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The Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is a regional affiliate of the Tennessee Psychological Association. As an organization, our mission is to advance psychology as a profession and a science, to promote the mental health of our community, and to further the education of its members by offering continuing education.


The Tennessee Psychological Association has arranged an online presentation (TWO meeting times offered) to inform TN psychologists about providing Teletherapy during the national state of emergency.

From the TPA Leadership Team (3/16/20):

TPA is presenting this Zoom meeting as an informal educational service to our psychological community, and not as an endorsement of any specific product or service.  Please use this opportunity to learn more about the ethical use of telehealth.  As this is informational only, CE is NOT being offered. 

There are two options being offered:

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:00pm CST/6:00pm EST and

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:00pm CST/1:00pm EST 

The Zoom invitations can be found below.

Topic: Telehealth Information Session-Option 1

Time: Mar 19, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 829 709 171


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Topic: Telehealth Information Session-Option 2

Time: Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 358 533 690


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News from the American Psychological Association  

American Psychological Association
Office of CE Sponsor Approval

MARCH 13, 2020


Dear Colleague:

With the recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we are aware that many sponsors have chosen not to offer in-person programs. As such, we are writing to offer you guidance and provide clarification in regard to your CE Sponsor Approval through the American Psychological Association.

Understanding your CE approval status and whether you have homestudy options:

Live: Distance Learning

As a first point of clarification, ​all organizations currently approved to offer live programs for CE credit through APA CE Sponsor Approval may offer live, remote programs (e.g., virtual meeting/webinar), so long as there is an opportunity for interaction with an instructor in real time. Accordingly, live interactive programs are not considered "homestudy".

If you would like to offer homestudy programs but your organization is not currently approved to offer homestudy programs, please see the below "Co-sponsorship for Homestudy Programs" section. Should your organization wish to apply to APA for homestudy approval, 
you can do this outside of your regular renewal cycle if you have at least one year remaining on your approval status. Applications can be submitted during Spring and Fall cycles - the next available cycle is for Fall 2020, and the application deadline is July 30, 2020.

Note. Applications for the Fall cycle will not receive a decision prior to September 2020.

Asynchronous: Homestudy Approval

Only organizations currently approved to offer homestudy programs for CE credit through APA CE Sponsor Approval may offer programs in which there is no opportunity for interaction with the instructor in real time.

Co-sponsorship for Homestudy Programs

If you would like to offer homestudy programs in the immediate/near future, but do not have homestudy approval, one option is to seek co-sponsorship with an approved CE sponsor who has received homestudy approval. There are unique and necessary components that must be met to ensure delivery of quality continuing education for homestudy programs (e.g., post-tests and appropriate systems to verify attendance), and you can find sponsors who have met these requirements in the list of currently approved sponsors here. For more information on homestudy requirements, please see Standard E: Program Evaluation (Educational and Technical Assistance) and Standard F: Standards for Awarding Credit.
As a note of clarification, please be aware that co-sponsorship is the act of mutually planning an activity, and is not to be construed as lending or transferring approval status. Our office does not permit sponsors to provide approval status to others by, for example, reviewing a program or organization and then stating that it is, in turn, approved by APA. More information about this can be found in Standard B: Program Management of the Standards and Criteria

As a final important note, please be advised that we strongly encourage all sponsors to submit any upcoming payments through the Online Application System (CESA OAS). Remember, it is good practice to login to the OAS consistently to check the status of your organization.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our office at We appreciate your patience as there may be some delay in our response to your communication.

Wishing you good health,

Office of CE Sponsor Approval

    News from the Tennessee

    Psychological Association:

TPA is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. 

Based on questions asked and information received, we wanted to share the following information at this time: 

First, we are aware that many active patients may be unexpectedly leaving the state due to quarantine, travel restrictions, etc. We’ve been asked whether Tennessee licensed practitioners will be able to offer telehealth services to patients leaving the state.

We consulted with ASPPB and they are trying to find out which states have declared emergencies, what is in their state of emergency, and if it includes a suspension of the rules/laws to allow for interjurisdictional telepsych electronic practice.  But as of now, they recommend contacting each state to see what their laws and regulations are pertaining to telepsych. Here is a link to the ASPPB website for the email address to all states.

Second, and of additional note, the following order was signed by Governor Lee regarding Tennessee’s response, including some previsions related to licensure that members may find of interest: Click here to see signed order.

Third, TPA Board of Directors is monitoring the situation and is making provisions in case the April Trust workshop needs to be moved to an online format. Additional information will be forthcoming as soon as we know something.

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:

June 30th (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm

(Postponed from 4/21/20 due to public health concerns)


Mark McGrail, M.D. &

Brittany McCafferty, Ph.D.

  • Substance use disorders, and especially opioid use disorder, have been declared a public health emergency by multiple organizations.  Patient with these diseases access the healthcare system through a variety of mechanisms and nearly all specialties of medicine.  It is imperative that providers across the spectrum of healthcare understands the basics of addiction medicine and, if not assuming the role as treatment provider, be able to assist patients who desire access to care for substance use disorders.  This presentation will provide an overview of addiction medicine, from diagnosis to screening to treatment, and enable the viewer to appropriately address the patient who presents with this disease.


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!


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.

As can be seen on this page, the Tennessee Psychological Association (TPA) leadership, has arranged an online meeting (via Zoom) telehealth vendor TherapyApp to share expertise in the appropriate and ethical uses of telepsychology and to answer questions you may have: "TELEHEALTH INFORMATION SESSION."

This is a free meeting for all licensees in Tennessee. You can attend on either 3/19/20 or 3/24/20. Please use this opportunity to learn more about the ethical use of telehealth.

In addition, see the American Psychological Association (APA) website regarding the new APA guidelines for telepsychology and new resources for psychologists to use:

APA Telepsychology Guidelines:

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.

KAPA President


Dr. Savanna Shepherd

Behavioral Health Institute 

Ten Questions with Dr. Shepherd

Member benefits

  Stay up to date with scientific advancements of psychology through web articles and continuing education presentations.

  Partner with your peers in our active community to coordinate patient care and about research and professional opportunities.

  Enjoy discounts to attend the 23rd fall Psychiatric Symposium of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee.

  When available, meals for KAPA Continuing Education presentations are no extra charge.

  Come see friends and connect!


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Knoxville, TN, 37950
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