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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

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

From the Latest Issue...

RxP Battle: Prescriptive authority for psychologists may not be worth the cost

RxP battle may not be worth the costPrescriptive authority for psychologists (RxP) has become a controversial topic. It is the focus of time and energy for many state psychological associations.

The greatest challenge to RxP is opposition by physician groups, based on the perceived encroachment of professional psychology on psychiatry. Psychiatry has all but abandoned talk therapy, largely over reimbursement. The criterion issue remaining that separates psychiatry from psychology is …

March 9, 2016 | Read the story »

Risk Management: Psychologists must keep pace as technology changes practice

electronic files and new technology for psychologistsAs the 21st Century proceeds, you will notice a change in the method of creating and maintaining patient files. This is evidenced by the increased use of electronic records. While it is true that the government has new requirements about this, it also reflects the change in preference of today’s practicing psychologists. Newer members are coming into the field with no reservations about creating …

March 9, 2016 | Read the story »

Adverse effects from a psychology licensing complaint

client complaint of psychologistProfessionalism is founded on the concept of benefiting society and the specific persons who receive services under the aegis of a scholarly or learned discipline. Certainly psychologists are dedicated to helping clients and patients improve their psychological health.

Human foibles may lead to faulty professional services that render few benefits and perhaps even inflict harm.  Clients with a character or other mental disorder may falsely allege wrongdoing …

March 9, 2016 | Read the story »

Social Media & Ethics: Psychologists self-reflect when engaging through technology

linkedinMany times, psychologists experience fear, dread and anxiety when the concept of ethics is introduced. Simultaneously, many psychologists use social media for both professional and personal reasons. Since social media comes in various forms, psychologists may think they are not sufficiently learned or practiced in social media, which may add to feelings of apprehension.

Finally, social media is expanding quickly, so practicing psychologists may feel overwhelmed with the diversity of …

March 9, 2016 | Read the story »

Ethical ways for psychologists to counteract negative reviews online

negative reviews online psychologistIf you Google your name, the first page of search results may show ratings from Healthgrades, Yelp and similar sites. Sometimes these ratings are less than kind. And sometimes they’re not even posted by real clients.

Upon seeing a negative review, your first thought might be, “How do I get this removed?” Check the website’s Terms of Service. Many rating sites stipulate that reviews must be based on …

March 9, 2016 | Read the story »