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Teletherapy tips

The National Psychologist talked with psychologists across the country about how they’re managing to operate their practices using teletherapy during the pandemic. Here are some of their suggestions for other practitioners. Talk regularly to other colleagues about the challenges of this “new normal.” Find a teletherapy platform that’s simple, efficient, compliant and has few glitches. […]

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    Psychologists should help victimizers understand their past

    In 1990, I was a prison psychologist at Wisconsin’s intake facility, Dodge Correctional Institution. At the same time, I volunteered at a local battered women’s shelter, running its women’s support group. I had an epiphany during a conversation I was having with a psychologist who practiced in the local community. “I bet you find them […]

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  • Access to care during COVID 19

    How to ethically increase access to care during COVID-19

    COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health crisis with both mental-health and financial impacts. Psychologists’ skill sets are critically important in meeting the challenges of the present moment. Yet many clients are losing financial security (job loss, reduced hours due to furloughs, changes in insurance benefits) while potentially relying on mental-health treatment more than ever. Being […]

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    ‘Please don’t tell my surgeon’: Managing privacy, confidentiality in integrated healthcare settings

    Integrated care settings are treatment settings in which a psychologist is embedded on an interdisciplinary and/or medical team. Examples include primary care, intensive care units and specialty medical clinics (e.g., oncology, chronic pain). Psychologists increasingly work in integrated care settings (APA Council of Representatives, 2016). Interdisciplinary settings present unique ethical dilemmas for psychologists (e.g., Kerkhoff […]

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  • Nation’s largest children’s behavioral health center opens

    The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, billed as the largest behavioral health treatment and research center on a pediatric campus in the United States, has opened on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital grounds in Columbus, Ohio. Its medical director hopes it will set an example for future projects. “Our ability to share our care model with […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Child porn poses ethical dilemma

    A new client tells you that he is concerned about the amount of time he is watching pornography on his computer. He says that he sometimes spends whole weekends surfing the web for sites that might contain images or videos of interest to him, ignoring his spouse and children. His spouse is concerned and asked […]

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    Staying together apart: Artistic approaches to COVID-19

    Editor’s Note: In this issue, we are welcoming a student voice from Scotland to give us some ideas about how psychologists there are approaching care during the global pandemic. “Staying together apart” can prove difficult for those who have relatives in different countries, those who are in long-distance relationships and those with friends from their […]

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    We are all victims of the ‘attention economy’

    Scenario 1: You are stopped at a red light, waiting up to 45 seconds for it to change and rather than simply sit with your thoughts, you grab your phone and start tapping icons. Inevitably, the light changes and the driver behind you honks his horn since your eyes are facing down at your phone […]

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  • Psychologists adjust to the world with coronavirus

    As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, clinical psychologists are struggling with a very practical question: Should they continue to see patients face to face? Many, such as one neuropsychologist in Rock Hill, N.Y., are choosing to conduct all of their therapy online for the next few weeks rather than seeing patients in an office […]

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  • When to update to the newest revision of a test

    In our work for a major psychological test publisher, one of the questions we’re asked most frequently is, “When do I need to transition to the latest revision of a test?” Our employer and – to the best of my knowledge – no other major test publisher makes any recommendation with regard to this question. […]

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