August 21st, 2015

Review finds APA ethics compromised

By Phyllis Hanlon

In July, Attorney David H. Hoffman of Sidley Austin LLP released an independent investigative review of the American Psychological Association’s ethics guidelines, national security interrogations and torture. The findings are sending shockwaves throughout the psychology community. Rosanna Lak, executive director of the Vermont Psychological Association, reported that its full board of directors issued a letter stating in part, “… its shock in response to the findings of the Hoffman report and the corruption it details. As your state organization, we intend to do our best to both support and hold APA accountable as it strives to implement institutional reforms in [More]

August 21st, 2015

Discussion on PSYPACT proposal continues

By Phyllis Hanlon

On June 8, the Massachusetts Psychological Association held an Advocacy Committee meeting to discuss the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which has been proposed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. The compact calls for a regulatory framework under which licensed psychologists in states that agree to join will be allowed to practice across state lines through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing. Additionally, these psychologists would be given a “Passport” that grants the right to practice in-person in another state for up to 30 days per calendar year. James Leffert, Ed.D., chair of the MPA Advocacy Committee, reported that Eric Harris, [More]

August 21st, 2015

Duggar case raises questions on risk, reporting, re-offending

By Janine Weisman

Clinical psychologist Carlos A. Cuevas, Ph.D., often uses examples from media coverage in his classroom discussions at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice where he is an associate professor. The Josh Duggar case will not be one of them. “I won’t use it, but I guarantee I’ll have some students ask me about it,” said Cuevas who specializes in the assessment and treatment of survivors of victimization and trauma and sexual offenders in his private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children publicly apologized last May after news reports he had [More]

August 21st, 2015

Fight for domestic violence prevention continues

By Janine Weisman

For the third consecutive year, efforts to establish a domestic violence prevention fund through a proposed increase in the marriage license fee failed at the Rhode Island Statehouse. While the Senate passed a measure to create a domestic violence prevention fund with the purpose of funding evidence-based programs for preventing domestic and dating violence, the House of Representatives held a similar bill for further study before the General Assembly adjourned June 25. But Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence Executive Director Deborah DeBare isn’t giving up. “What we’re planning to do is re-group over the summer and have some more [More]

August 21st, 2015

Web site to track parity

By Rivkela Brodsky

A new Web site for tracking parity state by state was announced during the opening session of the third annual Kennedy Forum National Conference held in Boston in June. ParityTrack.org, a project of the Kennedy Forum and the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, tracks implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 through reports that analyze legislation, regulatory actions and litigation at federal and state levels, according to information provided by the forum. “It’s to find out where your state stands on the implementation of a federal law that guarantees all your state’s residents who have [More]

August 21st, 2015

Global health discussed at forum

By Rivkela Brodsky

It was the first time mental health on a global scope was discussed at the annual Kennedy Forum National Conference held in Boston in early June. Tom Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health and moderator of a panel titled “Mental Health on the Global Stage” live streamed at the end of the conference, said it’s a topic that “has been somewhat conspicuously absent in most of the discussions about mental health in America.” “After everything we have talked about all day, there are enormous challenges we face in the United States. Really, do we want to [More]

August 21st, 2015

In-person bullying causes more harm than digital alone

By Pamela Berard

While “cyberbullying” has gained a lot of media attention in recent years, a new study indicates that being bullied through the digital world doesn’t cause as much emotional harm as being bullied in person. Additionally, the worst kind of harassment – and one that the researchers said should be a priority for those trying to identify the most serious and harmful experiences – involved a mix of both in-person and digital interactions, according to “The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth,” published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychology of Violence. “We don’t know [More]

August 21st, 2015

Vermont case shines light on assisted outpatient treatment use

By Catherine Robertson Souter

A recent court case in Vermont may change the way the state can utilize involuntary outpatient commitment, also known as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). Vermont’s Legal Aid Mental Health Law Project successfully argued a case in front of the state’s Supreme Court in April asking that a client be released from his AOT since the state had failed to prove that he will become a danger to himself or others in the near future. Across the United States, AOT has become more common in the past decade, with 45 states having some form of the law on their books. (Connecticut, [More]

August 21st, 2015

Study: Campus rape reaches ‘epidemic levels’

By Janine Weisman

During their first year of college, nearly one in seven women had been the victim of at least one sexual assault characterized by excessive alcohol or drug use and nearly one in 10 women will have experienced forcible assault or rape, according to a study led by a Brown University psychologist. The study led by Kate Carey, Ph.D., professor of behavioral and social sciences in Brown’s School of Public Health and its Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, proclaimed rape on college campuses to be at “epidemic levels.” The findings emerged from responses to a 2010 survey of 483 female [More]

August 21st, 2015

Brian Doherty named MPA director

By Pamela Berard

After an extensive search, the Massachusetts Psychological Association appointed Brian Doherty – former CEO of the Northeast Association of Realtors – as its new executive director. Doherty officially began serving in the role in June. Operations Manager Pamela Goodspeed had been serving as interim executive director after Elena Eisman, Ed.D., stepped down from her long-time post a year-and-a-half ago. The MPA’s search was conducted by a transition consultant from Third Sector New England, who completed a comprehensive review of MPA. The review led MPA to define and seek an executive director with the following qualities and skills: customer service mentality, [More]

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