The Second Decade

In the second 10 years of The National Psychologist, 2001-2011, the profession scored a couple of long-time goals, came to terms with national security issues that tested the patience of both sides of the issue and agreed to disagree on how best to deliver therapy. During this 10-year period, many notables in the field of […]

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  • The First Decade

    Condensed from a summary prepared by Gary DeNelsky, Ph.D., of the 57 issues of The National Psychologist printed from January 1991 through June 2001published in the 10th Anniversary Edition, July/August 2001. DeNelsky was a longtime friend and confidant of the newspaper’s founder, Henry Saeman. DeNelsky founded the Cleveland Clinic’s Smoking Cessation Program and was its […]

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  • But the Judge Ordered Me to Do It

    During a recent risk management consultation a psychologist reported how a judge had ordered him to render a forensic recommendation regarding a family that he had been treating. This psychologist had been treating the family in question for more than a year, but eventually the parents decided to divorce. As a consequence of the decision […]

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  • What is the Power of Group Psychotherapy?

    Man is a social animal who remains group-oriented to ensure survival, connection and belonging. Our lives begin in family groups and we function thereafter as members of groups at school, work and in communities. The origin of the power of the group as an agent of change to promote healing lies buried in antiquity. But, […]

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  • APA Leading the Charge Against ‘Medicalizing’ DSM-5

    The American Psychiatric Association (ApA) plans a third – and final – comment period sometime this spring for voicing concerns about the proposed rewrite of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, (DSM), but members of the DSM-5 Task Force need not wait that long to learn how outraged thousands of mental health providers are by many […]

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  • Breast Cancer Survival Rates Improve with Psychological Intervention

    In what could be major step in the battle against breast cancer, an 11-year study by Ohio State University’s Department of Psychology shows that psychological intervention may very well improve a woman’s survival rate. The study showed that breast cancer victims might have a better chance of survival, said Barbara Andersen, Ph.D., professor of psychology, […]

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  • Peace of Mind: Keeping Medical Records Safe

    How secure are your patients’ data? Storing patient health records electronically may be an efficient solution to the antiquated paper filing system of the past, but despite the many upside perks (including financial incentives from the government to adopt electronic health records), a failure in your system that results in breached data may come at […]

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  • ADHD Coaching: An Important Tool for Therapists

    One study found that 10 percent to 20 percent of adults seen in outpatient mental health settings have ADHD. Too often, they are being treated for comorbid anxiety, depression, addictions, etc. while the ADHD goes undiagnosed and untreated. When it is treated, it is usually with traditional therapy models that don’t address practical matters where […]

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  • Running the Gauntlet: The Treating Psychologist in Court

    Psychologists who do not identify as forensic psychologists know that they need to be prepared for those occasions when they may find themselves transported to that venue by no choice of their own. Our APA Ethics Code gives us direction on this point in stating, “When assuming forensic roles, psychologists are to become reasonably familiar […]

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  • Multiple Relationships Not Always Bad

    I was surprised to read the statement of my esteemed colleague, Ed Zuckerman, Ph.D., in the last issue of The National Psychologist (Nov/Dec, 2011), where as part of an article on “The Fiduciary Heart of Ethics“ he stated, “We have an ethical obligation to avoid multiple relationships.” This statement is in contrast to the APA’s […]

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