APA Adopts Guidelines for Transgender Therapy

Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about gender identities or expressions, suggests a new set of guidelines. The guidelines were adopted by the APA’s Council of Representatives at the annual convention in Toronto. They were drafted by an APA task force in the […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Ethical Considerations for Media Presentations

    Several times over the past year, psychologists have asked me, “What do I need to know to host a radio program?” My advice is to approach use of media with circumspection rather than simply dismiss it as a liability. The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) Standard 504 Media Presentations states: […]

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  • ACLU Sues Psychologists Who Designed Torture Tactics

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Oct. 13 against two psychologists who developed the “enhanced interrogation” techniques for the CIA that resulted in torture of prisoners at terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and some “black” CIA sites. In 2005, psychologists James Mitchell, Ph.D., and John “Bruce” Jessen, Ph.D., both former Air […]

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  • Illinois is 4th State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature on legislation banning gay conversion therapy on minors brings to four the number of states, plus the District of Columbia, that have outlawed the controversial practice of “curing” a person’s sexual orientation through counseling or behavior modification. Rauner, a Republican, said the state “has a compelling interest in protecting the […]

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  • Hoffman Report Says Ethics Standards Intentionally Loosened

    The much anticipated Hoffman Report released July 10 found that for more than 10 years the American Psychological Association (APA) fostered weak ethical restraints on psychologists’ involvement in terrorist detention facilities to curry favor with the Department of Defense (DoD). Much criticism in the report focused on Stephen Behnke, JD, Ph.D., director of APA’s ethics […]

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  • Holding Sex Offenders After Prison Ruled Unconstitutional

    A Minnesota federal district court judge has ruled the state’s practice of holding some sex offenders after they complete their prison sentences is unconstitutional. The holding of sex offenders judged to be mentally ill beyond the time they were sentenced to prison is practiced in 20 states and by the federal government. The ruling does […]

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  • ACA Eroding Employee Insurance, Increasing Demands on Providers

    Choppy waters await independent psychologists accepting third-party reimbursement, as businesses and insurers react to features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) is being eroded, while the law’s value-based payment system guarantees increased insurer scrutiny of psychological care. Patients with ESI are bearing increased cost-sharing as an indirect yet intentional consequence of a […]

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  • Reducing Risk in Treating Divorcing Families

    This article provides an overview of several risk management practices for psychologists who work with divorced or divorcing families, particularly the children of divorcing families. It is based on the author’s 20-plus years’ experience of providing risk management consultations to those insured through the American Insurance Trust, formerly the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust. These […]

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  • ‘Ghosting’ May Create Ethics Issue

    In June, 2015, The New York Times published a story highlighting Charlize Theron’s decision to dump Sean Penn by suddenly refusing to respond to his texts. This widely shared article drew attention to the disappearing act known as “ghosting,” which also surfaces as a frequent topic in psychotherapy. Rejection is painful, no matter how you […]

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  • APA Resets ‘Moral Compass’ at Toronto Meeting

    Toronto – The American Psycho-logical Association is counting on its “reset moral compass”  adopted at its annual convention here to try to end a decade of rancorous debate over the role of psychologists in national security interrogations and help stem the threatened loss of membership. “Resetting our moral compass” was a phrase used several times […]

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