An Ethical Prohibition that Isn’t — And Never Really Was

A decade after the 2002 APA Ethics Code and the HIPAA Privacy Rule should have settled the matter many psychologists continue to believe fervently that they have some special ethical duty to resist all formal requests for their raw test data, even when these requests are accompanied by releases from the test taker and even […]

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  • The Carousel of Violence in Society

    In December the violence involved semi-automatic weapons and a score of dead elementary school children. There were also dead teachers, a dead principal and a dead school psychologist. All seven adults were women and my bet is that as we learn more about the psychodynamics of the disturbed young man who was the shooter, we […]

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  • Documenting Client Claims of Sexual Abuse

    With the cases from the Penn State football sexual abuse scandal continuing to grow, we will soon see an explosion of unrelated cases from clients who have been too afraid to accuse alleged predators. I am already observing such reports from my own clients. One question being raised is, “How will we know which cases/accusations […]

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  • Gifts in Therapy: Some are Appropriate

    Giving a gift is an ancient and universal way to express gratitude, appreciation, altru- ism and love. Appropriate gifts in therapy are ethical and enhance authentic therapeutic relationships, which is the best predictor of therapeutic outcome. Rejecting clients’ clinically appropriate gifts is likely to be perceived as personal rejection or even an insult, and may […]

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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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  • Revised National Plan on Alzheimer’s Released

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama administration released the first national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease on May 15, after releasing two drafts earlier this year that received a torrent of criticism about the emphasis on a biochemical cure and not including adequate psychology and behav-ioral health into prevention and treatment. […]

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  • Psych-Oncology Much Needed in India

    The Big C. In India, this is synonymous with death, at least as far as general perception goes. And this fear is so entrenched in the mind of the common man that getting to the very root of the problem can be an uphill task. There are many myths in India surrounding cancer. A lot […]

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  • What Malpractice Insurance Isn’t

    A brief discussion with psychologists at any risk management seminar quickly reveals that few of them have ever read their malpractice insurance policy and those few who have gained a poor understanding of what is written in it. This is not because psychologists are easily confused, but because these policies are written in a rather […]

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  • Petition Seeks to Dump DSM and Adopt ICD

    The National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP) has launched a petition drive encouraging psychologists to abandon psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and adopt instead the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as the standard for classifying mental disorders. John Caccavale, Ph.D., NAPPP’s executive director, said the controversy over proposed revisions for the DSM-5 that is to be released […]

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  • 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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