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Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2016

Larry Rosen, PhD; Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; David Cosio, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2016 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the November/December 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:

New ACA Rule May be Onerous Burden – or Totally Irrelevant – for Psychologists: Gordon Herz, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Madison, WI, reviews provisions of the federal antidiscrimination rules that require many providers of health-related services to post notices in 15 languages that translation services will be provided free of charge to those who have trouble speaking and understanding English.

Researchers Outline Trends in Integrated Care: Discusses the integration of medical and behavioral health care, creating growing opportunities for mental health practitioners to provide therapy for medical patients and their families

Fraud Grabs Headlines but Psychologists More Often Troubled by Poor Documentation: Examines Medicare fraud and the more common issues of waste and abuse in mental health.

Clinical Personality Testing: Decline and Possible Resurgence: Reviews the rise and fall of personality assessment and how prevailing models of diagnosis and treatment have affected the change.

Psychological Services in Multidisciplinary Pain Management: As an early career psychologist, this is what you need to know about practicing in a multidisciplinary pain management clinic.

Consider Risks When Contracting with Commercial Teletherapy Companies: Highlights some of the risks of working with these businesses and suggests some questions clinicians can consider prior to contracting with them.

Patients – and Psychologists – Need Technology Relief: There is ample evidence that technology and our busy lives overly stimulate our brains. There is also evidence that certain activities calm our brains; several suggestions are offered.

Ethical Considerations in Hospital Settings: Discusses the unique ethical challenges psychologists in hospital settings face, such as obtaining informed consent in a fast-paced environment, maintaining confidentiality with multidisciplinary teams and providing specialty training supervision. 

Mental Health’s Negative View of Marketing: Argues for the use of self-promotion of mental health providers to “brand” themselves as “experts” – such as writing articles and books or speaking on the radio and professionally. 

Course #11-04 | 2017 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the confusion surrounding ACA rules for nondiscrimination
2. Differentiate between fraud, abuse and waste in the mental health field
3. Identify five potential risks associated with teletherapy practice
4. Describe three ethical considerations in the hospital setting

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. 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.

About the Author(s)
Larry Rosen, PhD, is the author of Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation and TechnoStress: Coping With Technology @Work @Home @Play. He may be reached at: LROSEN@CSUDH.EDU or at his website www.csudh.edu/psych/lrosen.htm.

Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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 Cosio, PhD, works in the pain program at Jesse Brown VA in Chicago. He received his degree from Ohio University in 2008, completed an internship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Edward Hines Jr. VA. His email address is: david.cosio2@va.gov.

Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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