Unique Peer Consultation Issues in Rural Alaska

Far beyond the northern boundaries of the contiguous United States is Alaska. Seen from a global map, it is stunning in its isolation. Villages, most of them Alaska Native, dot the vast landscape. Indigenous ways of being are deeply valued and interpersonal connection is key to well-being if not survival. Because of the large expanses […]

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  • Psychotherapy and Counseling are Different

    In an article entitled “Master’s therapy not that different” in the Jan/Feb 2018 edition, Larry Powitz, Ed.D., asks what is it that doctoral level mental health practitioners do different than non-doctoral level mental health practitioners, such as master level psychologists, LCSWs, LCPCs, MFTs, and he concludes that the psychotherapy by all provided is quite the […]

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  • Consulting in Medical Settings Expands Practice

    Providing psychological consultation in medical settings, or consultation-liaison (C-L) services, provides opportunities to expand the practice of psychology and diversify a psychologist’s practice. These services may be provided in a hospital or in other medical settings. In hospitals, psychologists have traditionally provided consultations on psychiatric units, but increasingly are providing consultations on general medical units […]

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  • Therapists Vulnerable to Sexual Misconduct Accusations

    Between October and November 2017, former film producer and entertainment biz executive, Harvey Weinstein achieved infamy as the poster child for sexual misconduct after more than 80 sexual misconduct allegations covering a 30-year period surfaced in a mere 30-odd days. In the immediate aftermath of the Weinstein allegations, there was some initial victim-blaming backlash toward […]

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  • Ethics of Technology and Clinician Responsibility

    Rapid advances in technology are everywhere, including in the field of clinical assessment. These changes have prompted many clinicians to ask the question, “Will technology soon take the place of the clinician in assessment?” Although recent technological advances now improve adherence to standard administration procedures, accuracy in scoring and allow clinicians to conduct near-seamless digital […]

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  • Get on Board or Be Left Behind: Teletherapy is the Future Norm

    Teletherapy will be part of normal practice for psychologists in a decade, predicts leading on-line therapy educator Marlene Maheu, Ph.D. Psychologists must embrace the change or be left behind, warns Sherry Benton, Ph.D, ABPP, founder of the teletherapy company TAO Connect. “We in the behavioral world are the last holdouts for technological change in health […]

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  • ICD-11 to Include ‘Gaming Disorder’

    The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed in January that the draft of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) includes “gaming disorder” as a mental health problem. The diagnosis would only apply if the game playing, either digital or video, is characterized as impairing control that gives gaming priority over other activities […]

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  • Health Care Reform: ACA’s Likely Future Depends on Who’s Guessing

    What’s the future of the Affordable Care Act? Among health policy wonks, answers vary – and largely align with one’s position on the law. Referring to the conditions in the ACA exchanges, President Trump has long declared that “Obamacare is dead,” “gone” or “finished.” The law remains on the books, of course, but Sally Pipes, […]

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  • Psychology Lags Behind Psychiatry in Health Integration Readiness

    Because of abundant evidence that integrating behavioral health into primary care reduces costs and improves population health, the federal government wants mental health professionals trained to support at least 140,000 primary care practices across the country. In October 2016, CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service) awarded the American Psychological Association (APA) $2 million to […]

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  • ‘Housing First’ Reducing Homelessness

    A very direct approach to the problem of homelessness – just give those who need them a place to live – continues to show great promise and draw acclaim more than a quarter century after it was put forth by a psychologist in New York City. The program, Housing First, was developed by Sam Tsemberis, […]

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