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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

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 […]

January 18, 2016

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

From the Latest Issue...

Psychologists Told Ominous Letters are ‘Just Educational’

insurance auditPsychologists in many parts of the country who routinely bill for an hour psychotherapy session have been receiving letters from insurance companies that show their practice patterns are being carefully scrutinized, causing anxiety about future audits.

Alan Nessman, J.D., senior special counsel in the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Office of the American Psychological Association (APA), downplayed the threat of audits from such letters sent by insurers such as Anthem, Highmark and …

August 3, 2017 | Read the story »

Suicide Prevention Drive Ensnaring Psychologists

suicide preventionDo doctoral level psychologists need more training in suicide prevention?

The California Board of Psychology says yes – but the California Psychological Association (CPA) says enough is enough.

The board sponsored Assembly Bill 89 (AB89) to require psychologists to have six hours of suicide risk assessment and intervention training effective Jan. 1, 2020, in continuing education courses or “applied experience under supervision.”

It’s highly unlikely CPA will be able to stop the bill. …

August 3, 2017 | Read the story »

Cutting National Institutes of Health Budget Must be Opposed

affordable care act mental health budget cutsOn March 24, the Affordable Health Care Act was retained after it became evident that the American Health Care Act endorsed by President Trump’s administration did not have necessary political support in Washington. Although this was an important victory for public health, there looms another health-related proposal under review by the administration that could jeopardize public health in a significant way.

This concerns a plan to …

August 2, 2017 | Read the story »

Early Career Psychology: Balance vs. Burnout

psychologist burnout vs balanceAchieving balance is a trendy topic. I contemplated using a photo of smooth stones balancing gingerly atop each other because that seems to have become the universal symbol for balance. Instead, I decided “person not yet falling into the water” seemed a more accurate visual representation of what the quest for maintaining balance actually feels like.

As psychologists, we understand the negative effects that chronic stress has on our …

August 1, 2017 | Read the story »

Ethics for Psychologists: African American Families, Diversity and Ethics

Female Patient Conversing With psychiatristThe National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology as well as the American Psychological Association have determined that professional psychologists should pursue life-long learning in regard to a defined set of professional competencies.

The aim of this discussion is to create a space for considering the close relationship of diversity and ethics in regard to serving African Americans. Among the compelling reasons to consider this topic …

August 1, 2017 | Read the story »

Risk Management: Psychologists Taking on a Supervisee

psychologist supervisee practiceI would like to hire a new graduate working toward his/her licensing hours.  If he/she is working for me and I’m the identified supervisor on site, is he/she technically working under my license?  If so, do I need to inform my malpractice company?  Increase my coverage? In addition, can I bill any insurance company for this clinician’s work? What else am I not considering?

Taking on supervisees presents a number …

August 1, 2017 | Read the story »