What have we learned from 30 years of school shootings?

May 30, 2018


In May of 1988, a 30-year-old woman, Laurie Dann, walked into an elementary school in Winnetka, Ill., and opened fire with a handgun, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding five other children before killing herself. The Winnetka case was the first school shooting to receive national and international media attention. Since then there has been […]

Reducing Risk in Treating Divorcing Families

November 11, 2015


This article provides an overview of several risk management practices for psychologists who work with divorced or divorcing families, particularly the children of divorcing families. It is based on the author’s 20-plus years’ experience of providing risk management consultations to those insured through the American Insurance Trust, formerly the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust. These […]

Mass shooters received only limited treatment

September 10, 2014


First, Adam Lanza, age 20, killed his mother. Then he murdered 20 children and six adults, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Why? Was he mentally ill? Could the tragedy have been prevented with early diagnosis and access to treatment? In 1998, Kip Kinkel, only 14 years old, killed his parents and […]

Why So Much Violence? Take Your Pick

October 17, 2016


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 […]

Financial Therapy Opportunities Growing

July 26, 2016


Psychologists are on the front lines of all that plagues America from eating disorders to post traumatic stress disorder. Psychologists are consulted on a range of issues from how to market new products to how to improve standardized test scores. But where are psychologists to offer guidance and support for the millions of Americans stressed […]

Risk Management: When Marital Therapy Is

February 1, 2011


The article “When Marital Therapy Isn’t” in the September/October edition of The National Psychologist appears to have generated questions and concern on the part of many psychologists who read it. Some apparently thought that the article was stating the use of the CPT code 90847 was inappropriate for couple’s therapy. That was not the case […]

State of Texas v. Andrea Yates

May 1, 2002


Out-of-state experts shortchanged Andrea Yates; didn’t know Texas law In the City of Rusk in Cherokee County in deep east Texas, the azaleas have dropped their flowers but the bluebonnets line rural highways. From the walls of the Skyview Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections, Andrea Yates cannot see the bluebonnets or the azaleas. […]

Public perception of managed care swung radically in recent years, Newman says

September 1, 1998


Public opinion about managed care has turned around radically from once-tolerant, hopeful attitudes in the early 1990s to the current disappointment, anger and a “crisis of confidence,” declared Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., speaking to 350 psychologists at a Practice Directorate event during the APA convention in San Francisco in mid-August. Citing surveys, polls and studies […]

Psychologists and Allies Trying to Reform ERISA; insurance industry wields big stick

May 1, 1998


With more than 200 of the 435 House members signed on as cosponsors of H.R. 1415, legislation to fix ERISA, psychologists and other mental health professionals have recently directed streams of supportive letters and encouragement to Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Ga), the principal sponsor.       They rejoice in the prospect that, finally, 24 years after enactment […]


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