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Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2018

Dana Beezley-Smith, PhD; Kathy Platoni, PsyD; Tim Branaman, PhD, ABPP

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy Tidbits – November/December 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the Nov/Dec 2018 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:

  • ACA Hasn’t Reduced Health Care Costs - Explains the impact of the ACA on independent practice doctors and the new recommendation for payment parity for clinic visits.
  • Out-of-Office Encounters May Be Beneficial - Discusses the importance and benefits of out of office therapy sessions and encounters with clients.
  • Court Cases, Market Forces - An overview of court cases that highlight the ways in which regulatory boards may be at risk for an FTC complaint or federal suit.
  • Most Military Efforts Miss Target on Suicide Prevention - Provides an overview of the military’s current programs to support individuals struggling with suicidality and recommends a positive support process.
  • Closing Practice Not for Faint of Heart - Highlights the emotional toll that closing a private practice can have on clinicians and offers practical advice on how to prepare for this transition.
  • CBT: Helpful Hints for Clients - Lists cognitive behavioral therapy strategies for helping clients.
  • HIPAA Preempts State Laws - A review of HIPPA requirements regarding personal representatives after a patient’s death.
  • Empathy May Be Ill-Timed in Treating Trauma - Explains why offering empathy in the treatment of trauma patients may be counter-productive, but offers hope that with therapy the client may eventually be ready to accept a clinician’s compassion.

Closeout Course #11-24 | 2018 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the impact of the Affordable Care Act on independent practice and health costs
2. Identify potential benefits of out-of-office encounters with clients
3. List three strategies for supporting individuals struggling with suicidality
4. Explain how empathy may be ill-timed in treating trauma

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)

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.

Kathy Platoni, PsyD, has been a clinical psychologist for more than 36 years, with a private practice in Centerville, Ohio. As an Army Reserve clinical psychologist, she deployed four times in war zones: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom (Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She retired from the Army with the rank of colonel in 2013 and currently serves as the brigade psychologist for the Ohio Military Reserve, State Defense Forces. Her email address is: drrunt@woh.rr.com.

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

Tim F. Branaman, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), a Texas licensed psychologist, has delivered clinical and forensic services in a practice group he established in the mid-eighties. He also serves on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists to which he was appointed in 2008 and subsequently appointed as chairman in 2010. He may be contacted by email at: drtimbranaman@gmail.com.

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

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