RxP goes international

Amidst the many concerns Americans face in the world today, it is exciting to know that the prescriptive authority movement for psychologists is having a positive impact internationally. Psychologists in the Netherlands have been carefully monitoring the progress of the prescribing/medical psychologists in the United States. They are now focusing their efforts to pass a […]

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  • ‘Give an Hour’ is growing – well … by the hour

    In just over a year, the infant Give an Hour organization founded to help with mounting mental health problems of returning veterans from the wars in the Middle East has grown to adulthood and professionals and private volunteers have provided some 6,500 hours of assistance to veterans and their families. Founder and Executive Director Barbara […]

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  • Practice gets major focus at APA convention

    Boston, MA – About 14,000 attended the 2008 APA Convention at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, down slightly from the anticipated 15,000 turnout. For practicing psychologists the program included CE courses and information sessions along with commitments from the incoming APA President James H. Bray, Ph.D., and the newly ensconced executive director of the […]

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  • Review of ADHD software packages – Computerized ADHD assessment revisited

    In 1995, and again in 2001, I reviewed computerized ADHD assessment tools in The National Psychologist. It is now time for an update. Recent large-scale national studies estimate that between 7 percent and 9 percent of children and 4 percent of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD and roughly half are currently taking medication. Depending […]

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  • Addiction problems plague celebrities

    A phenomenon has emerged in the alcohol and drug treatment field that has recently received much media coverage: Celebrity Rehab. There have been public figures participating in treatment programs from the beginning but increased interest and the willingness of some celebrities to discuss their personal lives has evolved to the point where it is difficult […]

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  • State leaders focus on political activism

    Washington, D.C. – The American Psychological Association’s 2008 State Leadership Conference focused on gaining greater clout for change through lobbying or litigating to protect and expand the purview of psychology. The big picture in plenary sessions for the roughly 600 in attendance stressed playing a defining role in enacting a national parity law and negotiating […]

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  • Marital discord tied to unmet expectations

    Historically in marital therapy, while initial expectations have been an important aspect of treatment its use as a central focus of treatment is less prevalent. Other variables such as work, children, money, sex and extended family can distract the therapist and take the couple on unproductive tangents. This seems to be so because the essential […]

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    CASE REVIEW: Are therapists immune under duty to warn rules when they seek police assistance for a dangerous patient who has made no specific threats? Robinson v. Mount Logan Clinic 182 P.3d 333 (2008) The Utah Supreme Court recently undertook to decide whether a therapist is shielded from liability when she calls law enforcement to […]

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  • Jurors find man simultaneously sane and insane

    Tupelo, MS – Criminal Court Judge was astounded in May to read the jury verdict in a double-murder case. Jurors found the defendant to be sane and insane at the same time. The jury was ambivalent about finding the defendant, Kier Sanders, 43, to be not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI), which would send […]

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  • Private practitioner can work profitably with marginalized populations

    What is public interest psychology? Any time we help heal people who feel damaged or impaired in their ability to enjoy life and participate, we are engaging in the public interest. It is important not to trivialize anyone’s pain or quest to feel whole. Beyond the individual we serve, each person is part of larger […]

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