Course #1: Starting and Operating an Independent Professional Practice in Psychology

by Dr. Stephen Carter, C.Psych.

For many psychologists, the possibility of opening a private practice is an attractive but uncertain alternative to working in the public system.

Steve Carter has many years of experience as a private practitioner, and has designed this course to lead anyone interested in exploring this option through the many preparations and steps necessary to make that transition. He discusses what type of person will be most able to be a successful private practitioner. He lays out how to plan an office, what to buy. He stresses the importance of budgets, shareholder’s agreements, office policies and procedures. He deals in great depth with the importance of marketing in building a thriving practice. He attempts to make sense of the GST regulations. Finally, he deals with the very important issue of self care, all the while sharing his successes and failures. This course is accompanied by the various forms and check sheets that he has developed over the years.

Pricing:
Members and Fellows: $49.50
Non members: $75.00
Students affiliate members: $40.00
Student non members: $60.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

CE CREDITS: 3 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides 4 weeks access to this CE course.

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Course #2: Being An Ethical Psychologist

[based on the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (2000)]

by Carole Sinclair, Ph.D.

Have you ever struggled with any of the following questions?

  • When is a third party entitled to information about one of my clients or patients?
  • When does offering money or a gift to research participants become coercive?
  • How can I make sure I am acting ethically as a practitioner, researcher, professor, student, etc.?
  • When is it appropriate to have a personal relationship with a student or client/patient? When is it not appropriate?
  • What should I do when I think a colleague has done something unethical?
  • Are there any limits to academic freedom?
  • How can I use ethical principles to help me decide what to do when I have conflicting responsibilities and difficult choices?
  • What is the basis for the ethical principles of psychologists and the members of other health disciplines?

If so, this course may be helpful to you.

The course examines codes of ethics, major ethical expectations, and ethical decision making, as they relate to practice, research, teaching, and management/administration activities. Topics covered include: the history of codes of ethics; the development of codes of ethics for psychologists and for the members of other disciplines; ethical issues and standards related to four ethical principles (respect for the dignity of persons; responsible caring; integrity in relationships; responsibility to society); and ethical decision making. Lectures and case presentations are employed to outline and demonstrate ethical expectations, issues, and problem solving. The most recent edition of the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (2000) is used as a framework for the course.

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Pricing:

Members and Fellows $130.00
Non-members: $175.00
Student affiliate members: $ 70.00
Student non-members: $100.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

CE Credits: 15 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association upon completion of quizzes with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides 5 weeks access to this CE course.

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Course #3: A Psychologist’s Guide to Psychopharmacology

by Dr. David Nussbaum & Dr. Morgan Sammons

Bio for Dr. Nussbaum
Bio for Dr. Sammons

Drawing from recent research and key texts in psychopharmacology, this course provides participants with a full overview of the biological underpinnings of how psychotropic drugs work, how the main classes of psychotropic drugs act to reduce symptoms of psychological disorders, as well as how the history of drug use and development impacts our current theories and approaches to psychological disorders, and most importantly, how psychologists can best combine psychotropic and psychotherapeutic approaches so that clients may receive the best outcomes. Please note that this course emphasizes neurobiological functions as well as scholarly research on psychopharmacological agents. Some prior knowledge of neurobiological functioning may be an asset.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to: 

  1. Describe the main brain structures implicated in the use of specific psychotropic medications
  2. Explain the primary mechanisms of neurotransmission
  3. Explain the processes of pharmacokinetics
  4. Explain the processes of pharmacodynamics
  5. Summarize the main historical and current influences on psychotropic drug development and use
  6. Assess the key considerations for most effectively combining psychotropic treatments with psychotherapy
  7. Describe the general mechanisms of action for various classes of psychotropics – antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, psychostimulants, and anticonvulsants
  8. Compare the key side effects and cautions for various classes of psychotropics – antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, psychostimulants, and anticonvulsants

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $229.00
Non-members: $329.00
Students affiliates: $99.00
Student non-members: $129.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 10 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

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Course #4: DSM-5: Changes and Implications for Professional Practice

by Dr. Michael Zwiers

Bio for Dr. Zwiers

This course provides an update on the DSM‐5 for practicing clinicians who have a working knowledge of the DSM‐IV‐TR. The course includes a review of the history of the DSM system, an overview of changes in the DSM-5, and discussion of popular challenges and controversies. 

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to:

  1. Summarize the history of the DSM and its relationship to concurrent diagnostic systems
  2. Describe the major changes to the DSM‐5 including the shift to a new diagnostic framework and changes to criterion sets
  3. Assess DSM‐5’s key challenges and controversies in the Canadian context

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $129.00
Non-members: $199.00
Student affiliates: $69.00
Student non-members: $99.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 5 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

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Course #5: Evidence-Based Treatment of PTSD within Military Populations

by Dr. Wendy Rogers, Dr. Michele Boivin, Ms. Anne Bailliu, and Colonel Rakesh Jetly

Presenters’ Affiliations

This course provides an overview of key considerations in the assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with a special focus on military populations. The team of experienced clinicians begins with an orientation to military culture and the challenges faced by military members and their families. Then, the team provides an overview of the assessment and diagnosis of PTSD, including review of structured clinical interviews and empirically validated self-report instruments. Finally, the team provides an overview of evidence-based psychotherapies for the treatment of PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, all with demonstrated effectiveness in reducing the broad range of PTSD symptoms. While this course focuses on the special treatment considerations for military personnel and their families, the content is relevant to anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the most current, effective treatment for PTSD. Please note that the course does not substitute for advanced training in specific PTSD treatment modalities, but does provide a comprehensive introduction and overview, along with key references for further learning.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to:

  1. Assess a client for PTSD, with a focus on a military population
  2. Identify related problems and conditions, how they affect outcomes, and how they can be addressed
  3. Describe the major evidence-based treatments for PTSD

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $129.00
Non-members: $199.00
Student affiliates: $69.00
Student non-members: $99.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 5.5 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

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Course #6: Evidence Based Correctional Practice (EBCP) for Managing and Treating Offenders with Mental Illness

by Dr. Robert Morgan and Dr. Jeremy Mills

Bio for Dr. Morgan
Bio for Dr. Mills

Historically it was assumed that better mental health care was all that was needed to keep offenders with mental illness out of the justice system. We have since learned, however, that providing better community based mental health care improves psychiatric outcomes, but has no appreciable effect on criminal justice outcomes. If we want to improve criminal justice outcomes, we must provide services that address the underlying causes of criminal behaviour. Unfortunately, offenders with mental illness have limited access to comprehensive treatments that target co-occurring issues of mental illness and criminalness.

In this course we provide participants with a model and summarize an evidence-based intervention for intervening with offenders with mental illness. This course will begin by reviewing the prevalence rates of mental illness in corrections, including both incarcerated and community settings. We will then briefly summarize evidence-based correctional interventions for offenders and evidence-based mental health interventions for mentally ill individuals. Finally we will provide participants with a theoretical model to guide interventions for offenders with mental illness, as well as teach them evidence-based practices for intervening with this population. To accomplish this we will present criminal behaviour and mental illness as co-morbid problems, we will educate participants on the “Bi-Adaptive” model for intervening with offenders with mental illness, and we will summarize one evidence-based intervention (Changing Lives and Changing Outcomes: A Treatment Program for Offenders with Mental Illness) for intervening with offenders with mental illness.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to:

  1. Recognize prevalence of mental illness among offenders in the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify clinical presentation of persons with mental illness (OMI) in correctional and mental health settings.
  3. Identify effective correctional interventions for offenders.
  4. Identify effective mental health interventions for persons with mental illness.
  5. Identify applicable treatment strategies and an evidence-based intervention for justice-involved OMI.

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $129.00
Non-members: $199.00
Student affiliates: $69.00
Student non-members: $99.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 6 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

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Course #7: Transition Assessments for Criminal and Violence Risk: Theory, Ethics, and Application (ScholarLab)

by Dr. Daryl Kroner and Dr. Jeremy Mills

Bio for Dr. Kroner
Bio for Dr. Mills

The goal of this course is to provide psychologists with:

  1. A review of the theoretical underpinnings related to criminal and violence risk assessment, and
  2. Applied coverage of issues necessary to conduct transition assessments.

 

The focus is on integrating actuarial judgments into the assessment of client perceived risk and the risk context. Current risk prediction instruments are briefly reviewed, paying particular attention to the strengths and weaknesses of each. Guidelines for choosing a risk instrument are covered, as well as how to best communicate and represent risk within risk assessments and strategies for managing conflicting risk estimates. The instructors provide a method of incorporating clinical/psychometric information into risk assessments that enhances report content. The role of risk context is also covered. A number of psychological tests used in the assessment of offenders are reviewed, giving particular attention as to how the interpretation may be applied to the overall assessment and management of the offender. The assessment procedure and recommended report content areas are also covered in detail.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to:

  1. Recognize and manage potential ethical problems in risk assessment.
  2. Integrate actuarial estimates with risk management strategies in communicating risk for violence.
  3. Communicate strengths and weaknesses in actuarial risk assessment.
  4. Integrate clinical/psychometric information into risk assessments.
  5. Identify and use criteria for deciding on a risk assessment instrument.
  6. Identify essential elements to a violence risk assessment.
  7. Understand and apply key components for report writing.

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $129.00
Non-members: $199.00
Student affiliates: $69.00
Student non-members: $99.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 5 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

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Course #8: Integrated CBT Treatment for Anxiety in Clinical Practice

by Dr. Noah Lazar and Dr. Eilenna Denisoff

Bio for Dr. Noah Lazar
Bio for Dr. Eilenna Denisoff

Anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders affecting Canadian adults. Diagnostically, we have traditionally conceptualized anxiety disorders as separate entities, with numerous disorders and diagnostic categories reflected in DSM-5. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has emerged as a gold standard in effectively treating anxiety disorders, with high efficacy and low rates of relapse prevention. This has resulted in numerous treatment manuals that are generally specifically tailored to each anxiety disorder. Physiologically, anxiety, regardless of the specific diagnosis, is the activation of the 'fight-or-flight' response, also known as the sympathetic nervous system. Therefore, the same system is activated trans-diagnostically. The main difference between each disorder can be boiled down into one question: 'What are you afraid of?'

In this course, we discuss the physiology of the anxiety system and, drawing on the work of many experts, will propose an integrated CBT model to explain the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders through well-researched principles of behavioural conditioning and cognitive science. We will discuss an integrated CBT treatment protocol that will be applicable to the vast majority of anxiety disorders. This course involves didactic presentations and role plays to illustrate how the model can be tailored to specific anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to:

  1. Understand the physiology of the anxiety system
  2. Understand the behavioural learning and cognitive principles underlying the anxiety system
  3. Work with an integrated model for treating anxiety disorders
  4. Apply treatment principles to the CBT model of anxiety (e.g., exposure and response prevention; cognitive restructuring)
  5. Apply the CBT treatment model to specific anxiety disorders (e.g., Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $129.00
Non-members: $199.00
Student affiliates: $69.00
Student non-members: $99.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 5 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

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Course #9: Addressing Insomnia in Those with Depression: A Step-by-Step Evidence-Based Approach

by Dr. Colleen Carney

Bio for Dr.Carney

Insomnia is a highly prevalent problem in those with depression and we have brief, effective evidence-based approaches to address insomnia, namely, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Treating insomnia in the context of depression is important because we know that, even after successful depression treatment, insomnia and fatigue often remain and predict subsequent depressive relapse. Insomnia is also a predictor of suboptimal response to depression therapies. Although there is strong evidence for CBT-I in those with depression, there can be some treatment delivery challenges in this patient group. Thus, this course will deliver:

  1. A rationale for treating insomnia
  2. What your clients need to know about sleep regulation and its relation to their mood
  3. Key competencies in assessment
  4. Step-by-step instructions for CBT-I
  5. Troubleshooting strategies for problems such as early morning awakenings, anhedonia, and using the bed for escape
  6. How to combine depression and sleep strategies; and
  7. Strategies for effective relapse prevention.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Communicate the rationale for CBT-I
  2. Communicate how the homeostatic and circadian processes regulate sleep
  3. Identify signs of sleep disorders that require referral to a sleep disorder centre
  4. Identify the contraindications for CBT-I
  5. Identify the components of stimulus control
  6. Calculate a time-in-bed prescription from sleep diaries

Pricing:

Members and Fellows: $129.00
Non-members: $199.00
Student affiliates: $69.00
Student non-members: $99.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

Course Terms and Conditions

CE CREDITS: 5 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 75%.

Registration provides at least one year of ongoing access to this CE course.

Click here to register.