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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...

Group Psychotherapy: Considerations & Guidelines

Group PsychotherapyEnsemble, visibility and education are key concepts for group psychotherapists.

Ensemble is the operative concept and primary goal of all effective groups (ensembles). Ensembles strive to function increasingly effectively in ensemble. I learned the significance of ensemble from lifelong experience as a chamber-music ’cellist. The importance of ensemble is demonstrated by the optimally functioning string quartet.

Psychotherapy groups, and string quartets, when functioning optimally represent the most democratic of settings and democracy, …

May 12, 2015 | Read the story »

Using Hypnosis With Children

Child PsychologyI often work with children and often employ hypnosis. A few anecdotes from my experience will show why I find that so rewarding.

Children are developmentally in motion both physiologically and psychologically. They live in a land of discovery where ideas realize themselves and imagination prevails. Children are always in a creative and imaginative trance-like state. (Sugarman and Wester 2014)

Children have very creative and active imaginations. A child experiencing a problem …

May 12, 2015 | Read the story »

Technology Changes Ethics for Private Practice

LaptopThe ethical challenges of the 21st Century, with its myriad of technological advances, are daunting, especially for those of us trained before the millennium. My personal modus operandi has been avoidance and minimization.

However, two recent events forced me to take a serious look at my security practices. I received a letter from my insurance company stating that they had been hacked and my Protected Health Information (PHI) had been compromised. A …

May 12, 2015 | Read the story »

Leaders Discuss the Nature of Microagressions

ThinkstockPhotos-514775873Microagressions, a relatively new word describing subtle forms of discrimination and bigotry often expressed unwittingly, have taken on added importance as the leadership of state and national psychological associations has become more diverse, delegates to the annual State Leadership Conference were told in March.

An example given by Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., was when a well-meaning member of the APA Council of Representation congratulated him when he was named as the chief …

May 5, 2015 | Read the story »

Is It Ethics or Law?

ThinkstockPhotos-478368485In my position as chair of the Florida Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, I frequently received telephone calls from psychologists asking for guidance about ethical concerns.  However, the majority of questions I hear actually have nothing to do with ethics, per se. Rather, they are queries about the law and psychologists often seem surprised to find that they are blending the two realms in their minds. I’ll try to clarify the distinction …

May 5, 2015 | Read the story »