Working on getting reimbursement of registration fees for the April 9 & 10, 2020 conference

Hello to All Registered Attendees for the April 9th & 10th, 2020 conference:

If you PAID by CREDIT CARD for the April conference — we are working to get you reimbursed in full via the credit card you used to pay your registration. Apparently, Brown Paper Tickets was waiting for each of you to submit a personal refund request. In their communication to us, they had said they would initiate the refunds but they apparently did not. We have now submitted all of the information to them (from the data file they provided to us) and asked Brown Paper Tickets to expedite a refund to you directly to your credit card.    

If you paid by check and have not yet received a refund please reach out to us so we can coordinate the refund. We are under the belief that all CHECK payments have been refunded.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. We are here (virtually) to answer anything we can help with.

In the meantime, we hope that you have been partaking in the continuing education opportunities that have been posted on this blog. Continue to look for more, as we are alerted to them.

Be well!

Working in Confinement During COVID-19 A Discussion with Joel Dvoskin, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of APA Division 18 and the Corrections Committee of Division 41 – AP-LS

Psychologists in Public Service – Division 18 of APA and the American Psychology and the Law Society invited Joel Dvoskin to speak about working in confinement during Covid-19.


The American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) is a division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is comprised of individuals interested in psychology and law issues. AP-LS encourages APA members, graduate and undergraduate students, and persons in related fields to consider membership in the division.

Division 18 – Justice section works primarily with incarcerated people and administrators who operate state or federal correctional facilities and detention centers. They provide professional support to one another through an exchange of information concerning the administration, assessment, treatment, ethical, and training issues that are involved in this challenging line of work.

APA membership is not required for membership in the American Psychology-Law Society. Please visit the AP-LS Membership Database website to become a member, renew your membership, or verify membership status.

Div. 18 offers seven special interest sections in which members can participate.

Members of the division are encouraged to join the special interest section that most reflects their interests.


A chair, who is also a member of the Div. 18 Board of Directors, heads each section.

  • Community and State Hospitals
    Members of this section share common interests in such areas as psychological service deliver, research, program development, outcome evaluation, and systems management, within the context of public mental health settings. They frequently treat persons with serious mental illness and may have interests in telemedicine. Activities of the section include promoting patient advocacy and helping establish parity with medical staff in hospital settings.
  • Criminal Justice
    Members of this section work primarily with incarcerated people and with administrators who operate state or federal correctional facilities and detention centers. Members of this section provide professional support to one another through an exchange of information concerning the administration, assessment, treatment, and ethical and training issues that are involved in this challenging line of work.
  • Police and Public Safety
    Members of this section work with law enforcement, fire departments, nuclear regulatory agencies, emergency medical services, and other public safety entities. They are involved in the selection of employees, fitness for duty evaluations, critical incident stress debriefing, management of mental health programs, criminal investigative analysis (profiling), and hostage negotiations.
  • Psychologists in Indian Country
    Members of this section share an interest in providing psychological services to native people in the United States and Canada. They typically work on reservations or reserves, employed by tribes, urban programs, or the Indian Health Service. This section provides them with an organized professional voice, advocacy for issues and concerns, and a communication network among their members who frequently work in isolated rural areas. As the newest sections in Div. 18, it welcomes all who have an interest in serving native people.
  • Serious Mental Illness – Severe Emotional Disturbance (SMI – SED)
    Members of this section share a common interest in promoting optimal functioning in adults living with serious psychiatric disorders and children diagnosed with severe emotional disorders. Members work in a variety of settings (e.g., state hospitals, community agencies, private practice, Veterans Health Administration facilities, residential programs and criminal justice systems) and share a commitment to supporting the recovery and resilience of persons experiencing disorders such as schizophrenia and other disorders on the psychotic spectrum, mood disorders and co-occurring Axis II diagnoses. Members are involved in mental health administration, direct clinical care, research, public policy development and patient advocacy.
  • Students
    This section seeks to engage students interested in a career in public service; its members strive to connect, provide resources and create opportunities.
  • Veterans Affairs
    Psychologists working for the Department of Veterans Affairs serve our nations’ veterans in a national network of health care facilities. Section members include psychologists and other stakeholders who promote the Department’s mission through patient care, research, training, and consumer activities, and who from a nation network to share ideas and concerns. The VA section is one of the more active sections in Div. 18 and is the only VA-related group open to all VA psychologists.

VA offered continuing education opportunities

This VA maintained continuing education site offers a whole host of trainings (not just about PTSD).

Continuing education (CE/CME) credits are offered for completing most courses. There is no fee to take a course or for obtaining continuing education credits.

Credit is offered to professionals outside of VA: TRAIN – TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network after registration.

For courses that are collaborative projects between the National Center for PTSD and other organizations, you will be linked to the course website. If there are issues with a course housed outside of TMS or TRAIN, please contact the organization offering the course.

Not all courses are offered with continuing education credits. If there is no credit offered, it is indicated on the page.


Global Institute for Forensic Research

In the continuing effort to provide opportunities for education and networking, this organization has been recommended for your review.

According to their website:

GIFR Members are elite mental health, correctional, and legal professionals dedicated to the rapid dissemination and implementation of evidence-based best practices in forensic assessment, treatment, and monitoring. Benefiting from hundreds of hours of Continuing Education training designed to maximize the efficacy of their case management plans and fidelity of their evaluations, GIFR Members receive monthly translational research bulletins and preferred access to all training opportunities.

They are offering FREE GIFR Membership until May 31st, 2020. They offer several free courses, most of which are forensic content in nature and can also meet the OPA criteria for ethics credits.

Ethics And Boundary Issues – from CE4Less

Ethics And Boundary Issues

Author: Heidi Dalzell, Ph.D., Teresa Crowe, MSW, Ph.D., and Beth Russell, PhD
(Click author’s name for bio)

Course Created: 2020

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 5 hours

Course Summary

This free intermediate-level course provides information on ethics and professional boundaries for mental health professionals.  Updated to reflect the most current professional codes of ethics (NASW, APA, NBCC, ACA, and AMHCA), the course explores common ethical dilemmas. Special attention is paid to boundary violations and topics including informed consent, confidentiality, mandated reporting, and HIPAA. Case studies throughout the learning materials highlight key learning points.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation, and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize common ethical dilemmas, the link between ethical and legal issues, and how ethical problems occur.
  • Explain the major ethical principles of mental and behavioral health professionals.
  • Discuss confidentiality and limits of confidentiality in varied contexts including social media, age of consent, mandated reporting, and HIPAA.
  • Identify ethical issues related to public representations (advertising).
  • Describe the Tarasoff and Ewing rulings related to the professional duty to protect.
  • Explain the significance of competence and the steps a provider should take to maintain competence.
  • Discuss informed consent in relation to ethics and boundaries.
  • Identify the dynamics of dual relationships and the ethical violations related to sexual relationships with clients.
  • Recognize the role of ethical practice in the context of involuntary treatment.
  • Describe ethical decision-making including such important considerations as risk tolerance, cultural humility, and specific decision-making models.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Professional Codes of  Ethics
    • Ethics vs Law
    • Ethical Principles
  • Confidentiality
    • Social Media and Confidentiality
    • Confidentiality and Minors (Age of Consent)
    • Mandated Reporting
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Public Representations (Advertising)
  • Duty to Protect (Tarasoff and Ewing)
  • Achieving and Maintaining Competence -Cultural Competence and Non-Discrimination in Providing Services
  • Informed Consent
  • Multiple or Non-sexual Dual Relationships
    • Case Example
    • Giving and Receiving Gifts
    • Bartering in Psychotherapy Practice
    • Business Relationships with Former
    • Unintentional Dual Relationships
    • Friendships with Former Clients
    • Physical Contact with Clients
    • Online Relationships
    • Client Role in Multiple Relationships
    • Therapist Consequences for Boundary Violations
  • Sexual Relationships with Clients
    • Consequences to the Therapist of Sexual Boundary Violations
    • Consequences to the Client of Sexual Boundary Violations
  • Involuntary Treatment
  • Ethical Decision-Making
    • Types of Ethical Dilemmas
    • Risk Tolerance
    • Cultural Humility – A Framework for Understanding Ethics
    • Decision-Making Models
    • Avoiding Common Ethical Pitfalls and Dilemmas
  • Summary

This organization, CE4Less, provider #1115, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association Of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. Ce4Less maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 8/8/2018-8/8/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board To determine course approval. Social workers participating In this course will receive continuing education clock hours.

We are committed to providing our learners with unbiased information. Ce4Less never accepts commercial support and our authors have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to the material

– See more at

Ohio MHAS Continuing Education Opportunities free from “E-Based Academy”

There are over 60 courses are offered by the OHIO Mental Health and Addiction Services E-Based Academy. These courses, mostly an hour or so in length range in topics from problem gambling to trauma-informed care in peer recovery support and not all are likely to be forensic-related, but many are. They are designed for many different professional levels and upon completion CMEs, CEs approved for MCE-CEs, and CEs for social work, counseling, and nursing, are available. Other professionals can benefit from the training as well, such as chemical-dependency professionals.

The courses are well thought out and presented by experts. A typical format is a dynamic PowerPoint presentation with audio with embedded videos. You will need to hear the presentation as well as see it, and it is close-captioned.  There are periods of time that you must “check-in” and you have to create an account to get started.

The courses are free and are documented by a certificate after you complete the post-test and the satisfaction/feedback survey.

American Psychological Association Telepsychology Best Practice 101



The Telepsychology Best Practices 101 training series is an introduction to the ins and outs of real-world telepsychology. Each 2-hour webinar details the competencies needed for telepractice, including critical ethical, legal, clinical, and technical issues, together with reimbursement strategies. The series discusses practical ways to leverage a variety of technologies with a focus on video conferencing. As an introduction to the field, this training series outlines a variety of routes to reach more people, to lower your overhead and to focus on the specialty area(s) that interest you most. Original webinar date: October/November 2019.

*This program provides an introductory overview and orientation to Telehealth and providing Telehealth services. Please contact Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc with specific questions for recommendations on advanced programs tailored to participants’ individual interests and needs.

For a limited time, this program is available FREE of charge according to the APA’s continuing education website, however, we have no control for how long that will last.

APA writes:

At the core of telehealth is evidence-based clinical service delivery. This introductory webinar outlines key research that provides strong evidence-based models for psychological assessment and treatment. Basic competencies covered include referral processes, cultural issues, documentation requirements, safety protocols and how to effectively involve family members or friends. Common barriers such as telesupervisor reluctance, administrative disorganization, and anxieties about working with technology are addressed, along with possible solutions. Original webinar date: October 23, 2019.

Learning Objective

  1. Identify at least three basic definitions used in telepsychology.
  2. Discuss the results of three meta-analyses related to telepsychology.
  3. Outline a validated model for conducting assessment through video-conferencing.

Marlene M. Maheu, PhD

Marlene M. Maheu, PhD. has been a technologist-psychologist and pioneer since 1994. She has served various organizations to assist with the development of technology-focused standards and guidelines, including the American Telemedicine Association, the American Psychological Association and, the American Counseling Association. She has overseen the development and delivery of telehealth training to more than 26,000 professionals worldwide and consulted with hundreds of hospitals, clinics, agencies, groups and independent practitioners seeking start-up guidance.

Dr. Maheu serves as the Founder & Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, which offers over 64 hours of both basic and advanced telehealth training online and offering two Micro Certifications Telehealth. She is the CEO of the non-profit Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS). She has authored five telehealth textbooks, including the Telebehavioral Health: Foundations in Theory & Practice for Graduate Learners (2020); the APA-published, A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical and Evidence-Based Telepractice (2016), and Career Paths in Telemental Health (2016). Her insights will help you not only get started, but thrive with legal and ethical telehealth.


PESI Offers 12 CE hours — but this offer is no longer free.

Digital Seminar – Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training

If you follow the link below you can register for 12.5 hours of continuing training for using telehealth from PESI, a nonprofit continuing education provider.

The Ohio Board of Psychology rules require training/consultation in telepsychology if you choose to use that option to conduct sessions and this is an opportunity for you to get that training for free. Many courts, jails and other agencies are pursuing telepsych arrangements and this could become more the norm than the exception even after the Covid-19 crisis is over.

The course is taught by:

Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC-TMH a licensed clinical professional counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider and the owner/founder of COPE Counseling Services, LLC. She uses telemental health to assist individuals, couples and families with everyday coping in areas such as relationship, depression, suicide, and general coping skills. She is a Board-certified Telemental Health Provider with years of experience seeing clients using distance counseling. Her counseling centers specialize in treatment for both adults and children. Joni is also experienced as a clinical counselor supervising a mental health staff within a hospital setting and within her clinical practice. She regularly uses distance counseling to work with diverse populations in multiple states. She is licensed as a mental health professional in Illinois and Florida while presently residing in Florida.

Financial: Joni Gilbertson is owner of COPE Counseling Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Non-financial: Joni Gilbertson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Also, under the circumstances, your agency’s forensic director will likely* “count” this training as forensic CE hours particularly given the current circumstances. The directors are offering this and several other training opportunities as an option for getting the annual training hours we are missing due to cancelation of the 2020 Ohio Forensic Directors’ forensic conference. 

PESI is also an approved provider for OPA. 

To register, you must first create an account with Then you can come back to this link to find the telehealth course and register for it. When you get to the checkout, enter “telefree” in the apply coupon here box. Then finish checking out (it takes a few more times at confirming check out).

If you are already a user – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*Check with your forensic director ahead of time and then, don’t forget to turn in your certificate of completion to your agency’s forensic director (if applicable).



BH Telehealth Training Webinars

BH Telehealth Training Webinars – April 1-2, 2020
The Ohio Department of Medicaid and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will hold two identical webinar trainings on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 to provide technical assistance regarding the delivery of behavioral health services via telehealth. Both trainings will cover identical content and will be recorded and posted to the website along with the training slides.

Two identical sessions are being offered to allow maximum participation of interested stakeholders and sufficient time for questions and discussion. After registering for either webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. PLEASE NOTE: Each session is limited to 500 participants. In order to make sure all interested stakeholders can participate, ODM and OhioMHAS ask stakeholders to register for only one session.

In the interim, please familiarize yourselves with behavioral health telehealth resources posted at, under “Special Considerations for COVID-19 Emergency.”



In the interim, please familiarize yourselves with behavioral health telehealth resources posted at, under “Special Considerations for COVID-19 Emergency.”

Guidance for Specialty Docket Programs 
The Supreme Court of Ohio has compiled a variety of resources offering guidance to local court systems, including specialty docket programs, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Click Here to View Court-Specific Resources