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Therapy Tidbits - May/June 2016

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; Denis K. Lane Jr., JD; Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP; Stephen Huey, PhD; Jessica Keith, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract


Therapy Tidbits is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2016 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:

  • CMS Wrongfully Denying PQRS Incentives - discusses challenges with reporting, changes to CMS criteria, and offers tips for success.
  • Psychology Lags in Helping Impaired Colleagues - lists major obstacles to colleague assistance programs and provides suggestions for future enactment.
  • Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations - reviews ethical principles involved in forensic evaluations, including the informed disclosure process.
  • Reimbursement Diagnoses May Be Co-Morbid - discusses ways the clinician can ethically, clinically and professionally work around the dilemma of insurance reimbursement by attending to, documenting and treating co-morbid conditions.
  • Crossing the Mental Health Court Chasm to Community Mental Health - debates prison reform, mass incarceration in America, and the need to restructure the approach to criminal justice.
  • Challenging a Mandate to Adopt EHRs - lists the dangers of electronic health record mandates and offers advice for psychotherapists to stay aware of potential dangers and safeguard their freedom to make informed decisions about client privacy. 
  • Evidence-Based Treatment for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - describes the experiences of male and female service members who were sexually assaulted or harassed and offers evidence-based treatment options available today.

Course #10-99 | 2016 | 13 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify two reporting issues with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
2. Differentiate between informed consent and disclosure for forensic evaluations
3. Describe potentially conflicting ethical concerns regarding insurance reimbursement diagnoses
4. Discuss ways to balance an EHR mandate with ethical and professional freedom

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.

Denis K. Lane Jr., JD, is an attorney at the Center for Professional Studies in Colorado Springs, Colo. The focus of his practice for more than 35 years has been mental health law and representation of mental health professionals. He is author of The Legal Guide for Practicing Psychotherapy in Colorado (Colorado Bar Assoc. 2016) and serves on the Ethics Committee for the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). His email is Denis@ethicalstudies.net.

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

Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP, is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ University Professor at Santa Clara University, clinical adjunct professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and maintains a clinical practice in Menlo Park, Calif. He teaches, writes and consults on ethics as well as religious and spiritual issues. He is the author of Do the right thing: Living ethically in an unethical world (New Harbinger 2004). His email is: tplante@scu.edu .

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

Stephen Huey, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Minnetonka, Minn. He may be reached at stephenhueyphd@gmail.com

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

Jessica Keith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the program manager at the Center for Sexual Trauma Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Her email is: Jessica.Keith@gmail.com


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

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