Increased Patient Access Falling Short

In February 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that because of the Affordable Care Act and full implementation of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), 62 million Americans would gain access to improved mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) care. Recent analyses, however, find that the two laws […]

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  • Ethical Considerations for Clinical Supervisors

    Clinical supervision is integral to graduate student training, postdoctoral licensure preparation and psychologists’ development of new competencies. Supervision may be mandated by licensing boards or employers to remediate psychologists’ practices following ethical violations. In these contexts, the impact of supervision on supervisees and their clients – for better or worse – can be momentous. Supervisees’ […]

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  • Supervising Students Isn’t Easy

    The supervision of a student in training to become a psychologist is serious business and it is not something that should be approached casually. For sure, the past 20 years have seen supervision evolve from an all-too-often casual process into something that is not only rather complex but is designed to take an individual with […]

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  • Building Trust Most Important in Client Relationship

    Building an environment of trust is the most important, and possibly the most difficult, task facing psychologists, whether it’s treating residents of the most impoverished part of rural Ohio or the huge influx of  transgendered patients who are beginning to show up in large numbers for counseling. Among the workshops at the annual Ohio Psychological […]

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  • Transitioning to the ICD-10-CM

    Psychologists and other health professionals have a fast-approaching deadline to contend with in their already busy schedules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final ruling that Oct. 1 is the mandatory compliance date for all entities subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements to transition to the […]

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  • Enter uniformity, Exit creativity

    In the past several years, the American Psychological Association has become concerned about the quality of graduate education. There is a great emphasis on making sure that all graduate students in psychology get the same training, are graded on the same criteria and therefore can be evaluated according to a uniform scale. This focus apparently […]

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  • New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld; Oregon, Illinois Pass Bills

    May turned out to be a busy month for efforts to end the practice of conversion therapy for minors. The first activity was by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear a challenge to the conversion therapy ban for minors in New Jersey. During the same week, the Oregon Legislature voted to prohibit the […]

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  • Minnesota Court Decision Excludes Some From Duty to Warn Protection

    A narrow and literal interpretation of state law governing duty to warn by the Minnesota Court of Appeals removes the protection from liability in releasing confidential patient information by mental health workers not licensed by the state. The ruling, according to the president of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA), puts pre-doctoral, post docs, interns, unlicensed […]

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