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- Association Code of Ethics and Ethics Resources
- Children & Teen Resources
- Continuing Education for Therapists
- Credit Card Processing for Therapists
- Mental Health Forums
- Insurance Billing Resources for Therapists
- Liability Insurance for Therapists
- Magazines for Therapists
- Marriage & Relationship Resources
- Online Appointment Scheduling Resources
- Private Practice Resources
- Psychology Research Resources
- Psychology Tests
- Software for Therapists
Association Code of Ethics and Ethics Resources
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is a professional association setting standards for ethical practices in the field of marriage and family therapy. The interests of over 50,000 professional marriage and family therapists in the United States, Canada and throughout the world are represented. They provide information and resources on: accreditation, consumer updates, minority fellowships, MFT requirements, directories (for supervision courses, licensing boards, therapists, MFT training programs), education and training, events (including an annual conference), MFT career resources, legal and ethics issues, clinical issues, research, the Family Therapy Magazine, Advocacy (state, federal, and private level), and memberships to serve the public, clinical professionals, associates, and students.
The American Counseling Association was founded in 1952 and is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of growing and enhancing the counseling profession through leadership training, publications, continuing education, and advocacy for approximately 45,000 members. The ACA has become one of the world’s largest associations representing professional counselors by promoting the development of professional counseling with an emphasis on setting ethical standards. The ACA offers publications, DVD’s and educational materials, counselor news, licensure and certification information, a podcast series, web blogs, directories, student resources, professional development, online learning, a library and press rooms, public policy issues and reports, career center opportunities, and annual conferences.
The American Psychological Association Ethics Code is a guide for psychologists, setting standards of professional conduct by those organizations, including the APA, who wish to adopt them. The ethics in the code are the standards for practicing members of the psychology community to follow. Behaviors that are deserving of a punitive response are also identified within the code. The code includes an introduction, a preamble, five general principles, specific ethical standards, and sections on clinical practice, research and publication. Within these sections are discussion on intent, organization, procedures, and the scope of application for the code, with an overall intent leading to aspiring goals for psychologists and high ideals for psychology.
The National Association of Social Workers, a 145,000 member organization of professional social workers, advances and enhances social policies, professional growth and development, and professional standards. The NASW code of ethics is a guide for professional conduct of social workers and for dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas in social work practice. The NASW provides publications, an online encyclopedia, books, journals, continuing education, webinars, advocacy, legislative and media rooms, resources for students and research, and membership benefits.
Judith Barr’s book is dedicated to healing the abuse of power and raising awareness about the existence of abuse in therapy. The existence of abuse and need for healing is evident from stories told by clients and colleagues about therapists who have misused their power in a variety of ways. The website provides audio/video presentations, articles, quotes, endorsements, home study courses, newsletters, a blog, and more.
The Right Use of Power program, developed by Cedar Barstow, includes topics such as the dynamics of power, styles, parameters, self-caring, shamefulness, the limits of positive intentions, power paradox, internal soul work and global service. The website contains an informational section, online course section, workshops section, and resources section.
TELL is a resource, referral, and networking organization that seeks to help victims and survivors of exploitation by psychotherapists and other healthcare providers find the support and resources they will need to understand what has happened to them, take action, and heal.
The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy is a nonprofit membership association supporting the practice and advancement of the art, science, and practice of body psychotherapy. The ethical guidelines set forth the principles and standards which guide the practice of the body psychotherapy profession. General principles include adherence for professional codes, social responsibility, concern for people’s welfare, respect for rights and dignity, scientific and professional competence, and integrity. The website includes information about body psychotherapy, membership, locator services, conferences, the USABP Journal, leadership, links, a job bank, and more.
Ethics for Therapists and Counselors
Information from GoodTherapy.org supporting the importance of understanding ethics and ethical guidelines in Psychotherapy. Provides links to ethical codes including AAMFT, APA, ACA, NASW, and USABP for consumers and professionals to understand the difference between ethical and unethical behavior in psychotherapy.
Children & Teen Resources
Therapy for Children
Information on Child Therapy provided by GoodTherapy.org.
Continuing Education for Therapists
AATBS, The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences, is committed to delivering dynamic educational content to mental health professionals based on the latest conceptual paradigms in their field. AATBS offers a variety of courses applicable to mental health professionals with strong emphasis on the EPPP, MFT, ASWB, CPSE, and NCE licensing examinations in addition to continuing education.
More than half a million mental health professionals have benefited from the educational content and strategies offered by AATBS for over 35 years. Our commitment to helping mental health professionals pass their licensing exams is complimented by our wide-scale CE offerings. New courses are in constant development as AATBS is committed to making the professional learning experience both practical and relevant. CE course material and content is easily distilled into actionable knowledge applicable to the workplace. AATBS is proud to be of service to mental health professionals who contribute to the health and well-being of their communities nation-wide.
CSPP/Alliant International University is CE program offering online classes delivered by instructors with voice, slides, and video. CSPP/Alliant International University is the distance education partner of the California Psychological Association. Courses provided by CSPP/Alliant International University include writing workshops, addiction and addiction related topics, laws and ethics around therapy practices, post-combat issues, and more. In addition to online continuing education opportunities, Alliant also offers many traditional classroom style curriculums at six of their campus locations.
Aspira Continuing Education provides top quality online courses for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors and Clinical Social Workers. Aspira CE’s courses are approved by several boards covering both state and national approvals allowing Aspira CE to offer their courses across the United States. Our FAQ page has a table to quickly determine if Aspira CE is approved for your license in your state. Aspira CE offers a 20% discount to all members of GoodTherapy.org. Just become a member of GoodTherapy.org to receive the discount code and instructions. For those just visiting, you can receive a 10% discount by using the code “GTVisitor”. Aspira CE’s customer service is second to none. Visit Aspira Continuing Education at www.aspirace.com today!
Commonwealth Seminars offers home study continuing education courses and CE accreditation for organizations and individuals. GoodTherapy.org members can receive a 25% discount on any of their Home Study programs. Simply click the link and order any course that interests you. At the check-out box type GoodTherapy in the “Voucher” box and click on “Recalculate” for a discount. Sarahlee Perel, LICSW and Bob Daly founded Commonwealth Educational Seminars in 1993. After 22 years in private practice, and many continuing education experiences, they felt the desire to make continuing education courses more stimulating, engaging and relevant to participants. Today, the dedication to providing continuing education opportunities from carefully selected, informed, interesting and easy to interact with presenters, is the cornerstone for this successful online continuing education company.
Join the mindfulness movement and connect with a community of health professionals, experts and thought leaders. Learn new and emerging strategies for integrating mindfulness, meditation and dharma practices into life and work while earning CE’s by attending one of our mindfulness conferences.
The iNLP Center offers internationally recognized NLP certification and personal development programs. All programs are taught online and through live consulting sessions or webinars. The iNLP Center is the only NLP institute that offers customized one-on-one NLP training and certification for busy professionals. One-on-one NLP training involves online audio, video and workbooks plus individual training sessions conducted via Skype video. Case studies and NLP supervision are integrated into the training to create real world, therapeutic NLP skills.
The iNLP Center is directed by Mike Bundrant, a mental health counselor, international NLP trainer and host of the popular Natural News Radio show, Mental Health Exposed. With over 20 years experience in the field Mike has been trained in multiple therapeutic modalities and worked with a wide variety of mental health populations.
Members of GoodTherapy.org receive 10% off any iNLP training. Just mention Good Therapy when you contact the iNLP Center.
The Center for Internet Addiction Recovery assesses and treats Internet Addiction for clients and families. Founded by Dr. Kimberly Young, the center provides family, couples, and individual counseling and therapy sessions. The site also provides testing tools, articles, and educational resources to learn more about the impact of Internet addiction and ways to treat this growing mental health issue. The center also provides Continuing Education and home study courses for therapists wishing to learn more about how to evaluate and treat Internet addiction.
Psychotherapy Networker, originally an exclusive print magazine for therapy related topics and therapy practices, has won many awards and honors over the years. Most recent was its inclusion on the list of the top 50 magazines in the United States. This recognition came from The Chicago Tribune in 2006. Not only has the print magazine grown and evolved over the past 25 years into a recognized authority in the Psychotherapy field, but their annual Symposium, a conference drawing thousands of therapists to Washington DC has also become a go to spot for education, demonstrations, information and innovations presented by notable names in the field.
The Glendon Association offers CE courses and webinars on topics including relationships/parenting, suicide, violence, and Voice Therapy. Dr. Lisa Firestone actively lectures on behalf of Glendon Association. Glendon.org supports a mission to save lives and enhancing mental health through addressing social issues related to suicide, child abuse, violence and other problematic issues occurring in relationships. The ways in which Glendon Association supports their mission includes research on these and other topics as well as through public outreach and workshops. Glendon Association’s leadership is supported by Robert Firestone, PhD and Lisa Firestone, PhD, both of whom are accomplished psychologists, lecturers and authors on topics around Voice Therapy, suicide, child rearing and other important issues.
The Wellness Inventory is a Whole Person Assessment Program created by HealthWorld Online. The program provides an opportunity to learn coaching skills to help create change in people’s lives through a 14-week course using the Wellness Inventory, an online assessment tool focusing on 12 key dimensions of wellness. This approach stems from a whole-person approach and looks at the 12 parts of wellness which when viewed together lead to a happier and more successful and balanced life. Spend time delving into love and self-responsibility, sensing, moving, breathing, working and playing, eating, feeling, thinking, communicating, finding meaning, intimacy and transcending to learn how these key components help determine a person’s state of being.
The Zur Institute, founded by Ofer Zur, PhD was brought to fruition and fueled by his passion for therapy and therapeutic practices. Dr. Zur was born and raised in Israel by a prominent psychologist mother of German decent and a Hungarian father who modeled gentleness, and sparked his interest in psychology. Dr. Zur, a well known, California based licensed psychologist, consultant, author, researcher and lecturer, is one of the forefathers in the development of ethical and effective managed care free psychotherapy practices. Today the Zur Institute offers a wide range of online and in person therapy related conference as well as providing access to online CE courses created by other leading therapists.
BehavioralHealthCE.com provides online continuing education for mental health professionals in the area of Behavioral Health. Behavioral Health is focused on integrating biomedical, behavioral, and psychosocial knowledge relevant to illness and health. Principles of behavioral health can be applied by a variety of professional mental health disciplines including counselors, social workers, psychologists, physicians, nurses, and others. BHCE holds a number of accreditation approvals including APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS (for MFT, MFCC, LCSW), CA-BRN (nursing), CA- BVMPT (vocational nursing, psychiatric technicians) and others. All courses are evidenced-based and written by expert authors in their fields. Just a few topics include pain management, motivational interviewing, ethics, hypnosis, disability management and coping, cancer survivorship, PTSD, weight loss, and healthcare collaboration. Unique to BHCE, you can view and complete any course for free and store it in your account before deciding to purchase your CE credits. Goodtherapy.org members receive a special discount on BHCE courses, which can be found in the Members Only area. Please check for the current code. The discount code can be used on as many courses as you like and is simply entered at checkout. Since all of our materials can be viewed for free, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Many clinicians will also use the materials for patient education. Please enjoy our materials atwww.BehavioralHealthCE.com.
Continuing Education for Therapists
Continuing Education teleconferences offered by GoodTherapy.org
Credit Card Processing for Therapists
First Data is one of the largest and most secure providers of merchant credit card accounts in the United States. GoodTherapy.org members receive a discounted rate. First Data has the resources to help reduce the cost of your credit card processing by delivering one of the most innovative payment solutions. Transactions are secure, fast and easy for you, so you can increase your revenue and profitability.
Mental Health Forums
GoodTherapy.org provides the #1 blog for licensed therapists and other mental health professionals. GoodTherapy.org’s therapy related blog content is a valuable collection of articles and insights provided by goodtherapy.org therapist members who use their experience and expertise to educate and inform the public about varied topics of interest. In line with GoodTherapy.org’s mission and values, these topic experts make a significant contribution to spreading researched and well written content on topics including relationships, parenting, autism, types of therapy practices, modes treated in therapy and more. Please visit our blogs to begin an informative adventure through therapy and therapy practice related issues and topics of interest.
Insurance Billing Resources for Therapists
Practica Billing provides professional insurance billing offered by a team of therapists to help other private practice therapists manage billing efficiently. A discount is available for GoodTherapy.org members. Services offered include a handful of different tools for managing your practice as a mental health practitioner. Whether it is claims, reimbursement, insurance appeals, billing, tracking, alerts, reports, statements, marketing, or others, Practica Billing can help address your issues and provide solutions to save you time and money.
Liability Insurance for Therapists
CPH and Associates is an insurance provider for therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. The focus on Mental Health specific insurance needs allows for unique and tailored programs which are easy to understand and assimilate into a therapy practice. If you like the resources available from a large insurance provider, but want the ease of dealing with a company who is knowledgeable about your niche, CPH and Associates can help. Through their website, sign up is easy and quotes are instant, making for simplified research on the topic of practice insurance. CPH & Associates offers a significant discount to GoodTherapy.org members.
Magazines for Therapists
Family Therapy Magazine is an excellent resource for Marriage and Family Therapists. The magazine has been in publication by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 2002. Circulation reaches about 25,000 mental health professionals and remains an exclusive benefit for AAMFT members. Publications focus on many issues including addiction, gangs, physical disabilities, treatments, love, medical models, training innovations, therapeutic power, operating a therapy practice, and more.
Since 1999, New Therapist magazine has been keeping mental health professionals around the world in touch with the latest developments in their field. A 33% discount is available when you subscribe online. NT Magazine is created and published bimonthly by journalists and therapists internationally, and is intended as an independent, subscription magazine for mental health practitioners interested in staying informed about the changing world of therapy. The magazine content presents a broad range of topics and issues in the therapy industry. Back issues have covered topics such as forgiveness, midlife, work, attachment, narcissism, parenting, mindfulness, boundaries, pharmaceuticals, and more.
Psychotherapy Networker is known as influential and honored publication in the field of psychotherapy. The magazine is a practical and provocative source of information about the evolution of ideas and methods in psychotherapy, covering many of the varieties of challenges of clinical practice, including views on social issues and ideas and innovations in the helping profession of psychotherapy. The PN magazine has evolved as a traditional journalistic forum for discussion and debate, to become a digital learning tool, bridging modern technology and communication resources. Topics covered in past issues include: anxiety, adolescents, brain, therapy practice, case studies, children, couples, creativity, depression, ethics, leadership, and more.
Marriage & Relationship Resources
Therapy for Relationships & Marriage
Information on Therapy for Relationships & Marriage provided by GoodTherapy.org.
Online Appointment Scheduling Resources
Private Practice Resources
Increasing Revenue and Satisfaction in Private Practice
A web conference sponsored by GoodTherapy.org – Recording available in archive for members only.
Psychology Research Resources
There are three top questions in science, according to best-selling author Brian Greene, PhD: How did life begin? How did the cosmos originate? What is the origin of consciousness? Ongoing research into the first two questions comes mainly from specialized foundations, colleges and universities, and government agencies. Research into answering the third question is funded by Mind Science Foundation. Mind Science Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit formed with an endowment from entrepreneur Thomas Baker Slick, Jr. Donations and contributions made by organizations and individuals through Mind Science Foundation, combined with the endowment from Mr. Slick, have been used to research important issues related to the human brain, and how the brain works. Mind Science Foundation has funded numerous research efforts, including projects delving into autism, semi-conscious states, Alzheimer’s, ADD and ADHD, dreaming consciousness, and many more.
The use of psychological assessments can ease clients into the therapeutic process. User-friendly questions that evaluate symptoms, feelings, cognitions and behaviors can provide individuals with a safe avenue to bring issues to light. Assessments can also track the progress of an intervention, allowing adjustments as needed.
ARCH Profile offers a variety of tests to assess issues related to mental health, relationships, and personal development. Developed by a team of psychologists and programmers, the assessments utilize Artificial Intelligence technologies to deliver precise scoring and in-depth analysis instantaneously. ARCH Profile assessments are reliable, cost-effective, well researched and developed according to APA standards for educational and psychological testing. Each test is validated on large samples and goes through rigorous statistical analyses.
For more information, visit ARCH Profile (http://archprofile.com/corporate/g/v/i/goodther). The test catalog is available athttp://www.archprofile.com/corporate/pdf/catalog_arch_profile.pdf.
Software for Therapists
DBT Diary Card is an iPhone app developed by a Duke-trained DBT psychologist to assist clients with the generalization of dialectical behavior therapy skills, aid in homework completion and tracking of behaviors and emotions throughout the week. While diary cards are an important part of any comprehensive DBT program, they require an understanding of DBT skills that may be difficult to achieve. DBT Diary Card enables its users to have ready access to skill definitions and descriptions and ideas for skill use. The app also goes into detail on emotions to help explain reasons for emotions and prompting events. The app is a comprehensive overview of all aspects of DBT to help enhance this already effective treatment. It is available on the App Store today.
LifeJournal is an innovative and interactive journal software designed for self-discovery and personal growth. In hundreds of studies, writing about meaningful emotional topics has been found to be beneficial for physical and mental health.
Writing prompts, quotes, and sound bites of wisdom spoken by journal experts, invite journal writers to explore their inner terrain. The Daily Pulse allows users to track up to 10 parameters–behavior, attitudes, and emotions–they choose. Information is cross-referenced with journal entries, so writers can detect their life patterns. A personal timeline, information about different journal techniques, search mechanisms, password-protection, and more make this journal software an engaging therapeutic tool. To learn more about this Windows software, download a free trial from our site!
Eliminate workload and focus on what really matters – being a therapist. Empathic Clinical Suite streamlines business processes by reducing administrative tasks by up to 90%. The powerful technology behind Empathic integrates a full array of clinical/business tools creating a comprehensive online system that maximizes productivity and minimizes administrative burden. Empathic Partners are given exclusive access to a personal Business Associate, under HIPAA. Sign up for Empathic’s full business service, and your Business Associate will also monitor and manage all outstanding invoices, follow up on troubled claims and watch your Financial Center to ensure expedited payments.
Here’s what one member said, “This program is going to revolutionize our profession! There are many programs that do a few things but Empathic does it all. That is what makes it so powerful.” Myrla Seibold, PhD, LP.
Empathic Clinical Suite reads your assessment, and cross analyzes the DSM-IV connecting the dots from cover to cover to return potential diagnosis you may not have considered. Whether you use Empathic’s state of the art conceptual semantic search, its old fashioned “key word” search, or, if you choose to peruse the manual by selecting categories, the book is at your fingertips and the system is literally thinking with you as you type your notes.
Administrative functions are processed immediately to ensure proper compliance with insurance billing. Complete your note, click, and in some cases, two weeks later, a check will be deposited in the bank. An audit trail allows you to track payments between your Empathic Financial Center, and your bank account. The software is simple to use, so your clinic or practice can be up and running in less than one day. Turn it on and start using it. It is that easy.
Another clinician said, “…I use to see 56 clients a month and worked 20 hours to get paid and be in compliance. Today with Empathic, I am seeing up to 130 clients per month and work 10 hours to get paid and be in compliance. I love the Empathic system!”
Empathic Clinical Suite provides state of the art technology, with access through the internet from any location, at any time.
Helper is affordable and intuitive billing, scheduling and reporting software which has been selected by over 18,000 practices nationwide. We also offer optional Electronic Medical Record, e-Claims, e-Prescribing, Online Learning, and Credit-Card Processing.
We offer comprehensive practice management for mental health professionals. Online scheduling, electronic claims, reminder calls, accounting, paperless charting, and more are made available in one integrated, intuitive, affordable package. You provide the therapy; we provide the rest! GoodTherapy.org members can use the code 45202 for two months of service for only $10. A $95 discount off of regular pricing!
DocuTrac Inc. Office Therapy® Billing Software is designed for behavioral health providers in solo and small group practices. Office Therapy simplifies the charging, billing, and insurance filing processes. With Office Therapy you can file claims electronically saving time and money. It’s an affordable system to track charges, payments, and managed care transactions, and to generate client and financial reports. Office Therapy has integrated linking capability with QuicDoc® Standard and Professional Edition Software.
For more information call 800-850-8510.
The Optimism applications are professional mood charting apps for Windows, Mac, the iPhone and online. They encourage individuals to be proactive with their mental health, by exploring the things that help them stay well, their specific triggers, and the early warning signs of a decline. Charts and reports provide a continuous feedback loop, helping them to improve their self-understanding over time. The apps are collaborative tools, providing good integration between therapists an
QuicDoc® Clinical Documentation Software provides complete documentation from intake to discharge. Simply point and click to write thorough and consistently sound clinical notes and treatment plans. QuicDoc includes outcomes assessment, client satisfaction, HIPAA compliance, and quality assurance features, as well as scheduling, reminders, custom notes, and more. Standard and Professional Editions have integrated linking capability with Office Therapy® Billing Software. QuicDoc is also available in an Enterprise Edition for large agencies. For more information call 800-850-8510.
The ONLY practice management software for Therapists that includes a professional Website, a Merchant account, Secure email, Mobile Dictation, unlimited Insurance claims and two months free first-time listing in GoodTherapy.org’s Therapy Directory for a monthly fee that is less than the average charge for one session. For a limited time, there is no Setup fee with a one year contract. 30 Days Money Back Guarantee. Discounts available for GoodTherapy.org members.
Last Update: 03-12-2012
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