Dear KAPA member,
We are excited to provide information about this year's Fall Psychiatric Symposium. The KAPA Board has been working all year with the Fall Psychiatric Symposium planning committee to bring you an impressive lineup of speakers and programs for the 3-day symposium in November. We have been negotiating the changing scene of COVID along the way and have decided that this year's Symposium will be virtual. The Symposium presentations will be pre-recorded, with a 15-minute Q&A session at the end of each segment.
Due to APA guidelines for Type I CE credits, we will not be able to offer Type I CE credits for your participation in this year's Symposium. The CE credits obtained through KAPA for participation at the Symposium will be Type II CE credits. Under normal circumstances, Type II CE credits obtained via the internet are not eligible to fulfill the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, based on consultation with the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology, KAPA has confirmed that the requirement for live, in-person CEs has been suspended through the end of this year. Therefore, the Type II credits you receive from this year's Fall Psychiatric Symposium will count toward your Type II requirements for license renewal.
SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
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RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE
APA ensures psychologists have access to PPE through Amazon:
Following talks between APA and Amazon leadership, Amazon quickly made resources available to all licensed psychologists.https://www.apaservices.org/practice/clinic/psychologists-ppe-amazon
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Reopening Tennessee Responsibly
ACCESS the Tennessee Guidelines HERE
APA Guide to Resuming Practice
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FROM TPA President Dr. Gina Delgardo:
The founders of the Mental Health Active Response Team (MHART) know that mental health professionals across the State of Tennessee have been wanting to reach out and help during this pandemic. We know that the stress on front line health care workers and first responders could have significant mental health consequences. MHART (501c3 pending) was created to address these two needs. By partnering with the State of Tennessee and through the support of various mental health professional organizations, MHART will provide a statewide Emotional Support Line for front line health care workers and first responders that is staffed by volunteer mental health professionals.
You can help, by putting aside a few hours a week to offer phone support to front line healthcare workers who are feeling the stress of putting their and their family’s health and life at risk, while working in difficult conditions. As a mental health provider, you are skilled at offering the support these individuals need. MHART will be using a simple phone app to allow volunteers to take voice calls on their cell phone or computer, in their office or from their home. MHART has also developed a short training video for volunteers and a quick guide for the phone app.
Mental Health Active Response Team Board of Directors
Lizzie Harrigan, Amanda Stone, Gina DelGardo, Cynthia Lucas, Cathryn Yarbrough
THERAPY VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED:
From the Tennessee Psychological Association:
Front-line health care workers are facing tremendous challenges as they work to treat and contain COVID-19. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in being included in a referral database of TN based community providers with availability and willingness to provide telehealth services to front-line medical staff from Vanderbilt University, and other hospitals across the state.
SURVEY LINK: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=Y8FP99FMDM
News from the Tennessee
KAPA programs are presented at the post-doctoral introductory level. The program's content is designed for psychologists who may have little or no background in the content area but who can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of the content area.
Continuing Education Presentation:
September 29th (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm
(Virtual Meeting via Zoom)
Brittany McCafferty, Ph.D.
This new KAPA website in designed to provide a usable interactive home space, connecting members to the organization, the leadership, and each other.
The site has been introduced in accordance to the 2020 KAPA board of director's intention to facilitate knowledge and community for East Tennessee psychologists.
Look around, and see what's new!
MESSAGE FROM KAPA PRESIDENT
Meeting the Needs for Telepsychology
Dear KAPA Members:
As you are likely aware, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an order declaring “a state of emergency exists to facilitate the response to COVID-19,” which includes provisions related to licensure: Executive Order
Partially in response to this order, KAPA is now receiving more questions than ever regarding use of remote telecommunication for the provision of psychotherapy consistent with social distancing efforts.
KAPA aims to provide some guidance regarding the legal and technological issues involved in providing Teletherapy, in order that our members can maintain continuity of care with their patients.
See our News section for updated resources regarding the pandemic, Telehealth, and related issues. For example, you can find a link to the American Psychological Association (APA) website regarding the new APA guidelines for telepsychology and new resources for psychologists to use:
APA Telepsychology Guidelines: https://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/telepsychology
1) Informed Consent Telepsychology Checklist. [For use in your clinical record. Please add your own letterhead.]
2) Office & Technology Preparation Checklist. [For reference to prepare your office and practice for telehealth.]
JUST RELEASED (3/17/20: Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet
D. Malcolm Spica, Ph.D.
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