The Problem of Researcher Allegiance in Psychotherapy Research

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A new meta-meta-analysis in Clinical Psychology Review entitled, Researcher Alliance in Psychotherapy Outcome Research: An Overview of Reviews, by Munder, Brutsch, Leonhart, Gerger, and Barth (in press) addresses the problem of researcher allegiance in increasing risk of bias in psychotherapy outcome research. The analysis included 30 meta-analyses of a variety of psychotherapies. The authors report a… Read more »

Improving Psychiatric Diagnosis: Beyond Counting Symptoms

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A new article in Psychological Assessment, “Quantifying Diagnostic Uncertainty Using Item Response Theory: The Posterior Probability of Diagnosis Index” by Oliver Lindhiem, David Kolko, and Lan Yu from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine describes a novel method for helping the clinician to consider the degree of uncertainty associated with a psychiatric diagnosis in terms of… Read more »

SSCP Journal Club: First Reading

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Members who are interested in becoming part of the SSCP Journal Club, the first reading is posted and commentary and discussion points will be provided on February 4. You must register (free) as a member of the journal club once you navigate to that page. Click HERE to go there now. The first reading will… Read more »

New in Toolkit: Guide to Assessing Violence Risk in General Practice

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The Division 12 Section VII Working Group on Violence Risk Assessment (David Drummond, Phillip Kleespies, Marc Hillbrand, and Lisa Firestone) have prepared an excellent resource on assessing violence risk in general practice. It is intended as a quick reference for situations in which a clinician working in a non-forensic clinical setting may need to assess… Read more »

Division 12 Award Winners 2013

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Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology presented to Terence M. Keane, 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 Edward A. Wise, Ph.D. for distinguished advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems… Read more »

Self-Care and Professional Impairment Among Licensed Psychologists

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  Self-Care and Professional Impairment Among Licensed Psychologists By Andrea Lynn Coverman, M.A., LASAC Introduction: Until recently, much of the literature linking health care professionals (HCPs) with professional impairment and substance use has been limited to nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, counselors, and a variety of other healthcare-related disciplines, but not psychologists (Brown, Goske, &… Read more »

Do Graduate Programs Prepare Students for Professional Careers? An Exploratory Analysis

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Do Graduate Programs Prepare Students for Professional Careers? An Exploratory Analysis Catherine A. Savvides, B.S., Douglas R. Polster, B.A., Sharnay Brown, M.S., Cristina Redante, M.S., Evan L. Smith, M.S. – Nova Southeastern University This pilot investigation questions whether the current curriculum of graduate psychology programs meets students expectations of the skill set necessary to achieve… Read more »

What Can We do for Caregivers Dealing with the Death of their Child?

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  For the typical individual,  grief following the death of a loved one from natural causes follows a process involving acceptance and yearning for their loved one, with a significant decline in negative emotions by about 6-months after the loss (Maciejewski, Zhang, Block, & Prigerson, 2007). When these negative emotions persist beyond 6-months and interfere… Read more »

NCTSN Psychological First Aid Mobile App

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The NCTSN Psychological First Aid Mobile App was designed to assist responders by reviewing the eight core PFA interventions, matching interventions to specific needs of victims, providing expert tips, allowing responders to self-assess their readiness, and assess and track survivor’s needs. the PFA App is free on iTunes for iPhone users. The PFA App development… Read more »

6-Hour Online Psychological First Aid Course for Clinicians

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The NCTSN 6-hour psychological First Aid course teaches clinicians the core goals and objectives of Psychological First Aid. It also features a learning community in which participants can share their experiences using this knowledge in the field, receive guidance from others, and access additional resources. [box] Contact Damion J. Grasso, Ph.D. (web editor) to suggest… Read more »