Web of Addictions Creates Treatment Problems

Therapists today continue to see an increase in multiple addictions, including both chemical and behavioral addictions, and these addictions are commonly seen as co-morbid. For example, compulsive gambling as seen in concert with cocaine or sex addiction or stimulant dependence seen in conjunction with anorexia or bulimia. Additionally, addictive behavior is often coupled with extreme […]

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  • Set up Social Media Policy for Your Practice

    In 2009, I began teaching and offering consultation to psychotherapists using the Internet. I was frequently recommending that clinicians establish clear written policies for their practices regarding interactions with clients online. Last February, I decided it was time for me to follow my own advice and create a social media policy of my own. This […]

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  • New guidelines for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s trigger debate

    Newly proposed diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease developed by experts convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute of Aging followed by research reported in The New York Times (Aug. 9) that a spinal fluid test is accurate to predict Alzheimer’s disease set off a national debate among medical and psychological practitioners. In mid-July […]

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  • Florida approves RxP certification

    The Florida Board of Psychology in July approved the American Board of Medical Psychology (ABMP) to certify properly trained psychologists for a specialty in medical psychology. Florida does not allow RxP psychologists to prescribe psychotropic drugs, but the certification will permit those with proper training to indicate the specialty in credentials and list the designation […]

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  • Program hopes to reduce PTSD – Army to train its own in positive psychology

    The Army trains soldiers for physical readiness. Can it train soldiers to be psychologically stronger, also? That’s a question that will be answered with the start of a historic program that will provide education and psychological training to military personnel before they’re exposed to traumatic events on the battlefield. With the overwhelming number of soldiers […]

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  • Mental health ‘carve-outs’ sue to block parity

    A group of insurance interests have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to block rules adopted to enforce the federal parity law. Mental health advocates say the court action demonstrates that the struggle for parity between health and mental health insurance coverage is far from over despite the […]

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  • Jails are Nation’s Largest Institutions for Mentally Ill

    Fifty years ago, America had about 600,000 state hospital beds for individuals suffering mental illnesses. Today, there are fewer than 40,000. In contrast, a Bureau of Justice Statistics study estimated there are approximately 1 million mentally ill individuals in America’s prisons and jails. Consequently, the nation’s largest mental health facilities are no longer psychiatric hospitals […]

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  • Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead

    I wrote my first psychological test report while in training, in the early 1970s. In those years, there was a more or less standard battery that had changed little since the 1940s and which was employed irrespective of the patient’s history and clinical presentation. This battery consisted of the WAIS for adults and the WISC […]

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  • Online squabble opens eyes – APA’s practice assessment not mandatory

    A flap on listservs of the APA that stretched from late March into early May revealed – to the surprise of many – that the “required” practice assessment is not mandatory for practitioners to maintain APA membership. The brouhaha was fueled largely by questions from Timothy R. Tumlin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Darien, Ill., […]

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  • Telephone therapy seems to work

    The other day one of my patients came into my office upset and sobbing. She told me that life is too difficult to go on, and the day’s events did not help. On the way to my office, she got stuck in heavy traffic. Fearing she would miss our session, she entered the car pool […]

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