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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]

January 18, 2016

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

From the Latest Issue...

Ethics for Psychologists: How to Fine Tune Consultations

Ethics in Psychology: How to fine tune consultationsWhen confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us have been encouraged to consult a colleague. In some states, peer consultation is considered part of a standard of care.

Graduate school is likely when most of us first encountered this recommendation. Beyond the direction to “consult,” however, many of us were probably not provided information necessary to fine tune our decision regarding whom to consult. …

January 27, 2018 | Read the story »

Gun Violence: A Professional Psychology Proposal

gun violence psychologist perspectiveGun violence continues to be a serious and growing problem. At least monthly, another mass shooting becomes the news of the day. Politically, there appears to be no sincere attempt to address gun violence by the Republican Party that controls all levels of the federal government.

I’m sure some will bristle at singling out Republicans. However, it is Republicans that continue to stonewall any reform, and they rightly deserve …

January 27, 2018 | Read the story »

CMS Unfairly Penalizing Psychologists for Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

CMS Penalizing Psychologists Physicians Quality Reporting SystemThree days before the deadline to submit an appeal to avoid a 2 percent penalty on all 2018 Medicare claims, psychologist Alice Randolph, Ed.D. (Port Clinton, Ohio) dashed off an appeal to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asserting she had properly administered the appropriate screening measures under the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for more than half of her eligible Medicare patients …

January 27, 2018 | Read the story »

Risk Management: Psychologists Producing Quality, Well-Documented Patient Care

risk management well documented patient careThe goal of risk management is to reduce the likelihood of discipline by a malpractice court, licensing board, ethics committee or another oversight body. Risk management is an important topic, but it could be viewed as a subset of the larger issue of how to deliver high quality professional services.

The best risk management strategy is to provide and document good patient care. The likelihood of being …

January 26, 2018 | Read the story »

Health Care Reform: Ministries Exempt from ACA Strictures

health care ministries alternative health insurance“Are we becoming a more Christian nation because of Obamacare?”

Bob Vineyard, owner of the Georgia Insurance Shop, asked that question on InsureBlog, a popular health web log he co-edits.

“Something is causing people to abandon traditional health insurance and seek out a non-insurance solution.”

Vineyard was referring to growing national membership in what are called Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs), a medical coverage option the Affordable Care Act …

January 26, 2018 | Read the story »

Remaining Resilient as an Early Career Psychologist Despite Stress

staying resilient psychologist despite stressThe expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet. 
                       – Rachel Naomi Remen

This has become one of my favorite quotes in reflecting on psychologist self-care.  As mental health providers, we are surrounded daily …

January 26, 2018 | Read the story »