‘Sexual Sobriety’ Leaves Victims Untreated

The focus of traditional sex addiction-compulsivity treatment models tends to be on diagnosing and stopping specific sexual behaviors, termed “sexual sobriety.” From a treatment perspective, it is correct and necessary to implement behavioral containment and stop destructive or problematic behaviors. However, this is where most treatment ends, rather than also treating the other patterns of […]

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  • Sorting Through Professional Liability Insurance

    Professional liability insurance: the difference between claims-made and occurrence coverage, limits of liability, extended reporting period … the list goes on when you’re looking at professional liability insurance, and you may not fully understand what it is that you’re purchasing. The prospect of purchasing insurance can be daunting, and you don’t always know where to […]

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  • Ohio Teen’s Suicide Stirs Conversion Therapy Discussion

    The suicide of an Ohio transgendered teenager who was forced into conversion therapy treatment has jump-started the discussion about the need for legislative bodies throughout the nation, including Congress, to prohibit the controversial practice for minors. The Dec. 28 death of Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, a Cincinnati suburb, prompted the Transgender Human Rights […]

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  • The Ethics of Leadership in Psychology

    It is often said that psychologists have the most complex and demanding set of ethics of all the professions. Whether or not that is so, we are clearly obligated to behave ethically in our professional lives, and certainly providing leadership is part of that professional existence. The essence of leadership may be examined in a […]

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  • Enhancing therapy with ‘Energy Psychology’

    In my 27 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, I have been guided by a continuous curiosity to study and implement the most effective tools for helping my clients experience relief and healing. Whether the techniques are firmly rooted in the psychotherapeutic establishment or newly emerging, the main question for me has always been, […]

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  • Medicare Penalties Catch Uninformed Psychologists Off Guard

    Despite repeated announcements and warnings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) of the financial consequences to providers who do not participate in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013, some psychologists are angry, confused and shocked after receiving letters announcing an across-the-board penalty of 1.5 percent in 2015. During an informal poll conducted […]

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  • PQRS: A Quality Vaccination for Behavioral Healthcare

    The hue and cry among many psychologists notified of a 1.5 percent reduction in payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) this year as a penalty for not participating in a government quality assurance program is perhaps understandable given the tight finances of most practices. But there have been ample warnings that changes […]

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  • Closing a Practice: Practical, Ethical & Clinical dimensions

    Opening a psychology practice is a monumental endeavor requiring energy, drive and determination. The skills required for clinical work are necessary, but not sufficient for initiating and sustaining such an entrepreneurial endeavor. In addition to attending to the practicalities, independent practice demands continual marketing and self-promotion to remain in the forefront for referral sources and […]

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