April 1st, 2015

Insurance coverage of methadone for treatment to expand

By Rivkela Brodsky

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans or MAHP announced in February that its 17 member health plans – which cover 2.6 million residents in the state – will cover the medication assisted treatment in “an effort to enhance access to services to treat opioid addiction that are evidence based and promote clinically appropriate care,” according to a news release. “Given the data and evidence about the effectiveness of methadone treatment, plans have looked at that research and changed their plans accordingly,” said Eric Linzer, a spokesman for the MAHP. The change, which will happen by July 1, comes following discussions [More]

April 1st, 2015

Study to evaluate VOICES intervention

By Rivkela Brodsky

Adolescent girls often have a different path into the juvenile justice system than boys. Often, they are arrested and remanded to custody for less serious offenses like truancy, running away and shoplifting, said Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.. “Girls’ pathways into the system are also often relational in nature, such as interpersonal violence and prostitution,” said Tolou-Shams, also associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and director of the Rhode Island Family Court Mental Health Clinic. This situation is [More]

April 1st, 2015

Stress in America: financial issues top list

By Phyllis Hanlon

Since 2007, the American Psychological Association has conducted its Stress in America™ survey, which measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public, as part of its Mind/Body Health campaign. Recently released findings from the 2014 survey indicated that money issues have prevailed again as the leading stressor. The survey noted that 72 percent of adults reported feeling stressed about money at least some of the time. Specifically, parents (34 percent), Millennials (36 percent), Gen-Xers (30 percent) and women (30 percent) report the highest finance-related stress rates. Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., associate executive director, Practice Research and Policy at the [More]

April 1st, 2015

Psychologists weigh in about memory

By Pamela Berard

After news anchor Brian Williams recanted a story he told about his time in a military helicopter in Iraq, much discussion ensued about whether Williams was lying, distorting or misremembering the incident. While area psychologists can’t speak specifically to Williams’ case, they weighed in on the subject of memory. James Claiborn Ph.D. ABPP, ACT, a licensed psychologist in Maine, said people can forget all sorts of things – and sometimes do. “There’s this sort of myth out there that memory records things like a recording and that you can play it back. That’s absolutely wrong,” Claiborn said. “When we remember [More]

April 1st, 2015

Milestones of sexual development explained

By Catherine Robertson Souter

Childhood sexual abuse can, and often does, lead to issues with adult sexuality. But, it does not follow that everyone who has intimacy blocks was a victim of abuse. Which begs the question: Are there other types of childhood trauma that lead to physical intimacy concerns? Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D., has a theory that may provide the answer. In her book “SexSmart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do with It – Transform Your Sex Life” Zoldbrod introduced a concept called the Milestones of Sexual Development, steps that humans need to reach in order to feel safe [More]

April 1st, 2015

“Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting” By Jane Brodie Gregory and Paul E. Levy American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Book on feedback has wide application Reviewed by  James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book is a publication of the American Psychological Association Fundamentals of Consulting Psychology Book Series, which is intended to provide consulting psychologists with concise, easily accessible, and evidence-based texts that highlight practice and research domains within particular areas. In this case, the topic of interest is using feedback for effective performance management in organizations. Specifically, authors Jane Brodie Gregory and Paul E. Levy opine that [More]

April 1st, 2015

“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients”

By Helen Hwang

“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients” By Mitch Abblett W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York, N.Y. 2013    Book addresses mindfulness with difficult clients Reviewed by Helen S. Hwang, Ph.D. MPH Like Greek yogurt, mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days. In fact, it is the fastest growing area of mental health and a quick Google search leads you directly to mindfulness therapy techniques, training workshops, certifications and even its application to forensic mental health. Moreover, Amazon has more than 1,000 books on this popular topic. Yet there are few books on mindfulness [More]

April 1st, 2015

When laughter shows the way

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

In all the years I had known him, through hundreds of therapy hours that sometimes left me feeling as hopeless as he did; he had never stopped talking about killing himself. He had almost succeeded on a number of occasions and we believed him when he said that the only thing keeping him alive was the lack of means and opportunity in the hospital. Like many people who have abandoned hope, he had lost much. He would say everything and that would be only a slight exaggeration. Alone with his thoughts, he cried almost daily. And yet, he wondered out [More]

March 1st, 2015

Does gender play a role in treatment?

By Phyllis Hanlon

The World Health Organization reports that depression is the most common women’s mental health problem and, although more research is needed, this disorder may be more persistent in females than in men. Some psychologists do offer more gender-specific therapy, while others prefer to treat each client on an individual basis, regardless of sex. Julie B. Wolter, Psy.D., president of the Center for Self Development, P.C., Nashua, N.H., said that depression often depends on how the individual identifies. For example, she finds men typically view themselves as the provider; job loss could shatter that notion and prompt depression. “Men come in [More]

March 1st, 2015

Grants support integration

By Rivkela Brodsky

Ten organizations in Massachusetts have been awarded $1.3 million in funding to support work integrating behavioral health and medical care. The new grant program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, called Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care, provides one-year funding to community health centers, community-based behavioral health centers and hospital-based programs in the state that are already doing work in this area. The idea is to spend a year looking at how these organizations are addressing the issue of comorbidity to assist the foundation in creating guidelines for a three-year grant in this area, [More]

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