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New Service to Promote Professional Tuition in the UK

(PRWEB) September 14, 2009

With private tuition becoming increasingly popular as an educational solution for pupils of all ages across the UK, one tutor has become so worried about tutors who do not have adequate credentials that she has developed an innovative service.

Many pupils will be surprised to learn that there is no regulation at all for private tutors in the UK. Private tutors do not even require a Disclosure Scotland or Criminal Records Bureau check.

For pupils employing tutors outwith an agency, it is entirely up to the pupil whether he or she checks the tutors’ qualifications, Child Protection checks, experience or qualifications. This is time-consuming and a complicated process for many pupils and as a result, these checks are often not carried out.

It is for this reason, the Tutor Check has been created by Tutors’ Alliance Ltd. The service is completely free to pupils. Tutors submit their details and records to Tutors’ Alliance who then carry out the relevant checks and produce a report. The tutor can then show this report to their pupils, offering pupils the peace of mind that an external organisation has vetted their tutor. In addition, the website offers advice and information for tutors and pupils. A sample Tutor Check report is feature of the Tutors’ Alliance website.

Tutors’ Alliance’s director, Valerie Kemp, says of the new service: “I have been a tutor for a number of years, and I have become concerned by the lack of regulation the tuition industry is subjected to. I believe parents and pupils need to be aware of the checks which ought to be carried out on tutors. The Tutor Check is the gold standard that pupils and parents should look for when engaging a tutor.”

Tutors’ Alliance also provides a Tutor Check service to agencies to outsource the agencies’ recruitment checks.

At the end of the day, the safety of pupils is of paramount importance and Tutors’ Alliance has this at the heart of its interests.

For further information please see Tutors’ Alliance

Aberdeen, United Kingdom, September 11, 2009

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National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Issues Appeal for Pet Safety During Poison Prevention Week

Mount Laurel, NJ (PRWEB) March 11, 2010

During National Poison Prevention Week, March 14 20, 2010, professional pet sitters across the nation are issuing an appeal for pet owners to conduct a comprehensive safety examination of their home to protect their pets from accidental poisoning.

Many household pets are naturally curious creatures, explains Monica Leighton, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). While great care is taken to create a safe environment for the family, many are not as comprehensive with their furry family member. We believe its vitally important for pet owners to become educated on dangerous substances to create a safe environment and prevent accidents for each household member.

To create a pet-friendly home, NAPPS encourages pet owners to conduct a room-by-room safety examination and recommends the following tips for each room of the house:

Professional Development Resources Serves Continuing Education Needs of School Psychologists

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) October 01, 2011

Professional Development Resources has published several new continuing education (CE) courses that provide school psychologists with evidence-based practices for helping students with a wide variety of difficulties that can impact their school performance. Such difficulties can include not only learning disabilities and reading problems, but also behavior disorders like school refusal and antisocial behavior.

In the State of Florida, there are about 700 licensed School Psychologists. They perform such services as psychoeducational assessments, interpretation of aptitude and intelligence test results, prevention or amelioration of school adjustment problems, and counseling or consultation to students, parents and teachers. They are also trained to assist in the development and implementation of sound learning environments that facilitate the psychoeducational development of students.

Florida School Psychologists are required as part of their biennial state licensure renewal to earn 30 hours of continuing education in areas that will enhance their knowledge and skills in their practice specialties. Of those 30 hours, two are required in the prevention of medical errors in behavioral health care and two in the area of domestic violence. The latter is required before the end of every third renewal period, which for most school psychologists is on November 30, 2011. School psychologists are in a front-line position to detect the possibility of abuse in the children they see every day.

One of the responsibilities we take most seriously is providing the professionals we serve with quality continuing education in domestic violence and the prevention of medical errors in behavioral health, says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. These two courses which licensed professionals in Florida are required to take help assure the safety of the children and families we serve. The domestic violence requirement is intended to help psychologists maintain a high state of vigilance and recognize signs of possible abuse in the children they see. Prevention of medical errors in behavioral health is largely centered around the protection of confidential information and appropriate use of psychological procedures and instruments.

One of the companys newest CE courses that will be of particular interest to school psychologists is Reading in the Brain, which provides a fascinating look into the brain processes that are used to identify words. It sheds a new light on dyslexia and helps clinicians develop effective literacy instruction. A second new course is School Refusal Behavior: Children Who Cant or Wont Go to School. School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, for their families, and for school personnel. This course breaks down the distinction between truancy and a number of psychological disorders that may cause a child to refuse to go to school, providing interventions that work.

Among the courses Professional Development Resources offers to school psychologists are:

Karen Hawkins, Director IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, to Speak at Tax Debt Resolution Industry Conference

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 20, 2012

Karen Hawkins, director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), will be a featured speaker at the inaugural meeting of the National Association of Tax Debt Resolution Companies in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2012.

The OPR has promised to take a “closer look” at the tax debt representation industry and the Director will detail her offices concerns and the continuing obligations of those who are authorized to appear before the IRS.

The conference will be a chance for industry colleagues to learn about the new challenges for the industry and public policy options while helping to create a unique voice for tax debt resolution businesses.

About Karen Hawkins

Karen L. Hawkins is the Director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility. Prior to taking this position in April, 2009, Ms. Hawkins was in private practice at the Oakland, California law firm of Taggart & Hawkins where she specialized in civil and criminal tax controversy cases for nearly 30 years.

She has been a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of diverse tax law topics including: Innocent Spouse Relief, Attorney’s Fees Awards; Collection Due Process; Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties; Tax Court Litigation; International Tax issues and Ethics in Tax Practice. Ms. Hawkins has a number of reported precedent-setting tax cases to her credit in the US Tax Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Hawkins holds several degrees including: MBA in Taxation, J. D. and M.Ed. Among her many honors and awards are: V. Judson Kelin Award from the California Bar’s Taxation Section and the National Pro Bono Award from the ABA’s Taxation Section.

About the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility

The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) establishes and enforces consistent standards of competence, integrity and conduct for tax professionals (enrolled agents, attorneys, CPAs, and other individuals and groups covered by IRS Circular 230.

OPR supports the IRS strategy to enhance enforcement of the tax law and to ensure that attorneys, accountants and other tax practitioners adhere to professional standards and follow the law.

The Office of Professional Responsibility provides education and outreach to the tax professional community and administers the enrolled agent exam. To support the IRS’ strategic priorities, OPR ensures the integrity and credibility of the American tax system by working through tax professionals and with IRS operating divisions and functions. Circular 230 changes have created a need to increase awareness among tax professionals regarding the consequences of non-compliance.

Additional Conference Sessions

New Federal Regulation Targeting Tax Debt Resolution Companies: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Financial Fraud Enforcement Taskforce

On June 23, 2011 the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued its Federal Register Notice for defining “larger” non-depository industry participants. The Notice outlined the industries that the Bureau will immediately seek to regulate.

One of the industries to be regulated is “debt relief services” which includes providers of services that “offer to reduce medical or tax debt.”

The newly created Consumer Protection Working Group of the federal Financial Fraud Enforcement Taskforce has stated that it will work across federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and with state and local partners, to strengthen efforts to address consumer issues, including schemes targeting vulnerable populations, such as the unemployed, those in need of payday loans, and those suffering from the burden of high credit card and other debt.

The Future of Deferred Enforcement of the Federal Trade Commissions Telemarketing Sales Rule

On October 17, 2010 the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) became effective thus regulating “debt relief services” which included individual or companies that negotiate or settle “tax debts owed to the government.”

The same day the TSR became effective, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a policy statement that it was unclear if tax debts are “unsecured” one of the triggering elements of the TSR. In this session you will learn the history and current status of the treatment of tax debt in the TSR and the FTCs work to regulate the industry.

Continuing Education Requirements and Compliance Solutions

Enrolled agents, certified public accountants, attorneys, registered tax return preparers all have differing requirements for continuing education and compliance. This session will review the current “what” you have to do as well as provide the “how” to remain compliant to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

View of the Industry from the U.S. Senate

The Congressional football of jurisdiction over tax debt resolution companies and their IRS approved employees is being bounced around from Committee to Committee with each claiming some part of the industry but not the industry as a whole. Learn the perspective of the Senates view of the issue in comparison to that of the House of Representatives.

Referrals, Lead Generators and Marketing on the Internet

The increasing use of a “person that, in the regular course of business, supplies a provider with the name of a potential customer, directs a communication of an individual to a provider, or otherwise refers a customer to a provider” brings a host of opportunity and a wide variety of legal challenges. In this session you will learn how the laws of deceptive advertising, unfair and deceptive trade practices and liability for “down-stream” users of referrals can impact your business.

View of the Industry from the U.S. House of Representatives

In this session you will be briefed on the House of Representatives perspective of the FTCs efforts to regulate tax debt resolution service providers, current efforts to protect consumers and the prospects for the introduction of legislation that will regulate the industry.

Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Briefing

Mark Guimond, the state and federal lobbyist for the TPRSC, will brief you on the current status of recent proposals to regulate the industry including the still-deferred Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), California Senate bill 708, legislation proposed to Congress, the state Attorneys General proposal and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Registration Information

Registration fees are not refundable and do not include transportation, parking, lodging, meals, incidentals or other expenses except where otherwise noted.
All fees are per person.
All speakers and subjects may change without notice.
Early registration rates are only valid until March 31, 2012. After this date, registration rates will increase.

A specially priced block of rooms only for conference participants is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations may be made by calling the Madison Hotel directly at 1-800-424-8577 and indicating group code 3u44vm or online at:


Early Registration is only $ 459 for the first person and $ 399 for each additional person from the same company.

Early registration rates are only valid until March 31, 2012. After this date, registration rates will increase to the standard rate.

A full conference program may be requested from: Info (at) NationalPolicyGroup (dot) com

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Continuing Education Provider Professional Development Resources Addresses New Florida Child Abuse Law

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) October 16, 2012

Professional Development Resources has updated its online course on domestic violence, which includes modules on child abuse and intimate partner violence, to include the details of Floridas new child abuse law.

The new law, which took effect October 1, 2012, has a number of provisions that make it possibly the toughest child abuse law in the United States. Before the passage of this law officially called the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act there was no legal requirement to report suspected abuse if the abuser was not a parent or caretaker.

According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, Colleges and universities that knowingly and willfully fail to report suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect or prevent another person from doing so now face fines of up to $ 1 million for each incident. And individuals who fail to report abuse and neglect face felony prosecution and fines up to $ 5,000.

The new law also makes reporting of child-on-child abuse mandatory for the first time. While previous laws have required reporting only when the suspected abuser was a parent or caretaker, the new statute applies to any abuser, even those who are children themselves, says the Sentinel article. Children 12 and under who are deemed perpetrators will be referred for treatment and therapy, but those 13 and up will be referred to law enforcement.

All 50 states have laws that mandate reporting of child maltreatment. Some states use more specific definitions of who is a mandated reporter. Others opt for more flexible verbiage in order to cast a wider net. In all states, healthcare providers are mandated reporters.

All mandatory reporting laws use intentionally vague descriptors of the level of concern or certainty the reporter must have in order to initiate a report. Some laws specify cause to believe or suspect in order to achieve the threshold for reporting. In order to encourage wider compliance, all mandatory laws include good faith exemptions from civil prosecution if it is ultimately determined that maltreatment cannot be substantiated.

In the State of Florida, mental health professionals are periodically required to complete a continuing education course on domestic violence. Professional Development Resources has updated its course Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence to update readers on the new protections and reporting requirements included in Floridas new child abuse law.

We are proud that the State of Florida has taken this initiative to help protect children, says Leo Christie, PhD, president of Professional Development Resources, Inc. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to pass along this new information to all of the professionals who rely on our company to keep them up to date on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as many other national and state boards has focused its efforts on making continuing education courses more cost-effective and widely accessible to health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.


Leo Christie, PhD, CEO

Professional Development Resources, Inc.



Professional Audiological Services Launches New Website

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Professional Audiological Services (PAS) understands that families and individual seek current and up-to-date information when looking for assistance with hearing loss. In response, PAS has completely redesigned their website to accommodate the growth of internet-savvy users who wish to research a prospective hearing healthcare provider before making a decision. The new website features a complete overview of services provided. Patients and parents are now able to access this information quickly and at their convenience. PAS actively serves patients of all age ranges but they are remarkable in their ability to care for pediatric patients.

The journey associated with hearing loss in children can be especially diffcult. Speech and language development, social skills, academic careers, and more are also affected. The audiologists at PAS are specifically trained to take parents from the first step of the discovery to remediation and habilitation that will last a life time. During the care process, Professional Audiological Services works together with parents to ensure the highest level of comfort possible for their child. Large sound rooms, custom equipment, and experienced staff make them uniquely qualified to evaluate even the most difficult of children.

Professional Audiological Services also offers other divisions specific to different purposes. Its educational audiology division works directly with schools and their staff to provide students with optimal listening environments. The industrial division includes noise surveys, employee hearing tests, training, and hearing protection to comprise a complete hearing conservation program. Its earmold division is capable of making custom musicians monitors, custom hearing protection for shooters and hunters, custom earpieces for aviators and medical staff. Its special testing division includes evaluations for central auditory processing disorders of children and adults.

About Professional Audiological Services

With 30 years of experience, Professional Audiological Services of Memphis believes that audiology care should be offered to all, regardless of income. They accept most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. Specializing in servicing the hearing needs of families within the Memphis and throughout the state of TN, they provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid examinations, hearing aid sales and service. Whether facing mild, moderate, or severe hearing difficulties, Professional Audiological Services ensures that all patients are cared for equally.

Commercial Parts & Service, Inc. Named Authorized Service Agent and OEM Parts Distributor for Electrolux Professional Line of Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) August 11, 2010

Commercial Parts & Service, Inc., Ohio’s leading OEM parts and service provider for commercial kitchen equipment, has been recently added as an Authorized Service Agent and OEM parts distributor of Electrolux Professional, a global leader in foodservice equipment.

“This is a big win for CPS and another statement to our strength both as a servicer and parts supplier of commercial kitchen equipment, explained Dan Farmer, Director of Business Development for Commercial Parts & Service, Inc. The Electrolux Professional family of commercial kitchen equipment is gaining strength in our service area and this acquisition represents an important addition to our offerings for our customer base.

The addition of Electrolux to the portfolio of manufacturers that Commercial Parts & Service represents builds on a total of over 150 that the company boasts as an Authorized Service Agent and OEM parts provider. As part of the commitment to Electrolux, Commercial Parts & Service will be required to host equipment training at its 1200 square foot training center located at their Columbus office.

“Part of our strength as a company is our willingness to educate our team of CFESA (Commercial Food Equipment Service Associations) Certified service technicians, said Steve Sliter, President of Commercial Parts & Service. Our history and reputation as a servicer that employs highly-trained technicians and maintains an excellent fix rating is a big reason manufacturers seek our services.

Electrolux, recently named a Global Superstar by Forbes Magazine, is the world’s 2nd largest appliance manufacturer and, according to the company, it sells more than 40 million products to customers in 150 countries annually. Its professional line of commercial kitchen equipment sold in the US includes food preparation equipment, convection and combi ovens, refrigeration, dishwashing equipment, sandwich presses, heavy-duty boiling pans and other high-end pieces.

Since 1972 CPS has been caring for the commercial kitchen equipment needs of the greater Ohio area. CPS is also one of the largest OEM parts distributors in the United States and beyond. With active branches in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton and satellite locations in Cambridge, Chillicothe, Galion, Lima and Logan, CPS is the largest service company of its kind in Ohio. CPS has been a CFESA member since 1976 and is proud to be a Certified CFESA (Commercial Food Equipment Service Association) Company.

For more information about Commercial Parts & Service please call 800-837-2828 or visit http://www.cpsohio.com.

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Cook Profitability Services Expands Marketing, Web Strategy & Management Consulting Services, Specializing in Dental Practices and Professional Offices

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) July 22, 2011

Cook Profitability Services, a San Antonio-based full-service internet marketing, web development and management consulting firm, has completed a major expansion in services and sales territory, company president Debbie Baumgarten announced this week.

Cook Profitability Services – which began as a web development company specializing in dental practices and other professional offices now features a comprehensive suite of services designed to boost profits at these companies, Baumgarten said. And CPS has expanded from its South Texas roots to a national market, with active clients not only in Texas, but also in California, New York, Florida and the Midwest.

These expansions now allow CPS to be a one-stop national shop that can handle all aspects of a practices marketing, publicity and workflow and fiscal efficiency all aimed at gaining and retaining customers and improving profits.

Services now include:

Professional Truck Driver is Named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel

Alexandria, Virginia (PRWEB) July 15, 2013

Professional truck drivers see a lot of interesting things on the road. Take, for example, Shelly York of North Little Rock, Arkansas, who drives for ABF Freight System, Inc., of Fort Smith, Arkansas. When he came across an unusual situation involving a young boy, his response was brought to the attention of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). York is now TCAs latest Highway Angel.

On April 5, 2013, at about 4 p.m., York was driving northbound on Smokey Lane near the ABF terminal in North Little Rock. Ahead, he saw something that looked like debris fall out of the back of a pickup truck. However, as he got closer, he recalls his shock as he looked over and said to myself, Thats a kid!

Apparently, the 8- or 9-year-old boy had run behind the pickup and attempted to hoist himself onto it. He was unable to hold on and fell off, striking his head and back on the asphalt. He now lay on the road, twisted in pain. Because of the way he was positioned, the child looked more like an inanimate object than a human being, so York feared that oncoming traffic might unknowingly hit him.

York immediately put on his flashers and used his truck to protect the boy from oncoming vehicles. He then went to the other lane of traffic and rerouted vehicles away from the area. He remained on the scene until emergency responders arrived and took over.

“In the past, Ive helped folks who have had car trouble, but Ive never had anything like this!” says York, who has been driving for about 40 years.

For stopping to help the child, York has received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch. ABF Freight System, Inc., also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.

TCAs Highway Angel program is sponsored by Internet Truckstop. Since the programs inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.

To nominate a driver or learn more about the program and its honorees, visit the Highway Angel Web site at http://www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel or Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/tcanews. For any additional information, contact TCA at (703) 838-1950 or angel(at)truckload(dot)org.

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $ 20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

Founded in 1995, Internet Truckstop is the first and largest freight matching service on the Web. Internet Truckstop offers more tools than any other freight matching service available. These easy-to-use tools, the largest freight database, and a commitment to the transportation industry make Internet Truckstop the leader in Internet freight matching.

Inaugural Atlanta Forum for Professional Selling Attracts Dynamic Line-up of Speakers on B2B and B2C Social Selling, November 8

ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

The Center for Professional Selling (CPS), part of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (KSU) is hosting the Inaugural Atlanta Forum for Professional Selling (AFPS), Social Selling Strategies, at the Cobb Galleria Centre from 8:00am 12:15pm on November 8, 2012. Moderated by Bruce Culbert, Partner and Chief Service Officer, The Pedowitz Group, this free, half-day event gives attendees a unique opportunity to listen to and interact with top experts in sales, social media and CRM.

Register: http://ksuatlsocialselling.eventbrite.com/

Speakers include Paul Greenberg, Godfather of CRM and author of the industry bible CRM at the Speed of Light. Mr. Greenberg will kick off the morning with his keynote on Social Selling as a Strategy. Jeff Ramminger, VP of Product Strategies for TechTarget will discuss Social Selling in B2B, and Brad Taylor, VP of Customer Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company, will share The New Rules for Consumer Engagement.

Panelists: Bob Kelly, Chairman of The Sales Management Association; Rena Kilganon, Founder, The Kilganon Group; Eric Blumthal, Co-Founder, count5; Rhaz Ziesler, Brand Expert, Debbie Qaqish, Principal Partner and Chief Revenue Marketing Officer, The Pedowitz Group; Barbara Giamanco, President and Social Sales Strategist Social Centered Selling, LLC; Brent Leary, Co-founder of CRM Essentials, and Jeff Tanner, Research Director, BPT Partners.

For more information: http://coles.kennesaw.edu/afps/

As the premier institution focused on education and development of sales professionals, the Center for Professional Selling at KSU is at the forefront in Atlanta and around the world. This inaugural event on “Social Selling Strategies” exemplifies their understanding of the needs of the sales community. If you live in the Atlanta metro area, Georgia or a neighboring state, you dont want to miss this unique learning experience, advises Culbert.

The importance of revenue generation has never been more important to companies than it is in today’s competitive yet sluggish market. At the CPS in the Coles College, we gather thought leaders on strategies and tactics that are not only timely, but enhance the practice of sales and ultimately drive revenue. Our first forum on Social Selling Strategies is an example of pulling together world class leaders in this field to discuss this important issue,” said Dr. Gary Selden, Associate Director of the CPS.

The AFPS provides businesses an opportunity to reach key decision makers within the Sales and Social Selling communities as well as tie their brand to other thought leaders in the industry. Focusing on Social Selling Strategies, keynote speakers and panel discussions will address the use of popular social media tools to drive sales.

The Center for Professional Selling expects more than 200 attendees at the first of many thought-provoking topics during the Atlanta Forum for Professional Selling For more information about sponsoring CPS or the Atlanta Forum for Professional Selling, please contact Gary Selden, Associate Director of the CPS, at 1000 Chastain Rd. MB #0406, Kennesaw, GA 30144; 770-423-6969; or visit coles.kennesaw.edu/afps.

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