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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

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Health Care Reform: Changes Coming to National Health Plan

health care costsWhen GOP members of the U.S. Senate failed to garner enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), constituents wondered if they’d ever been serious about their pledges. The House of Representatives delivered over 50 repeal bills, and in December 2015 the Senate passed an amended version, confident that President Obama would veto it. Now, with President Trump demanding that they “put a bill on my desk,” lawmakers …

November 8, 2017 | Read the story »

Two APA Council Actions Need Members’ Attention

APATwo governance items from the August meeting of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) deserve immediate action from APA members.

The full minutes are available at http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/minutes-summer-2017.pdf. The two that bear comment follow.

The first reads:


A.(12) Council voted to approve amending the Association Rules as follows (bracketed/strike-through material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):


30-2.1 An affirmative vote of …

November 8, 2017 | Read the story »

MMPI-3: Revision of MMPI-2 or Marketing Hype?

For the last decade, the publisher of the MMPI instruments, the University of Minnesota Press, and its distributor, Pearson Assessments, told psychologists that “the standard has evolved” with publication of the MMPI-2-RF in 2008 and the MMPI-A-RF in 2016. In fact, the MMPI-2-RF was less an evolution than a new creation, with the original empirical, contrasted groups, scale construction strategy abandoned in favor of a factor-analytic construction strategy, one directed in part by a model of mood (Watson and Tellegen, …

November 7, 2017 | Read the story »

Ethics for Psychologists: Laws/Rules Vary for Telepsychology Practice

texting psychologist telepsychologyPsychologists are increasingly incorporating the use of technology to provide a wide range of services.  Older technologies such as telephones and facsimile machines have been used for decades but more often use of newer technologies such as teleconferencing, email or texting are becoming common practice.

Psychological services provided via telecommunications or telepsychology can include not only psychological interventions or assessments with clients but also supervision to supervisees, receiving or providing …

November 6, 2017 | Read the story »

Conducting Psychotherapy From a Wheelchair

Conducting psychotherapy from wheelchairI never expected my life to turn out as it has. My plan was to graduate college, attend graduate school, obtain my doctorate and become a licensed clinical psychologist. That was how I envisioned my life, and I was determined that nothing was to sway me away from my plan.

Reality, on the other hand, is another matter.

I was content with life. I participated in leisure, recreational and social …

November 6, 2017 | Read the story »

Ethics for Psychologists: Working ethically with LGBTQ clients

LGBTQWorking ethically with sexual and gender minority clients requires cultural competence. While this column attempts to address some specific ethical issues, clinicians are advised to seek training and supervision and to develop relationships with LGBTQ people outside of the office to continue to develop cultural competence.

It is also important to recognize that there are significant clinical differences between working with LGBTQ kids, teens, adults and seniors.

Most importantly, while LGBTQ is often …

November 5, 2017 | Read the story »