What have we learned from 30 years of school shootings?

In May of 1988, a 30-year-old woman, Laurie Dann, walked into an elementary school in Winnetka, Ill., and opened fire with a handgun, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding five other children before killing herself. The Winnetka case was the first school shooting to receive national and international media attention. Since then there has been […]

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  • Jail opens mental treatment unit

    The city jail in Roanoke, Va., took an innovative step in April to deal with inmates with mental disorders. It transferred four of them into a newly designated mental health unit. The Roanoke Times quoted Sheriff Tim Allen as saying, “You’ll never be able to turn a jail into a complete treatment center, but this […]

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  • Psychotherapy and Counseling are Different

    In an article entitled “Master’s therapy not that different” in the Jan/Feb 2018 edition, Larry Powitz, Ed.D., asks what is it that doctoral level mental health practitioners do different than non-doctoral level mental health practitioners, such as master level psychologists, LCSWs, LCPCs, MFTs, and he concludes that the psychotherapy by all provided is quite the […]

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  • Legalization for Medical Use Means Psychologists Should Study Marijuana

    Lexington, Ky. – The rapid expansion in medical marijuana use means psychologists need to better understand the drug’s effects, a noted cannabis researcher and experimental psychologist told a packed house at the Kentucky Psychological Association’s annual convention in late October. But Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., also said more questions than answers remain about what conditions cannabis […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Working ethically with LGBTQ clients

    Working ethically with sexual and gender minority clients requires cultural competence. While this column attempts to address some specific ethical issues, clinicians are advised to seek training and supervision and to develop relationships with LGBTQ people outside of the office to continue to develop cultural competence. It is also important to recognize that there are […]

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  • Compulsive Washing, Contamination Fears: It’s Not Just About Anxiety

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been portrayed in the popular media as primarily a problem of checking or washing. The lay public has accepted OCD as one many people claim, in an ad hoc way, to have given the virtuous qualities associated with it, such as fastidiousness, cleanliness or being well organized. Unfortunately, when individuals actually […]

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  • Psychologists should study uses of marijuana

    I am not aware of any ethical issues for psychologists that have arisen in reports on the increased legalization or medical use of marijuana. However, with medical marijuana legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, I feel that psychologists in those jurisdictions have an ethical duty to be familiar with medical marijuana, including […]

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  • Get on Board or Be Left Behind: Teletherapy is the Future Norm

    Teletherapy will be part of normal practice for psychologists in a decade, predicts leading on-line therapy educator Marlene Maheu, Ph.D. Psychologists must embrace the change or be left behind, warns Sherry Benton, Ph.D, ABPP, founder of the teletherapy company TAO Connect. “We in the behavioral world are the last holdouts for technological change in health […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Laws/Rules Vary for Telepsychology Practice

    Psychologists are increasingly incorporating the use of technology to provide a wide range of services.  Older technologies such as telephones and facsimile machines have been used for decades but more often use of newer technologies such as teleconferencing, email or texting are becoming common practice. Psychological services provided via telecommunications or telepsychology can include not […]

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  • Drug to Combat Opioid Addiction Little Used

    Washington, D.C. – A researcher with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told psychologists at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association that physicians in private practice are under-using a drug that could help combat the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction. Andrew Huhn, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the school’s behavioral pharmacology […]

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