All states and divisions now assured of vote on APA Council

The Mid-Winter meeting of Council in Washington, D.C., was the first in APA history that all states became voting members of the Council of Representatives. In addition, all Canadian provinces and American territories with psychological associations were granted representation. Recently approved by-law amendments paved the way for the expanded Council of Representatives, which now includes […]

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  • APA taskforce to examine military advertising ban

    With the nation on war footing, one of the military’s thorniest personnel policies-how to treat gays and lesbians in uniform-is again being discussed, including a task force at the American Psychological Association (APA). Three divisions on the Council of Representatives will examine the association’s long-standing ban on accepting advertising from the military in APA publications, […]

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  • OIG Workplan 2004 targets psychiatric and rehab in-patient services

    Whether psychiatric in-patient and rehabilitation facility stays meet criteria for medical necessity are among the targets for scrutiny by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in its 2004 Work Plan issued October 1. According to the Workplan, a blueprint for OIG projects determined annually, “Prospective payment (PPS)-exempt psychiatric units and specialty psychiatric hospitals received over […]

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  • Five interventions recognized

    Evidence-based treatments identified for geriatric depression With antidepressant medication as the first line of treatment in protocols endorsed by insurance companies, and Medicare requiring proof of medical necessity for all services, the identification of research-based psychological treatments for depressed older adults has arrived none too soon. Five different psychological interventions have recently been identified as […]

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  • Is psychology’s race albatross nearing its end?

    I was stunned by the Jan. ‘05 American Psychologist “Genes, Race, and Psychology in the Genome Era” — stunned because the AP is the American Psychological Association’s (APA) flagship journal, and its January issue flew in the face of APA’s historic refusal to challenge the idea of biological race and racist studies. Although kudos go […]

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  • Psychologists’ job outlook: Good news and bad

    There’s good news for psychologists as a whole in the latest occupational outlook from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics – but not necessarily for independent practitioners. “Overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014,” states the 2006-07 Edition of the bureau’s Occupational […]

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  • APA’s Toronto convention still on track — maybe

    The American Psychological Association will hold its 2003 convention Aug. 7-10 in Toronto as scheduled — probably. Scares over SARS outbreaks in Toronto placed the convention in doubt for three months, but the association’s CEO, Norman Anderson, Ph.D., announced June 9 that the board of directors has voted to proceed as planned. “The consensus of […]

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  • APA Council of Representatives kept in dark on Fowler’s $2.2 million payout by Board

    Washington — A normally routine mid-winter meeting of the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives exploded in recriminations when members learned that Raymond D. Fowler, Ph.D. received $2.2 million when he retired as CEO at the end of 2002. Contributing to the acrimony was the fact that most members were just learning of the payout […]

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  • RxP training issue still boiling

    Washington – The controversy over proposed psychopharmacological training standards fueled heated concerns from training school administrators and others at the 2005 convention of the American Psychological Association. Several members of Division 55, the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (ASAP), viewed efforts of the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology (NR) and […]

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  • Much work remains on post doc licensure relief

    A policy decision by the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives to reduce post doc delays in licensing is welcome news for graduate students in psychology and early career psychologists, but for most the reality of faster licensing is years away. The Council approved the change in principle at the its February meeting, but details […]

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