Highlights from the July/August, 1998 issue:

By National Psychologist Editor
July 1, 1998

# In addition to numerous barriers that hinder prescription privileges for psychologists, the most serious threat continues to come not from psychiatry, but from psychology’s own ranks, led by the American Assn. of Applied and Preventive Psychology (AAAPP). Related prescription privileges stories:

  • The road to prescription privileges is already clear for psychologists, but few choose to take it, says Kurt Salzinger, Ph.D., president of AAAPP. The alternate route is through nursing school, Salzinger asserts.
  • APA President Martin Seligman, Ph.D. favors prescription privileges, having taught his students that there are five levels of analysis at which they should be prepared to deal with psychopathology, psychopharmacology and neurochemistry being among them.
  • Although APA approved prescription privileges, the issue failed to earn its endorsement through customary channels and may now being the price of rushing the issue in 1996.

# Psychiatry tries — and fails, at least for the time being — to keep psychologists from diagnosing and treating mental illness in New York and California.

# If professional life is tough and getting tougher, try forensic psychology. But be aware of the hazards along with the promises.

# Case rates have become a new method managed care companies use to pay mental health professionals. Many psychologists think it will cut into their incomes even more. Others believe it presents opportunities.

# New York State Psychological Assn. task force examines benefits of joining labor union.

# Liability insurance risks differ for clinicians than for I-O and forensic psychologists.

# Most psychologists don’t understand how vulnerable they are to being victims of false allegations than can quickly become career threatening crises, writes Bryant Welch, Ph.D., J.D., calling ethics proceedings before state licensing boards potentially terrifying and eye-opening experiences.

# David A. Rodgers, Ph.D., who began expounding on a psychology “house of its own” 25 years ago, revisits this favorite topic. Psychology, he says, should stop complaining that others are not doing it for us, and work on making a “heavy up-front economic investment in our own profession.”

# Several sides are presented about psychologists in today’s V.A. centers.

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