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Therapy Tidbits – Summer 2020

The National Psychologist

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Therapy Tidbits – Summer 2020 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the Summer 2020 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent, quarterly newspaper intended to keep psychologists informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are:

Psychologists Pivot to Teletherapy as Pandemic Takes Hold - Practitioners share their positive experiences of moving to tele-therapy and discuss the obstacles that must be overcome in moving to the online format.

COVID-19 Brings Change to Behavioral Health for Older Adults - Discusses the ways in which clinicians have adapted practice to accommodate the needs of older patients and ensure best care while providing services through teleheath.

Teletherapy Tips - The National Psychologist’s list of recommendations from psychologists across the country for conducting E-therapy sessions.

Deconstructing Competitive Commitments - Explains three types of competitive commitments and explains how deconstructing them can help patients identify any inappropriate protective frames that might be contributing to the competitive commitment at hand.

How to Ethically Increase Access to Care During COVID-19 - Highlights the importance of thoughtfully navigating the ethics of billing and Payment during the pandemic.

Therapy in the Time of COVID-19: A Look at One Ethical Issue - Provides a decision-making model that can guide psychologists based upon principle-based ethics when faced with a patient who expresses an intent to circumvent public-health measures and place the well-being of others at risk.

Psychologists Should Help Victimizers Understand Their Past - Explores the importance of helping victimizers (internalizers and externalizers) confront their past, in order to start healing.

We Are All Victims of the ‘Attention Economy’ - Reminds us of the hidden manipulation techniques companies use to draw us in and hold our attention when using social media and apps.

Staying Together Apart: Artistic Approaches to COVID-19 - A look at how psychologists and charities in Scotland are supporting creative activities to help patients during the pandemic.

‘Please Don’t Tell My Surgeon’: Managing Privacy, Confidentiality in Integrated Healthcare Settings - Provides an overview of ethical challenges psychologists may face when working in an integrated healthcare setting.

Course #11-37 | 2020 | 19 pages | 10 posttest questions


Learning Objectives

1. List three advantages and disadvantages of using teletherapy in the COVID-19 era
2. Identify the three protective frames that may affect a person’s ability to resolve a competitive commitment
3. Explain how psychologists can ethically support clients who have difficulty paying for services during COVID-19
4. Describe the ethical dilemma arising in the treatment of a patient who dismisses concerns about COVID-19 and expresses intent to circumvent public-health instructions

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)

The National Psychologist is a private, independent online newspaper intended to keep psychologists informed about practice issues. Contributions and letters are invited. The editor reserves the right to edit articles and submissions for clarity and/or to meet specific space limitations. Publication staff is not responsible for opinions or facts in bylined articles. Click here to subscribe to TNP.


Financial: The content for this course was published by The National Psychologist.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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