Who Let that Doggie on the Airplane?

Most people enjoy dogs and find great pleasure in having them around. All of that is fine, but there is a growing trend among those who want to be with their dogs that should be of particular concern for psychologists. Psychologists are frequently being asked by their patients to attest to their need for an […]

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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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  • 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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  • Technology Changes Ethics for Private Practice

    The ethical challenges of the 21st Century, with its myriad of technological advances, are daunting, especially for those of us trained before the millennium. My personal modus operandi has been avoidance and minimization. However, two recent events forced me to take a serious look at my security practices. I received a letter from my insurance […]

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  • Track and market outcome results

    Private practitioners are continually challenged to come up with new ways of attracting clients. Rather than learning trendy new treatments to lure new customers, imagine being able to measure and market the quality of your services more effectively. Few clinicians have ventured into this powerful way to position a private practice: focusing on improving and […]

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  • Prepare for a winter of content

    Shorter days have always brought some individuals unpleasant moods, often described as “winter blues” or “cabin fever.” Even Shakespeare refers to the “winter” of discontent. Psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists commonly refer to a pronounced negative response to shorter days as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Up to 25 percent of Americans suffer at least some negative […]

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  • Face-to-face AA Trumps Online Groups – For Now

    Toronto – Despite growing numbers of web-based sobriety support sites, face-to-face meetings are more effective and popular for those striving to overcome alcohol abuse, a researcher reported at the annual APA convention here. Donald S. Grant, Ph.D., of the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif., told a symposium on “Social Media for Social Good” […]

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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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  • Movement for Interstate Psychology Practice Advances

    Prospects for interstate psychology practice significantly improved in February when the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board (ASPPB) finalized an interjurisdictional compact, known as the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). The ASPPB, an organization representing all of the psychology licensing boards in the United States and Canada, last year presented a draft compact for public […]

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  • Serving Those Who Served

    Do you know how many of the people you serve are U.S. military veterans? These brave men and women are an elite group, as veterans and currently serving military members account for only 10 percent of the U.S. adult population. Many of the nearly 22 million U.S. veterans served in a time of war. More […]

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