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Last year I watched a 60 Minutes segment on the treatment of vets with PTSD which I found disturbing. In light of the reality that vets are dramatically underserved for mental health problems as it is, the method depicted on the program to relieve them of their combat-related pain only seemed to complicate their problems.
The episode showed vets being treated in a group setting with a method that used to be referred to as implosion or immersion therapy. The theory behind it is that reliving a traumatic experience repeatedly will eventually desensitize combat veterans to the degree that they can eventually tolerate the formerly intolerable symptoms.
The medical analogy would be the gradual inoculation of the body with …
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- ACLU Sues Psychologists Who Designed Torture Tactics
- Hoffman Report Says Ethics Standards Intentionally Loosened
- Increased Patient Access Falling Short
- Movement for Interstate Psychology Practice Advances
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 […]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 […]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…
From the Latest Issue...Psychologists as Crisis Negotiators?
Should psychologists serve as critical incident negotiators for law enforcement agencies? The short answer to this question is no. There are two basic reasons for this answer.
First, in the negotiation process it is always good for the negotiator to start out in as neutral a position as possible from the perpetrator’s perspective. Using a psychologist as a negotiator may lead the perpetrator to think that the authorities believe that …Therapy Termination: The Transformation of Therapist & Patient
Termination in therapy is complex. It may often be painful, despite the fact that any decision to terminate is typically made by mutual agreement of therapist and patient – a bittersweet pain, if you will, as developmental milestones are reached and goals have been met.
The time has come to venture forward in possession of useful coping skills and increased self-awareness. Armed with …Rural Psychologists and Integrated Primary Care
There are significantly few psychologists per capita in rural areas. Rural people may be the largest cultural minority about which there is little to no training. If students hear anything about rural practice, it is likely about its challenges rather than its rewards.
Unless students happen to be from a rural area or train in a rural area, they seldom …Cloud-based File Sharing Can Be HIPAA Secure
They understand how sensitive this information is and how disastrous it would be if their files became public or fell into the wrong hands. However, while health information technology provides great benefits for medical professionals and patients, it poses risks for …Online Backup is the Best Option
It’s not a question of will you lose your data – It’s only when. We all need protection against loss of documents, files, photos, financial information, diaries, emails or whatever we find worth preserving for ourselves or others (including our government).
- Water: Flooding or, more likely, plumbing problems, sewer backups or beverage spills.
- Hardware …