World Health Assembly Passes Action Plan Resolution for Mental Health

On May 22, the World Health Assembly unanimously passed a landmark resolution, EB130.R8, to develop a comprehensive action plan covering services, policies, plans, strategies, programs and legislation to enable persons with mental disorders to live a full and productive life in the community. I had the privilege of observing the pas-sage of this milestone resolution […]

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  • Partners of Sex Addicts Need Treatment for Trauma

    The field of clinical treatment and therapeutic intervention for the spectrum of disorders related to compulsive sexual behavior and sex addiction is still a newly emerging field, yet to even gain legitimacy within the larger psychological community. Research, professional debate and clinical development have been predominantly focused on the nature of sex addiction, how to […]

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  • Catholic Church Sexual Abuse: A Decade of Crisis

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Boston Globe ’s investigative report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, unleashing a remarkable and unrelenting crisis in the church across the United States and much of the world. Much has happened in the decade since this story made front page news […]

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  • Peace of Mind: Keeping Medical Records Safe

    How secure are your patients’ data? Storing patient health records electronically may be an efficient solution to the antiquated paper filing system of the past, but despite the many upside perks (including financial incentives from the government to adopt electronic health records), a failure in your system that results in breached data may come at […]

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  • ADHD Coaching: An Important Tool for Therapists

    One study found that 10 percent to 20 percent of adults seen in outpatient mental health settings have ADHD. Too often, they are being treated for comorbid anxiety, depression, addictions, etc. while the ADHD goes undiagnosed and untreated. When it is treated, it is usually with traditional therapy models that don’t address practical matters where […]

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  • Running the Gauntlet: The Treating Psychologist in Court

    Psychologists who do not identify as forensic psychologists know that they need to be prepared for those occasions when they may find themselves transported to that venue by no choice of their own. Our APA Ethics Code gives us direction on this point in stating, “When assuming forensic roles, psychologists are to become reasonably familiar […]

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  • A Critical Thinker’s Views on ADHD and the DSM

    The November/December issue of The National Psychologist carried an article by Dathan Paterno, Psy.D., called “A divergent view on ADHD,” an interesting piece in which Paterno expressed the view that ADHD is not a brain illness, but rather “…a set of skills that needs to be trained.” He also stated that the most likely cause […]

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  • Addressing Bullying and Cyberbullying

    Those in clinical practice today can play a significant role in preventing and addressing bullying and cyberbullying. However, it’s important to keep in mind a few key points when dealing with these behaviors. Bullying today is about minor, repetitive social cruelty – so don’t expect to hear about dramatic violence. Many adults conceptualize bullying as […]

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  • But the Judge Ordered Me to Do It

    During a recent risk management consultation a psychologist reported how a judge had ordered him to render a forensic recommendation regarding a family that he had been treating. This psychologist had been treating the family in question for more than a year, but eventually the parents decided to divorce. As a consequence of the decision […]

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  • What is the Power of Group Psychotherapy?

    Man is a social animal who remains group-oriented to ensure survival, connection and belonging. Our lives begin in family groups and we function thereafter as members of groups at school, work and in communities. The origin of the power of the group as an agent of change to promote healing lies buried in antiquity. But, […]

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