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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  • 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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  • Commercial Insurers Actively Reviewing Patient Records for Healthcare ‘Waste’

    Psychologists who think that not participating in Medicare can avoid audits of patient files need to think again. Commercial payers such as Aetna, Anthem and Humana have in-house special investigation units that are becoming aggressive in reviewing clinical records. According to health care attorney and psychologist, James Georgoulakis, Ph.D., JD, federal audits focus on fraud […]

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  • Veterans Administration is Leader in Telemental Health

    Long waits for care at Veterans Administration facilities have drawn harsh criticism and congressional action, but the VA is a leader in another area of care – telemental health. With 44 percent of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to rural zip codes, the VA is relying increasingly on telemental health and other technologies […]

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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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  • Can Confidentiality be Maintained in Group Therapy?

    Confidentiality is a cornerstone of healthy therapeutic relationships and effective treatment and is based upon the ethical principles of autonomy and fidelity, and to a lesser degree, beneficence and nonmaleficence. Autonomy assumes clients have the right to decide to whom they will reveal information, and confidentiality is based upon respect for clients’ ability to choose […]

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