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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

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Physical woes from PTSD may vary by war

Physical woes from PTSD may vary by warWashington, 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 …

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Supreme Court rejects conversion therapy challenge in California; New Jersey to consider

Supreme Court rejects conversion therapy challenge in California;  Appeals Court conducts hearing on similar ban in New JerseyThe 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 …

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Mass shooters received only limited treatment

Mass shooters received only limited treatmentFirst, 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 …

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Basic elements of the etiology & treatment of eating disorders

Basic elements of the etiology and treatment of eating disordersEating 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 …

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Caution flags raised over ACA electronic records requirement

Caution flags raised over ACA electronic records requirementWashington, 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 …

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