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Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]

January 18, 2016

The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective

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 […]

September 15, 2013

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).

September 15, 2013

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…

September 15, 2013


From the Latest Issue...

Psychologists as Crisis Negotiators?

Psychologists as crisis negotiators?Should psychologists serve as critical incident negotiators for law enforcement agencies? The short answer to this question is no. There are two basic reasons for this answer.

First, in the negotiation process it is always good for the negotiator to start out in as neutral a position as possible from the perpetrator’s perspective. Using a psychologist as a negotiator may lead the perpetrator to think that the authorities believe that …

February 6, 2016 | Read the story »

Therapy Termination: The Transformation of Therapist & Patient

Therapy Termination: The Transformation of Therapist & PatientTermination in therapy is complex. It may often be painful, despite the fact that any decision to terminate is typically made by mutual agreement of therapist and patient – a bittersweet pain, if you will, as developmental milestones are reached and goals have been met.

The time has come to venture forward in possession of useful coping skills and increased self-awareness. Armed with …

January 21, 2016 | Read the story »

Rural Psychologists and Integrated Primary Care

Rural Psychologists and Integrated Primary CareThere are significantly few psychologists per capita in rural areas. Rural people may be the largest cultural minority about which there is little to no training. If students hear anything about rural practice, it is likely about its challenges rather than its rewards.

Unless students happen to be from a rural area or train in a rural area, they seldom …

January 21, 2016 | Read the story »

Cloud-based File Sharing Can Be HIPAA Secure

Cloud Based File Sharing Can Be HIPAA SecurePsychologists hardly need the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to remind them how important it is to safeguard clients’ records.

They understand how sensitive this information is and how disastrous it would be if their files became public or fell into the wrong hands. However, while health information technology provides great benefits for medical professionals and patients, it poses risks for …

January 21, 2016 | Read the story »

Online Backup is the Best Option

Online Backup is the Best Option

“Backup before you wish you had.”
http://www.backblaze.com

It’s not a question of will you lose your data – It’s only when. We all need protection against loss of documents, files, photos, financial information, diaries, emails or whatever we find  worth preserving for ourselves or others (including our government).

The threats

  • Water: Flooding or, more likely, plumbing problems, sewer backups or beverage spills.
  • Hardware …

    January 20, 2016 | Read the story »



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