NJPA CE Co-Sponsorship Criteria: Live Programs

A representative of any group or organization applying for co-sponsorship must produce a completed application at least 60 days prior to the programTHE PROGRAM MAY NOT BE ADVERTISED IN ANY FORM BEFORE IT IS APPROVED BY NJPA. You will be contacted by the NJPA CE and Event Manager, after your application is reviewed, to notify you about the status of your application.  Due to the large amount of applications received by NJPA, we cannot give an estimated time-frame for review.  Please adhere to the submission specification of 60 days prior to the program.  Applications submitted after the 60 day window will not be reviewed or considered for CE sponsorship.    

Outside groups and organizations are charged a $400 non-refundable application fee per application.  NJPA members (on behalf of an NJPA program) or NJPA affiliates are not charged an application fee. If interested in advertising and promoting an outside program with NJPA, there is $550 application/advertising package that includes the application plus a Programs/Events Advertyising Package: 30-day post in our Learning Center homepage, a post on our Calendar of Events,  plus a one-time Friday Update post (our weekly member email blast).   

NJPA Council on Continuing Educational Affairs Important Tips for Program Instructors

Part of the application requires you to include learning objectives for the program.  

Writing Behavioral Learning Objectives and Assessments  

  • Learning objectives, or learning outcomes, are statements that clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended an educational program or activity.
  • Learning objectives must be observable and measurable.
  • Learning objectives should (1) focus on the learner, (2) contain action verbs that describe measurable behaviors, and (3) focus on skills that can be applied in psychological practice or other professional environments.
  • Please refer to the Guidelines for Writing Behavioral Learning Objectives. 

Verbs to consider when writing learning objectives:
•    list, describe, recite, write
•    compute, discuss, explain, predict
•    apply, demonstrate, prepare, use
•    analyze, design, select, utilize
•    compile, create, plan, revise
•    assess, compare, rate, critique

Verbs to avoid when writing learning objectives:
•    know, understand
•    learn, appreciate
•    become aware of, become familiar with

Example of well-written learning objectives:
This workshop is designed to help you:
1.  Summarize basic hypnosis theory and technique;
2.  Observe demonstrations of hypnotic technique and phenomena;
3.  Recognize differences between acute and chronic pain;
4.  Utilize hypnosis in controlling acute pain;
5.  Apply post-hypnotic suggestions to chronic pain; and
6.  Practice hypnotic technique in dyads.  

Objective learning assessments should be written in a manner that determines whether participants learned what you planned to teach them.  The learning objectives should directly apply to the learning evaluation (i.e. learning assessment) of participants.  The evaluation (or learning assessment) should be based on the stated learning objectives of the program, and should include a focus on application of skills to the psychology practice or other professional environment.

Insufficient learning objectives       
•    Compare advantages and disadvantages of buying versus renting office space     
•    Learn to read a financial report
•    Maximize income from managed care    
•    Develop successful strategies for locating sublettors for office space    
•    Identify the professional, legal and ethical issues related to buying versus renting office space
•    Maximize case load through successful marketing    
•    Design promotions to attract the self-pay clientele    

    Acceptable learning objectives
•    List three regulatory issues concerning electronic medical records and billing systems
•    Negotiate contracts for managed care services  which maximize patient care
•    Analyze and minimize confidentiality concerns involving shared office space
•    Create ethically sound marketing tools and techniques
•    Provide effective client advocacy to third party payors

Note:  Insufficient learning objectives successfully articulate the advantages that might accrue to the practitioner, but do not extend these to underscore their value to the clients or the broader society that may follow from the knowledge gains associated with this program.  Acceptable learning objectives, by comparison, clearly identify the broader contributions that might support the welfare of the consumer and the society by addressing ethical and regulatory implications associated with successful business practice. 

Promotional materials 
CE promotional materials must contain accurate and complete information for potential program participants.  Promotional material must demonstrate careful consideration of ethical principles (e.g., content of presentation, credentials of presenters, facilities, conduct of the activity, etc.).  Clear statements must be provided on policies and practice relevant to cancellations and refunds.  A method for obtaining information about your program must be clear (e.g. providing a phone number to call for further information).   

Affiliates and Outside Groups are required to upload a copy of your marketing flyer to your Co-Sponsorship application.  Your flyer MUST include the following information (your application will be denied if these requirements are not adhered to). 

1.  Organization Logo and/or name
2.  Title of Program
3.  Date of Program
4.  Venue address
5.  Activity Schedule including registration, meals, and breaks (ex: Registration and Breakfast 8:00 am - 8:30 am; Program 8:30 am - 9:30 am)
6.  Number of continuing education credits
7.  List of presenters and professional credentials (e.g. relevant professional degree, current professional position and area of expertise)
8.  Program narrative - use this section to fully explain program content
9.  Learning Objectives - should clearly define what the participant will know or be able to do as a result of having attended the program.  These objectives must be stated in measurable terms.
 
Example: 
a.  Accurately analyze four ways telepsychology can be integrated into your psychotherapy practice as measured by personal self-assessment.
b.  Recognize the six key aspects of the New Jersey telepsychology law (i.e. what telepsychology is, who can perform services, how and when services can be provided, informed consent, appropriate professional relationship, and confidentiality) as measured by self-assessment.
c.  Implement the six key provisions of the NJ telepsychology law to practice issues, such as informed consent, assessment, documentation, medical records review, and security as measured by application to a professional case. 
10.  Target audience - ex. psychologists, graduate students, mental health providers
11.  Program sophistication - ex. introductory, no prior knowledge of the specific topic is required
12.  Identification of conflicts of interest and commercial support - please use this section to identify any potential conflicts of interest and/or commercial support
13.  Proprietary information - include this language on all promotional materials:  NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs.  No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.
14.  Americans with Disabilities Act - (please use this language on your marketing material) Accommodations are available upon request.  Requests must be made at lest 14 days prior to the event.  Please contact (enter contact name) for more details.
15.  Cost of program
16.  Refund policy
17.  Any additional fees
18.  Disclaimer - (must appear on all printed materials)  This workshop is sponsored by NJPA.  NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

In order to have your proposed program considered for CE approval, the following criteria must be met.  You will be asked to complete this information on the submission form found hereThe form MUST BE SUBMITTED TO US AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR to the event date.  If you are unable to complete the form in one sitting, you can come back to it at any time.  You would access the form again through the "Access the application here" link below.  It will populate the information you previously filled out on the form.

Check List:
__ Contact Information
__ Program Title/Date/Time
__ Presenter Name(s)
__ Identification of Type of Activity: Workshop | Lecture Series | Conference | Session
__ Identification of Number of Continuing Education Credits Requested
__ Identification of Program Level of Learning Beyond the completion of a Doctoral Degree: Introductory | Intermediate | Advanced
__ Identification of Target Audience
__ Program Narrative
__ Learning Objectives
__ Evidence of Involvement of Psychologist
__ Instructor Curriculum Vitae
__ Evidence-Based Approach
__ References in APA Format (at least 3 in the last 10 years) 
__ Diversity Requirements - Diversity references: APA requires that CE programs address diversity issues or discuss the absence of literature about this issue. Presenters are expected to engage in a search for literature on how diversity impacts their program. Click here to review a link on diversity research.  For clinical presentations: What client populations have presenter(s) worked with? Specify (e.g. race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, SES, ability status, immigrant, ethnicity, language, other). For research presentations: What populations is research based on? Specify (e.g. race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, SES, ability status, immigrant, ethnicity, language, other). For presentations focused on ethical or legal standards: Address how standards can be perceived differently and impact different populations.
__ Accuracy and Utility of the Materials Presented
__ Identification of Proprietary Information
__ Identification of Conflicts of Interest and Commercial Support
__ Confidentiality
__ Disclaimer to Attendees (If deemed necessary)
__ Presentation of Promotional Materials
__ Additional information
__ Signature

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