A Day in Judge Mary Morgan’s Adult Behavioral Health Court

Case conference The Law Library on the second floor of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice was flooded with natural light coming in through the three large windows that face east. From my chair, there was a clear view of the mammoth “Yahoo!” billboard alongside highway 80. The steady swoosh of traffic managed to seep in […]

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  • Will Gamblers Get Out Alive?

    George lost his job and can’t afford a vacation, but says, “I have $40 so I may as well gamble – I might win thousands and be able to go on vacation.” These economic times are challenging all of us to make different financial decisions. During the Great Depression, gambling was up and last year […]

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  • RxP bill passes in Oregon legislature

    Prescription authority for properly trained psychologists was approved in the last week of February by both houses of the Oregon legislature. The Oregonian newspaper reported that the bill underwent extensive discussion by a work group made up of medical and psychological experts. The bill passed the Senate 18-11 and the House 48-9. Psychologists would not […]

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  • Law impacts psychology

    Over the past several years many articles have appeared in this newspaper for practitioners dealing with various aspects of psychology and the law. Some dealt with a substantive area of psychology and its impact on the law, for example research on children’s memories and the implications for interviewing children and using them as witnesses. Another […]

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  • Set up Social Media Policy for Your Practice

    In 2009, I began teaching and offering consultation to psychotherapists using the Internet. I was frequently recommending that clinicians establish clear written policies for their practices regarding interactions with clients online. Last February, I decided it was time for me to follow my own advice and create a social media policy of my own. This […]

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  • Louisiana RxP psychologist defends regulatory change

    Editor’s Note: In an article in the January/February edition of The National Psychologist, some psychologists in Louisiana expressed concern that a change transferring oversight of “medical psychologists” to the state medical board threatens the autonomy of non-prescribing psychologists. The following is a response from a leader of the MP movement. In 2009, Louisiana’s legislature overwhelmingly […]

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  • DSM-V draft open for comments until April 20, 2010

    The long-awaited draft of the DSM-V was released Feb. 10, giving critics more than three years to grouse before the scheduled publication in May 2013 – but only two months to offer initial suggestions for revisions. The draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) is open for […]

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  • Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead

    I wrote my first psychological test report while in training, in the early 1970s. In those years, there was a more or less standard battery that had changed little since the 1940s and which was employed irrespective of the patient’s history and clinical presentation. This battery consisted of the WAIS for adults and the WISC […]

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  • Lawyers Wrangle for Top Billing in APA/APAPO Suit

    Two coalitions of law firms are scrambling to recruit practicing psychologists as clients in suits against the American Psychological Association (APA) that the lawyers believe will bring multi-million dollar damage awards for APA members who paid practice assessments in the past 10 years. APA officials contend the suits are unfounded and will fail. Both suits […]

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