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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  • 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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  • Psychologists Told Ominous Letters are ‘Just Educational’

    Psychologists in many parts of the country who routinely bill for an hour psychotherapy session have been receiving letters from insurance companies that show their practice patterns are being carefully scrutinized, causing anxiety about future audits. Alan Nessman, J.D., senior special counsel in the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Office of the American Psychological Association (APA), […]

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  • Cutting National Institutes of Health Budget Must be Opposed

    On March 24, the Affordable Health Care Act was retained after it became evident that the American Health Care Act endorsed by President Trump’s administration did not have necessary political support in Washington. Although this was an important victory for public health, there looms another health-related proposal under review by the administration that could jeopardize […]

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  • Washington state high court expands Tarasoff duty to warn

    The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that mental health professionals have a duty to protect and warn potential victims of violence by patients under their care even in cases where there were no potential victims named. In Volk v. DeMeerleer, the state’s high court expanded the Tarasoff standard regarding a mental health professional’s duty […]

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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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  • Practical Benefits Debatable for Geropsychology Specialty

    At its August 2017 meeting the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) approved a seven-year renewal of geropsychology as a recognized specialty in professional psychology. Victor Molinari, Ph.D., professor at the University of South Florida, said a primary benefit of the specialty recognition is to raise the profile of the field by […]

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  • Suicide Prevention Drive Ensnaring Psychologists

    Do doctoral level psychologists need more training in suicide prevention? The California Board of Psychology says yes – but the California Psychological Association (CPA) says enough is enough. The board sponsored Assembly Bill 89 (AB89) to require psychologists to have six hours of suicide risk assessment and intervention training effective Jan. 1, 2020, in continuing […]

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  • Advocates in Field of Aging Hear Strong Call to Action

    Chicago – “Become a national voice but engage in local action” was the call to arms for political activism professionals in the field of aging heard throughout public policy sessions at the American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference in March. On the day Congress had been slated to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, speakers […]

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