Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead

I wrote my first psychological test report while in training, in the early 1970s. In those years, there was a more or less standard battery that had changed little since the 1940s and which was employed irrespective of the patient’s history and clinical presentation. This battery consisted of the WAIS for adults and the WISC […]

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  • New guidelines for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s trigger debate

    Newly proposed diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease developed by experts convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute of Aging followed by research reported in The New York Times (Aug. 9) that a spinal fluid test is accurate to predict Alzheimer’s disease set off a national debate among medical and psychological practitioners. In mid-July […]

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  • Market good for psychologists as EAP providers

    For better or worse, professional psychology has left the building for health care, evidence-based treatments and practicing at the top of our licenses. Economically, life is getting tougher and tougher for independent practitioner psychologists. Psychology as health care has brought a greater emphasis on diagnosis. Some would insist that a diagnosed mental illness is the […]

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  • Songs as Adjuncts to Psychotherapy

    Psychologists often suggest self-help books and movies to clients as homework to augment the therapy process. It is evident that therapeutic change can happen as much outside as inside our offices. Now a growing body of research is pointing to the efficacy of using songs and music in a similar fashion. Music has a unique […]

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  • Set up Social Media Policy for Your Practice

    In 2009, I began teaching and offering consultation to psychotherapists using the Internet. I was frequently recommending that clinicians establish clear written policies for their practices regarding interactions with clients online. Last February, I decided it was time for me to follow my own advice and create a social media policy of my own. This […]

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  • Lawyers Wrangle for Top Billing in APA/APAPO Suit

    Two coalitions of law firms are scrambling to recruit practicing psychologists as clients in suits against the American Psychological Association (APA) that the lawyers believe will bring multi-million dollar damage awards for APA members who paid practice assessments in the past 10 years. APA officials contend the suits are unfounded and will fail. Both suits […]

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  • Once taboo topic now critical therapy issue

    Money is increasingly emerging as a topic in the psychotherapy setting. Our current recessionary times have brought financial matters to the fore in the lives of the general public and our clients as well, but in addition, a budding movement appears be taking root. Long a taboo subject of conversation in our culture, money has […]

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  • Family meals: The role of psychologists

    Family meals have been consistently demonstrated to be a robust protective factor for a number of health and mental health variables. Children and adolescents who eat meals regularly with their families have been shown to have better nutrition (Gillman et al., 2000), lower risk for depression and suicide (Eisenberg, et al., 2004), lower risk for […]

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  • Ten Tips from 40 years in Clinical Practice

    Forty years ago, I began clinical practice after receiving the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. The first two post-graduate years were devoted to direct service delivery while serving in a community mental health center in Minnesota. This was followed by three years of university teaching at the doctoral level while providing consultation […]

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  • Web of Addictions Creates Treatment Problems

    Therapists today continue to see an increase in multiple addictions, including both chemical and behavioral addictions, and these addictions are commonly seen as co-morbid. For example, compulsive gambling as seen in concert with cocaine or sex addiction or stimulant dependence seen in conjunction with anorexia or bulimia. Additionally, addictive behavior is often coupled with extreme […]

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