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Louisiana Psychologists Continuing Education and

License Renewal Information

Louisiana-licensed psychologists have an annual license


renewal with a July 31st deadline. Continuing education
is due by June 30th every two years (even/odd license
number even/odd years). Thirty (30) continuing
education hours are required every two years in order to
renew a license, and there are no limits on home study if
APA-approved. Two (2) hours of ethics or forensics are
required for renewal.

Psychology
Louisiana Board of Examiners of Psychologists
View the Board Website
Phone: 225-925-6511
CE Required: 30 hours every 2 years
Home Study Allowed: No limit if APA approved
License Expiration: 7/31, annually CE due 6/30 every 2 years (even/odd license # even/odd years)
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: 2 hours ethics or forensics required for renewal

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to


sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains
responsibility for this program and its content.

Information obtained from the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Psychologists on April 27, 2015.

Continuing Education Courses for Psychologists:

Animal Assisted Therapy is a 2-hour online CE course. In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) the humananimal bond is utilized to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult
to engage in verbal therapies. AAT is considered an emerging therapy at this time, and more research is
needed to determine the effects and confirm the benefits. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of
research and case studies that illustrate the considerable therapeutic potential of using animals in
therapy. AAT has been associated with improving outcomes in four areas: autism-spectrum symptoms,
medical difficulties, behavioral challenges, and emotional well-being. This course is designed to provide
therapists, educators, and caregivers with the information and techniques needed to begin using the
human-animal bond successfully to meet individual therapeutic goals. This presentation will focus
exclusively on Animal Assisted Therapy and will not include information on other similar or related
therapy.

The Use of Humor in Therapy is a 2 hour online CE course. Should therapists and counselors use humor
as a therapeutic technique? If so, should they be formally trained in those procedures before their
implementation? This course will review the risks and benefits of using humor in therapy and the
relevant historical controversies of this proposal. The paucity of rigorous empirical research on the
effectiveness of this form of clinical intervention is exceeded only by the absence of any training for
those practitioners interested in applying humor techniques. In this course a representative sample of
its many advocates recommendations to incorporate humor in the practice of psychological therapies is
reviewed. Therapeutic humor is defined, the role of therapists personal qualities is discussed, and
possible reasons for the professions past resistance to promoting humor in therapy are described.
Research perspectives for the evaluation of humor training are presented with illustrative examples of
important empirical questions still needing to be answered.

Building Resilience in your Young Client is a 3-hour online CE course. It has long been observed that
there are certain children who experience better outcomes than others who are subjected to similar
adversities, and a significant amount of literature has been devoted to the question of why this disparity
exists. Research has largely focused on what has been termed resilience. Health professionals are
treating an increasing number of children who have difficulty coping with 21st century everyday life.
Issues that are hard to deal with include excessive pressure to succeed in school, bullying, divorce, or
even abuse at home. This course provides a working definition of resilience and descriptions of the
characteristics that may be associated with better outcomes for children who confront adversity in their
lives. It also identifies particular groups of children most notably those with developmental challenges
and learning disabilities who are most likely to benefit from resilience training. The bulk of the course
presented in two sections offers a wide variety of resilience interventions that can be used in
therapy, school, and home settings.