Psychiatric Association Clears DSM-5 for Publication

The American Psychiatric Association announced Dec. 1 that the diagnostic criteria of the controversial DSM-5 revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual has been approved by the association’s board of trustees. That approval clears the way for the DSM-5 to be published in May to replace the current DSM-IV-TR. Since the draft of the DSM-5 […]

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  • Psychologist Organizations React to DSM-5

    Two national organizations for practicing psychologists are concerned about the potentially harmful impact on patients when the revised DSM-5 is released in May but their efforts are not coordinated in part from a fail- ure to communicate. The National Alliance of Professional Practicing Psychologists (NAPPP), formed in 2006 by psychologists who felt the American Psychological […]

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  • State Updates

    North Carolina – The North Carolina Psychological Association is working to familiarize psychologists with a change of state law on client confidentiality that became effective in 2012. Under the law, mental health providers may share client information with other mental health or medical health providers without obtaining written consent from the client when necessary to […]

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  • Track and Market Outcome Results

    Private practitioners are continually challenged to come up with new ways of attracting clients. Rather than learning trendy new treatments to lure new customers, imagine being able to measure and market the quality of your services more effectively. Few clinicians have ventured into this powerful way to position a private practice: focusing on improving and […]

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  • What Malpractice Insurance Isn’t

    A brief discussion with psychologists at any risk management seminar quickly reveals that few of them have ever read their malpractice insurance policy and those few who have gained a poor understanding of what is written in it. This is not because psychologists are easily confused, but because these policies are written in a rather […]

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  • Conversion Therapy Ruling Appealed in California

    A Virginia-based evangelical Christian organization is seeking an emergency hearing in the 9th District Federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco to stop the Jan. 1 implementation of California’s first-in-the-nation ban on conversion therapy for minors. Liberty Counsel, which is affiliated the Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., asked for the hearing following a […]

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  • RxP Movement Regrouping

    Columbus, Ohio – The RxP movement to expand the number of jurisdictions that permit properly trained psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications appears to be gearing up for substantial activity in the coming year, including an interesting demonstration project backers hope will be approved for Ohio. Moves for statewide authority are under way in several states, […]

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  • Documenting Client Claims of Sexual Abuse

    With the cases from the Penn State football sexual abuse scandal continuing to grow, we will soon see an explosion of unrelated cases from clients who have been too afraid to accuse alleged predators. I am already observing such reports from my own clients. One question being raised is, “How will we know which cases/accusations […]

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