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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...

Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures

Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public FiguresSuppose a news reporter asks you to comment on a recent drunken shoplifting spree involving a high-profile celebrity. Let’s call him Mr. Personality.

As a psychologist, you can offer an educated, scientific perspective. In addition, being quoted in the media boosts your credibility as an expert.

You are aware that in order to stay ethical, it’s best to make general statements pertaining to …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »

Financial Therapy Opportunities Growing

Financial therapy opportunities growingPsychologists are on the front lines of all that plagues America from eating disorders to post traumatic stress disorder. Psychologists are consulted on a range of issues from how to market new products to how to improve standardized test scores. But where are psychologists to offer guidance and support for the millions of Americans stressed out about money?

According to the APA, nearly three of four (72 …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »

Managing Risk with Alcohol-Abusing Clients

Susan Smith is a loManaging Risk with Alcohol-Abusing Clientsng-term client. You have been treating her for symptoms related to Borderline Personality Disorder and alcoholism. In your time together, she has had brief periods of sobriety followed by episodes of heavy drinking. She also has a history of legal problems, including two DUIs, which she attributes to increases in impulsivity during times of heavy alcohol consumption. Susan comes to an …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »

Reimbursement Diagnoses May Be Co-Morbid: Ethical Concerns with Different Diagnoses

Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations: Not an Assessment for Purposes of TreatmentI work in a sleep medicine clinic. Since the implementation of ICD-10-CM, I have had more cases where the diagnosis (for example: insomnia) is not accepted by insurance. My billing person has asked me for another diagnosis so she can rebill insurance. There are some cases where all I can do is give a different diagnosis that had not …

May 5, 2016 | Read the story »

Evidence-Based Treatment for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma

Military Sexual TraumaIncreasingly, the suffering of military service members who experienced sexual trauma while on active duty is being recognized. Military sexual trauma, (MST) is used to describe the experiences of thousands of current and former male and female service members who were sexually assaulted or repeatedly sexually harassed.

MST may involve being pressured into sexual activity, often with threats of physical, emotional or career consequences for refusing; being sexually …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »

Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations: Not an Assessment for Purposes of Treatment

Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations: Not an Assessment for Purposes of TreatmentForensic evaluations include Social Security examinations, competency and sanity evaluations in criminal cases, independent psychological evaluations, court-ordered psychological testing and child custody evaluations.

For each of these, the individual who is being evaluated is not a client of the psychologist conducting the evaluation. The person being evaluated needs to understand through an informed disclosure of the fact that the evaluation …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »