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Therapy Tidbits - July/August 2017

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; Dana Beezley-Smith, PhD; James E. Dobbins, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy 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

Learning Objectives

1.Express two noted benefits of telebehavioral health
2.Identify three potential means for professional liability coverage that a supervisee may obtain
3.List three possible implications of a recent NIH budget cut proposal
4.Describe four steps you can take on your path to ethical professional engagement with African American families

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.

Dana Beezley-Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice treating children, adults and families in Green, Ohio. She may be reached at drdana@me.com.

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

James E. Dobbins, PhD, is professor emeritus at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. He is currently director of the Resilient Young Ladies and Gentlemen Program, a service, training and research collaboration with the Dayton Urban League that provides youth and family development, mentoring and modeling, community involvement and professional training. His email address is: james.dobbins@wright.edu.


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

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