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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

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

From the Latest Issue...

Ethical Considerations for Psychologists in Hospital Settings

confidentiality in hospitals - psychologistsIncreasingly, the delivery of health care is moving toward an integrated model, with psychologists practicing within medical clinics as part of multidisciplinary teams that holistically look at patient issues and work together to provide innovative treatments.

However, psychologists in hospital settings face unique ethical challenges, such as obtaining informed consent in a fast-paced environment, maintaining confidentiality with multidisciplinary teams and providing specialty training supervision.

Obtaining informed consent and discussing …

November 9, 2016 | Read the story »

Mental Health Providers: Their Negative View of Marketing and Self-Promotion

mental health provider advertisingRecently, a board member of a state counseling association to which I was about to present a day-long seminar on practice management and marketing said she was uncomfortable with “advertising” my books and with my “attitude of self-promotion.” If I am guilty of “advertising” and “self-promotion,” so be it.  I am not ashamed.

The mindset of many mental health providers, most especially my fellow psychologists, is that we are …

November 8, 2016 | Read the story »

Consider Risks when Contracting with Businesses Offering Online Psychotherapy

online psychotherapyBusinesses offering online psychotherapy have been growing in recent years. For clients, they promise easy connection with an array of psychotherapists, efficiency, convenience and pay-as-you-go service (e.g., through a credit card). For private practice mental health providers, these businesses offer the potential to fill open time, grow one’s practice, widen the reach of the provider’s referral base and move more fully into technology-based treatments.

The models vary (e.g., Breakthrough, Doctor on …

November 8, 2016 | Read the story »

Psychological Services Offered in Chronic Pain Management

chronic pain management with psychological servicesPsychological services have become an integral component of chronic pain treatment in most treatment settings. As an early career psychologist, this is what you need to know about practicing in a multidisciplinary pain management clinic.

There are several reasons a patient with chronic pain could be referred to a psychologist. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience …

November 7, 2016 | Read the story »

Patients & Psychologists Need a Break from Technology

psychologists and patients need a break from technologyFor years I have been reading, talking to professionals and studying how technology impacts the brain. From what I have gleaned I offer several suggestions to take back control for mental health professionals and their clients.

Reset Your Brain Often

There is ample evidence that technology and our busy lives overly stimulate our brains. There is also evidence that certain activities calm our brains. Attention Restoration …

November 7, 2016 | Read the story »

Researchers Outline Trends in Integrated Care

medical and behavioral healthcare integrationIndianapolis – The increased integration of medical and behavioral health care is creating growing opportunities for mental health practitioners to provide therapy for medical patients and their families, two professors said at the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

About 100 attendees were at a workshop where Jennifer Hodgson, Ph.D., LMFT, and Angela Lamson, Ph.D., LMFT, from East Carolina University’s Medical …

November 7, 2016 | Read the story »