Professional Development Resources Announces Price Reductions for 2009

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In a time of escalating costs and shrinking income, nearly everyone is struggling to stay afloat. Health professionals and mental health clinicians who need continuing education (CE) credit to maintain their licenses are no exception. To help with the problem, Professional Development Resources, a nationally accredited provider of continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, has announced significant price reductions for 2009.


The savings compound when our users select courses that are presented in our online format

Professional Development Resources PDResourcesPromo has announced that it has reduced the prices of more than 20 of its continuing education courses, which are accredited by a number of national and state accreditation boards. The intent of this action is to assure that needed CE credit is available to professionals at a time when many of them are facing significantly reduced revenue for the coming year.

The company’s website, PDResources, which has been totally re-designed, features over 150 accredited health and mental health CE courses. Of this catalog, more than 20 are now offered at prices that have been reduced – on the average – by 15%. This means that professionals who need to earn CE credits for upcoming license renewal can now do so much more economically. As an additional bonus, many of the reduced courses are offered online, which means that they are inherently less costly due to the elimination of printing and mailing costs.

“The savings compound when our users select courses that are presented in our online format,” says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. “Our very best bargains are the online courses with newly reduced prices. Many of them have been rolled back to where they were two years ago. We even offer one totally free course. As health professionals ourselves, we realize that we are not immune to the economic challenges facing everyone in this economic climate. Our goal is to maintain leadership in offering quality and affordability over a wide range of clinical topics.”

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists have traditionally earned their CE credits by attending live seminars and conferences. While this learning format has its advantages, it is very expensive and time-consuming. If a professional has to take a day out of his or her busy practice and possibly even travel to the conference site, the costs begin to add up. More recently, home study CE courses have enabled professionals to earn required credit without travel, but they still utilize tangible books and paper materials, requiring printing, shipping and handling. By way of contrast, online learning is both cost-effective and environmentally responsible, essentially eliminating wasted resources.

Users have taken notice of the price breaks and the economy of online courses. A psychologist wrote: “The material is well written and the cost was reasonable. Thanks.” A speech pathologist commented: “Not only was this course appropriate in difficulty and extensiveness, it was fun and interesting, and from a financial perspective, it was a real bargain.” A counselor noted: “This is the best online course I have taken, the easiest to understand and maneuver.”

A wide variety of online course topics are available at reduced prices, including Autism Spectrum Disorders Overview , Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much , Clinical Supervision, Biopsychosocial Approaches to Treatment of Chronic Pain, Understanding, Diagnosing, & Treating ADHD, and many others.

About Professional Development Resources, Inc.

Professional Development Resources is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1992 by licensed marriage and family therapist Leo Christie, PhD. The company, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) – as well as many other national and state boards – has focused its efforts on making continuing education courses more widely accessible to mental health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip mental health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.

Leo Christie, PhD, CEO
Professional Development Resources, Inc.


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