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Prescribing psychologists share stories of their journey

Prescribing psychologists are growing in number and influence, providing increased access to care for the most underserved citizens. There are eight licensed prescribing psychologists in Illinois today with six more expected this year. There are an additional 50 prescribing psychology trainees and 75 undergraduate students at The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in a pre-prescribing psychologist […]

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    Psychologists will be on front lines of helping recovering COVID patients

    With news from a United Kingdom study that 1 out of 3 COVID-19 survivors suffer from psychiatric or neurological problems, the burden for psychologists grew even greater this spring. “The effect across the whole population may be substantial for health and social care systems due to the scale of the pandemic,” University of Oxford Professor […]

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    Psychotherapists should find empathy when rural ideas about COVID-19 safety vary

    As psychologists, many of us are natural people watchers in public. As such, while stopped for gas and coffee at a local convenience store, I pass the time by counting the number of people exiting the store wearing masks. How many would you guess in my home state of South Dakota? I counted two out […]

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    Talk of risks, side effects may lead to nocebo effect

    Appropriate informed consent requires disclosure of the proposed treatment, the risks and benefits of that treatment, the risks and benefits of not proceeding, and alternatives to the treatment. This practice has become widely accepted, primarily because it supports patients’ autonomy. However, perfect autonomy is impossible because there are always factors influencing non-rational decision making. Further, […]

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    Psychologists pivot to teletherapy as pandemic takes hold

    For clinical psychologist Alison McGrath Howard, Psy.D., the decision to stop practicing face-to-face and begin using teletherapy to counsel patients was a no-brainer. On March 13 – the Friday of the week that COVID-19 turned America upside down — she woke up with a fever and a cough and felt “horrific.” The week before, she’d […]

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    COVID-19 brings change to behavioral health for older adults

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says eight out of 10 U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus have been in adults age 65 and older. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have become hotspots for the virus, accounting for 42 percent of COVID-19 deaths, according to the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunities […]

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    Retailers could help shape future of mental health treatment

    Is the future of mental health therapy right around the corner? Say, at your local CVS or Walmart? That’s the concept some national retailers are growing through pilot programs at select locations. It’s one that could help improve access to mental health care in general – especially in underserved populations – while also providing a […]

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    Pandemic spurs interest in walk-and-talk therapy

    While most psychologists have flocked to online therapy because of COVID-19, a few lucky practitioners have another alternative: walk-and-talk therapy. Walking with patients while talking with them for clinical sessions isn’t new – at least one New York social worker has been doing it for years. But in a worldwide pandemic where outdoor togetherness is […]

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    Dreams can be valuable in therapy

    Clinical dreamwork and the science of dreaming are separate worlds that rarely cross-fertilize. However, those who work with dreams in clinical practice have much to gain from current dream research findings. We now know much more about the nature and purpose of dreaming than we did even a decade ago, and this new information strengthens […]

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    Deconstructing competitive commitments

    In the human psyche, competitive commitments occur when the individual is having difficulty committing due to their commitment being in two or more directions at the same time. These commitments are competing due to the reality they are in direct opposition to one another (i.e., freedom versus security). In most cases, the competing commitment is […]

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