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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...

‘Sexual Sobriety’ Leaves Victims Untreated

‘Sexual sobriety’ leaves victims untreatedThe focus of traditional sex addiction-compulsivity treatment models tends to be on diagnosing and stopping specific sexual behaviors, termed “sexual sobriety.” From a treatment perspective, it is correct and necessary to implement behavioral containment and stop destructive or problematic behaviors.

However, this is where most treatment ends, rather than also treating the other patterns of abuse of human beings and violations of human rights, termed “sex addiction-induced perpetrations” (SAIP).

The …

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Sorting Through Professional Liability Insurance

Sorting through professional liability insuranceProfessional liability insurance: the difference between claims-made and occurrence coverage, limits of liability, extended reporting period … the list goes on when you’re looking at professional liability insurance, and you may not fully understand what it is that you’re purchasing.

The prospect of purchasing insurance can be daunting, and you don’t always know where to begin, what coverage options to look for or which company to choose.

The one thing …

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Ohio Teen’s Suicide Stirs Conversion Therapy Discussion

Ohio teen’s suicide stirs conversion therapy discussionThe suicide of an Ohio transgendered teenager who was forced into conversion therapy treatment has jump-started the discussion about the need for legislative bodies throughout the nation, including Congress, to prohibit the controversial practice for minors.

The Dec. 28 death of Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, a Cincinnati suburb, prompted the Transgender Human Rights Institute of Princeton, N. J., and other groups to start an online …

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PQRS: A Quality Vaccination for Behavioral Healthcare

PQRS: a quality vaccination for behavioral healthcareThe hue and cry among many psychologists notified of a 1.5 percent reduction in payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) this year as a penalty for not participating in a government quality assurance program is perhaps understandable given the tight finances of most practices.

But there have been ample warnings that changes connected to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) were coming, including the …

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The Ethics of Leadership in Psychology

The ethics of leadership in psychologyIt is often said that psychologists have the most complex and demanding set of ethics of all the professions. Whether or not that is so, we are clearly obligated to behave ethically in our professional lives, and certainly providing leadership is part of that professional existence.

The essence of leadership may be examined in a variety of ways and the ethics of leadership in the field of psychology …

March 31, 2015 | Read the story »