Psychologists Told Ominous Letters are ‘Just Educational’

Psychologists in many parts of the country who routinely bill for an hour psychotherapy session have been receiving letters from insurance companies that show their practice patterns are being carefully scrutinized, causing anxiety about future audits. Alan Nessman, J.D., senior special counsel in the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Office of the American Psychological Association (APA), […]

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  • Suicide Prevention Drive Ensnaring Psychologists

    Do doctoral level psychologists need more training in suicide prevention? The California Board of Psychology says yes – but the California Psychological Association (CPA) says enough is enough. The board sponsored Assembly Bill 89 (AB89) to require psychologists to have six hours of suicide risk assessment and intervention training effective Jan. 1, 2020, in continuing […]

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  • Early Career Psychology: Balance vs. Burnout

    Achieving balance is a trendy topic. I contemplated using a photo of smooth stones balancing gingerly atop each other because that seems to have become the universal symbol for balance. Instead, I decided “person not yet falling into the water” seemed a more accurate visual representation of what the quest for maintaining balance actually feels […]

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  • Risk Management: Psychologists Taking on a Supervisee

    I would like to hire a new graduate working toward his/her licensing hours.  If he/she is working for me and I’m the identified supervisor on site, is he/she technically working under my license?  If so, do I need to inform my malpractice company?  Increase my coverage? In addition, can I bill any insurance company for […]

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  • Cutting National Institutes of Health Budget Must be Opposed

    On March 24, the Affordable Health Care Act was retained after it became evident that the American Health Care Act endorsed by President Trump’s administration did not have necessary political support in Washington. Although this was an important victory for public health, there looms another health-related proposal under review by the administration that could jeopardize […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: African American Families, Diversity and Ethics

    The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology as well as the American Psychological Association have determined that professional psychologists should pursue life-long learning in regard to a defined set of professional competencies. The aim of this discussion is to create a space for considering the close relationship of diversity and ethics in […]

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