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Requirements and Ethics Requirements
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Psychologists must complete 23 hours of continuing education in a biennium, with 4 of those hours in ethics/cultural competency. This 4 hour ethics/cultural competency/professional conduct requirement went into effect during the 9-1-2014 to 8-31-2016 biennium. You will still only need 23 CE total, but now they must include any combination of ethics/cultural competency/professional conduct equaling 4 CE.

Click here to see if you’ve met your ethics/cultural competency requirement yet.

Any of the following meet the criterion for approval of an ethics/cultural competency/professional conduct course by the OPA-MCE office that will fulfill the four (4) hours of ethics/cultural competency/professional conduct mandated for license renewal. {amended ORC 4732.141 (2)}

  1. Risk Management Issues
  2. Confidentiality
  3. Ethics of Supervision
  4. Boundaries
  5. HIPAA Requirements
  6. Dual Relationships
  7. Professional Impairment
  8. Financial Ethics
  9. Limits and Expansion of Competencies
  10. Representation of Training and Credentialing
  11. Specific Ethical Principles Listed in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct Manual
  12. Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, Section 4732.17
  13. Regulatory Compliance
  14. Cultural competency courses must build your knowledge, awareness, skills and capacity to identify, understand and respect multiculturalism and diversity, (the “aspects of identity stemming from race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, religious/spiritual orientation and other cultural dimensions.”) that are the unique beliefs, values, customs, languages, abilities and traditions of all Ohioans.

Distance learning may be used to satisfy the 23-hour CE requirement. Because of the great difficulty in evaluating distance learning courses to see if they meet the standards set in Ohio, OPA-MCE will only accept distance learning courses that are approved by:

Non-OPA members pay a fee of $50 per Single-Course Review for the OPA Office of Mandatory Continuing Education to review courses that have been taken from providers who are not accredited by one of the organizations empowered to do so in Ohio law. OPA members receive Single-Course Reviews for FREE!

For APA approved courses, send a copy of your certificate to the OPA-MCE Office via e-mail, via fax at 614-224-6702 or via mail to OPA-MCE, 395 E. Broad St. #310, Columbus, OH 43215. Make sure the certificate lists your name, license number and number of hours earned.