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Therapy Tidbits – July/August 2016

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD; Shawna Wright, PhD; Teresa Bolick, 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 July/August 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:

  • Mental Health Problems Abound in Flint Lead Crisis - discusses problems afflicting residents of Flint, MI in the city’s water contamination crisis
  • Medicare Payments to Focus on Value not Volume - explains the upcoming Medicare changes and details the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 
  • Conference on Telemedicine Heavily Attended - reviews concepts from the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) 2016 Annual Conference and Trade Show
  • Psychologists Can Fill Needs for Autism Spectrum Disorders - discusses the shortage of professionals available to secure assessment and treatment options and how psychologists can help
  • Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures - provides ethical guidance for giving professional commentary on public figures
  • Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia - reviews the revised guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association on limiting use of antipsychotic drugs to treat patients with dementia
  • SAMHSA adds Thought Field Therapy to National Registry - discussess the controversy surrounding the addition of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) to SAMHSA’s registry
  • Electronic Appendages Damage Real Therapy - provides a reality check on the use of digital devices in the therapeutic relationship
  • Managing Risk with Alcohol-Abusing Clients - proposes the use of a dual-purpose informed consent by therapists who work with special populations or those characterized by high risk behaviors
  • Financial Therapy Opportunities Growing - offers guidance on how to support individuals suffering from financial stress and tap into an emerging market

Course #11-02 | 2016 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify four mental health problems afflicting residents of Flint, MI
2. List the four components of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
3. Describe five things psychologists can do to fill needs for Autism Spectrum Disorders
4. List the pros, cons and clinical implications of electronic media in client communication

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.

Shawna Wright, PhD, LP, is president and CEO of Wright Psychological Services in Chanute, KS.


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Teresa Bolick, PhD, is a New Hampshire psychologist and board certified behavior analyst with a special interest in autism spectrum disorders. She evaluates and treats children, adolescents and their families and consults to schools. She is a member of the New Hampshire Council on ASD.


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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