI-3: Revision of MMPI-2 or Marketing Hype? – This author considers the differences between the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF, and the controversy surrounding the release of the MMPI-3.
  • 136mph Winds and Psychology: Mix Well, Stirred but Not Shaken – An overview of how Hurricane Irma impacted psychologists and patients in the Florida Keys.
  • Two APA Council Actions Need Members’ Attention – The author questions the APA’s commitment to transparency as they consider changes to current bylaws regarding membership dues and the publication of meeting minutes.
  • More Changes Coming to National Health Plan – What happens to the Affordable Care Plan in light of Trump’s proposed changes?
  • Laws Rules Vary for Telepsychology Practice – The author discusses the need for researching the ethical and legal guidelines before offerring telepsychology services.
  • Working Ethically with LGBTQ Clients – Explores complications that can arise when treating sexual and gender minority clients and offers suggestions to help the clinician.
  • Practicing from a Wheelchair – An author’s reflection on the positive and negative aspects of practising psychology when confined to a wheelchair.
  • Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Clients Require Special Ethical Consideration – This article provides a look at why it is important to offer interpreters to HOH or deaf clients and the ethical concerns associated with it.

Course #11-13 | 2017 | 16 pages | 10 posttest questions

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This course is sponsored by Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

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Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2017

New Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy TidbitsTherapy Tidbits – September/October 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the September/October 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. Course #11-12 | 2017 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

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The articles included in this edition are:

  • Practical Benefits Debatable for Geropsychology Specialty — Generalist vs specialist? This article examines which option may be a more sensible choice for clinicians just entering a modern practice setting.
  • Private Practice has Many Benefits but Also Pitfalls — Some important pros and cons clinicians will want to consider before “taking the plunge.”
  • Drug to Combat Opioid Addiction Not Widely Used — A recent survey reveals reluctance in practitioners to provide or dispense more, buprenorphine- a potentially less addictive alternative to methadone.
  • Price Transparency Movement Growing — This article looks into the concept of the “cost-unconscious” consumer; how recent insurance company practices have fostered these habits; and how those billing trends may be coming to an end.
  • Compulsive Washing, Contamination Fears: It’s not Just About Anxiety — OCD manifests in multiple subtypes and elicits an array of emotional responses from its sufferers. This article details a few key points to know about treating for it.
  • Is Consent for Treatment Informed? — A collection of important inclusions to review when composing your informed consent forms.
  • Protect Yourself from Ransomware — Explores common cyber-security threats and what can be done to mitigate these risks to your practice.
  • The Importance of Informed Consent — An answer to the question, “When and which elements of informed consent are required in the case of court-ordered evaluation?
  • Social Media and Mental Health — Regular social media users receive a steady stream of emotional stimulation. But how does that make us feel?
  • Good Hearing Linked to Auditory Hallucinations — Hearing something that isn’t there, or “making something, out of nothing?” This article discusses the interpretation of sound for what it could be, and not necessarily what it is.

 
This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document). 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.

Professional Development Resources is approved to sponsor continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA Provider #3159); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635), Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635), and Occupational Therapy Practice (#34); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678); and is CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within a few days of completion).

 

 

Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2017

New Online CE Course @pdresources.org

Therapy Tidbits - July/August 2017Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the July/August 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

Telebehavioral Health is Psychology’s Future – Promotes key benefits to telebehavioral health and practical considerations that should be made before embracing “Psychology’s Future.”

Suicide Prevention Drive Ensnaring Psychologists – Discusses the California Board of Psychology-sponsored Bill 89, which would require California psychologists to complete training specific to suicide risk assessment and intervention, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Psychologists are Told Ominous Letters are ‘Just Educational’ – Scare tactics, or just “gentle” reminders? Insurance companies offer practitioners notice that their coding behavior is being scrutinized.

Treatment at Ontario Hospital Called Torture – An overview of a lawsuit filed against the Penetang Psychiatric Hospital for the use of objectionable programs in its treatment of serious offenders.

New App Easing Behavioral/Medical Integration – CareApprove seeks to bridge the gap between behavioral and medical patient data sharing.

Some Question Trump’s Choice to Lead Mental Health Services – Treating drug addiction with more drugs? Critics are concerned that is exactly what will happen under influence from the new administration.

Insurer Withdrawals Threaten More with Loss of Coverage – Illuminates a concerning trend in medical insurers that would likely leave individuals with fewer plan options, if any at all.

Taking on a Supervisee – An overview of best practice tips practitioners would be wise to consider before beginning a supervisory role of their own.

Cutting NIH Budget must be Opposed – Asserts that American healthcare “can’t afford,” a plan to cut the National Institutes of Health budget by twenty percent and that such a plan must be resisted.

Balance vs. Burnout – Each person’s balance model is unique to them, but having and practicing one that works is of universally great import.

African American Families, Diversity and Ethics – A navigators’ guide to traversing the complexity of African American diversity with integrity and effective professionalism.

Course #11-11 | 2017 | 18 pages | 10 posttest questions

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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document). 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.

Professional Development Resources is a nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. We are approved to offer continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and are CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within one week of completion).

Transitioning to the ICD-10-CM

By Julia Besser, MA and Lynn Bufka, PhD

Transitioning to the ICD-10-CMPsychologists and other health professionals have a fast-approaching deadline to contend with in their already busy schedules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final ruling that October 1, 2015 is the mandatory compliance date for all entities subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements to transition to the ICD-10-CM.

On this date, the ICD-10 coding classification will become the new baseline for clinical data, clinical documentation, claims processing and public health reporting. At this time there is no indication that a delay or extension will be presented: Beginning October 1, 2015, claims filed using prior versions of the codes from the ICD-9-CM will be denied as unprocessable.

With nearly five times as many codes as the previous version, the ICD-10-CM proves beneficial for psychologists as more specificity will be routinely captured in diagnoses. This can lead to greater individualized care, advanced treatment planning, superior care coordination across fields and improved reliability in research settings.

However, with the increased diagnostic nuances come a significant administrative learning curve as well. The American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) has developed several resources to assist members in creating a smooth transition to the new coding system. Three basic steps are recommended to help with the transition.

The first component is understanding how the basic structure of the upcoming ICD-10-CM varies from the current structure of the ICD-9-CM. Psychologists will typically use Chapter 5 entitled Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. However, disorders related to amnesia and care-provider dependencies, for example, are not found in this behavioral health chapter.

Familiarity should also be developed with Chapter 6 (Diseases of the Nervous System), Chapter 18 (Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings, not otherwise classified) and Chapter 21 (Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services). And those working in other areas of health will want to become familiar with any additional relevant chapters.

While the former version of the ICD had a mostly numeric structure, the ICD-10-CM utilizes an alphanumeric coding structure. For example, previously the code for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was simply 309.81. The new coding could be either F43.10, F43.11 or F43.12. Each component of the code refers to specific diagnostic information. The letter “F” in this new code refers to the chapter “Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” while the “43” refers to the section “Anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders.” Finally, the numbers following the decimal point refer to specifiers such as “acute” or “chronic.” Further information on coding structure can be found at apapracticecentral.org.

The second recommended transitional step is to take advantage of the many resources provided for making a successful conversion. The ICD-10-CM Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is made available for free online via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an easily navigated document that includes all chapters, subsections and associated codes.

Alternatively, several ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM code conversion websites are available for free public access. One such site is ICD10Data.com. It is important to note that these websites are not sanctioned by the CDC and should not be the sole source for establishing the accuracy of conversion data.

The American Psychological Association and APAPO are committed to being a resource for information regarding this upcoming transition. An APA publication entitled “A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions” was specifically created to assist mental health professionals by providing a thorough overview and detailed instructions on navigating the new system. This resource can be purchased via apa.org/pubs/books/4317336.aspx. APAPO members have free access to a web-based ICD-10-CM application. This portal includes the ability to search by keyword, navigate categories of diagnoses or even explore graphical interfaces. Further details can be found at apapracticecentral.org/update/2014/12-18/member-benefit.aspx.

This article is included in the July/August 2015 edition of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists informed about practice issues. Psychologists and other mental health professionals can earn one hour of continuing education credit for reading articles included in the newspaper and completing the CE quiz online @ www.pdresources.org.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).

 

New “Psychotherapy Practice Tips” Online CE Series

Professional Development Resources has partnered with The National Psychologist to develop a timely new ‘practice tips’ series of online continuing education courses for psychologists, counselors, social workers and MFTs. These new 2-hour online courses address a variety of clinical topics, written by ‘experts’ in the prospective fields.

Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 1 covers the following clinical topics:

  • Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 1Anger, violence and radical ideologies: mental illness or different beliefs?
  • Psychopathy important to understand in clinical practice
  • Is marijuana an appropriate treatment for ADD/ADHD?
  • Internet pornography addiction cause discomfort to some therapists
  • Talking to lifers, dilemmas and opportunities
  • Are mad and genius peas in the same pod?
  • Mad and genius are separate states of mind
  • Complex traumatic stress disorders in a general practice setting
  • Better serving victims of sexual assault
  • Using mindful affirmations in clinical practice
  • Army to train its own in positive psychology
  • Health redefined by National Academies of Practice
  • Encouraging a psychotropic medication evaluation
  • Latino immigration: Humanizing communities and unifying voices
  • The impact of learning disabilities on the self

 

Course #20-67 | 2012 | 27 pages | 15 posttest questions

Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 2 addresses the following:

  • Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 2Tips on documenting disabilities for college
  • Refugee children of war-torn lands need help
  • Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead
  • Hearing loss always psychologically significant
  • Introducing the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS)
  • Jails are nation’s largest institutions for mentally ill
  • Songs as adjuncts to psychotherapy
  • Post-disaster roles for psychologists
  • Solving ‘under’ and ‘over’ diagnosis in drugged children
  • Assessment: From the other side of the desk
  • Web of addictions creates treatment problems
  • 10 tips from 40 years in clinical practice
  • Better training needed to cope with violent patients
  • Teens face complex problems in modern world

 

Course #20-68 | 2012 | 26 pages | 15 posttest questions

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).