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While it appears doubtful that there will be a re-run of the contentious debate over tougher gun control laws at the national level following the fatal shooting of 12 persons at the Washing-ton Navy Yard, the issue of keeping weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill has taken on added importance.
Democrats and Republicans and even the National Rifle Association (NRA) are in agreement that more resources need to be provided to better diagnose and treat mentally ill individuals that demonstrate tendencies toward violence.
On the national level, there are a few scattered voices calling for more mental health care as a way to keep guns out …
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- Medicare Payments to Psychologists Suddenly Reduced
- Expert Sees Value in DSM-5
- APAPO dues assessment draws new lawsuit
- 2 More States Seek to Ban Conversion Therapy
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 [...]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).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…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 [...]
From the Latest Issue...Primary Care Openings Abound Now for Psychologists
Becoming behavioral care consultants (BHC) on primary care teams is no longer a future for psychologists to consider — it’s a present reality with growing opportunities.
“Integrated care is white hot, it’s smoking,” Ronald O’Donnell, Ph.D., said at a conference held here Oct. 19-20 that was co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University (ASU) and the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP).
O’Donnell is a …Ethics, Psychology & the Prison Mess
“I witnessed an inmate in a county jail who was acutely psychotic and was kept in solitary confinement for almost two years, naked, lying in his/her own urine and feces. There was no heat in the cell, and the human wastes leaked into adjoining cells. Numerous official and professional persons …The Minefield of Divorce Counseling
Statistics indicate that at least 50 percent of all marriages fail in the United States, creating a potential increase in the need for psychological services. The demand for psychologists is limited not only to post-divorce therapy but often includes couples counseling preceding the divorce.
Not to be forgotten are the minors of the marriage who may need assistance in coping with the changed …Patient Access to Records: The Invisible Confidentiality Right
Confidentiality has been around since Hippocrates. In contrast, the patient’s right to obtain a copy of records (patient access) is a relatively recent concept. This may be a surprise, but patients have had a legal right to their records for only about 30 years. Prior to the 1970s, patients had no right to access their records. No state or federal statutes required it, and the AMA ethics code advised refusal of access. Some patients had to obtain a court order …Florida Adopts Daubert Standard for Expert Testimony
During the mid-1980s, I treated a patient in her first trimester of pregnancy who was suffering from severe morning sickness. At the time, I was working at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Although I saw no reason to get involved in the medical side of my patient’s treatment, I happened to mention her illness to a pediatrician friend of mine.
He said something like, “There had been a medicine that helped tremendously …