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Assertiveness Training: A Forgotten Evidence-Based Treatment

This SCP Blog post by Brittany Speed, Brandon Goldstein, and Dr. Marvin Goldfried discuss their recent publication in CP:SP addressing the role of assertiveness training in clinical psychology. Although psychotherapy has been in existence for over a century, the field has struggled to build upon research findings with consistent, accumulating evidence. One reason for this problem may be because we …

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Treatment Considerations for Undocumented Patients

This SCP Blog is written by David Talavera, a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Houston who is completing his predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. Let’s try a little exercise: Pretend you’re a patient waiting for your therapist for the first time. You’re in the waiting room. It’s quiet. You hear the air-conditioning humming. You …

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Behavioral Activation for Depression During Pregnancy: Results from a multi-site pragmatic randomized controlled effectiveness trial.

Behavioral Activation for Depression During Pregnancy: Results from a multi-site pragmatic randomized controlled effectiveness trial – an SCP blog piece by Drs. Hubley and Dimidjian For many, being pregnant is one of the most important and enjoyable moments in life.  For others, life changes during pregnancy can become major challenges and 1 in 7 pregnant women become clinically depressed (Gavin …

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Is “Abnormal Psychology” Really all that Abnormal?

Is “Abnormal Psychology” Really all that Abnormal – a blog post by Jonathan D. Schaefer, a doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at Duke University An assumption held by many—including many mental health professionals—is that people who suffer from one or more mental disorders constitute a small, troubled minority. This assumption is reflected in both the way we talk about mental …

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Clinicians and Clients Disagree: Implications for Evidence-Based Practice

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 a self-report questionnaire completed by …

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SCP at the APA Convention in Denver

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”  by Dr. Arthur Nezu, we …

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Do psychotherapists improve with time and experience?

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, 2013), therapists’ ability to improve …

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Section Updates 2016

Section Updates (published in TCP December 2015) Section 2: Society of Clinical Geropsychology By Michele J. Karel, PhD The Society of Clinical Geropsychology (SCG) has several updates, regarding our 2015 award winners, outgoing presidential initiative, incoming presidential initiative, and new diversity awards for our section. SCG Awards. At the APA convention in August, SCG recognized our three major awardees this …