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Continuing Education in Psychology

Continuing education (CE) in psychology is an ongoing process of formal learning activities that are relevant to psychological practice, education, and science; enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies; and allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Ideally, applications for CE credit should be submitted to the Vanderbilt Division of CME (VCME) at least six months prior to the activity start date. Such advance planning tends to create a better educational event in terms of content, organization, promotion, and finances. However, completed, signed applications will be accepted up to three months prior to the activity start date; thereafter, credit will be denied.

 Please be aware that CE-certified activities sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine are subject to requirements set by the following organizations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

To learn more about these requirements and how to apply for and implement a Vanderbilt-sponsored CE activity, access the information below.


Administrative Manuals

Online administrative manuals provide step-by-step instructions for applying for and implementing a CE activity.

Read the descriptions below then click on the link provided for the appropriate manual.

Courses are typically one-to-three day conferences held on or off campus. Courses may be either directly sponsored – planned and implemented by Vanderbilt faculty and staff – or jointly sponsored – planned and implemented by non-Vanderbilt, non-profit, non-accredited organizations.  The target audience for these conferences is typically non-Vanderbilt.

                                – Access the administrative manual for courses

Regularly scheduled series (RSS) are typically weekly or monthly educational activities that are planned by and presented to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty.  RSS include, but are not limited to, grand rounds, tumor boards, journal clubs, M&M conferences, case conferences, and user group meetings. 

                                – Access the administrative manual for regularly scheduled series           


Documentation Requirements

Forms, templates, and checklists described in the training manuals are available in this section.

Credit application

Application for CE credit

Disclosure of financial relationship form

Courses

Recruitment checklist

Handout template

Evaluation form template

Documentation of attendance form – use if full credit will be offered

Documentation of attendance form – use if partial credit will be offered

Summary of attendance

Letter of agreement – applicable if outside funding will be requested

Agreement to exhibit – applicable if exhibit space will be sold

Count per session form – applicable if partial credit will be offered

Financial summary – applicable if preliminary budget was prepared

Regularly Scheduled Series

Recruitment material requirements

Evaluation form template

Sign-in sheet

Summary of attendance

Count per session form

Letter of agreement – applicable if outside funding will be requested


Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures that inform the development and implementation of a CE activity appear in this section.

ACCME Standards for Commercial Support

APA Policies and Procedures Manual

APA Standards and Criteria

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

Managing Complaints Policy

Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Interactions between the Health Care Industry and Personnel of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its Affiliated Entities

Tennessee State Requirements for CE in Psychology


Useful Links

Sources for additional information

American Psychological Association

Know Your Copy Rights


We welcome your comments and suggestions at cme@vanderbilt.edu

CME at Vanderbilt
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Phone: (615) 322-4030 | E-mail: cme@vanderbilt.edu

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