Touching not always a violation

Risk Management: Touching not always a violation

We have been told, “Don’t touch your clients!” “Minimize self-disclosure!” “Never venture outside the office with a client!” “Avoid bartering!” And, of course, “Avoid dual relationships at all costs!” These “don’ts” and many others whisper to us as we emerge from most risk-management workshops and ethics-and-law seminars or while reading an attorney’s or (so-called) experts’ […]

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  • Early Career Psychologists: Associations offer ECPs many advantages

    Data from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) surveys on the demographics of our workforce show that there are approximately n= 94,048 actively licensed psychologists, unevenly distributed across the United States. California leads the pack at n= 15,321, followed by New York at n= 10,462, Illinois at n= 5,155, and Florida at n= 4,370. Some states […]

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  • Psychologists adjust to the world with coronavirus

    As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, clinical psychologists are struggling with a very practical question: Should they continue to see patients face to face? Many, such as one neuropsychologist in Rock Hill, N.Y., are choosing to conduct all of their therapy online for the next few weeks rather than seeing patients in an office […]

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  • Hoffman Report’s flaws should be acknowledged

    For the past decade, members of Division 48 (Peace) and Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the APA have filed and/or supported licensure and ethics complaints and attempted to instigate criminal investigations against military psychologists for abusing detainees. None of these accusations has been found to be credible, presented as they were in the absence of evidence […]

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  • Psychogastroenterology replete with opportunities

    For the past 20 years, the role of the clinical psychologist in the management of chronic digestive disease has evolved into the newly recognized field of psychogastroenterology. Like other specialties within behavioral medicine, psychogastroenterology focuses on the intersection of chronic medical diseases impacting the digestive system and their subsequent social and emotional impacts. Research into […]

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  • Self-care is essential to risk management

    When we consider risk management in psychological practice, we readily think of: informed consent, documentation, consultation, personal characteristics of patient and provider, best-practice clinical strategies and levels of risk. But rarely do we think of self-care. And yet, self-care might be the most foundational, most all-encompassing risk management tool of all. Imagine for a moment […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Child porn poses ethical dilemma

    A new client tells you that he is concerned about the amount of time he is watching pornography on his computer. He says that he sometimes spends whole weekends surfing the web for sites that might contain images or videos of interest to him, ignoring his spouse and children. His spouse is concerned and asked […]

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  • ASPPB rolls out EPPP-2 – names ‘early adopters’

    Beginning in January, those seeking to take the examination for licensure as psychologists in Arizona, Nevada, Guam and the Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador will be required to take two tests – at an additional cost of $450. Since 1965, all state and provincial licensing boards have required applicants to pass […]

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  • Early Career Psychologists: Integrated care requires integrating with treatment team

    As scientific literature has increased awareness of the relationship between the biological and psychological aspects of the human condition, and terms such as multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary have become the norm, so has the presence of psychology as an integral component of treatment teams. From a global perspective, research shows that the presence of a mental […]

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  • Psychologists can play big role in stemming opioid crisis

    Every day in the United States, an average of 150 people will die of opioid overdoses. That’s the sobering truth about a crisis that has gripped the country for more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that more than 399,000 people died from overdoses from 1999-2017. But […]

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