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Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals

Here are some great resources for mental health professionals on the topic of continuing education

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Volunteers Needed for Alzheimer's Clinical Trials " PDResources

More than 150 Alzheimer's and related clinical trials in the United States are looking for volunteers. At least 70,000 people with Alzheimer's, healthy volunteers, and caregivers are urgently needed.

Animal Assisted Therapy - Back By Popular Demand " PDResources

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) utilizes the human-animal bond to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage in verbal therapies. AAT has been associated with improving outcomes in four areas: autism-spectrum symptoms, medical difficulties, behavioral challenges, and emotional well-being.

Probiotics To Treat Depression?

What you eat can have a major impact on how you feel emotionally. A diet rich in probiotics - which support the growth of "healthy" bacteria in the gut - is known to boost digestive health and can even improve a person's immune system.

Evidence-Based Practice: Science and Pseudoscience " PDResources

Fourth, keep in mind their responsibilities to clients, other professionals, and the public. It is each professional's responsibility to determine whether a treatment claim is pseudoscientific and therefore should not serve as the basis for clinical practice, or scientific and therefore should serve as a basis for a well-supported clinical practice.

April Mental Health Continuing Education Sale

Professional Development Resources is approved to offer continuing education by the American Psychological Association ( APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors ( NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association ( AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ( ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Cognitive Aging

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for increased research on assessing and maintaining cognitive health in older adults. The report, Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action, released April 14, 2015, also suggests that some interventions for healthy aging-exercise, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, and regular discussions with health professionals about medications and chronic conditions-be promoted to help maintain cognitive health.

The Mental Health Effects Of Eating Too Much Sugar

We know that too much sugar is bad for our waistlines and our heart health, but now there's mounting evidence that high levels of sugar consumption can also have a negative effect on brain health - from cognitive function to psychological well-being.

April is National Humor Month

National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one's life.

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The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2015. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate? Use #LIUB to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April!

Should Medicare PAY Doctors to Discuss End-of-Life Care? - PDResources

Federal health officials are proposing that Medicare begin paying doctors to discuss end-of-life issues with their patients, six years after the "death panel" controversy erupted in the early days of the debate over President Obama's health-care legislation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the new plan Wednesday as part of its annual Medicare physician payment rule.

You Can Help Keep Children Out of Adult Prisons - PDResources

It's no exaggeration to say that when teenagers are placed in adult prison, horror results. Huffington Post reporter Dana Liebelson investigated the ongoing abuses in her hard-hitting new story, "Cruel And All-Too-Usual." "The adult system is not designed in any way, shape or form to treat children, to rehabilitate children, or to recognize that children are different than adults," an American Civil Liberties Union advocate told Liebelson.

Early Intervention Improves Long-Term Outcomes for Children with Autism

From ScienceDaily Early intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder helps improve their intellectual ability and reduces autism symptoms years after originally getting treatment, a new study shows. The study is the first in more than 20 years to look at long-term outcomes after early intensive autism intervention.

The Right-to-Die Movement

By Rachel Aviv In Belgium, euthanasia is embraced as an emblem of enlightenment and progress, a sign that the country has extricated itself from its Catholic, patriarchal roots. Distelmans, who was brought up as a Catholic and then rejected the Church, told me that his work is inspired by an aversion to all forms of...

Transitioning to the ICD-10-CM

By Julia Besser, MA and Lynn Bufka, PhD Psychologists and other health professionals have a fast-approaching deadline to contend with in their already busy schedules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final ruling that Oct.

Sedentary Lifestyle Can Increase Anxiety

By Lecia Bushak Sitting in front of a TV, laptop, or computer all day is certainly bad for your physical health; but it's also detrimental to your mental health. We already know that sitting is bad for pretty much every aspect of your health: It weakens your muscles, impairs blood circulation, and increases your risk...

5 Major Benefits Of Doodling

By Anna Almendrala - While coloring books for adults are something of a trend, there's another artistic outlet that requires even less effort than colored pencils and markers. It may have more benefits, to boot. Doodling -- the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is really supposed to be working...

Alcohol Use Disorder on the Rise

From the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is the medical diagnosis for problem drinking that causes mild to severe distress or harm. A new study supported by the NIAAA reports that nearly one-third of adults in the United States have an AUD at some time in their...

3 Health Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

From the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center When you are caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease, it's important to make your own health a priority. Staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy will make you a better caregiver. Here are 3 tips on how to care for yourself while caring for others: Ask for help....

New Hope for Alzheimer's Treatment

From Science Alert New Alzheimer's treatment fully restores memory function. Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back. Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function...

Patient Access to Records: The Invisible Confidentiality Right

By Bruce G. Borkosky, PsyD from Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips VII Confidentiality has been around since Hippocrates. In contrast, the patient's right to obtain a copy of records (patient access) is a relatively recent concept. This may be a surprise, but patients have had a legal right to their records for only about 30 years.

Dog Days of Summer - Save 30% All CE Courses - PDResources

Whether you're staying cool by the pool or blasting the AC indoors, there's no denying the dog days of summer are here! So why not get caught up (or a head start!) on your CE requirements? To help, we are offering 30% Off ALL CE Courses during these sultry days of summer.

Improving Social Skills in Children - PDResources

Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents is a 4-hour online CE course that discusses the social skills needed to be successful in school and beyond

Massachusetts Psychologists Continuing Education Requirements - PDResources

Massachusetts Psychologists Continuing Education Requirements - Massachusetts-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with a June 30th deadline, even years.