Assessment of learning disabilities in adults should be evidence-based

Most clinicians are aware that learning disabilities arise early in development, are presumed to be neurologically based and often run in families. Yet, when reviewing reports I am frequently surprised to see that many clinicians are not aware of the evidence base on these disorders. Statements I have found in reports include: Test scatter indicates […]

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  • Many credentials in mental health are questionable

    Consumers of behavioral health care services are confronted with a bewildering array of practitioners with a multitude of graduate degrees, certifications/licensure and titles. This includes so called “vanity” credentials too often conferred based on a resume, a “work sample” and payment of a fee. The proliferation of credentials has been driven by the dissemination of […]

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  • State Updates

    California — In September, California became the first state in the country to ban controversial therapy practices that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors. The law bars mental health practitioners from performing so-called reparative therapy, labeled by professional psychological organizations as potentially harmful and by gay rights groups as dangerous and abusive. Connecticut […]

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  • Conference offers great tips for establishing and growing independent practices

    Strategies for launching, growing and revitalizing independent practices were featured at the first annual APA Division 42 Fast Forward Conference held in San Diego, Oct. 5-6. About 160 attended the sessions at the Rancho Bernardo Inn and Spa. Headline speakers included Steven Walfish, Ph.D., author of many books on making a practice successful; Keely Kolmes, […]

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  • My Experience with Carl Whitaker

    Carl A. Whitaker, M.D., was a pioneer in psychotherapy as well as family therapy. He co-authored the master classic, The Roots of Psychotherapy, with Thomas P. Malone, M.D., Ph.D. Whitaker’s major contribution was freeing up the use of self to shoot from the hip concerning such unconscious materials as suicide, homicide, incest etc. that therapists […]

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  • Unsung Hero Fights for Psychologists

    Exhibiting qualities similar to those needed as an athlete at the University of Alabama about 40 years ago, Jim Georgoulakis, Ph.D., of San Antonio, is the same determined, stalwart and highly respected athlete. But now he is on the line for a different kind of team. For more than 15 years he has been the […]

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  • Revised ‘Bible’ of forensic testimony is excellent

    This is the sixth edition of a classic work in the field of psychology and law. It is a compendium of ways that psychological testimony or expertise can be employed in criminal, civil or administrative courts, along with an expose of the procedures, strengths and weaknesses of each. In this sense, it is an invaluable […]

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  • Medicare to Cut Payments for Not Meeting Reporting Requirements

    Apathy is turning into urgency as clini-cians who bill under Medicare learn that financial penalties are slated for 2015 for non-compliance in the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) beginning January 2013. According to the website on PQRS from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “Beginning in 2015, if the eligible profes-sional or group […]

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  • Football Head Injuries Create Need for Therapists

    The United States is obsessed with football, and especially the National Football League (NFL). Between the artistry of the game and fantasy football fanatics, the NFL has become America’s pastime. The size and speed of today’s NFL athlete is the reason the league is so popular, but it is also the reason that the game has become […]

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  • Petition Seeks to Dump DSM and Adopt ICD

    The National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP) has launched a petition drive encouraging psychologists to abandon psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and adopt instead the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as the standard for classifying mental disorders. John Caccavale, Ph.D., NAPPP’s executive director, said the controversy over proposed revisions for the DSM-5 that is to be released […]

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