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Posting of test questions online: Both ill-advised & illegal

The ubiquitous nature of the internet has resulted in an uptick in the posting of psychological and educational assessment questions online. Some of these sites have good intentions: They want to help individuals, parents or students understand (and in some cases prepare) for upcoming testing sessions. And they believe they are helping when they post […]

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    My patient may be placing others at risk of contracting COVID-19: What should I do?

    We have been asked to respond to the following scenario: A nurse client told me that her kid just informed her that she can no longer taste or smell. The nurse knows the drill and said that she is going to quarantine her child for two weeks from school. I asked about her, and what […]

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    Therapy in the time of COVID-19: A look at one ethical issue

    Consider this scenario: During a therapy session, a patient stated that the media was hyping the threat of coronavirus, that it was no worse than the regular flu, and that he was still going out with friends for non-essential social activities. At a time when much of the United States is under “shelter in place” […]

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    ‘Please don’t tell my surgeon’: Managing privacy, confidentiality in integrated healthcare settings

    Integrated care settings are treatment settings in which a psychologist is embedded on an interdisciplinary and/or medical team. Examples include primary care, intensive care units and specialty medical clinics (e.g., oncology, chronic pain). Psychologists increasingly work in integrated care settings (APA Council of Representatives, 2016). Interdisciplinary settings present unique ethical dilemmas for psychologists (e.g., Kerkhoff […]

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    July 1 is target date for first PSYPACT applications

    The countdown for psychologists to practice under the Psychology Interjurisdicitional Compact (PSYPACT) is nearly over. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has set July 1, 2020, as the tentative date to apply for the program, which gives licensed psychologists the opportunity to practice telepsychology or temporary face-to-face work across state lines in […]

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    Mitchell testifies in preliminary hearing

    The controversial interrogation methods that two American psychologists designed for prisoners who were accused of atrocities on 9/11 once again have gained national prominence. The methods, called torture by some and enhanced interrogation by others, were back in the news in January as the psychologists testified in preliminary court hearings at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base […]

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    Kahler v. Kansas: So what else is new?

    On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kahler v. Kansas. To understand the importance of this case, we need to put it in historical context and examine the misunderstandings through the years of the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity. For many years, most states embraced the so-called […]

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    How to ethically increase access to care during COVID-19

    COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health crisis with both mental-health and financial impacts. Psychologists’ skill sets are critically important in meeting the challenges of the present moment. Yet many clients are losing financial security (job loss, reduced hours due to furloughs, changes in insurance benefits) while potentially relying on mental-health treatment more than ever. Being […]

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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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    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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