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ce corner Record keeping for APA’s guidelines help psychologists steer through the sometimes murky waters of how best to document and protect patient information. B Y D R . C Y NT HIA S T U RM practitioners Welcome to ‘CE Corner’ “Ce Corner” is a quarterly continuing education article offered by the APA office of Ce in Psychology. this feature will provide you with updates on critical developments in psychology, drawn from peer-reviewed literature and written by leading psychology experts. “Ce Corner” appears in the February, April, July/August and november issues of the Monitor. to earn Ce credit, after you read this article, purchase the online test at Upon successful completion of the test (a score of 75 percent or higher), you can print your Ce certificate immediately. APA will immediately send you a “Documentation of Ce” certificate. the test fee is $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. the APA office of Ce in Psychology retains responsibility for the program. For more information, call (800) 374-2721, ext. 5991. overview CE credits: 1 Exam items: 10 Learning objectives: 1) Identify various APA resources that can guide sound record-keeping practices. 2) Discuss the key issues in establishing a record disposition plan in case of unanticipated illness, disability or death. ave your record-keeping practices changed along with advances in technology? Do you exchange protected health information via fax, email, or text messaging? Are you collaborating with other professionals from different disciplines? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to seek advice from APA’s Record Keeping Guidelines. A clear, well-organized record-keeping system is essential for psychologists who provide treatment, psychotherapy, assessment and consultation services. But setting up such systems can be challenging. For one, psychologists need to strike the fine balance between the need to maintain client privacy and confidentiality and the need to communicate with insurers, other treating professionals and larger health systems. Psychologists’ records must also adhere to state and federal laws. M o n i t o r o n p s y c h o l o g y • F e b ru a ry 2 0 1 2 H 70

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - February 2012

Monitor on Psychology - February 2012
President’s column
From the CEO
APA files two briefs in support of same-sex couples
New registry seeks to understand addiction recovery through ‘crowdsourcing’
APA launches a database of tests and measures
Watch for new member benefit: “APA Access”
Apply now for APA’s Advanced Training Institutes
PsycTHERAPY, APA’s new database, brings therapy demos to life
In Brief
APA scientists help guide tobacco regulation
A-mazing research
‘A machine for jumping to conclusions’
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Righting the imbalance
The beginnings of mental illness
Science Directions
Improving disorder classification, worldwide
Protesting proposed changes to the DSM
Interventions for at-risk students
Harnessing the wisdom of the ages
Anti-bullying efforts ramp up
Hostile hallways
R U friends 4 real?
Support for teachers
Speaking of Education
Record keeping for practitioners
Going green
At the intersection of law and psychology
Division Spotlight
Grants help solve society’s problems

Monitor on Psychology - February 2012