Ethics for Psychologists: How to Fine Tune Consultations

When confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us have been encouraged to consult a colleague. In some states, peer consultation is considered part of a standard of care. Graduate school is likely when most of us first encountered this recommendation. Beyond the direction to “consult,” however, many of us were probably not provided information […]

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  • Gun Violence: A Professional Psychology Proposal

    Gun violence continues to be a serious and growing problem. At least monthly, another mass shooting becomes the news of the day. Politically, there appears to be no sincere attempt to address gun violence by the Republican Party that controls all levels of the federal government. I’m sure some will bristle at singling out Republicans. […]

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  • Risk Management: Psychologists Producing Quality, Well-Documented Patient Care

    The goal of risk management is to reduce the likelihood of discipline by a malpractice court, licensing board, ethics committee or another oversight body. Risk management is an important topic, but it could be viewed as a subset of the larger issue of how to deliver high quality professional services. The best risk management strategy […]

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  • Remaining Resilient as an Early Career Psychologist Despite Stress

    The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.                         – Rachel Naomi Remen This has become one of my favorite […]

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  • Second Exam for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) to be Mandatory

    The Association for State and Provincial Psychology Boards’ (ASPPB) board of directors recently made mandatory a planned second and optional new skills assessment component to the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The EPPP is the psychology licensing exam used by all licensing boards in the United States and Canada. The announcement during the […]

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  • Two APA Council Actions Need Members’ Attention

    Two governance items from the August meeting of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) deserve immediate action from APA members. The full minutes are available at http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/minutes-summer-2017.pdf. The two that bear comment follow. The first reads: “VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS A.(12) Council voted to approve amending the Association Rules as follows […]

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  • CMS Unfairly Penalizing Psychologists for Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

    Three days before the deadline to submit an appeal to avoid a 2 percent penalty on all 2018 Medicare claims, psychologist Alice Randolph, Ed.D. (Port Clinton, Ohio) dashed off an appeal to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asserting she had properly administered the appropriate screening measures under the Physicians Quality Reporting System […]

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  • Health Care Reform: Ministries Exempt from ACA Strictures

    “Are we becoming a more Christian nation because of Obamacare?” Bob Vineyard, owner of the Georgia Insurance Shop, asked that question on InsureBlog, a popular health web log he co-edits. “Something is causing people to abandon traditional health insurance and seek out a non-insurance solution.” Vineyard was referring to growing national membership in what are […]

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  • Legalization for Medical Use Means Psychologists Should Study Marijuana

    Lexington, Ky. – The rapid expansion in medical marijuana use means psychologists need to better understand the drug’s effects, a noted cannabis researcher and experimental psychologist told a packed house at the Kentucky Psychological Association’s annual convention in late October. But Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., also said more questions than answers remain about what conditions cannabis […]

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  • Health Care Reform: Changes Coming to National Health Plan

    When GOP members of the U.S. Senate failed to garner enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), constituents wondered if they’d ever been serious about their pledges. The House of Representatives delivered over 50 repeal bills, and in December 2015 the Senate passed an amended version, confident that President Obama would veto it. […]

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