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The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Oct. 13 against two psychologists who developed the “enhanced interrogation” techniques for the CIA that resulted in torture of prisoners at terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and some “black” CIA sites.
In 2005, psychologists James Mitchell, Ph.D., and John “Bruce” Jessen, Ph.D., both former Air Force officers, formed the company Mitchell Jessen and Associates that ultimately received $81 million in CIA contracts.
The ACLU is suing on behalf of three detainees – Gul Rahman, Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud – that were interrogated using the techniques developed by Mitchell and Jessen. None of the three was ever charged with any offense.
Mitchell and Jessen developed 20 intense interrogation tactics, including waterboarding and sleep deprivation, by “reverse …
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- Increased Patient Access Falling Short
- Movement for Interstate Psychology Practice Advances
- Medicare Penalties Catch Uninformed Psychologists Off Guard
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...APA Adopts Guidelines for Transgender Therapy
Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about gender identities or expressions, suggests a new set of guidelines.
The guidelines were adopted by the APA’s Council of Representatives at the annual convention in Toronto.
They were drafted by an APA task force in the wake of an APA survey in 2009 that found less than 30 percent of psychologists and graduate student …Ethics for Psychologists: Ethical Considerations for Media Presentations
Several times over the past year, psychologists have asked me, “What do I need to know to host a radio program?” My advice is to approach use of media with circumspection rather than simply dismiss it as a liability.
The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) Standard 504 Media Presentations states: When psychologists provide public advice or comment via print, Internet or other electronic transmission, they take …ACA Eroding Employee Insurance, Increasing Demands on Providers
Choppy waters await independent psychologists accepting third-party reimbursement, as businesses and insurers react to features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) is being eroded, while the law’s value-based payment system guarantees increased insurer scrutiny of psychological care.
Patients with ESI are bearing increased cost-sharing as an indirect yet intentional consequence of a 40 percent excise tax on their plans. The so-called …Reducing Risk in Treating Divorcing Families
This article provides an overview of several risk management practices for psychologists who work with divorced or divorcing families, particularly the children of divorcing families. It is based on the author’s 20-plus years’ experience of providing risk management consultations to those insured through the American Insurance Trust, formerly the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.
These principles are derived from both clinical and legal issues, as most good risk management advice is. Legally, contested …Illinois is 4th State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature on legislation banning gay conversion therapy on minors brings to four the number of states, plus the District of Columbia, that have outlawed the controversial practice of “curing” a person’s sexual orientation through counseling or behavior modification.
Rauner, a Republican, said the state “has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and in protecting its …