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ETHICS

Foundations in Ethical Practice

Pennsylvania's Psychology Licensing Law, Regulations and Ethics

Ethical Practice is Multicultural Practice

Introduction to Ethical Decision Making

Competence, Advertising, Informed Consent and other Professional Issues

Ethics and Professional Growth

Ethics and Boundaries

Ethical and Legal Issues in Fees and Billing

Ethical Issues in Assessment

Ethics and Competence for Professional Psychologists

Science, Morality and Ethics Home Study

 

GENERAL

2016 PQRS Home Study

Staying Focused in the Age of Distraction

Readings in Multiculturalism

Excess Weight and Weight Loss

Readings on Patients at Risk to Die from Suicide

Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 3 CE Version

Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 2 CE Version

ICD-10 Home Study

Poverty and Psychology

Religion, Spirituality and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Erich Fromm

Literature, Media and Psychology

Record Keeping for Psychologists in Pennsylvania

 
 
 

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)

 
Pennsylvania’s Psychology Licensing Law, Regulations and EthicsSix (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)

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)

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)

 

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)


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)


Ethical Issues in Assessment
One (1) Home Study CE Credit - (75% score or higher required)
Psychologists engaged in assessment or testing encounter many questions such as when does a psychological test become obsolete, how should psychologists document the work that has been done by others, what opinions can psychologists give about persons they never met, or how should psychologists respond when a third party asks for copyrighted test materials. This home study addresses these and other questions concerning assessment and testing.
 (Available online and in hard copy)


Ethics and Competence for Professional Psychologists
One (1) Home Study CE Credit - (75% score or higher required)
Competence as a psychologist is not a one-time achievement, but should be an ongoing process requiring committed effort. This home study includes several methods of maintaining professional competence, including the use of continuing education, social contacts, and continual feedback on one’s practice. (Available online and in hard copy)


Science, Morality and Ethics Home Study
One (1) Home Study CE Credit - (75% score or higher required)
This home study reviews some of the recent research dealing with the science of morality. It asks some questions such as whether humans are innately good or evil, and whether moral behavior is determined primarily by reason or emotion. Then Gavazzi and Knapp describe ways that psychologists can take insights from the science of morality and apply them to their practice of psychotherapy. (Available online and in hard copy)

 

2016 PQRS Home Study
The purpose of this home study program is to help psychologists to understand basic information about Medicare’s 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for psychologists. This home study reviews basic information about the PQRS system, how to identify relevant measures, and how to report them through claims-based reporting. Registry, electronic health records, or group practice reporting options will not be covered in this home study.

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 fin dings 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)

 
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)


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)


Readings for Patients at Risk to Die from Suicide
Three (3) Home Study Continuing Education Credits - One (1) Hour Ethics Credit - (75% score or higher required)
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and most frequent mental health crisis experienced by psychologists. This home study reviews issues surrounding suicidal ideation in adults, adolescents and older adults. It reviews basic information about the assessment and treatment of patients at risk to die from suicide and discuss relevant ethical and risk management issues.

Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting: 2015 - 3 CE Version

Starting in 2015 all license eligible health care professionals are required to receive a minimum of three (3) hours of continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting in order to receive their license. This continuing education program, designed by Dr. Sam Knapp and Rachael Baturin has been approved by the Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Department of State to meet the Act 31 requirements. These 3 CE credits will also count towards the 30 CE credits required for licensing renewal for psychologists. (Available online and in hard copy)

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)

 

ICD-10 Home Study
One and a half (1.5) Home Study CE Credits - (75% score or higher required)
This webinar Home Study will be for 1.5 CE credits and includes practical information that will make your transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 as seamless as possible! Facilitated by PPA member, Ed Zuckerman, PhD, this course will highlight the changes that will affect you and your practice.
(Available online only)

 

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 whi ch 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)

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) 


An Introduction to Erich Fromm
One (1) Home Study CE Credit - (75% score or higher required)
Erich Fromm was an influential public commentator in post-World War II United States. His book, The Art of Loving, was one of the best-selling books of the 1960s and still resonates with many readers today. This home study reviews the salient ideas of Fromm concerning love, considers recent research related to loving, and addresses the relevance of his work for psychotherapists today.
(Available online and in hard copy)

Literature, Media and Psychology
One (1) Home Study CE Credit
- (75% score or higher required)
This home study reviews several genre of fiction, including science fiction, murder mysteries,
and movies. It concludes that good fiction, whether it is in novels, short stories, or movies, is similar to psychology in that both explore human feelings, behaviors, and motivations. In addition, this home study describes how fictional portrayals of psychologists or psychological states influence public perceptions of psychologists and their expectations for psychotherapy. (Available online and in hard copy)

 
Record Keeping for Psychologists in Pennsylvania

One (1) Home Study CE Credit
- (75% score or higher required)
Record keeping for psychologists in Pennsylvania can be complex. Although the State Board of Psychology establishes minimal standards for record keeping, insurers have additional requirements. Furthermore, the requirements of commercial insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid overlap, but are not completely identical. This home study reviews those record keepin
g requirements and also suggests procedures when dealing with high risk patients. (Available online and in hard copy)

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