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Therapy Tidbits - May/June 2018

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 - May/June 2018 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 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:          

  • New Prepayment Audits Strike Fear in Medicare Providers - Describes the difficulties practitioners are facing with when audited and explains the new method of auditing, ‘Targeted Probe and Education’

  • APA Council Approves Reorganization - Describes the upcoming changes as the American Psychological Association Practice Organization is reorganized.

  • Jail Opens Mental Treatment Unit - A brief look at how a Virginia City Jail is taking initiatives to support inmates’ mental health.

  • APA Practice Guidelines Raise Questions - Identifies concerns for the newly proposed sets of practice guidelines.

  • What is Obamacare Anyway? - An overview of Obamacare to date.

  • When Being Too Helpful Can Backfire - Discusses the difference between ‘good customer service’ and a therapeutic relationship.

  • MedPAC’s Latest Lead Balloon - An overview of the conflict surrounding the proposed change from Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to the “Voluntary Value Program” (VVP).

  • What Have We Learned from 30 years of School Shootings? - Highlights the use of amphetamine-based drugs and lack of quality mental health care as factors in school shootings.

  • How to Handle Conflicts of Ethics and the Law - Provides examples of times when the Ethics Code conflicts with the law and offers strategies to resolve these conflicts.

  • Psychologists Should Study Uses of Marijuana
    - Discusses the importance of seriously considering medical marijuana as a viable treatment for patients.

Closeout Course #11-20  | 2018 |  20 pages |  10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Name steps providers can take to prepare for audit and to ensure their notes meet compliance standards
2. Discuss three changes being considered as part of the APAPO reorganization
3. Discuss methods of setting clear boundaries when public speaking or during initial consultations
4. List the primary points to keep in mind when the Ethics Code conflicts with the law

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.

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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