Research promising for suicide prevention

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death across age groups in the United States, making its prevention and accurate assessment an ongoing effort in the field of psychology. Despite a growing body of knowledge regarding suicide risk and protective factors, as well as neurological and neuropsychological correlates of suicidal behavior, assessment has remained strikingly […]

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  • Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

    The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

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  • The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective

    As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]

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  • APA sets health service psychologist standards

    Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…

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  • 3 RxP efforts die in committees

    Efforts in three states to expand prescriptive authority for psychologists trained in psychopharmacology fell short in legislative sessions this spring.

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  • Therapists seek changes in New York’s new SAFE Act

    The New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and other organizations representing mental health workers are urging changes in the state’s new so-called SAFE Act, the toughest gun law yet passed in the United States.

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  • Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

    New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]

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  • Colleague assistance programs growing

    Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).

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  • Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks

    As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]

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  • How to do good and profitable work in turbulent times

    C. Jama Adams, Ph.D. says that these are especially challenging times in which to care for the self and assisting others in doing so. Increasingly we, as professionals and as individuals, are concerned with how to provide for our basic material and psychological needs. Supportive networks at governmental, community and family level are stretched thin.

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