A call to psychologists: Step up and be leaders

The e-mail invitation read: “If you are interested in being considered for one of these committees, please visit the website listed below to learn more about the committee and its work.” When Daylight Saving Time ended on Nov. 1, most people enjoyed having an extra hour to sleep, but for a large portion of the […]

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  • Need for ‘Creative Extremism’ stressed at practice conference

    Las Vegas – Instead of gambling for two days, 85 psychology practitioners spent money and time in October attending the first annual Continuing Education and Practice Development Conference sponsored by the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP). Presentations were a mix of inspirational lectures combined with nuts and bolts workshops to sharpen skills necessary […]

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  • Binge eating disorder can be deadly

    Research suggests that eating disorders are the deadliest of all mental health disorders. Currently, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) or compulsive overeating is not officially a diagnostic category listed in the DSM-IV-TR. Therefore, patients struggling with binge eating disorder or “BED” may typically be classified under Eating Disorder NOS, which is the most commonly diagnosed eating […]

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  • Medicare update summer 2009 – Probability of audits increases

    Intense scrutiny for billing and coding errors of Medicare claims begins this summer as the controversial Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program is in place. According to an article in ModernHealthcare.com posted May 4, 2009, after piloting the RAC program in several states, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) believes it will cut down on […]

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  • Working with trauma in Israel: Lessons for America

    We know that we will soon have waves of returning war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and witness their adjustment coming home and with their family members. We know that there will be massive psychological wounds to these soldiers and those around them. Clinical psychology came of age after World War II to help returning […]

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  • Women in war: The new combatants

    The inevitable truth is that the face of the American soldier is increasingly likely to be female. Although women have always served alongside their male counterparts, they were more likely to be in supportive roles stationed behind enemy lines out of harm’s way. The Persian Gulf War (PGW) was a critical turning point for women […]

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  • APA Convention – Budget woes occupy Council deliberations

    Toronto – Tight budget considerations prompted by recession-related reductions in investment income prompted the APA’s Council of Representatives to spend much of its time in August sessions addressing dollar-and-cents issues. According to an article in ModernHealthcare.com posted May 4, 2009, after piloting the RAC program in several states, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) […]

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  • Will Gamblers Get Out Alive?

    George lost his job and can’t afford a vacation, but says, “I have $40 so I may as well gamble – I might win thousands and be able to go on vacation.” These economic times are challenging all of us to make different financial decisions. During the Great Depression, gambling was up and last year […]

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  • A Day in Judge Mary Morgan’s Adult Behavioral Health Court

    Case conference The Law Library on the second floor of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice was flooded with natural light coming in through the three large windows that face east. From my chair, there was a clear view of the mammoth “Yahoo!” billboard alongside highway 80. The steady swoosh of traffic managed to seep in […]

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  • Concerns voiced over secrecy surrounding DSM-V

    Akron, Ohio – Two psychologists who were integrally involved in the development of the DSM-IV are critical of secrecy surrounding the DSM-V revision process. Peter E. Nathan, Ph.D., and Thomas A. Widiger, Ph.D., who held sessions on the history and development of the DSM at an April conference hosted by the Archives of the History […]

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