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Therapy Tidbits - January/February 2017

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; Anthony Ragusea, PsyD, MSCP, ABPP; Ellen Winston, MA, LPC

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy Tidbits - January/February 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from 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:

Mental Health Advocates Wary of Coming Changes – Discusses possible budgetary changes to mental health care following the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Ohio Psychologists Rally to Save Licensing Board (for now) – Reviews the outpouring of opposition by Ohio psychologists and other mental health professionals to the proposal of combining several licensing boards into one.

Parity Task Force Reports ‘There is Much More Work to be Done’ - Presidential task force report admits there is more to be done to insure those suffering from mental illnesses and addiction do not continue to face discrimination in their health care.

What is a Disability, Anyway? – Discusses the legal considerations involved in certifying a patient as “disabled” or having a “disability related need.”

Pre-Employment Evaluations for Police and Public Safety – Reviews clinical criteria for completing pre-employment psychological evaluations.

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy – Describes the expanding field of incorporating trained therapy animals into counseling sessions.

The Upside of RxP for Psychology – A Reply – Several psychologists defend prescriptive authority by prescribing psychologists, as previously undermined in an earlier article.

Health Care Reform Update: Republicans Face Headaches Replacing ACA – Provides predictions for the new administration’s impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Psychologists Can Submit Quality Measures in 2017 – Discusses how psychologists and other behavioral health specialists can prepare for the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for Medicare providers.

Course #11-05 | 2017 | 17 pages | 10 posttest question

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss how the inauguration of Donald Trump may impact mental health care
2. Identify the legal implications of certifying a patient as “disabled” or having a “disability related need”
3. Differentiate between Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP) and the more commonly understood Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
4. List three preventive practices psychologists and other behavioral health specialists can use to prepare for the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for Medicare providers

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.

Anthony S. Ragusea, PsyD, MSCP, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Key West, FL. He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2015 and serves as chair of the Prescriptive Authority Committee for the Florida Psychological Association. He also was recently elected secretary of APA’s Division 55. He may be reached at dr.tony@ragusea.com


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Ellen Winston, MA, LPC, has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a certificate in Animals and Human Health from the University of Denver. She is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and a national certified counselor. She co-founded Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) in 2010. Her email address is: ewinston@aatpc.org. The program’s website is: http://www.animalassistedtherapyprograms.org/.


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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