Risk Management: Exposure Varies in Alternative Practice Models

Alternative practice models create exciting opportunities for psychologists within and outside of formal Affordable Care Act (ACA) structures, notwithstanding likely coming changes. Some may learn new business practices, and they and their clients may benefit from improved access to medical services and consultation with other professionals. Although there is potential for new risks, psychologists who […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Confidentiality Limited for Service Members

    Although fewer than half a percent of Americans serve on active duty (compared to 12 percent during WWII) the mental health care of our soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and airmen is a topic of great public concern. Because the need for care often exceeds the capacity of uniformed mental health providers, active duty personnel […]

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  • Treatment of Simple Phobia

    K is a 51 year-old woman who presented for treatment on the recommendation of her primary care physician (PCP) because of a profound fear of swallowing. A swallow test was unremarkable and pointed to psychogenesis as the primary cause. Upon psychological evaluation the patient revealed two compounding events which had caused considerable problems with eating […]

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  • Psychology’s role in the national drug epidemic

    Drug overdose deaths continue to soar, while the prescriptions of opioids continue at alarming levels and public discontent has been overflowing into the streets. Those are signs that the nation’s drug epidemic is not likely to level off anytime soon and may continue to worsen. But is there anything psychologists can and should be doing […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Terminating Therapy with a Patient

    I had been seeing Martin for therapy for two years. Initially presenting for couples counseling with his wife, Gina, Martin requested to continue working with me individually after Gina dropped out of therapy. Martin seemed to love using therapy as a place to ruminate about his various existential concerns. Unfortunately, a frustrated Gina contacted me […]

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  • Washington state high court expands Tarasoff duty to warn

    The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that mental health professionals have a duty to protect and warn potential victims of violence by patients under their care even in cases where there were no potential victims named. In Volk v. DeMeerleer, the state’s high court expanded the Tarasoff standard regarding a mental health professional’s duty […]

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  • Drug Tests Add Doubt to Amyloid Theory on Alzheimer’s Disease

    The latest blow in the search for successful pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s disease came in February when drug company Merck announced it is halting the late stage trial of verubecestat, the latest promising drug for the neurodegenerative disease based on the beta amyloid theory. According to a report by CNN, Merck stopped the drug trial […]

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