Program hopes to reduce PTSD – Army to train its own in positive psychology

The Army trains soldiers for physical readiness. Can it train soldiers to be psychologically stronger, also? That’s a question that will be answered with the start of a historic program that will provide education and psychological training to military personnel before they’re exposed to traumatic events on the battlefield. With the overwhelming number of soldiers […]

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  • Online squabble opens eyes – APA’s practice assessment not mandatory

    A flap on listservs of the APA that stretched from late March into early May revealed – to the surprise of many – that the “required” practice assessment is not mandatory for practitioners to maintain APA membership. The brouhaha was fueled largely by questions from Timothy R. Tumlin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Darien, Ill., […]

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  • New guidelines for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s trigger debate

    Newly proposed diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease developed by experts convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute of Aging followed by research reported in The New York Times (Aug. 9) that a spinal fluid test is accurate to predict Alzheimer’s disease set off a national debate among medical and psychological practitioners. In mid-July […]

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  • Three perspectives on the future of psychology practice

    Three respected psychologists prognosticate on the next decade for the practice of psychology. Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., David B. Baker, Ph.D. and Stephen A. Ragusea, Psy.D., all see the future in a different light.

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  • Techno breaches could cost practitioners

    A technology addition to HIPAA enforcement regulations called HITECH can expose psychologists to fines of $100 to $50,000. Tech watcher Kenneth P. Drude, Ph.D., outlines how to avoid those pitfalls.

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  • Florida approves RxP certification

    The Florida Board of Psychology in July approved the American Board of Medical Psychology (ABMP) to certify properly trained psychologists for a specialty in medical psychology. Florida does not allow RxP psychologists to prescribe psychotropic drugs, but the certification will permit those with proper training to indicate the specialty in credentials and list the designation […]

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  • Child welfare system has roles for psychologists

    Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., says that American children are protected from maltreatment not just by their parents but also by government officials. When families fail, government steps in, whether to educate caregivers, remediate parenting problems, deal with unmanageable children or terminate parental rights. Psychologists have several potential roles in the process. One role I play […]

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  • The background and significance of the practice assessment

    In a retrospective, Bryant Welch, J.D., Ph.D., describes the background, significant factors and intent that went into the original APA Practice Organization “special assessment.” As the original author of the special assessment, Welch gives an “inside baseball” look at how the assessment was developed and enacted.

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