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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]

January 18, 2016

The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective

As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]

September 15, 2013

Colleague assistance programs growing

Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).

September 15, 2013

From the Latest Issue...

SAMHSA adds Thought Field Therapy to National Registry

Thought Field TherapyThe February decision by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to add Thought Field Therapy (TFT) to its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices prompted a strong rebuttal from a leading psychologist.

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D., the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University, wrote in the March 29 issue of Forbes magazine that “there is no good evidence supporting this ‘therapy,’ …

July 27, 2016 | Read the story »

Psychologists Can Fill Needs for Autism Spectrum Disorders

autism spectrum disordersThe prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continues to increase, and families and agencies face shortfalls in professionals to provide comprehensive services. The American Academy of Pediatrics adopted screening for ASD at 18- and 24-month well child visits. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes screening as a clinical standard for developmental and psychiatric evaluations of children.

Yet children who screen positive often face lengthy waits …

July 27, 2016 | Read the story »

Medicare Payments to Focus on Value not Volume

Medicare Payments to Focus on Value not VolumePsychologists will have a two-year reprieve from reporting quality measures for Medicare patients beginning January 2017, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) that began in 2007 is being phased out in December. Although that may be a relief to those who opposed it, psychologists will also not be eligible to receive bonuses …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »

Mental Health Problems Abound in Flint Lead Crisis

water contamination Flint, MichiganProfound stress, worry, depression and guilt are among the mental health problems afflicting residents of Flint, Mich., in the city’s water contamination crisis, say those involved in helping people cope in extraordinary circumstances.

Also taking a toll on Flint residents, mental health workers say, are uncertainty about their own health and the health of their children, the open-ended nature of the crises and raw anger over the …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »

Telemedicine Conference Well-Attended

Conference on Telemedicine Heavily AttendedMinneapolis – More than 5,000 health care providers, researchers, consultants, investors, information technology (IT) developers and exhibitors from more than 55 countries attended the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) 2016 Annual Conference and Trade Show here.

The four-day meeting in May was filled with learning sessions, networking events and an exhibit hall unmatched by most professional conferences.

This year’s meeting focused on three key concepts for telemedicine providers: …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »

Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures

Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public FiguresSuppose a news reporter asks you to comment on a recent drunken shoplifting spree involving a high-profile celebrity. Let’s call him Mr. Personality.

As a psychologist, you can offer an educated, scientific perspective. In addition, being quoted in the media boosts your credibility as an expert.

You are aware that in order to stay ethical, it’s best to make general statements pertaining to …

July 26, 2016 | Read the story »