Ethics for Psychologists: The Importance of Informed Consent for Psychological Services

Q: I am conducting a psychological evaluation that has been ordered by the court. Since the client has no choice but to participate, do I need to gain informed consent for this service?  A: Per APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, informed consent is required for research and most psychological services (Standard […]

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  • Psychologists Told Ominous Letters are ‘Just Educational’

    Psychologists in many parts of the country who routinely bill for an hour psychotherapy session have been receiving letters from insurance companies that show their practice patterns are being carefully scrutinized, causing anxiety about future audits. Alan Nessman, J.D., senior special counsel in the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Office of the American Psychological Association (APA), […]

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  • Early Career Psychology: Balance vs. Burnout

    Achieving balance is a trendy topic. I contemplated using a photo of smooth stones balancing gingerly atop each other because that seems to have become the universal symbol for balance. Instead, I decided “person not yet falling into the water” seemed a more accurate visual representation of what the quest for maintaining balance actually feels […]

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  • Psychologists Best to Assess Concussions, Gender Effects

    Sports-related concussions get tremendous attention from the media and the research community, provoking more debate than all other sports injuries combined. Historically, research efforts focused primarily on injury prevention, incidence, diagnosis and management in male athletes, but research has begun to shed light on the consequences of concussion and recovery course in female athletes. Studies […]

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  • Proponent of Internet Tests Contends They Eliminate Bias

    There is a nationwide inadequacy of current pre-employment and promotion tests for public safety officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. In Chicago clinical psychologists use paper and pencil tests like PAI, Millon, Bender and ability tests without any empirical basis that these are related to the job of a public safety officer, firefighter or emergency […]

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  • Integrated Care Offers Opportunities for Early Career Psychologists

    Early career professionals play an important role in the future of integrated primary care behavioral health. Integrated care has evolved over the past two decades but this continues to be a young field as it relates to primary care practice transformation. As more integrated primary care practices are established, the health care system will continue […]

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  • Suicide Prevention Drive Ensnaring Psychologists

    Do doctoral level psychologists need more training in suicide prevention? The California Board of Psychology says yes – but the California Psychological Association (CPA) says enough is enough. The board sponsored Assembly Bill 89 (AB89) to require psychologists to have six hours of suicide risk assessment and intervention training effective Jan. 1, 2020, in continuing […]

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  • Risk Management: Investigation Notice for Psychologists Not Cause for Panic

    Every state regulates the practice of psychology. The simplest regulation is that state licensing is required to call oneself a psychologist. A person may have a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., but unless the person has a license or works for an educational institution, he or she is not a psychologist. With a state license comes […]

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  • Ethics for psychologists: Duty to Warn & Not Getting Distracted by Legal Cases

    Some years ago a psychologist in Wausau, Wisc., found himself worrying about the increasingly angry talk by a client. He was distracted as he tried to remember the “duty to warn” standard, which is a specific case and not a statute in Wisconsin. Suddenly he found himself fighting for his life. He survived the 37 […]

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  • Hoffman Report Triggers Defamation Suit Against APA

    A report contracted by and issued to the American Psychological Association (APA) that alleged staff and the military supported the torture of prisoners at terrorist detention centers after 9/11 is the focus of a defamation lawsuit. The suit was filed in Ohio in February and centers around the Hoffman Report that drew national attention in […]

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