Clinicians and Clients Disagree: Implications for Evidence-Based Practice

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This blog piece by Dr. Douglas Samuel from Purdue University discusses a recently published article in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.  It is well-established that the approaches to diagnosis differ substantially between clinical practice and research settings. Whereas the typical research study collects data using either a semi-structured interview administered by a research assistant or… Read more »

Increasing access to high-fidelity Cognitive Therapy for underserved populations

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Guest blog author Dr. Torrey Creed discusses a recently published article in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology focused on implementing trans diagnostic cognitive therapy in diverse community settings with the Beck Community Initiative. Decades of research have led to evidence-based practices (EBPs) for a wide range of behavioral health concerns and populations (e.g.,… Read more »

The Angry Brain

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Portrait of a evil man

APA Student Poster Award Winner Rachel Zachar shares her research at Nova Southeastern University, where she is a doctoral student. The Angry Brain As expected, behavioral outbursts are one major outcome expected to be seen from individuals who experience high levels of self-reported anger. Moreover, effects on cognition with regards to the presence of anger have not… Read more »

The Next Generation of Parenting Interventions: The role of Mindfulness and Compassion

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Kindergarten Teacher Supporting Child in Creative Activities

The type of parenting a child receives can have profound impacts on the life trajectory of that child. For example, in contrast to punitive parenting we know positive parenting practices affords children many life advantages, including, building secure attachments, accelerated language development, greater readiness for school, reduced risk of antisocial behavior and substance abuse problems,… Read more »

SCP at the APA Convention in Denver

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Dr. Karlin introduction

The Society of Clinical Psychology had an impressive presence and very successful program this year at APA Convention in Denver.  In addition to having a very well attended and positively received set of sessions this year that included “Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention” by Dr. Gregory Brown and “Contemporary Problem-Solving Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Enhance Resilience”… Read more »

Improving the clinical utility of mental disorder classifications

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Classifications of mental disorders are a necessary evil. Without a comprehensive, consensual list of the kinds of problems human beings experience, the field of mental health would be continually swamped by the task of describing the nature of each person’s problem. Communication between professionals would break down. Selecting treatments and identifying conditions for research would… Read more »

Do psychotherapists improve with time and experience?

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Naturally, we all want to get better at the things that we do.  Psychotherapists too may like to think that as they gain experience, they are continuing to develop their skills and improve the services they provide.  Knowing that therapists contribute significantly to clients’ outcomes (explaining approximately 5% of variance in outcomes; Baldwin & Imel,… Read more »

SCP 2016 Award Winners

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Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology presented to Leslie C. Morey, Ph.D. for distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to Clinical Psychology throughout their careers. Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology presented to J. Gayle Beck, Ph.D. for distinguished advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems and outstanding… Read more »

Parental Military Deployment and Children: What Have We Learned from More than a Decade of War?

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Upset son and military dad saying goodbye

by Candice A. Alfano & Simon Lau, Department of Psychology, University of Houston A common saying in the military is that when one person joins the whole family serves. This phrase took on new meaning in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. Subsequent combat operations required unprecedented rates of lengthy and repeated… Read more »