Why take this course

  • Course Description

    Clinicians are often challenged by what format to use when writing their progress notes, and sometimes receive little training about how to use standardized note formats like SOAP, DAP, and GIRP. This course will help listeners have a better understanding of the differences between the various common progress note formats, and how to effectively use them.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List the information that belongs in the various sections of a DAP note, a SOAP note, and a GIRP note; Detail what types of information go into which sections of the three note formats

  • Downloadable Audio Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Continuing Education Approvals

    This course meets the requirements for Continuing Education credit hours by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). See full list of Continuing Education Approvals below, as well as information about these approvals.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: All levels.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once the course is completed, your certificate of completion will be available in your Clearly Clinical account, in the 'Certificates' section. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the Distance Learning Policies link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

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Clinical Documentation Guru

  • Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500

    Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500

    Founder of Clearly Clinical, Senior Instructor

    Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with specializations in Utilization Review and Quality Assurance, and also the founder of Clearly Clinical, an online behavioral health Continuing Education program. As a consultant and trainer, Beth works closely with clinical teams across the country to improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and utilization review outcomes. She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBT population, and those with addictive disorders. An adjunct graduate professor at Pepperdine University, Beth is a skilled professional public speaker and presenter, and she regularly presents at conferences throughout the country.

Course Curriculum

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    Downloadable Audio
    • Streaming & Downloadable Audio, Including Apple Podcasts and Google Play Links
  • 2
    Post-test & Course Evaluation
    • Post-Presentation Test
    • Course Evaluation

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