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Seeing domestic violence through another lens

The vast majority of people in the field of psychology still see domestic violence as an issue between heteronormative couples, with women being victims and men being perpetrators. But understanding domestic violence through this lens limits our potential to understand experiences that fall outside of these parameters, specifically when men are the victims of domestic […]

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    Talk of risks, side effects may lead to nocebo effect

    Appropriate informed consent requires disclosure of the proposed treatment, the risks and benefits of that treatment, the risks and benefits of not proceeding, and alternatives to the treatment. This practice has become widely accepted, primarily because it supports patients’ autonomy. However, perfect autonomy is impossible because there are always factors influencing non-rational decision making. Further, […]

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    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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  • 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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    Psychotherapy, embodiment and the Dharma

    “I don’t have any experience in applying Western psychotherapy to the Buddhist path.” — H. H. Dalai Lama. These are dark days. And more than anything else it is the stability of the human mind that will determine our outcome. Trying to understand the mind as we psychologists do is a humbling task. And trying […]

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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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  • 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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