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It’s not every day that one gets to realize a childhood dream and at the same time contribute to science and represent one’s profession in a high profile role.
As a young boy growing up in the 1960s, I followed the space race and idolized the astronauts the way most boys worship major sports figures. I always dreamed of being an astronaut or being part of a space mission – and recently that opportunity materialized.
In 2012, the University of Hawaii announced that it had received a sizable grant from NASA to study various aspects of what it would take to establish a small outpost habitat on Mars. The study would involve a simulation in a very Mars-like environ here on Earth.
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- APA task force report: Gun violence can be reduced
- Mental Health Again is Issue in Gun Control Debate
- Medicare Payments to Psychologists Suddenly Reduced
- Expert Sees Value in DSM-5
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...Ethical issues in assessing treating elite athletes
There has been a significant increase in interest among psychologists in providing clinical and sport psychology services to college, Olympic and professional athletes. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the major ethical concerns most relevant to a psychologist’s assessment and treatment of such athletes.
In my view, the most relevant ethical principles and standards to the assessment and treatment of elite athletes are: …Electronic Health Records raise new ethical concerns
Loss of privacy is commonly thought of as an “unauthorized disclosure” in which the client’s Protected Health Information (PHI) is released to someone not authorized by the client to receive it, usually by accident such as a misdirected fax or email.
But we now commonly hear of breaches of privacy in which thousands of records are lost or compromised by having an unencrypted laptop computer stolen. …A mental health primer on paraphilias in DSM-5
Every 10 years or so, the American Psychiatric Association comes forth with a new or revised dictum on the right way to look at and ultimately diagnose mental disorders. This is a very exacerbating, costly and unpredictable task that makes the outsider question the mental stability and masochistic needs of this very respectable and highly educated group of men and women.
The end result is always …Legal pitfalls in treating borderline personality disorder
One reason why many therapists are reluctant to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is fear of lawsuits. That fear has some foundation. The very dynamics that people with BPD bring into therapy, especially their emotional hypersensitivity and their tendency to shift from idealization to anger, can lead in two ways to lawsuits or complaints to licensing boards.
First, therapists’ real or perceived mistakes can …Hypnosis, therapy… and magic
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, awareness or perception. Hypnosis is a state in which the person’s conscious and subconscious mind is focused and receptive to suggestion. Hypnosis is not magic!
However, let’s look at the relationship between hypnosis and magic in clinical practice even if the clinician does not do formal hypnosis. Many clinicians use indirect hypnotic techniques without really being aware of what they are …