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Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; Dana Beezley-Smith, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy Tidbits – September/October 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the September/October 2018 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

  • Preexisting Conditions Dominate Health Care Discussions - A look at short term limited duration insurance plans (STLDI’s) and Affordable Care Act insurance in light of recent events.
  • Landmark Changes on Horizon for Psych Testing - Discusses the upcoming changes to the psychological and neuropsychological testing codes and how they will affect psychologists.
  • What Happens Next? Confidentiality after Death - Considers the legality and ethical issues of sharing confidential client records after a patient’s death.
  • Nutrition Studies Can Aid Clinical Psychologists - Highlights the importance of nutrition to help prevent and treat mental health issues and introduces the ‘Center for Nutritional Psychology.’
  • ‘13 Reasons Why’ Can Spark Useful Discussions - Discusses how the controversial Netflix show can be used to positively help patients and the wider public.
  • Challenges Facing Today’s Latino Community - Discusses the ways in which practitioners can help both documented and undocumented members of the Latino community, without becoming embroiled with political or legal factors.
  • Variety Can Help ECPs Avoid Burnout - Offers strategies that can be used in conjunction with self-care that may help psychologists avoid burnout and fatigue.
  • Why are African Americans Reluctant to Seek Therapy? - Describes the barriers associated with African Americans seeking mental health treatment.
  • Model Pre-Emptive Family Therapy Intervention Proposed for Parents and Teens - Provides recommendations for establishing a reward-punishment contingency system to reduce misunderstandings, manipulations, and possible ensuing conflicts between family members.

Closeout Course #11-22 | 2018 | 20 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the pros and cons of the new short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans
2. Describe how to adhere to ethical and legal guidelines when sharing confidential information after a patient’s death
3. Discuss the practical, non-political ways in which one can help members of the Latino Community
4. List strategies that may help ECP’s avoid burnout

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 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


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.

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