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The Psychotherapy Documentation Primer

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To complete this course for credit, your exam must be successfully completed by Jun 10, 2021.

This course was updated 18 days ago. If you're about to take the exam, you may benefit from reviewing the exam questions listed below before starting on the actual exam.

About the Course:

Everything a therapist needs to know to record client intake, treatment, and progress. It fully incorporates the latest managed care, accrediting agency, and government regulations.

Note: This is for the 2nd edition. The 4th edition is due to be released in December 2020. An updated course will be published when the 4th edition is released.

This course is based on the book, The Psychotherapy Documentation Primer created by Donald E. Wiger, Ph.D. in 2005.

Publication Date:

2nd Edition, 2005

Course Material Author

Donald E. Wiger, Ph.D.

Dr. Wiger, a psychologist, runs a large mental health clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is an adjunct professor at Argosy University, The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He is the author of numerous books.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about clinical record keeping. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the purpose and steps involved in conducting a biopsychosocial assessment

  2. Discuss current documentation procedures and third-party requirements

  3. Provide an effective mental status exam

  4. Describe important aspects of the diagnostic interview

  5. Discuss aspects of “good” treatment plans and “bad” treatment plans

  6. Discuss what constitutes a “good” progress note

  7. Describe the process for documenting the need for additional services

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

6 credit hours

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