Licensing mobility makes strides at ASPPB

A program initiated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) in 2011 is showing great promise of standardizing licensing requirements for psychologists to make it easier to practice in other jurisdictions either on a short-term basis or to relocate permanently. “It’s exciting, and it could really solve the mobility problem,” Stephen T. […]

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  • Physical woes from PTSD may vary by war

    Washington, D.C. – Research into the physical effects related to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the effects of early childhood trauma and suicide among veterans highlighted several symposia and workshops during APAs annual August convention. Laura J. Milliken, M.S., a graduate student at the University of Houston, said the pathological effects on PTSD victims […]

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  • Mass shooters received only limited treatment

    First, Adam Lanza, age 20, killed his mother. Then he murdered 20 children and six adults, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Why? Was he mentally ill? Could the tragedy have been prevented with early diagnosis and access to treatment? In 1998, Kip Kinkel, only 14 years old, killed his parents and […]

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  • Caution flags raised over ACA electronic records requirement

    Washington, D.C. – If the nation’s new Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help mental health professionals increase their services, it will be up to psychologists to make it happen by being key players in whatever venue they choose to participate. The government is not going to make it easier for psychology to take its rightful […]

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  • New health care codes released mid-year in unprecedented move

    Washington, D.C. – The American Medical Association CPT committee recently released a new set of medical codes for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). In an interview at the APA Convention, Antonio Puente, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina and voting member of the AMA CPT committee, said in his 25-year involvement with […]

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  • Supreme Court rejects conversion therapy challenge in California; New Jersey to consider

    The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request in late June to hear a challenge to the California law prohibiting licensed psychologists and other mental health workers from providing conversion therapy to minors, days before a federal court of appeals court in Philadelphia heard opposing views on a similar measure in New Jersey. The high […]

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  • Basic elements of the etiology & treatment of eating disorders

    Eating disorders are among the most mysterious and complex of psychopathologies. Popular misunderstanding and professional disagreement confuse the picture even more. Three elements must be present for an eating disorder of any kind to occur: a history of rejection, a tendency toward perfection and a sense of a loss of control. Of course these elements […]

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  • Book Review: Thought-provoking stories bring ethics home

    Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Ph.D., has authored an intriguing and original book on professional ethics – Red Flags in Psychotherapy: Stories of Ethics Complaints and Resolutions. Her approach is unique in that each chapter is a cleverly crafted story of a professional relationship between a psychologist and a client that illustrates a serious violation of ethics by […]

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  • Coping with disruptions in practice due to death or disability

    Two stories from my experience demonstrate how devastating the aftermath can be for survivors if a mental health clinician has not arranged for the handling of professional affairs in the event of death or disability. I will start with Mary’s story. I had been a lawyer about a year when she called me. She was […]

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