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A program initiated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) in 2011 is showing great promise of standardizing licensing requirements for psychologists to make it easier to practice in other jurisdictions either on a short-term basis or to relocate permanently.
“It’s exciting, and it could really solve the mobility problem,” Stephen T. DeMers, Ed.D., ASPPB’s executive director, said.
The Psychology Licensure Universal System (PLUS) is an online system that allows a psychologist in a participating jurisdiction to apply for licensure, certification or registration (after first contacting the local licensing board) through ASPPB and to have their licensure-related information verified, stored and then recognized in all participating jurisdictions.
The program is envisioned to help move the profession toward more uniform licensing requirements and …
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As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]Colleague assistance programs growing
Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).APA sets health service psychologist standards
Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks
As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]
From the Latest Issue...Physical woes from PTSD may vary by war
Washington, D.C. – Research into the physical effects related to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the effects of early childhood trauma and suicide among veterans highlighted several symposia and workshops during APAs annual August convention.
Laura J. Milliken, M.S., a graduate student at the University of Houston, said the pathological effects on PTSD victims of wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan differ to …Supreme Court rejects conversion therapy challenge in California; New Jersey to consider
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request in late June to hear a challenge to the California law prohibiting licensed psychologists and other mental health workers from providing conversion therapy to minors, days before a federal court of appeals court in Philadelphia heard opposing views on a similar measure in New Jersey.
The …Mass shooters received only limited treatment
First, Adam Lanza, age 20, killed his mother. Then he murdered 20 children and six adults, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.
Why? Was he mentally ill? Could the tragedy have been prevented with early diagnosis and access to treatment?
In 1998, Kip Kinkel, only 14 years old, killed his parents and then murdered two students and wounded 25 others at an Oregon high …Basic elements of the etiology & treatment of eating disorders
Eating disorders are among the most mysterious and complex of psychopathologies. Popular misunderstanding and professional disagreement confuse the picture even more.
Three elements must be present for an eating disorder of any kind to occur: a history of rejection, a tendency toward perfection and a sense of a loss of control. Of course these elements can be a complex function of multiple biopsychosocial …Caution flags raised over ACA electronic records requirement
Washington, D.C. – If the nation’s new Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help mental health professionals increase their services, it will be up to psychologists to make it happen by being key players in whatever venue they choose to participate.
The government is not going to make it easier for psychology to take its rightful place at the health care table, nor will organized medicine …