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Prospects for interstate psychology practice significantly improved in February when the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board (ASPPB) finalized an interjurisdictional compact, known as the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).
The ASPPB, an organization representing all of the psychology licensing boards in the United States and Canada, last year presented a draft compact for public comment. The finalized version incorporated some minor changes in response to feedback received. The PSYPACT is intended to facilitate both interstate telepsychology and temporary in-person practice of psychology. (The draft had only focused on interstate telepsychology and did not include a temporary in-person practice provision.)
States that adopt the PSYPACT by passing the necessary legislation, will establish a legal mechanism for psychologists licensed in one state to practice in another state via telecommunications. …
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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...Group Psychotherapy: Considerations & Guidelines
Ensemble is the operative concept and primary goal of all effective groups (ensembles). Ensembles strive to function increasingly effectively in ensemble. I learned the significance of ensemble from lifelong experience as a chamber-music ’cellist. The importance of ensemble is demonstrated by the optimally functioning string quartet.
Psychotherapy groups, and string quartets, when functioning optimally represent the most democratic of settings and democracy, …Using Hypnosis With Children
Children are developmentally in motion both physiologically and psychologically. They live in a land of discovery where ideas realize themselves and imagination prevails. Children are always in a creative and imaginative trance-like state. (Sugarman and Wester 2014)
Children have very creative and active imaginations. A child experiencing a problem …Technology Changes Ethics for Private Practice
The ethical challenges of the 21st Century, with its myriad of technological advances, are daunting, especially for those of us trained before the millennium. My personal modus operandi has been avoidance and minimization.
However, two recent events forced me to take a serious look at my security practices. I received a letter from my insurance company stating that they had been hacked and my Protected Health Information (PHI) had been compromised. A …Leaders Discuss the Nature of Microagressions
Microagressions, a relatively new word describing subtle forms of discrimination and bigotry often expressed unwittingly, have taken on added importance as the leadership of state and national psychological associations has become more diverse, delegates to the annual State Leadership Conference were told in March.
An example given by Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., was when a well-meaning member of the APA Council of Representation congratulated him when he was named as the chief …Is It Ethics or Law?
In my position as chair of the Florida Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, I frequently received telephone calls from psychologists asking for guidance about ethical concerns. However, the majority of questions I hear actually have nothing to do with ethics, per se. Rather, they are queries about the law and psychologists often seem surprised to find that they are blending the two realms in their minds. I’ll try to clarify the distinction …