Why So Much Violence? Take Your Pick

Denver – When it came to deciding the cause for the high level of violence in the United States, delegates to the American Psychological Association (APA) convention here had a wide variety of options from which to choose. Symposia and workshops explored the history of violence, the role of media in disseminating information about mass […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures

    Suppose a news reporter asks you to comment on a recent drunken shoplifting spree involving a high-profile celebrity. Let’s call him Mr. Personality. As a psychologist, you can offer an educated, scientific perspective. In addition, being quoted in the media boosts your credibility as an expert. You are aware that in order to stay ethical, […]

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  • ACLU Sues Psychologists Who Designed Torture Tactics

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Oct. 13 against two psychologists who developed the “enhanced interrogation” techniques for the CIA that resulted in torture of prisoners at terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and some “black” CIA sites. In 2005, psychologists James Mitchell, Ph.D., and John “Bruce” Jessen, Ph.D., both former Air […]

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  • Hoffman Report Says Ethics Standards Intentionally Loosened

    The much anticipated Hoffman Report released July 10 found that for more than 10 years the American Psychological Association (APA) fostered weak ethical restraints on psychologists’ involvement in terrorist detention facilities to curry favor with the Department of Defense (DoD). Much criticism in the report focused on Stephen Behnke, JD, Ph.D., director of APA’s ethics […]

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  • Increased Patient Access Falling Short

    In February 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that because of the Affordable Care Act and full implementation of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), 62 million Americans would gain access to improved mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) care. Recent analyses, however, find that the two laws […]

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  • Caution flags raised over ACA electronic records requirement

    Washington, D.C. – If the nation’s new Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help mental health professionals increase their services, it will be up to psychologists to make it happen by being key players in whatever venue they choose to participate. The government is not going to make it easier for psychology to take its rightful […]

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  • Depression screenings urged during, after pregnancy: Monitoring maternal mental health

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force says women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth, the first time it has recommended screening for maternal mental health. The recommendation is expected to galvanize many more health providers to provide screening and comes in the wake of new evidence that maternal mental […]

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  • APA Adopts Guidelines for Transgender Therapy

    Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about gender identities or expressions, suggests a new set of guidelines. The guidelines were adopted by the APA’s Council of Representatives at the annual convention in Toronto. They were drafted by an APA task force in the […]

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  • APA Resets ‘Moral Compass’ at Toronto Meeting

    Toronto – The American Psycho-logical Association is counting on its “reset moral compass”  adopted at its annual convention here to try to end a decade of rancorous debate over the role of psychologists in national security interrogations and help stem the threatened loss of membership. “Resetting our moral compass” was a phrase used several times […]

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  • Running the gauntlet: The treating psychologist in court

    Psychologists who do not identify as forensic psychologists know that they need to be prepared for those occasions when they may find themselves transported to that venue by no choice of their own. Our APA Ethics Code gives us direction on this point in stating, “When assuming forensic roles, psychologists are to become reasonably familiar […]

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