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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

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…

September 15, 2013

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 […]

September 15, 2013

From the Latest Issue...

Track and market outcome results

Track and market outcome resultsPrivate practitioners are continually challenged to come up with new ways of attracting clients. Rather than learning trendy new treatments to lure new customers, imagine being able to measure and market the quality of your services more effectively.

Few clinicians have ventured into this powerful way to position a private practice: focusing on improving and reporting one’s clinical outcomes. This may sound audacious but some agencies and insurance …

January 28, 2015 | Read the story »

Report on Torture Allegations Due by March

Report on torture allegations due by MarchA Chicago lawyer has been hired to investigate allegations that the leadership of the American Psychological Association (APA) and some of its members were directly or indirectly complicit in torture of terrorist prisoners.

David H. Hoffman of the Sidley law firm is to complete his probe “in the first quarter” of 2015. Hoffman is former inspector general for Chicago, a former federal prosecutor and once clerked …

January 6, 2015 | Read the story »

Insomnia Clients may be Wary of Talk Therapy

Insomnia clients may be wary of talk therapyDon’t expect clients seeking help for insomnia and other sleep disorders to have much faith in psychological treatments, a roomful of psychologists was told during the annual meeting of the Kentucky Psychological Association here.

“Patients will wonder if those sleeping pills they have been taking for years haven’t worked, why would talking to a psychologist about their problem possibly work?” said Ryan G. Wetzler, Psy.D., …

January 6, 2015 | Read the story »

Ethical Practice & The Challenge of Vicarious Trauma

Ethical practice and the challenge of vicarious traumaPrinciple A: Beneficence and nonmaleficence: “Psychologists strive to be aware of the possible effect of their own physical and mental health on their ability to help those with whom they work.” – American Psychological Association, 2014.

Current ethical guidelines require psychologists to selfassess competence and take steps to limit or discontinue clinical work when they can no longer provide competent care. Yet even in the …

January 6, 2015 | Read the story »

Competence for Execution: The Ethical Binds

Competence for execution: the ethical bindsIn 1986, The United States Supreme Court decided Ford v. Wainwright, which declared that it was unconstitutional, a violation of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, to execute the “insane.” The court did not precisely define what “insanity” was, but in the opinion one of the justices suggested that it encompassed the idea that a person was too mentally ill to realize …

January 6, 2015 | Read the story »