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Therapy Tidbits – January/February 2018

Kenneth Drude, PhD; 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 – January/February 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the January/February 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:          

  • Legalization for Medical Use Means Psychologists Should Study Marijuana - Discusses the variables involved in considering if marijuana may be a beneficial treatment for patients.
  • Second EPPP Exam to be Mandatory - Summarizes the upcoming changes regarding the mandatory second EPPP exam.
  • CMS Unfairly Penalizing Psychologists’ PQRS Reports - Reviews the difficulties practitioners are facing with PQRS reports and provides information on how APA will help in 2018.
  • How to Fine Tune Consultations - Offers advice on how to determine when a consultation may be necessary and who may be best equipped to provide you the necessary information.
  • Gun Violence: A Professional Psychology Proposal - Describes the NAPPP’s proposal to help reduce gun violence.
  • High Quality, Well Documented Patient Care is Risk Management - Explains how developing habits of good practice and judicious competence underlie risk management protocols.
  • Remaining Resilient as an ECP, Despite Stress - Provides strategies that may help mental health providers establish good boundaries and self-care while supporting clients who are dealing with painful experiences and loss.
  • Ministries Exempt from ACA Strictures - An overview of the ever-growing Heath Care Sharing Ministries (HCSM) medical coverage option.

Closeout Course #11-16 | 2018 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.List the factors to be considered before prescribing cannabis for medicinal purposes
2.Identify the upcoming changes to the administration and use of the second EPPP Exam
3.Describe the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers’ (NAPPP) proposal to reduce gun violence
4.Explain how “habitual” and “judicious” patient care underlies risk management

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)

Kenneth P. Drude, Ph.D., is a psychologist with the University Psychological Services Association in Dayton, Ohio, specializing in couples and family therapy. He is chairman of the Ohio Psychological Association’s Communications and Technology Committee that developed the association’s telepsychology guidelines. 


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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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