Psychology gains major role in defining qualify care

Washington, D.C. – In a historic debate and vote by members of a key health care alliance, psychology and other healthcare professions made a giant step toward greater parity with medicine in the national healthcare scene. At its fall meeting, the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) provided psychology for the first time with voting privileges […]

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  • Building a practice by specializing

    There are plenty of clinicians out there, so how do you distinguish yourself? How do you increase the odds that a potential client calls you rather than someone else? Many of us practice in areas that have a fair number of other equally qualified professionals. Although we have all received at least something of a […]

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  • Stance against torture reaffirmed – Role of psychologists at detention centers approved

    San Francisco – Despite boisterous protests at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention here last month the Council of Representatives overwhelmingly reaffirmed a 2004 resolution against cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners. Protesters wanted psychologists banned from the centers but the Council maintained a need for their presence at Guantanamo Bay and other detention […]

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  • Online therapy poses great risks

    Many professional psychologists are wary of providing therapy online because the Internet is vulnerable to hacking and because they are not convinced that one can conduct therapy effectively via text. Psychologists are also concerned about the difficulty of verifying clients’ identities and therapists’ credentials and unclear or non-existent interstate and international regulation. The public, however, […]

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  • California bill has chance of passing next year – Governor has final say on Hawaii RxP bill

    Hawaii’s hope to gain prescription privileges for psychologists was in the hands of Gov. Linda Lingle at press time for The National Psychologist. Lingle placed Senate Bill 1004 on a June 25 list of 33 bills that could be vetoed but stressed twice in accompanying remarks that a listing does not definitely mean a veto […]

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  • California bills merge then stall – Nine states introduce RxP legislation

    Washington, D.C. – With renewed enthusiasm, nine state leaders told members attending the State Leadership Conference here in March that their associations have introduced bills that if passed would grant psychologists the right to prescribe medications. Prospects are mixed. The consensus was that Hawaii holds the best chance of gaining prescription privileges this year but […]

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  • PsyUSA serves psychologists well

    An online network that began in 1995 with eight subscribers designed as a vehicle in which psychologists could exchange information about their profession has grown to about 1,200 members, says Dennis Elias, Ph.D., owner of the PsyUSA network. The listserv was the creation of John R. Rorabach, Ph.D., who saw how the Internet would benefit […]

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  • Tribute to Ellis filled with tears and cheers

    San Francisco – Curmudgeon or charismatic, confrontational or provocative, infuriating or forceful, petulant or tolerant – any or all of these may very well describe Albert Ellis, Ph.D., but none capture the true essence of the man that many of his peers considered a genius. “He was an irascible old fool and did not suffer […]

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  • Psychological testing: old specialty, new markets

    Psychological testing is an important part of psychology’s history. Opinions about its future are wide ranging. Some psychologists believe it’s a nearly obsolete tool while others see it as a specialty area with tremendous growth potential. Payment trends Psychological testing has followed a reimbursement course similar to that of psychotherapy. With the incursion of managed […]

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  • VIEWPOINT: SAMHSA goals are resilience and recovery

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) remains committed to a clear vision that guides its work: a life in the community for everyone. To that end, as the new SAMHSA administrator, I will continue to advance the agency’s mission of building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for […]

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