Continuing Education and Co-Sponsorship

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The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) may decide to co-sponsor a program with an outside organization. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing Education (CE) credit for psychologists.  Credit will be earned for participation only in CE activities that have specific learning objectives and that evaluate the extent of learning that has taken place according to those objectives for the purpose of providing feedback to the sponsor.  The awarding of CE credit is based on participation in an evaluated learning activity with specific stated learning objectives.  One credit is awarded for each hour of the CE activity.  As an APA-approved sponsor of CE for psychologists, NJPA must adhere to established criteria in offering CE programs and must require the same of any institutions or presenters who seek co-sponsorship with NJPA of their CE programs.

Each year, NJPA is obligated to provide APA with an annual report detailing all NJPA co-sponsored and sponsored programming including the attendance record for each program and an accounting of how many psychologists attend each program and obtained continuing education credit.

The requirements for NJPA Co-Sponsorship Programs are as follows: 

1. The applying affiliate or outside group must produce a completed application at least 60 days prior to the program. Please note changes that have been made to the application.  THE PROGRAM MAY NOT BE ADVERTISED IN ANY FORM BEFORE IT IS APPROVED BY NJPA.

2. Outside groups are charged a $250 non-refundable application fee. NJPA affiliates are not charged an application fee.

3. The applying affiliate or outside group must produce a program coordinator’s name and contact information. This individual will be responsible for the program attendance sheets, evaluations, and collection of money. NJPA will provide the program coordinator with the directions, attendance sheets, evaluations.  The applying affiliate or outside group is responsible for making copies for the program attendees.  Affiliate program participants, except for NJPA Sustaining Members, in affiliate organization continuing education activities will be charged a fee of $10 for NJPA members and $20 for non-members for CE certificates.  Presenters of affiliate programs will not be charged the certificate fee.

4. At the beginning of the program, the applying affiliate or outside group’s program coordinator shall require that all attendees sign the attendance sheet, which will have a line for checking off whether he/she is a psychologist, and distribute the evaluations. When applicable, NJPA co-sponsors should explicitly state at the beginning of the program that confidential material may be discussed, and should review with the participants the limits of that confidentiality.

5. At the end of the program, the applying affiliate or outside group’s program coordinator shall collect all completed evaluations, the attendance sheet, and any money due for the evaluations sheets. Evaluations and attendance sheet shall be emailed to Kelly Somers.  Money shall be mailed to Kelly Somers.  The check shall be made out to NJPA.

6. Within 30 days of the program date, this package of attendance sheet, evaluations, and money, if applicable, shall be mailed to NJPA, for continuing education certificate processing.

7. Any advertising for the program to go in the NJPA Friday Update must be sent directly to Kelly Somers at

The primary goal of the NJPA CE program is to broaden the clinical, academic, consultative, and research knowledge bases of its members for the purpose of facilitating the highest quality of professional work.  This is accomplished by providing meaningful CE programs which:

1.    Increase members scope of knowledge and skills in both their area of specialization and new areas of practice and study; and
2.    Facilitate the integration of practice and research to foster and sustain an active sense of critical inquiry.

Continuing education (CE) in psychology is an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science; (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with the most current scientific evidence regarding assessment, intervention, and education as well as important legal, statutory, or regulatory  issues ; and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Continuing education builds upon a completed doctoral program in psychology.  It is not a substitute for the basic academic education and training needed for entry to the field of psychology, nor should it be the primary vehicle for career changes from one APA-recognized specialty area (e.g., clinical, counseling, school psychology) to another.

*From Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors of Continuing Education for Psychologists, August 2015, American Psychological Association.

NJPA CE activities should conform to the highest ethical standards available to psychologists.  Co-sponsors must conduct and promote CE activities in a responsible and ethical fashion following the principles set forth in the current APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists.

Promotional materials 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).
The following criteria must be adhered to when developing a CE program:

•    Any demonstrations or procedures carried out by instructors and/or participants must conform to the highest ethical and professional standards as currently established by the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists.  All aspects of the CE program must maintain awareness of and sensitivity to individual differences among people, such as those that may be associated with age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, ethnic and religious background, psychological vulnerability, and physical handicap.
•    Claims made that imply new, innovative, or breakthrough types of findings should be defined as such to potential participants and may require substantiation via empirical data.
•    Sensitivity to and compliance with ethical principles of nondiscrimination must be evident in staff hiring, processes of selecting participants, and faculty selection.
•    The principle of confidentiality of instructional materials and participant disclosure, if any, must be maintained.  When applicable, APA-approved sponsors should explicitly state at the beginning of the program that confidential material may be discussed, and should  review with the participants the limits of that confidentiality. They should follow APA Standard  4.07:  Use of Confidential Information for Didactic or Other Purposes, which states: Psychologists do not disclose in their writings, lectures or other public media, confidential, personally identifiable information concerning their clients/patients, students, research participants, organizational clients or other recipients of their services that they obtained during the course of their work, unless (1) they take reasonable steps to disguise the person or organization, (2) the person or organization has consented in writing, or (3) there is legal authorization for doing so.
•    Workshop participants should be informed if a presentation may be particularly stressful or upsetting.

A link to the APA guideline can be found here

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“New Jersey Psychology Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Jersey Psychology Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”