Ten Tips from 40 years in Clinical Practice

Forty years ago, I began clinical practice after receiving the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. The first two post-graduate years were devoted to direct service delivery while serving in a community mental health center in Minnesota. This was followed by three years of university teaching at the doctoral level while providing consultation […]

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  • Lawyers Wrangle for Top Billing in APA/APAPO Suit

    Two coalitions of law firms are scrambling to recruit practicing psychologists as clients in suits against the American Psychological Association (APA) that the lawyers believe will bring multi-million dollar damage awards for APA members who paid practice assessments in the past 10 years. APA officials contend the suits are unfounded and will fail. Both suits […]

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  • Three perspectives on the future of psychology practice

    Three respected psychologists prognosticate on the next decade for the practice of psychology. Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., David B. Baker, Ph.D. and Stephen A. Ragusea, Psy.D., all see the future in a different light.

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  • Techno breaches could cost practitioners

    A technology addition to HIPAA enforcement regulations called HITECH can expose psychologists to fines of $100 to $50,000. Tech watcher Kenneth P. Drude, Ph.D., outlines how to avoid those pitfalls.

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  • Risk Management: When Marital Therapy Isn’t

    At a recent workshop someone in attendance asked if the following was acceptable: A couple had been referred to a psychologist for marital therapy. Discovering that their insurance policy did not specifically cover marital therapy, the psychologist decided to identify one member of the dyad as the patient, give that person a DSM diagnosis (which […]

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  • SPTAs help members deal with economic uncertainty

    Many members of state, provincial, and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) are facing stressful times in the current economic environment. Those of us working for SPTAs know that the income of many of our members is down or you are working harder and longer for the same income. Throughout this recession the SPTAs continue to create […]

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  • Child welfare system has roles for psychologists

    Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., says that American children are protected from maltreatment not just by their parents but also by government officials. When families fail, government steps in, whether to educate caregivers, remediate parenting problems, deal with unmanageable children or terminate parental rights. Psychologists have several potential roles in the process. One role I play […]

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  • The background and significance of the practice assessment

    In a retrospective, Bryant Welch, J.D., Ph.D., describes the background, significant factors and intent that went into the original APA Practice Organization “special assessment.” As the original author of the special assessment, Welch gives an “inside baseball” look at how the assessment was developed and enacted.

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  • Once taboo topic now critical therapy issue

    Money is increasingly emerging as a topic in the psychotherapy setting. Our current recessionary times have brought financial matters to the fore in the lives of the general public and our clients as well, but in addition, a budding movement appears be taking root. Long a taboo subject of conversation in our culture, money has […]

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  • Risk Management: When Marital Therapy Is

    The article “When Marital Therapy Isn’t” in the September/October edition of The National Psychologist appears to have generated questions and concern on the part of many psychologists who read it. Some apparently thought that the article was stating the use of the CPT code 90847 was inappropriate for couple’s therapy. That was not the case […]

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