December 1st, 2016

“College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning” By Donelson R. Forsyth American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   ‘Compelling’ book offers no-nonsense directives, recommendations Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The author biography accompanying this book explains that Donelson R. Forsyth, a social and personality psychologist, “has taught thousands of graduate and undergraduate students during his 38 years as a professor in such courses as introductory psychology, social psychology, group dynamics, research methods, internships, theories and models of leadership, and ethics.” His expansive expertise is on full display in this compelling book about college [More]

December 1st, 2016

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors” By Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Workbook about ADHD stresses importance of life skill development Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Vincent J. Monastra, a clinical psychologist and director of an Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, N.Y., is a well-known clinician, author and researcher in the field of ADHD. He has written many helpful books of the subject and his latest publication is no exception. With the increase of children and adolescents being diagnosed with ADHD, this publication is very [More]

December 1st, 2016

A walk through time and history

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to slow down, especially when we travel. And so my wife and I started the morning with breakfast in a park near our London hotel, relaxing at an outdoor café overlooking an expansive lawn punctuated with beds of autumn flowers. For our main event of the day, we planned a visit to Westminster Abbey. The rest we left to chance and whim, never considering that we would spend most of the day in church or what we would take with us when we left. I had been coming to London since my days in [More]

November 1st, 2016

Treating responders: a shift in technique

By Phyllis Hanlon

The devastation that occurred on 9/11 shook the entire world. But since that time, numerous other traumatic events – the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the San Bernardino shooting, the Orlando nightclub attack, to name a few – have reinforced the importance of addressing psychological damage resulting from these incidents. In response to the growing need, clinicians have shifted their thinking when it comes to treating first responders. Joan M. Cook, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Yale, and current president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 56, Trauma Psychology, noted that events such as the Vietnam War, “put [More]

November 1st, 2016

MPA advocates lifting gun research funding ban

By Janine Weisman

A move by the Massachusetts Psychological Association to push for the removal of barriers on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ability to fund research on gun violence is inspiring the region’s other associations to pursue advocacy efforts on the issue. In an Aug. 30 letter sent to Massachusetts’ nine representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and two U.S. senators, the leadership of the 1,600-member association voiced strong support for finding legislative solutions to what amounts to a ban on funding gun violence research. The letter was signed by MPA President Dawn Cisewski, Psy.D., Executive Director Brian [More]

November 1st, 2016

Maine law places restrictions on opioid prescriptions

By Pamela Berard

Echoing a nation-wide problem, Maine is working to stem the rise of opioid use and overdose. Maine reported more than 270 drug overdose deaths in 2015 – a 31 percent increase over 2014 – and had already recorded 189 drug overdose deaths for the first half of 2016. A majority have been linked to opioids – which include heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers. A new state law enacted in July aims to prevent the overuse of opioids at the initiation of treatment. The law requires doctors to use the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) and sets a dosage cap on [More]

November 1st, 2016

Massachusetts extends deadline for EHR adoption

By Janine Weisman

Massachusetts behavioral health care providers have more time to fully adopt electronic health record systems (EHR) that connect to the state’s health information exchange via a network called the Mass HIway. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced that the date to connect to the statewide network for transmitting health care data among providers, hospitals and other entities and improve coordination of care would be a date later than Jan. 1, 2018. The original deadline for all health care providers to fully implement interoperable EHR systems connecting to the Mass HIway was Jan. 1, 2017, in [More]

November 1st, 2016

Bridgewater State Hospital to enhance treatment services

By Pamela Berard

Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts’ only secure psychiatric hospital for adult males, which houses and treats mentally ill men either charged with or convicted of a crime, would see major changes under a plan unveiled by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration. The state is soliciting proposals from private vendors to provide “enhanced medical and mental health treatment for patients” at the medium-security prison, which has faced controversy in recent years surrounding the treatment and deaths of patients. According to the Request for Response (RFR), the vendor must have extensive knowledge of treating individuals with serious behavioral health needs. Under the plan, [More]

November 1st, 2016

Chief medical officer resigns from New Hampshire Hospital

By Catherine Robertson Souter

After a tumultuous seven months that has seen a number of resignations of hospital staff, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the imminent departure of New Hampshire Hospital’s chief medical officer, David Folks, M.D. The hospital and two other mental health facilities in the state had, until June 30 of this year, been staffed under a contract with Dartmouth College and its Geisel School of Medicine. After Dartmouth College decided to end its contract, the state put out a bid for a new manager of the facilities. The only bidder was Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a [More]

November 1st, 2016

Grant aims to build trauma sensitivity in schools

By Rivkela Brodsky

Providence Children &Youth Cabinet – a coalition of organizations, systems, residents and youth organized around community-generated priorities in Providence, R.I. – received a $1.8 million grant to build trauma sensitivity in schools. “This is a really exciting opportunity for us,” said Rebecca Boxx, director of the Cabinet. “It builds on work we have been doing in Providence for several years now. We have had a focus that was really elevated by our community to address the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma in our neighborhoods and schools. This will allow us to use evidence-based programs in the school setting [More]

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