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Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2016

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; David Doane, PhD; Melissa Bailey, PsyD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

This course is comprised of select articles from the September/October 2016 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:

  • Cannabis Research Growing - discusses findings from the five sessions devoted to the study of cannabis at the August convention of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Why So Much Violence? Take Your Pick - discusses potential causes for the high level of violence in the United States.
  • Vermont Bans Conversion Therapy & Iowa Board Nixes Conversion Ban Therapy - discuss the controversy surrounding conversion therapy and how states are legally battling the topic.
  • U.S. House Approves Mental Health Measure - describes H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act 422-2 passed by the House in July and forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
  • CMS Proposes Payment Model for Integrated Care - explains the proposal CMS published in the July 15, 2016 Federal Register that establishes a set of six new billing codes, some of which potentially apply to psychologists who work in collaborative care settings.
  • Direct Secure Messaging is Best Electronic Option for Mental Health Records - explains crucial concepts necessary to understand Electronic Health Record (EHR) coordination of care issues and options.
  • The Down Side of RxP for Psychology - expresses concern that with prescriptive authority, psychologist psychotherapists will put their time and effort into drug prescription instead of plumbing the depths of psychotherapy and of themselves as psychotherapists.
  • Changes Coming to Billing Codes Oct. 1 - discusses the adoption of DSM language into the ICD and how to add diagnostic labels for your documentation.
  • Addressing Boundary Issues - discusses the risks, benefits and ethics of boundary crossings and multiple relationships in therapy.
  • Be Understanding in Treating Obese Patients - discusses mental health issues that can lead to obesity and thoughtful considerations for working with obese clients.

Course #11-03 | 2016 | 18 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss cannabis research findings presented at the convention of the American Psychological Association (APA)
2. List possible causes for the high level of violence in the United States
3. Identify potential changes to mental health law, payment models and billing codes
4. Describe how to address boundary issues and weight concerns in psychotherapy

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).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, consultant, and Medicare correspondent for The National Psychologist newspaper, was the Chair of the first psychology and social work Expert Work Group to develop quality measures. Currently she serves on the expert panel for the Elder Maltreatment screen. Dr. Hartman-Stein graduated from Kent State University and obtained the interdisciplinary geriatric clinical development award through Case Western University. For over 20 years she has worked at the Center for Healthy Aging, a private practice in Kent, Ohio. A prolific writer, she has two edited books, Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults (1998) and Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults (2011), numerous book chapters and refereed publications on healthy aging and psychology practice issues, and over 100 news articles.


Financial: Dr. Hartman-Stein receives honoraria from Signature Consulting Group, consulting fees from PhyBill, and has an ownership position with the Center for Healthy Aging.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

David S. Doane, PhD, has been a psychologist psychotherapist in private practice for 40 years, currently in Perrysburg, Ohio. His special interests are systems, experiential and Gestalt psychotherapy. He is a monthly contributor to Life’s Journey online magazine. He may be reached by email at: dsdoane@hotmail.com or his website is: drdaviddoane.com.


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Melissa Bailey, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, owner of the Bailey Psychology Group (www.drmelissabailey.com) and director of allied health for the National Obesity Foundation (NOF) (www.nofusa.org). NOF is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals who are struggling with obesity and its related diseases. Bailey’s book, Pink Hell: Breast Cancer Sucks, is an Amazon best seller. Her email address is drmelissabailey@gmail.com.


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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