Risk Management: When Marital Therapy Is

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 […]

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  • Risk Management: When Marital Therapy Isn’t

    At a recent workshop someone in attendance asked if the following was acceptable: A couple had been referred to a psychologist for marital therapy. Discovering that their insurance policy did not specifically cover marital therapy, the psychologist decided to identify one member of the dyad as the patient, give that person a DSM diagnosis (which […]

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  • Songs as Adjuncts to Psychotherapy

    Psychologists often suggest self-help books and movies to clients as homework to augment the therapy process. It is evident that therapeutic change can happen as much outside as inside our offices. Now a growing body of research is pointing to the efficacy of using songs and music in a similar fashion. Music has a unique […]

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  • Set up Social Media Policy for Your Practice

    In 2009, I began teaching and offering consultation to psychotherapists using the Internet. I was frequently recommending that clinicians establish clear written policies for their practices regarding interactions with clients online. Last February, I decided it was time for me to follow my own advice and create a social media policy of my own. This […]

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  • Child welfare system has roles for psychologists

    Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., says that American children are protected from maltreatment not just by their parents but also by government officials. When families fail, government steps in, whether to educate caregivers, remediate parenting problems, deal with unmanageable children or terminate parental rights. Psychologists have several potential roles in the process. One role I play […]

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  • Family meals: The role of psychologists

    Family meals have been consistently demonstrated to be a robust protective factor for a number of health and mental health variables. Children and adolescents who eat meals regularly with their families have been shown to have better nutrition (Gillman et al., 2000), lower risk for depression and suicide (Eisenberg, et al., 2004), lower risk for […]

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  • Ten Tips from 40 years in Clinical Practice

    Forty years ago, I began clinical practice after receiving the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. The first two post-graduate years were devoted to direct service delivery while serving in a community mental health center in Minnesota. This was followed by three years of university teaching at the doctoral level while providing consultation […]

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  • Web of Addictions Creates Treatment Problems

    Therapists today continue to see an increase in multiple addictions, including both chemical and behavioral addictions, and these addictions are commonly seen as co-morbid. For example, compulsive gambling as seen in concert with cocaine or sex addiction or stimulant dependence seen in conjunction with anorexia or bulimia. Additionally, addictive behavior is often coupled with extreme […]

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