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The Summer TCP is now available!

Clinical Psychology in the Future – Mark Sobell, Ph.D. Ethics Column: Ethics, Self-Care and Infirmity I; Rituals to Develop Health-Enhancing Habits Student Column: Transdiagnostic Psychotherapy Trianing Federal Advocacy Column: How will practice take shape in the new healthcare environment? Nominations ballot now available for Division 12 elections

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology (NEW MATERIAL)

Principles for Training in Evidence Based Psychology:  Models for the Graduate Curricula in Clinical Psychology Prepared by the Division 12 Task Force on teaching evidence based practice in Clinical Psychology J. Gayle Beck, Chair, Louis G. Castonguay, Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, E. David Klonsky, Lata K. McGinn, and Eric A. Youngstrom Although the field has embraced an evidence-based approach to the practice of Clinical Psychology, it still remains …

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A Meta-analysis of Treatment Dropout in Child and Adolescent Outpatient Care

A recent article in Clinical Psychology Review by de Haan, Boon, deJong, Hoeve, and Vermeiren, A meta-analtyic review on treatment dropout in child and adolescent outpatient mental health care, takes a comprehensive look at treatment dropout in child and adolescent outpatient mental health care using meta-analysis. As the authors point out, dropout in psychotherapy is very common. Among the studies they reviewed, …

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Public Mental Health Intervention Following Disaster

Another mass tragedy calls upon mental health professionals to apply their skills and knowledge towards helping the public cope with trauma and loss. Since 2001, we have learned a great deal about this, and as a result, there are now evidence-informed guidelines and practices for (a) conducting needs assessments, (b) screening and identifying emerging trauma-related psychopathology, (c) raising public awareness, …

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The Clinical Psychologist – Winter 2013

Dear Members, We  are now up and running at near 100%! We will continue to make improvements and have some big plans for the near future – so stay tuned. Also, our apologies for the delay – but the Winter 2013 edition of  The Clinical Psychologist is up and available for download. -Division 12

UPDATE: 1 April 2013

Dear Members and Prospective Members, Although we are making progress on the site, we are not back to 100%. We are fortunate to have a dedicated web developer who has quickly become familiar with our site and is working hard to pick up the pieces. The site crashed due to a poor infrastructure – the direct consequence of a disappointing …

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT WEBSITE FUNCTIONALITY

Dear Members, Last week our website experienced a significant technical conundrum that caused it to crash. Importantly, no personal data were compromised. It is also important for you to know that no credit card information is stored on the site database. Since the crash, we have been working with a reputable web developer who is committed to restoring our site …

The Problem of Researcher Allegiance in Psychotherapy Research

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 moderate effect size suggesting a …

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Improving Psychiatric Diagnosis: Beyond Counting Symptoms

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 probability. The Posterior Probability of …

SSCP Journal Club: First Reading

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 be Anger and Sadness in …

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

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 whether a patient poses a …

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Division 12 Award Winners 2013

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 and outstanding contributions to the …

Self-Care and Professional Impairment Among Licensed Psychologists

  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, & Johnson, 2009). The intent of …

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

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 success as psychologists. In addition, …

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

  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 with everyday functioning the grieving …

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NCTSN Psychological First Aid Mobile App

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 was funded by the U.S. …

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6-Hour Online Psychological First Aid Course for Clinicians

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 future postings or web material. …

Psychological First Aid Following a Disaster or Terrorism

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the National Center for PTSD offer a free-to-download Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide (Brymer, Jacobs, Layne, Pynoos, Ruzek, Steinberg, Vernberg, Watson, 2006) and specific material pertaining to school-related crises  to facilitate evidence-based responses to disasters and terrorism such as the tragic school shooting at the Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut this …

New Blog – Students, Showcase your Work

Student Members – we have added a new blog to the Div12 site to give you an opportunity to showcase your research efforts. The goal is to present the work of talented students focusing on recent qualitative or quantitative research findings and clinical implications. This is an excellent opportunity to become an active part of the Division 12 community, make …

Fall 2012 The Clinical Psychologist is Posted

The Fall 2012 issue of The Clinical Psychologist Vol 65, Issue 4 has been posted. Dr. Gayle Beck reflects on her term as it comes to a close. Other contents include, (1) Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in VA Psychotherapeutic Care, (2) Diversity Column: Subgroup Differences in Asian Americans, (3) History Column: Children, Adolescents, and Clinical Psychology Organizations: …

Antisocial Behavior and the Striatum

A newly published review in Biological Psychiatry entitled The Potential Role of the Striatum in Antisocial Behavior and Psychopathology by Andrea L. Glenn and Yaling Yang examines evidence of structural abnormalities in individuals with antisocial behavior and psychopathy. The striatum is a subcortical structure within the forebrain that plays a role in processing information having to do with reward. The authors review several …

New in Clinician’s Toolkit: Section VII Suicide Risk Assessment Materials

As one of the leading causes of death (www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide), suicide demands special attention from health care providers, school personnel, counselors, and anyone who works with vulnerable populations (e.g., correctional settings, child welfare,  etc.). Division 12’s Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises (Section VII) has recently compiled a set of resources now available for download in the Clinician’s Toolkit area of …

Developmental Pathways and Accumulation of Risk During Adolescence

A newly published  article in The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, entitled The Tracking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey (TRAILS): Design, Current Status, and Selected Findings by Ormel, Oldehinkel, Sijtsema, van Oort, Raven, Veenstra, Vollebergh, and Verhulst presents recent findings from the prospective longitudinal project, which began in 2001. The project involves data collected from 2,230 …

Comprehensive Screening and Counseling for Behavioral Risks in Adolescent Primary Care

A new article in Pediatrics entitled, Improvement in Adolescent Screening and Counseling Rates for Risk Behaviors and Developmental Tasks by Duncan, Frankowski, Carey, Kallock, Delaney, Dixon, Garcia, and Shaw reports on a modified Breakthrough Series Collaborative in which eight primary care practices were trained to implement comprehensive screening and counseling for risk behaviors and developmental tasks/strengths and to increase the rate of brief …

Am J Geriatr Psychiatry – Course of Depression and Morality Among Older Primary Care Patients

A new article entitled, Course of Depression and Mortality Among Older Primary Care Patients in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry by Bogner, Morales, Reynolds, Cary, and Bruce presents a study examining the course of depression severity among older primary care patients and its association with mortality. Data were obtained from a large randomized controlled trial involving 20 primary care practices. …

J Pediatric Psychology – Trauma Exposure Associated with Stress Sensitivity in Young Children

A new article published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology by Grasso, Ford, and Briggs-Gowan examined trauma exposure, current life stress, and internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in 213 children ages 2- to 4-years-old. The authors categorized the children into four groups based on trauma exposure and current life stress and conducted a multivariate analysis of variance to identify potential group differences …

Adm Policy Mental Health – Shifting the Treatment Model: Impact on Engagement in Outpatient Therapy

A new article published in Administration and Policy for Mental Health and Mental Health Research by Warnick, Bearss, Weersing, Scahill, and Woolston describes a study in which various treatment planning strategies designed to reduce early attrition were implemented in an outpatient clinic serving about 500-600 youth annually. Participants in the implementation group were compared to a historical control group. Implementation …