writing in a journal during COVID-19

Staying together apart: Artistic approaches to COVID-19

Editor’s Note: In this issue, we are welcoming a student voice from Scotland to give us some ideas about how psychologists there are approaching care during the global pandemic. “Staying together apart” can prove difficult for those who have relatives in different countries, those who are in long-distance relationships and those with friends from their […]

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  • When to update to the newest revision of a test

    In our work for a major psychological test publisher, one of the questions we’re asked most frequently is, “When do I need to transition to the latest revision of a test?” Our employer and – to the best of my knowledge – no other major test publisher makes any recommendation with regard to this question. […]

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  • Integrated healthcare in the ICU

    I have previously stressed the importance of fully integrating a mental health professional in the critical and intensive care units (ICUs) of general hospitals. In this article, I will outline a suggested model to make systemic changes to improve overall patient care in these settings. What follows is a detailed description of day-to-day functioning of […]

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  • Roles collide in internship at federal prison

    When I applied to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for an internship I thought it would be challenging. What I didn’t know was exactly how challenging or where those challenges would come from. As I write, I am 23 weeks into my internship and can say it has surpassed all of my expectations. I […]

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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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  • Many clients need financial therapy

    Money can be one of the biggest sources of internal and interpersonal conflict and struggle we experience in our lives. The APA reports that since 2007 money has been a top cause of stress for Americans. The most recent survey found 72 percent of Americans stressed over money during the past month, and 31 percent […]

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  • Nation’s largest children’s behavioral health center opens

    The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, billed as the largest behavioral health treatment and research center on a pediatric campus in the United States, has opened on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital grounds in Columbus, Ohio. Its medical director hopes it will set an example for future projects. “Our ability to share our care model with […]

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  • Rescue dogs replace lab rats

    A psychology professor at Illinois State University uses rescue dogs instead of typical maze-running lab rats, allowing students to learn about behavioral modification and preparing the dogs for finding new homes. Valeri Farmer-Dougan, Ph.D., is director of the university’s Canine Behavior and Cognition Laboratory and has been using dogs in her classes for nine years. […]

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  • Most military efforts miss target on suicide prevention

    When no one hears the cries, readjustment becomes out of reach. Returning troops claw their way back toward some degree of normalcy that remain eternally beyond reach. The abyss beckons. The keen sense of being broken beyond repair, yet knowing they look no different outwardly, threatens to strangle their spirits. They are caught in a […]

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  • We need a “Men’s Movement”

    George W. Albee, Ph.D., in his 1970 presidential address to the American Psychological Association, said, “We have taught our students for years that mental cases include those people who are dangerous to themselves or others.” This message seems to have escaped public awareness. The young boys and men who have engaged in mass shootings and […]

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