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Of particular note is the current generational difference in older, more traditional therapists who are digital immigrants and younger age clients, who were born into and are native to the digital world and who much prefer this method of communication, even when sitting together with whomever they’re communicating.
This may work well (or not) for relationships with friends and families of millenials, but it spells disaster for the unique psychotherapeutic relationship. I am surprised at the number of therapists who espouse the benefits of electronic appendages with clients and who readily share cell phone numbers with …
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- CMS Wrongfully Denying Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Incentives
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) constantly changing & revised
- A Better Way to Treat Veterans with PTSD
- ACLU Sues Psychologists Who Designed Torture Tactics
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 […]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 […]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 […]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).
From the Latest Issue...SAMHSA adds Thought Field Therapy to National Registry
The 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,’ …Psychologists Can Fill Needs for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The 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 …Medicare Payments to Focus on Value not Volume
Psychologists 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 …Mental Health Problems Abound in Flint Lead Crisis
Profound 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 …Telemedicine Conference Well-Attended
Minneapolis – 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: …Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures
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 …