Early Career Psychologists: Associations offer ECPs many advantages

Data from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) surveys on the demographics of our workforce show that there are approximately n= 94,048 actively licensed psychologists, unevenly distributed across the United States. California leads the pack at n= 15,321, followed by New York at n= 10,462, Illinois at n= 5,155, and Florida at n= 4,370. Some states […]

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  • The insurance war on psychodiagnostic testing

    The insurance war on psychodiagnostic testing

    A woman in her early 70s was recently referred to me for testing by a neurology practice. Their question was does she have a cognitive change referable to cerebral vascular disease. They also needed a baseline prior to a follow-up with a vascular surgeon to reassess the need for a possible carotid endarterectomy or stenting. […]

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  • Touching not always a violation

    Risk Management: Touching not always a violation

    We have been told, “Don’t touch your clients!” “Minimize self-disclosure!” “Never venture outside the office with a client!” “Avoid bartering!” And, of course, “Avoid dual relationships at all costs!” These “don’ts” and many others whisper to us as we emerge from most risk-management workshops and ethics-and-law seminars or while reading an attorney’s or (so-called) experts’ […]

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    Some psychologists consider return on investment before opting into merit-based payment system

    The first quality improvement system implemented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) in 2007 was designed to improve healthcare quality and reward clinicians for their efforts. The newest iteration, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), has similar goals but focuses on value not volume while saving money for CMS by making it […]

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  • ACA survives cut in penalties but courts will have final say

    It may be hard for psychologists to believe, but there was a time when the topic of healthcare wasn’t politically charged. So claims Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She recalls past conversations as “not just bipartisan, but nonpartisan,” often flavored with policy consensus. The 1992 presidential election of Bill Clinton changed […]

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  • ASPPB rolls out EPPP-2 – names ‘early adopters’

    Beginning in January, those seeking to take the examination for licensure as psychologists in Arizona, Nevada, Guam and the Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador will be required to take two tests – at an additional cost of $450. Since 1965, all state and provincial licensing boards have required applicants to pass […]

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    July 1 is target date for first PSYPACT applications

    The countdown for psychologists to practice under the Psychology Interjurisdicitional Compact (PSYPACT) is nearly over. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has set July 1, 2020, as the tentative date to apply for the program, which gives licensed psychologists the opportunity to practice telepsychology or temporary face-to-face work across state lines in […]

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  • Mitchell testifies in preliminary hearing

    Mitchell testifies in preliminary hearing

    The controversial interrogation methods that two American psychologists designed for prisoners who were accused of atrocities on 9/11 once again have gained national prominence. The methods, called torture by some and enhanced interrogation by others, were back in the news in January as the psychologists testified in preliminary court hearings at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base […]

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  • Hoffman Report’s flaws should be acknowledged

    For the past decade, members of Division 48 (Peace) and Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the APA have filed and/or supported licensure and ethics complaints and attempted to instigate criminal investigations against military psychologists for abusing detainees. None of these accusations has been found to be credible, presented as they were in the absence of evidence […]

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  • Challenge ‘diet mentality’ to treat binge eating

    Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder among adults in the United States. More than 8 percent of American adults meet some or all of the criteria for binge eating disorder at some point in their life, more than all other eating disorders combined. Despite the need for effective treatment, binge eating […]

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