Ethical issues in assessing treating elite athletes

There has been a significant increase in interest among psychologists in providing clinical and sport psychology services to college, Olympic and professional athletes. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the major ethical concerns most relevant to a psychologist’s assessment and treatment of such athletes. In my view, the most relevant ethical […]

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  • Electronic Health Records raise new ethical concerns

    Loss of privacy is commonly thought of as an “unauthorized disclosure” in which the client’s Protected Health Information (PHI) is released to someone not authorized by the client to receive it, usually by accident such as a misdirected fax or email. But we now commonly hear of breaches of privacy in which thousands of records […]

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  • APA task force report: Gun violence can be reduced

    A task force of the American Psychological Association studying gun violence determined that while there is no specific profile to predict who will use a gun in a violent act, there are effective ways to reduce gun violence in America. The report, “Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy,” was prepared by a task force established […]

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  • Hypnosis, therapy… and magic

    Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, awareness or perception. Hypnosis is a state in which the person’s conscious and subconscious mind is focused and receptive to suggestion. Hypnosis is not magic! However, let’s look at the relationship between hypnosis and magic in clinical practice even if the clinician does not do formal hypnosis. Many […]

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  • Risks accompany benefits of telecommunications

    The Internet that so greatly expanded the spread of information is just as efficient at disseminating misinformation, listeners at the keynote address were told on the opening day of the Fall Conference of the Indiana Psychological Association. Jana N. Martin, Ph.D., CEO of the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (“The Trust”), also cautioned that while […]

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  • A mental health primer on paraphilias in DSM-5

    Every 10 years or so, the American Psychiatric Association comes forth with a new or revised dictum on the right way to look at and ultimately diagnose mental disorders. This is a very exacerbating, costly and unpredictable task that makes the outsider question the mental stability and masochistic needs of this very respectable and highly […]

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  • Legal pitfalls in treating borderline personality disorder

    One reason why many therapists are reluctant to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is fear of lawsuits. That fear has some foundation. The very dynamics that people with BPD bring into therapy, especially their emotional hypersensitivity and their tendency to shift from idealization to anger, can lead in two ways to lawsuits or […]

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  • Psychodynamic dangers in treating BPD

    Psychiatrist Thomas Gutheil describes several psychodynamic characteristics of people with BPD that can lead to lawsuits: Rage Borderline rage is so intense that therapists often feel coerced into acting against their best therapeutic judgment. They may be afraid to set limits or boundaries. Alternatively, their reaction to clients’ rage may be to become too rigid. […]

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  • Most psychologists misinformed on ‘duty to warn’

    No more than a third of psychologists know their legal obligations when clients threaten violence, an expert told a packed workshop at the annual Ohio Psychological Association Convention in October. “The other two-thirds don’t know what the hell they’re talking about,” said Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., who led the workshop on Psychology and the Law. […]

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