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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  • 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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  • Analyzing Obama’s Absentee Analyst

    Inside the Mind of the President: Obama on the Couch by Justin A. Frank, M.D is an interesting read and will likely be hailed by many as an outstanding book for clearing the air on how the president thinks and makes decisions. There is little doubt even among his naysayers that Obama is an adept […]

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  • APAPO to Take Over AAP’s Political Activities

    The political action committee (PAC) overseen by the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (AAP) will be absorbed into a new PAC operated by the APA Practice Organization (APAPO) by the end of the year. Members and contributors to AAP were notified of the change in letters sent in July. Katherine C. Nordal, Ph.D., APA’s […]

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  • Gifts in Therapy: Some are Appropriate

    Giving a gift is an ancient and universal way to express gratitude, appreciation, altru- ism and love. Appropriate gifts in therapy are ethical and enhance authentic therapeutic relationships, which is the best predictor of therapeutic outcome. Rejecting clients’ clinically appropriate gifts is likely to be perceived as personal rejection or even an insult, and may […]

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  • State Updates

    Massachusetts – The state has opened a 320-bed mental health facility in Worcester, the first to be built in the state since the 1950s. The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital will let patients be active in activities and programs on a campus resembling home and neighborhood environments. California – State lawmakers have requested an audit […]

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  • APA to Spend $3 Million to Expand Approved Internships

    A $3 million investment to increase the number of approved internships available for doctoral psychology students was approved at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention held here the first week in August. The Council of Representatives voted 145 to 15 to approve a three-year program to offer competitive grants of up to $20,000 each to […]

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  • The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the Myth of the Mad Genius

    A Book Review of The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the Myth of the Mad Genius by Judith Schlesinger, Ph.D. (2012) Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y. Shrinktunes Media. $24.95.   Sometimes what you think you know just isn’t so. A persistent belief, fueled by media, is that creative people more often suffer bipolar disorder or other mental illness. In The […]

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