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Do you know how many of the people you serve are U.S. military veterans? These brave men and women are an elite group, as veterans and currently serving military members account for only 10 percent of the U.S. adult population.
Many of the nearly 22 million U.S. veterans served in a time of war. More than 44 percent of veterans are over the age of 65, indicating service during Vietnam and earlier conflicts. While not all veterans see combat, all experience the stresses of military life.
Behavioral health service providers often treat veterans or family members of military personnel and do not know it. Yet, being a veteran or having a veteran or military personnel in the family may have an impact on service …
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- Neuropsychologist on Mission to Mars
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...Report on Torture Allegations Due by March
A Chicago lawyer has been hired to investigate allegations that the leadership of the American Psychological Association (APA) and some of its members were directly or indirectly complicit in torture of terrorist prisoners.
David H. Hoffman of the Sidley law firm is to complete his probe “in the first quarter” of 2015. Hoffman is former inspector general for Chicago, a former federal prosecutor and once clerked …Insomnia Clients may be Wary of Talk Therapy
Don’t expect clients seeking help for insomnia and other sleep disorders to have much faith in psychological treatments, a roomful of psychologists was told during the annual meeting of the Kentucky Psychological Association here.
“Patients will wonder if those sleeping pills they have been taking for years haven’t worked, why would talking to a psychologist about their problem possibly work?” said Ryan G. Wetzler, Psy.D., …Ethical Practice & The Challenge of Vicarious Trauma
Principle A: Beneficence and nonmaleficence: “Psychologists strive to be aware of the possible effect of their own physical and mental health on their ability to help those with whom they work.” – American Psychological Association, 2014.
Current ethical guidelines require psychologists to selfassess competence and take steps to limit or discontinue clinical work when they can no longer provide competent care. Yet even in the …Competence for Execution: The Ethical Binds
In 1986, The United States Supreme Court decided Ford v. Wainwright, which declared that it was unconstitutional, a violation of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, to execute the “insane.” The court did not precisely define what “insanity” was, but in the opinion one of the justices suggested that it encompassed the idea that a person was too mentally ill to realize …Hoarding Differs from OCD
Hoarding is a unique compulsion, so different from others that the DSM 5 now designates it as a separate disorder rather than a specific form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, as it was covered in earlier editions.
Heather M. Chik, Ph.D., who gave a presentation at the Indiana Psychological Association’s Fall Conference, said hoarding is so different from OCD that pharmaceutical drugs (antidepressant SSRIs) that often help relieve symptoms of other …