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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

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

From the Latest Issue...

Proponent of Internet Tests Contends They Eliminate Bias

Proponent of Internet tests contends they eliminate biasThere is a nationwide inadequacy of current pre-employment and promotion tests for public safety officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

In Chicago clinical psychologists use paper and pencil tests like PAI, Millon, Bender and ability tests without any empirical basis that these are related to the job of a public safety officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician.

The Chicago, city treasurer shared the last contract with …

May 24, 2017 | Read the story »

Hoffman Report Triggers Defamation Suit Against APA

Hoffman Report triggers defamation suit against APAA report contracted by and issued to the American Psychological Association (APA) that alleged staff and the military supported the torture of prisoners at terrorist detention centers after 9/11 is the focus of a defamation lawsuit. The suit was filed in Ohio in February and centers around the Hoffman Report that drew national attention in 2015.

The lawsuit was filed by three former military psychologists — …

May 24, 2017 | Read the story »

PTSD Treatment Restricted by Cost-Containment

PTSD treatment restricted by costAn Ohio psychologist who served as an Army psychologist in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan contends United Healthcare (UHC) is denying needed treatment for a PTSD client formerly seen on a weekly basis by limiting reimbursement to cover no more than one session every two weeks.

Kathy Platoni, Psy.D., said she was notified in February that “it was determined that one of my patients was receiving entirely …

May 23, 2017 | Read the story »

Advocates in Field of Aging Hear Strong Call to Action

Advocates in field of aging hear strong call to actionChicago – “Become a national voice but engage in local action” was the call to arms for political activism professionals in the field of aging heard throughout public policy sessions at the American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference in March.

On the day Congress had been slated to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, speakers urged the 2,500-plus attendees to call members of …

May 23, 2017 | Read the story »

Integrated Care Offers Opportunities for Early Career Psychologists

Integrated care offers opportunities for Early Career PsychologistsEarly career professionals play an important role in the future of integrated primary care behavioral health. Integrated care has evolved over the past two decades but this continues to be a young field as it relates to primary care practice transformation. As more integrated primary care practices are established, the health care system will continue to need psychologists who are trained to practice as …

April 9, 2017 | Read the story »

Risk Management: Exposure Varies in Alternative Practice Models

Exposure varies in alternative practice models for psychologistsAlternative practice models create exciting opportunities for psychologists within and outside of formal Affordable Care Act (ACA) structures, notwithstanding likely coming changes. Some may learn new business practices, and they and their clients may benefit from improved access to medical services and consultation with other professionals.

Although there is potential for new risks, psychologists who give thoughtful attention to ethical issues, develop their knowledge and competencies, …

March 24, 2017 | Read the story »