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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  • Sexually kinky clients present ethical issues

    Kink can be broadly defined by the compound acronym BDSM, which stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism. It refers to a broad spectrum of erotic behaviors and relationships that incorporate ritualized, consensual and erotic power play. Long hidden underground, in recent decades kink has become increasingly normalized as research and […]

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  • Employee vs independent contractor – why it matters

    Some practice owners bring on new clinicians as independent contractors rather than as employees, which saves the practice owner money, time and paperwork. When clinicians working in the practice are designated as employees, the practice owner is responsible for paying half of their Social Security and Medicare taxes. The practice owner also needs to withhold […]

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  • Closing private psychologist practice not for faint of heart

    The closing of a private practice is a complex process inclusive of ethical, legal, financial and emotional issues. I found a handy-dandy checklist in the literature discussing the ethical, legal and financial obligations. However, the checklist failed to help me anticipate the intensity of my own resistance to termination. It is my intent now to […]

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  • Should psychologists abide by the Goldwater Rule?

    I started my work on this article with a Google search using “Donald Trump’s mental health.” There were about 8.8 million results, ranging from articles in academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine to magazine commentaries, including one in the Marie Clair UK edition. Everybody had an opinion about the president’s mental […]

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  • VA’s telehealth rule raises licensing concerns

    A sweeping move by the Veterans Administration to permit staff psychologists to conduct telemental health sessions with veterans across state lines is generating mixed reactions and perplexing questions. The VA finalized the rule effective June 11 to permit VA psychologists and other health professionals to use technology, such as video conferencing, to perform or facilitate […]

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  • Settlement sought in Hoffman Report suit

    American Psychological Association (APA) officials are “hopeful” a lawsuit sparked by the Hoffman Report can be settled soon but declined further comment. “Because the case is still in litigation, it would not be appropriate for us to comment at this time,” Kim Mills, APA’s interim senior communications advisor, told The National Psychologist in December. “We […]

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  • Court ruling could affect psychologists

    A case decided in a Connecticut court in December has broad ramifications for psychologists, including limiting a practitioner’s reliance on informed consent to govern confidentiality standards. Byrne v Avery Center In 2004, Emily Byrne became pregnant with Andro Mendoza’s baby. Sensing trouble, she broke up with Mendoza and moved out of town; Mendoza then filed […]

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  • Letter: HIPAA preempts state laws

    HIPAA preempts any state law that restricts a patient’s access to their records. It requires that you release a copy of the patient’s records to him/her, and all states require disclosure of records to third parties on patient request. (Records after death Sept/Oct issue) When the patient dies, HIPAA requires that only their personal representative […]

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  • Ethics for psychologists: Supervising in the age of #MeToo, trigger warning and safe spaces

    The popular press in the United States has recently been replete with allegations of misconduct by people, primarily men, in positions of power. Those contending harassment, exploitation or sexual assault have called out giants in journalism, theater, cinema, music, sports and politics. The allegations have resulted in public scorn, resignations, firings and civil or criminal […]

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