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Therapy Tidbits - November/December 2017

Dana Beezley-Smith, PhD; Charles M. Lepkowsky, PhD; Anthony Ragusea, PsyD, MSCP, ABPP

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy Tidbits - November/December 2017 is a 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

Learning Objectives

1.Identify the differences between the MMPI-2RF and the MMPI-2
2.Describe the upcoming changes to the Affordable Care Act
3.List steps you should take before engaging in telepsychology practice
4.Explain the essential components of working ethically with LGBTQ clients

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)

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.

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Charles M. Lepkowsky, PhD, is in private practice in Solvang, Calif. He is a past president of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. He taught graduate psychology courses for 14 years. He may be reached at: clepkowsky@gmail.com.

Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.
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.

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