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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