RxP Battle: Prescriptive authority for psychologists may not be worth the cost

Prescriptive authority for psychologists (RxP) has become a controversial topic. It is the focus of time and energy for many state psychological associations. The greatest challenge to RxP is opposition by physician groups, based on the perceived encroachment of professional psychology on psychiatry. Psychiatry has all but abandoned talk therapy, largely over reimbursement. The criterion […]

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  • A Better Way to Treat Veterans with PTSD

    Last year I watched a 60 Minutes segment on the treatment of vets with PTSD which I found disturbing. In light of the reality that vets are dramatically underserved for mental health problems as it is, the method depicted on the program to relieve them of their combat-related pain only seemed to complicate their problems. […]

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  • Building Trust Most Important in Client Relationship

    Building an environment of trust is the most important, and possibly the most difficult, task facing psychologists, whether it’s treating residents of the most impoverished part of rural Ohio or the huge influx of  transgendered patients who are beginning to show up in large numbers for counseling. Among the workshops at the annual Ohio Psychological […]

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  • Enhancing therapy with ‘Energy Psychology’

    In my 27 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, I have been guided by a continuous curiosity to study and implement the most effective tools for helping my clients experience relief and healing. Whether the techniques are firmly rooted in the psychotherapeutic establishment or newly emerging, the main question for me has always been, […]

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  • Insomnia Clients may be Wary of Talk Therapy

    Don’t expect clients seeking help for insomnia and other sleep disorders to have much faith in psychological treatments, a roomful of psychologists was told during the annual meeting of the Kentucky Psychological Association here. “Patients will wonder if those sleeping pills they have been taking for years haven’t worked, why would talking to a psychologist […]

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  • Danger: Electronic Records Ahead

    Some 30 years ago, I was building a psychiatric hospital in central Pennsylvania and we discussed the possibility of starting-up the new facility’s operation with all electronic records. It was the early days of computer use but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Ultimately, we decided against the plan because we couldn’t […]

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  • Is It Ethics or Law?

    In my position as chair of the Florida Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, I frequently received telephone calls from psychologists asking for guidance about ethical concerns.  However, the majority of questions I hear actually have nothing to do with ethics, per se. Rather, they are queries about the law and psychologists often seem surprised to find […]

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  • Report on Torture Allegations Due by March

    A Chicago lawyer has been hired to investigate allegations that the leadership of the American Psychological Association (APA) and some of its members were directly or indirectly complicit in torture of terrorist prisoners. David H. Hoffman of the Sidley law firm is to complete his probe “in the first quarter” of 2015. Hoffman is former […]

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  • RxP has history of slow but sustained progress

    It was way back in 1972, when Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D., first proposed to the APA that we pursue training in psychopharmacology for psychologists in pursuit of prescription privileges. An APA committee deliberated for a year but decided against the initiative. Within the academic psychology community of the era, the very idea of psychologists being licensed […]

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