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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • APA Leading the Charge Against ‘Medicalizing’ DSM-5

    The American Psychiatric Association (ApA) plans a third – and final – comment period sometime this spring for voicing concerns about the proposed rewrite of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, (DSM), but members of the DSM-5 Task Force need not wait that long to learn how outraged thousands of mental health providers are by many […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Multiple Relationships Not Always Bad

    I was surprised to read the statement of my esteemed colleague, Ed Zuckerman, Ph.D., in the last issue of The National Psychologist (Nov/Dec, 2011), where as part of an article on “The Fiduciary Heart of Ethics“ he stated, “We have an ethical obligation to avoid multiple relationships.” This statement is in contrast to the APA’s […]

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