Challenges for Psychologist Regulatory Boards in the 21st Century

Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant. -Benjamin Disraeli Here we are entering the 21st Century with telehealth, the potential for internet therapy, and countless technological advances prompting changes in the manner in which psychology is practiced, while the regulation of psychology is in many cases still operating in the 20th Century. […]

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  • Psychologists should be participants when death and dying decisions loom

    “Everyone knows they are going to die but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.” Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie Bill Moyers’ recent four-part television series which focused on America’s aged population facing terminal illness gives pause to psychologists to enter a world they have largely ignored. Psychologists can make a […]

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  • After Last Year’s Boisterous Licensing Boards Row, This Year’s Exchange Is Civil

    WASHINGTON–What started out as a shouting match over licensing board statistics at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Boston last year evolved into a peaceful discussion about the same subject this year. Randall P. Reeves, J.D., director of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board (ASPPB), promised not to scream as he did […]

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  • Relapse Prevention Therapy: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

    Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) was originally designed as a maintenance program for use following the treatment of addictive behaviors although it is also used as a stand-alone treatment program (Marlatt & Gordon, 1985; Parks & Marlatt, 1999). In the most general sense, RPT is a behavioral self-control program designed to teach individuals who are trying […]

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  • Psychotherapy As Effective As Drugs, Study Reports

    Psychotherapy developed by a Virginia psychologist to specifically treat chronic depression works as well as drugs alone, according to a study reported in May in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Co-Author James P. McCullough, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, said a study of 681 chronically depressed individuals showed that patients using […]

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  • Rescue Health Care Day Allows Venting Anger, But Question ‘What Next’ Remains Unaddressed

    For many psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and other health professionals, Rescue Health Care Day, April 1, was a therapeutic experience that encouraged them to vent pent-up rage about the bungling of managed care. Organized for nearly two years by Karen Shore, Ph.D., who heads the National Coalition of Mental Health Providers and Consumers, Rescue Day […]

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  • ‘Duty to protect’ rule still ambiguous, costs Georgia psychologist $280,000

    Nearly a quarter of a century after Tarasoff, many psychologists still find themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place in deciding when to breach confidentiality and when to warn potential victims of imminent danger. Ever since the 1976 Tarasoff ruling in California established the duty to warn and protect, therapists are caught in […]

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  • Lack Of Intellectual Stimulation A Chronic Problem, But Life Is Good For Psychologists In Appalachia

    Pikeville, KY–No one promised heaven to live here and practice psychology in Kentucky or West Virginia. But the psychologists who persevere in the coal mining regions of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia assert they are comfortable and content. They claim to be here to stay. Some were reared in this region and returned to […]

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  • Dispute’s End Not In Sight Yet, But Masters, APA A Step Closer

    “The vast majority of masters-trained people in psychology from Vermont who take the national licensing exam pass it. I passed that exam better than 80% of the rest of the nation. I am proud to say that it is my belief if I pass the standards that APA has established which we agree to be […]

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  • Fear Of Rising Claims By Employer, Insurance Companies Have Not Materialized, GAO Reports

    The dire financial predictions made by insurance companies and employers about complying with the 1996 Mental Health Parity Act have not materialized, says a new report by the General Accounting Office (GAO). In fact, 60 percent of employers responding to a survey to determine compliance with the new law, “did not know whether compliance with […]

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