International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Annual Meeting Update on Expanded Continuing Education Credit for Professionals

Posted 1 July 2003 in StressPoints by Danny Kaloupek and Nicki Patti

Continuing education credit will be available for many professional disciplines at the 19th ISTSS annual meeting, including some that were not served in the past. Boston University School of Medicine and ISTSS are the joint sponsors for continuing medical education (CME) credits, while ISTSS and The Institute for Continuing Education are the joint sponsors for all other available CE credits. Because these are new partnerships, some arrangements have changed from last year. Be sure to check below for information on your discipline.

CME arrangements for physicians and psychiatrists remain relatively unchanged, but the certificate will now be issued by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). The BUSM Department of Continuing Medical Education maintains accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and ensures that all of the educational programs they sponsor comply with ACCME policies. Danny Kaloupek, PhD, a faculty member at BUSM and ISTSS board member, is CME course director.

The new co-sponsorship agreement with The Institute for Continuing Education expands the menu of other CE offerings as outlined below.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program.

Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for national certified counselors. The Institute for Continuing Education adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines. NBCC Provider No. 5643.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for continuing education by The Association of State Social Work Boards (ASSWB), through the Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE). The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASSWB Provider No. 1007.

Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation: Social Work License: 159-000606.
Ohio Board of Counselor/Social Work: Provider No. RCS 030001.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences: Provider PCE 636.
Florida Board: BAP #255.

Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education activities by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Marriage/Family Therapist Provider No. 168000108.

Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Alabama Board of Nursing, Provider No. 1124; and the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. CEP 12646. Nurses should contact their state board to determine if approval of this program through the Alabama and California Board of Nursing is acceptable for continuing educaiton in their state.

Alcohol/Drug: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. NAADAC Provider No. 000243.

Any annual meeting attendee can apply for a continuing education certificate for a fee of $35 for ISTSS members and $70 for nonmembers. To sign-up for CME or CE credit, check the appropriate box on the annual meeting registration form or register and pay on site. You may not register for credit after November 1, 2003. Applicants are required to sign-in/sign-out daily at the CE desk on site, and complete an evaluation packet.

For questions on nonmedical continuing education credit, call The Institue for Continuing Education: 251-990-5030; FAX: 251-990-2665; e-mail: instconted@aol.com.

Otherwise, contact Nicki Patti, ISTSS education manager, at 847-480-9028, ext. 214, or e-mail education@istss.org.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Boston University School of Medicine and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 26 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

Target Audience
This meeting is appropriate for advocates, attorneys, counselors, educators, journalists/media experts, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, policy-makers, psychiatrists, social workers and students interested in traumatic stress.

Educational Needs
This meeting provides a forum to learn about new lines of study and breakthroughs in knowledge and interventions regarding traumatic stress and its impacts. It provides up to date and intellectually sound information on which to base professional work to assist individuals and communities that have been affected by traumatic stress.

Educational Objectives
As a result of attending the meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and apply to their professional work the results of recent and ongoing studies of the effects of traumatic stress on children, adults and communities.
  • Apply new inforamtion about the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress disorders to their professional work
  • Describe one difference in etiology and one difference in the clinical symptoms that distinguish the complex forms of PTSD from posttraumatic stress disorder as defined by the American Psychiatric Assocation’s Diagnostic and Statistisical Manual.