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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...

Compulsive pleasing is deceptive and dangerous

Compulsive pleasing is deceptive and dangerousThe truism, “It is better to give than to receive,” is a cliché that reflects a pro-social character trait, selflessness. Selfless individuals, caretaker personalities, invariably place the welfare of others before their own. They are typically pleasing and accommodating and at least at first blush others view them with respect if not adoration.

Those in our surround are taken aback when such admirable qualities are transformed into an …

December 9, 2014 | Read the story »

Problems, perceptions likely to dampen ACA enrollment

Problems, perceptions likely to dampen ACA enrollmentAs the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) second enrollment campaign begins, federal officials are tamping down expectations. “We never had to have re-enrollment and open enrollment together,” new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters. “It will not be perfect.”

Cecelia Munoz, Domestic Policy Council director, asked for support from attendees at a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) event, confessing that “this year’s going to …

December 2, 2014 | Read the story »

Informed Consent: Ethical challenges and opportunities

Informed Consent: Ethical challenges and opportunitiesAlong with the medical field, organized psychology has experienced a paradigm shift in recent years to one in which patients are expected to be active partners in their health care rather than passive recipients. With this new paradigm in mind, we provide an overview of the ethical obligations related to Informed Consent as incorporated into the APA Ethics Code (APA, 2010). We then outline three ethical challenges …

December 2, 2014 | Read the story »

Prepare for a winter of content

Prepare for a winter of contentShorter days have always brought some individuals unpleasant moods, often described as “winter blues” or “cabin fever.”

Even Shakespeare refers to the “winter” of discontent. Psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists commonly refer to a pronounced negative response to shorter days as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Up to 25 percent of Americans suffer at least some negative response to shortened daylight. Symptoms of SAD may include:

  • Trouble concentrating or focusing …

    December 1, 2014 | Read the story »

    Women uniquely vulnerable in criminal justice system

    female prisonersAs of 2012, women made up about 7 percent of the states’ prison population and 6 percent of the federal prison population, with an estimated total of 108,772 women in prison in the United States. When women in jail, on probation or on parole are included, there are over 1 million women involved within the various stages of the criminal justice system.

    While these percentages may seem small compared to male …

    December 1, 2014 | Read the story »