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11/4/2016
2016 Fall Continuing Education & Ethics Conference


 

 

 

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 ** means the program qualifies for all or some of the ethics requirement as mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology

Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Extended Version: 2015

Two (2) Home Study CE Credits - (75% score or higher required) - ACT 31 approved course!
Reviews basic information about child protective laws and services in Pennsylvania including a description of child welfare in Pennsylvania, definitions of child abuse, and responsibilities of mandated reporters. Information concerning the recognition of child abuse will also be presented. (Available online and in hard copy)

Medicare’s 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS): Medicare’sUnique Approach to Quality Assurance
One (1) Home Study CE Credit (70% score or higher required)
This program is to help psychologists to understand basic information about Medicare’s 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for psychologists. The workshop reviews basic information about the PQRS system, how to identify relevant measures, and how to report them through claims-based or registry reporting. Group practice reporting options will not be covered in this home study. (Available online and in hard copy)

Poverty and Psychology
One (1) Home Study CE Credit (70% score or higher required)
Poverty is a complex system that involves more than just the lack of money. Instead, poverty is associated with poor health, poor decision making, and other factors which make for unique considerations when conducting psychotherapy with patients who live in poverty.  This home study reviews some of these factors and describes urges psychologists to consider them when conducting psychotherapy. (Available online and in hard copy)

**Ethical and Legal Issues in Fees and Billing
One (1) Home Study CE Credit (70% score or higher required)
Billing and establishment of fees are governed by the APA Ethics Code, regulations of the State Board of Psychology, and by various the different insurance contracts agreed to by psychologists. This home study reviews the basic information about ICD and CPT Codes, and review rules concerning billing and how psychologists can comply with them. (Available online and in hard copy)

Religion, Spirituality and Psychotherapy
One (1) Home Study CE Credit (70% score or higher required)
Psychologists will be unable to fully understand many patients unless they consider the impact that religion or spirituality has on their worldview. This home study consists of 8 articles that address issues of religion, spirituality and psychotherapy including the ways that psychologists can integrate religiously accommodated interventions into psychotherapy.
(Available online and in hard copy)

Excess Weight and Weight Loss
Three (3) Home Study CE Credits - (75% score or higher required)
This home study contains 16 articles concerning social factors related to unhealthy weight gain, principles of weight loss, and the roles of psychologists in facilitating that loss, including psychological evaluations for candidates for bariatric surgery. (Available in hard copy only)

**Ethical Practice is Multicultural Practice
Three (3) Home Study CE Credits - (75% score or higher required)
Deals with racial and ethnicity diversity and culturally-responsive practices. Topics covered include (1) ethical standards and multicultural competence, (2) cultural bias, (3) power and privilege, (4) culturally-responsive assessment, (5) practice and therapy and (6) advocacy and social activism. Ethical guidelines that correspond to the various topics discussed are highlighted to emphasize the importance of ethical practice through multicultural practice. (Available in hard copy only)

**Introduction to Ethical Decision Making
Three (3) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
Introduces ethical decision making to psychologists. This will review ethical decision making skills that include cognitive factors, emotional dynamics, and intuitive processes. The course content reviews ethical decision making from the perspective of principle-based ethics and gives specific examples for psychologists to apply ethical decision making skills. (Available in hard copy only)

Staying Focused in the Age of Distraction: How Mindfulness, Prayer and Meditation Can Help You Pay Attention to What Really Matters
Five (5) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
This program is based on the book, Staying Focused in the Age of Distraction by Elizabeth Hoffman, Ph.D., and Christopher Hoffman, LCSW. Staying Focused incorporates findings from positive psychology, the psychology of religion and spirituality, mindfulness, and other areas of religion and psychology. It references this information when providing readers with step-by-step techniques that help them engage in value focused and meaningful activities. The book is provided in this home study. (Available in hard copy only)

**Competence, Advertising, Informed Consent and Other Professional Issues
Three (3) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
Deals with competence, advertising, informed consent and other professional issues. Several of the articles deal with innovations in professional practice including on-line therapy, use of experimental techniques, and the psychologists’ role with psychotropic agents. All articles deal with practical issues faced by professional psychologists. (Available in hard copy only)

**Ethics and Professional Growth
Three (3) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
Deals with ethics and professional growth. Topics covered include the ethical foundations of self-care, professional and personal stressors of psychologists, and the integration of personal values into professional practice. An emphasis is placed on ways to maximize the rewards and benefits of being a psychologist. (Available in hard copy only)

Readings in Multiculturalism
Four (4) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
General issues of multiculturalism, sensitivity, pseudo-transference and prejudice. The collection has been designed to give the reader both an overview of important multicultural themes and information about working with individuals from specific groups. (Available in hard copy only)

**Foundations of Ethical Practice
Six (6) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
This home study is based on articles concerning the foundations of ethical practice. These articles review information concerning major ethical theories and their relationship to the ethical standards of psychologists, the regulatory mechanisms governing professional psychology, and important risk management principles. Emphasis will be on how psychologists can use ethics to improve the overall quality of their work, as opposed to just minimizing their risks. (Available in hard copy only)

**Ethics and Boundaries
Three (3) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
Applies to all psychologists in the United States and Canada. The specific topics covered include boundary issues that are concurrent or consecutive; overt and subtle; and unavoidable and avoidable. (Available in hard copy only)

**Pennsylvania’s Psychology Licensing Law, Regulations and Ethics
Six (6) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - (75% score or higher required)
This covers the Professional Psychologists Practice Act and regulations promulgated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology pursuant to the licensing law, including the State Board of Psychology Code of Ethics. A study guide is included along with the reading material and the examination. This course covers the content that psychologists-in-training need to know to pass the state portion of the licensing examination for psychologists. (Available in hard copy only)
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