Victory near on California hospital privileges

A surprising decision by the California Department of Health Services (DHS) to investigate a complaint that a Los Angeles hospital is violating state law by not granting psychologists full attending authority, plus a lawsuit that effectively ended in their favor have psychologists on the cusp of receiving full hospital privileges denied them for nearly 30 […]

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  • APA adopts comprehensive record-keeping standards

    Washington, D.C. – Two areas of importance to practicing psychologists were acted on at the February meeting of the APA’s Council of Representatives – how treatment records should be kept and a revision of the Model Act for State Licensure. The council approved the revision of recommended record-keeping practices to bring standards in line with […]

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  • National advocacy group for practicing psychologists unveiled

    A respected group of practicing psychologists has formed a national action organization to overcome what they see as inaction by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the professional community as a whole on issues of importance to practitioners. The National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP) was unveiled July 1 through an advertising campaign and […]

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  • Stance against torture reaffirmed – Role of psychologists at detention centers approved

    San Francisco – Despite boisterous protests at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention here last month the Council of Representatives overwhelmingly reaffirmed a 2004 resolution against cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners. Protesters wanted psychologists banned from the centers but the Council maintained a need for their presence at Guantanamo Bay and other detention […]

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  • I/O and consulting psychologists also may lose exemptions – School psychologists fight to keep title

    A proposal to eliminate the 30-year-old doctoral exemption for school psychologists in the APA Model Licensure Act (MLA) has triggered a heated outpouring of letters from school psychologists adamant that they should retain the right to call themselves psychologists with or without doctoral degrees. Susan Gorin, executive director of the National Association of School Psychologists […]

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  • Missouri RxP Bill Gets Strong Kickoff With National Support

    Kansas City, Mo. – A first of its kind rally of RxP proponents from across the nation pushed Missouri’s effort to bring prescription authority for psychologists to a passing margin of support in the Missouri House even before its first hearing. APA’s Division 55 teamed up with RxP leaders from the Missouri Psychological Association (Mo […]

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  • VIEWPOINT: SAMHSA goals are resilience and recovery

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) remains committed to a clear vision that guides its work: a life in the community for everyone. To that end, as the new SAMHSA administrator, I will continue to advance the agency’s mission of building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for […]

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  • Tribute to Ellis filled with tears and cheers

    San Francisco – Curmudgeon or charismatic, confrontational or provocative, infuriating or forceful, petulant or tolerant – any or all of these may very well describe Albert Ellis, Ph.D., but none capture the true essence of the man that many of his peers considered a genius. “He was an irascible old fool and did not suffer […]

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  • Psychology gains major role in defining qualify care

    Washington, D.C. – In a historic debate and vote by members of a key health care alliance, psychology and other healthcare professions made a giant step toward greater parity with medicine in the national healthcare scene. At its fall meeting, the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) provided psychology for the first time with voting privileges […]

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  • Nordal To Head APA Practice Directorate

    Katherine C. Nordal, Ph.D., managing partner of an independent practice group in Vicksburg, Miss., will take office April 21 as executive director of the American Psychological Associa-tion’s Practice Directorate. She succeeds Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., who resigned to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University. Newman had headed the directorate […]

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