The day the psychology of America changed forever

The day dawned bright and beautiful over nearly all of the continental United States. It was the type of bright, blue, late summer day that called to mind crooner Neil Diamonds’ hit song of years ago, September Morn. But before the morning of September 11 could really get underway, one era ended and a new […]

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  • AN ESSAY: Good, evil and terrorism

    The bully can, in one thoughtless moment, smash the sand castle that a child took hours to build. A vandal can deface a statue in an instant that an artist took years to create. Terrorists can destroy buildings in a moment that took years to erect, or end lives that took generations to nourish. Evil […]

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  • ‘Rich and famous’ from pricey Gold Coast show their idiosyncratic side in therapy

    If your pocketbook forces you to challenge the pricey tab on an oceanfront condo or the 20% gratuity on your bar bill irritates you, forget Palm Beach, FL as a playground. Or, if you are harried about managed care and the chaotic state of healthcare, you don’t belong there either. But Florence Kaslow, Ph.D. does […]

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  • Psychiatry already charting course to win support in New Mexico prescribing

    In the recent war over prescription privileges in New Mexico, David nearly slew Goliath when the New Mexico Psychological Assn. narrowly missed overpowering the combined medical and psychiatric forces in internecine warfare at the State House. Fiscal force prevailed, winning the day for psychiatrists when the clock ran out on psychology’s efforts. Now, a new […]

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  • The plight of recent graduates

    ‘Have Ph.D.’ but cannot practice psychology Washington–It’s the morning after graduation. The owner of a shiny new Ph.D. degree in psychology starts the day with strong coffee and a skimpy plan to go job hunting. She faces a problem. She is a Ph.D. sans a license to practice. What to do? Pursue a job that […]

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  • It’s a new world where ‘multiculturalism’ speaks volumes

    The 2000 Census clearly tells the story. No longer are white Europeans, descendants of 18th and 19th century immigrants, the dominant culture in the United States. They have given way to Hispanics, Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, American Indians, Native Hawaiian, people from Somalia and other war-ravaged countries. Their influx during the past decade has transformed the […]

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  • Surgeon General unveils far-reaching mental health report

    From all appearances, the presentation of a new report on mental illness by Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., at the APA convention in San Francisco in late August was a smashing success, reminding America about its neglected masses craving for help. But now come the details. Satcher’s tenure as surgeon general will soon end–in […]

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  • ‘Dr. Laura’ debacle won’t go away as vetoed article dispute reveals

    The “Dr.Laura” controversy that caused the American Psychological Association (APA) serious embarrassment two years ago, is turning into an on-going soap opera that has lately threatened to divide the association into warring camps. The latest chapter was being written this spring when a once-accepted, then rejected, and finally re-accepted article by Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D., an […]

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  • The National Psychologist publishes history of past decade on its 10-year anniversary

    The July/August 2001, 10-year anniversary issue of The National Psychologist features a 16-page retrospective of events covered in all 57 issues, 1,712 pages of the newspaper since its inception. The National Psychologist is an independent newspaper intended for psychologist practitioners. The article tracing the 10-year history was written by Garland Y. DeNelsky, Ph.D., a psychologist […]

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  • Two sides of managed care debated at Atlanta conference

    Atlanta–It’s surprising and refreshing that a managed care organization such as the National Mental Health Care Congress (NMHCC) would invite a keynote speaker to its annual convention, whose biases run afoul of the hand that feeds the honoraria. Take David Himmelstein, M.D., chief of the Division of Social and Community Medicine at Cambridge (Mass.) Health […]

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