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The 3rd U.S. District Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has upheld the constitutionality of legislation by the New Jersey Legislature that bans the use of conversion therapy on minors.
However, the reasoning the court used in upholding the new law may present an avenue for a successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, since it differs from the thinking the 9th District Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco employed when it upheld the constitutionality of a similar bill enacted by the California Legislature in 2012.
In its ruling, the 3rd District took exception to a lower court’s decision that characterized verbal communications during therapy sessions as “conduct,” not “speech” protected by the First Amendment. …
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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...Compulsive pleasing is deceptive and dangerous
The 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 …Problems, perceptions likely to dampen ACA enrollment
As 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 …Informed Consent: Ethical challenges and opportunities
Along 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 …Prepare for a winter of content
Shorter 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 …
Women uniquely vulnerable in criminal justice system
As 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 …