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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

APA sets health service psychologist standards

Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…

September 15, 2013

From the Latest Issue...

Reimbursement Diagnoses May Be Co-Morbid: Ethical Concerns with Different Diagnoses

Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations: Not an Assessment for Purposes of TreatmentI work in a sleep medicine clinic. Since the implementation of ICD-10-CM, I have had more cases where the diagnosis (for example: insomnia) is not accepted by insurance. My billing person has asked me for another diagnosis so she can rebill insurance. There are some cases where all I can do is give a different diagnosis that had not …

May 5, 2016 | Read the story »

Evidence-Based Treatment for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma

Military Sexual TraumaIncreasingly, the suffering of military service members who experienced sexual trauma while on active duty is being recognized. Military sexual trauma, (MST) is used to describe the experiences of thousands of current and former male and female service members who were sexually assaulted or repeatedly sexually harassed.

MST may involve being pressured into sexual activity, often with threats of physical, emotional or career consequences for refusing; being sexually …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »

Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations: Not an Assessment for Purposes of Treatment

Disclosures for Forensic Evaluations: Not an Assessment for Purposes of TreatmentForensic evaluations include Social Security examinations, competency and sanity evaluations in criminal cases, independent psychological evaluations, court-ordered psychological testing and child custody evaluations.

For each of these, the individual who is being evaluated is not a client of the psychologist conducting the evaluation. The person being evaluated needs to understand through an informed disclosure of the fact that the evaluation …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »

Challenging a Mandate to Adopt Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Electronic Health RecordsIn 2007, the Minnesota legislature passed a law mandating that by Jan. 1, 2015, all health care providers adopt Electronic Health Records (EHRs). A grassroots group of psychotherapists concerned about security of confidential client information challenged the mandate.

The distinguishing feature of HER systems is interoperability, the capacity to exchange data online with other EHR systems. EHRs thus introduce a critical change regarding the security of client information. …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »

Psychology Lags in Helping Impaired Colleagues

Psychology lags far behind other health professions in helping impaired colleaguesWashington – Psychology lags far behind other health professions in helping impaired colleagues, an Oklahoma psychologist told a small group at the annual State Leadership Conference sponsored by the American Psychological Association and its Practice Organization.

Julio I. Rojas, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Oklahoma, said the colleague assistance program he chairs for …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »

Crossing the Mental Health Court Chasm to Community Mental Health

Welcome to mental health court“Welcome to mental health court,” I say in a voice and tone intended to communicate authentic caring as I begin to describe the nature and goals of Broward County’s Misdemeanor Mental Health Court.

Yesterday, a young man diagnosed with schizophrenia appeared in court with his mental health community case manager. This case manager was part of a newly created RAISE …

May 4, 2016 | Read the story »