SAMHSA adds Thought Field Therapy to National Registry

The February decision by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to add Thought Field Therapy (TFT) to its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices prompted a strong rebuttal from a leading psychologist. Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D., the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University, wrote in the March 29 […]

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  • Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

    The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

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  • Electronic Devices Damage Real Therapy

    A common topic in mental health circles these days is the use of electronic media in client communication, especially its pros and cons and clinical implications. Of particular note is the current generational difference in older, more traditional therapists who are digital immigrants and younger age clients, who were born into and are native to […]

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  • Mental Health Problems Abound in Flint Lead Crisis

    Profound stress, worry, depression and guilt are among the mental health problems afflicting residents of Flint, Mich., in the city’s water contamination crisis, say those involved in helping people cope in extraordinary circumstances. Also taking a toll on Flint residents, mental health workers say, are uncertainty about their own health and the health of their […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures

    Suppose a news reporter asks you to comment on a recent drunken shoplifting spree involving a high-profile celebrity. Let’s call him Mr. Personality. As a psychologist, you can offer an educated, scientific perspective. In addition, being quoted in the media boosts your credibility as an expert. You are aware that in order to stay ethical, […]

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  • Managing Risk with Alcohol-Abusing Clients

    Susan Smith is a long-term client. You have been treating her for symptoms related to Borderline Personality Disorder and alcoholism. In your time together, she has had brief periods of sobriety followed by episodes of heavy drinking. She also has a history of legal problems, including two DUIs, which she attributes to increases in impulsivity […]

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  • Psychologists Can Fill Needs for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continues to increase, and families and agencies face shortfalls in professionals to provide comprehensive services. The American Academy of Pediatrics adopted screening for ASD at 18- and 24-month well child visits. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes screening as a clinical standard for developmental and […]

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  • Medicare Payments to Focus on Value not Volume

    Psychologists will have a two-year reprieve from reporting quality measures for Medicare patients beginning January 2017, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) that began in 2007 is being phased out in December. Although that may be a relief to those who opposed it, psychologists will […]

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  • Telemedicine Conference Well-Attended

    Minneapolis – More than 5,000 health care providers, researchers, consultants, investors, information technology (IT) developers and exhibitors from more than 55 countries attended the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) 2016 Annual Conference and Trade Show here. The four-day meeting in May was filled with learning sessions, networking events and an exhibit hall unmatched by most professional […]

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  • Financial Therapy Opportunities Growing

    Psychologists are on the front lines of all that plagues America from eating disorders to post traumatic stress disorder. Psychologists are consulted on a range of issues from how to market new products to how to improve standardized test scores. But where are psychologists to offer guidance and support for the millions of Americans stressed […]

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