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Psychologists can play big role in stemming opioid crisis

Every day in the United States, an average of 150 people will die of opioid overdoses. That’s the sobering truth about a crisis that has gripped the country for more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that more than 399,000 people died from overdoses from 1999-2017. But […]

February 4, 2020 | Read the story »

Settlement sought in Hoffman Report suit

American Psychological Association (APA) officials are “hopeful” a lawsuit sparked by the Hoffman Report can be settled soon but declined further comment. “Because the case is still in litigation, it would not be appropriate for us to comment at this time,” Kim Mills, APA’s interim senior communications advisor, told The National Psychologist in December. “We […]

February 4, 2020 | Read the story »

Employee vs independent contractor – why it matters

Some practice owners bring on new clinicians as independent contractors rather than as employees, which saves the practice owner money, time and paperwork. When clinicians working in the practice are designated as employees, the practice owner is responsible for paying half of their Social Security and Medicare taxes. The practice owner also needs to withhold […]

July 21, 2019 | Read the story »

Telepsychology takes special training

Launching a telepsychology practice involves numerous tasks, some similar to starting any private practice and others more pertinent to the practice of telespychology. Following are some of the things I did to launch my practice, with a focus on the aspects that more specifically pertain to telepsychology. First I wrote an ebook and listed it […]

July 21, 2019 | Read the story »

From the Current Issue...

ASPPB rolls out EPPP-2 – names ‘early adopters’

psychologist written exam for licensureBeginning in January, those seeking to take the examination for licensure as psychologists in Arizona, Nevada, Guam and the Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador will be required to take two tests – at an additional cost of $450.

Since 1965, all state and provincial licensing boards have required applicants to pass a written examination measuring knowledge of practice areas – the Examination for Professional …

February 5, 2020 | Read the story »

Managing intoxicated patients

working with intoxicated patientWhile working with populations who use substances, psychologists may encounter patients who are intoxicated. In these situations, a variety of ethical and legal issues may arise, and often take precedence over direct clinical service. The purpose of this brief article is to provide some initial education as well as an overview of several common situations and factors psychologists may wish to prepare for and consider in their professional …

February 5, 2020 | Read the story »

Early Career Psychologists: Integrated care requires integrating with treatment team

psychologists working on a teamAs scientific literature has increased awareness of the relationship between the biological and psychological aspects of the human condition, and terms such as multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary have become the norm, so has the presence of psychology as an integral component of treatment teams.

From a global perspective, research shows that the presence of a mental health professional embedded within a team greatly contributes to the success of the …

February 5, 2020 | Read the story »

Psychogastroenterology replete with opportunities

gut brain connectionFor the past 20 years, the role of the clinical psychologist in the management of chronic digestive disease has evolved into the newly recognized field of psychogastroenterology. Like other specialties within behavioral medicine, psychogastroenterology focuses on the intersection of chronic medical diseases impacting the digestive system and their subsequent social and emotional impacts.

Research into the brain-gut axis continues to advance rapidly as our understanding of how the brain impacts …

February 5, 2020 | Read the story »

Special considerations needed when working with first responders

first responders and therapyFirst responders and their families make up a unique subculture. Therapists have heard countless stories of their difficulties finding competent treatment.

Police and fire responders report that they often overcome a reluctance to seek treatment only to be met with a provider who understands little about their work and has difficulty handling their trauma.

Psychologists providing treatment and specialized services with their agencies and departments may encounter ethical challenges as …

February 4, 2020 | Read the story »

Challenge ‘diet mentality’ to treat binge eating

binge eating and diet mentalityBinge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder among adults in the United States. More than 8 percent of American adults meet some or all of the criteria for binge eating disorder at some point in their life, more than all other eating disorders combined.

Despite the need for effective treatment, binge eating disorder has been very resistant to psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been …

February 4, 2020 | Read the story »

Sexually kinky clients present ethical issues

sexual kink and ethicsKink can be broadly defined by the compound acronym BDSM, which stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism. It refers to a broad spectrum of erotic behaviors and relationships that incorporate ritualized, consensual and erotic power play.

Long hidden underground, in recent decades kink has become increasingly normalized as research and clinical evidence has mounted countering its historical pathologization.

Nationally representative statistics suggest that 10 percent …

February 4, 2020 | Read the story »