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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

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 […]

September 15, 2013

From the Latest Issue...

Can Confidentiality be Maintained in Group Therapy?

Can confidentiality be maintained in group therapy?Confidentiality is a cornerstone of healthy therapeutic relationships and effective treatment and is based upon the ethical principles of autonomy and fidelity, and to a lesser degree, beneficence and nonmaleficence.

Autonomy assumes clients have the right to decide to whom they will reveal information, and confidentiality is based upon respect for clients’ ability to choose what they disclose. Fidelity refers to psychologists’ faithfulness and loyalty to keep …

July 21, 2014 | Read the story »

Veterans Administration is Leader in Telemental Health

 Veterans Administration is leader in telemental healthLong waits for care at Veterans Administration facilities have drawn harsh criticism and congressional action, but the VA is a leader in another area of care – telemental health.

With 44 percent of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to rural zip codes, the VA is relying increasingly on telemental health and other technologies to deliver needed care to those suffering from war experiences who …

July 21, 2014 | Read the story »

A Short Course on Encryption & Cloud Storage

A short course on encryption and cloud storageEncryption and cloud storage is a complicated area because it requires an analysis of the interplay of several variables, including confidentiality, encryption, cloud storage and HIPAA.

Each of these variables is complex, but there are ways to make the situation more manageable.

Encryption and cloud storage

Let’s consider a few common questions:

“For the purposes of HIPAA, if you have adequately encrypted your data, does your cloud storage provider …

July 21, 2014 | Read the story »

Human trafficking: How psychologists can combat this worldwide problem

Human trafficking: How psychologists can combat this worldwide problemHuman trafficking,” “trafficking in persons” and “modern slavery” are terms used interchangeably to refer to a variety of crimes associated with the economic exploitation of people. The United Nations Convention against Trans-national Organized Crime defines trafficking as follows:

“Trafficking in persons… mean(s) the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, …

July 21, 2014 | Read the story »

Integration Isn’t Enough: Mindful Practice Needed in SPMI Healthcare

Integration isn’t enough –  mindful practice needed in SPMI health careWhen I joined a Denver community mental health center as a health coach serving 160 individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), I landed on the frontlines of a radical experiment.

Our “health home” aimed to integrate behavioral and primary care services for SPMI individuals, the most medically complex users of our health care system.

Consider the grim picture for SPMI individuals …

July 21, 2014 | Read the story »