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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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Confidentiality Limited for Service Members

    Although fewer than half a percent of Americans serve on active duty (compared to 12 percent during WWII) the mental health care of our soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and airmen is a topic of great public concern. Because the need for care often exceeds the capacity of uniformed mental health providers, active duty personnel […]

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  • Parity Task Force: ‘There is Much More Work to be Done’

    A report by a presidential task force made several recommendations to help enforce the nation’s parity laws, but admits there is much more work to be done to insure those suffering from mental illnesses and addiction do not continue to face discrimination in their health care. “These disorders,” the report says, “affect society in ways […]

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  • What is a Disability, Anyway?

    Mental health professionals are often asked to certify patients are “disabled” or have a “disability related need” for a service dog or therapy animal. Responding requires care, because “disability” and “disabled” are legal, not medical concepts. A certificate or confirmation that a patient is disabled made without considering the legal context may lead to involvement […]

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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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  • Risk Management: Exposure Varies in Alternative Practice Models

    Alternative practice models create exciting opportunities for psychologists within and outside of formal Affordable Care Act (ACA) structures, notwithstanding likely coming changes. Some may learn new business practices, and they and their clients may benefit from improved access to medical services and consultation with other professionals. Although there is potential for new risks, psychologists who […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Terminating Therapy with a Patient

    I had been seeing Martin for therapy for two years. Initially presenting for couples counseling with his wife, Gina, Martin requested to continue working with me individually after Gina dropped out of therapy. Martin seemed to love using therapy as a place to ruminate about his various existential concerns. Unfortunately, a frustrated Gina contacted me […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Pre-Employment Evaluations for Police and Public Safety

    The delivery and conduct of Pre-employment Psychological Evaluations (PPE’s) of police and public safety officers are crucial to candidates and the agencies to ensure that prospective employees are suitable for the work. Psychologists overseeing and conducting these assessments must follow the standards and consensus of professional practice and, critically, must be consistent in the methodologies […]

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