January 1st, 2016

Hasbro expands programs

By Pamela Berard

Meeting a growing national need for integrated care for children dealing with combinations of psychiatric and physical illness, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Bradley Hospital, recently expanded its medical/psychiatric programs. The expansion doubles the number of inpatient beds and extends capacity in its partial hospital program. The Medical/Psychiatric Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island and its multidisciplinary team address the needs of children and adolescents ages six to 18 with complex pediatric illnesses such as eating disorders or medical illness complicated by psychiatric co-morbidity. Renovations at the Inpatient Medical/Psychiatric Program expanded the program from eight to 16 [More]

January 1st, 2016

Sleep disorders: solutions to shut-eye shortage

By Phyllis Hanlon

According to the Centers for Disease Control, sleep insufficiency has become a major problem, linked to motor vehicle and industrial accidents as well as to some chronic physical conditions. The issue of sleep deprivation is complicated and multi-faceted. While seemingly a medical problem, sleep may have psychological underpinnings that mental health professionals can address. Heather C. Finley, Ph.D., sleep medicine specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, cited the 3P model, a framework comprising predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors developed by Paul Glovinsky and Art Spielman, as a way to better understand sleep disorders, particularly insomnia. The [More]

January 1st, 2016

Top workplaces’ list includes mental health agencies

By Susan Gonsalves

Commonwealth Psychology Associates LLC was named one of the “Top Places to Work,” by The Boston Globe for the past two years. The distinction is based on confidential surveys filled out by employees that are assessed by Workplace Dynamics of Exton, Penn., an independent third party that specializes in employee engagement and retention. In all, 357 companies, divided into four groups by size, completed the questionnaire with input collected from 77,000 employees. The participants responded to two dozen statements related to their work experiences. Andrea Piatt, Ph.D., ABPP, who founded the practice in 2004, attributes employee satisfaction to the fact [More]

January 1st, 2016

Panelist: Hybrid careers likely for newcomers

By Rivkela Brodsky

Having a hybrid career in psychology – a mix of academic, clinical, and work in other industries – is more likely in the near future with fewer full-time academic job opportunities in the field of psychology, said Steven N. Broder, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of counseling, psychology, and applied human development at Boston University’s School of Education. “It’s the nature of the world and the changing economy; people will be doing a variety of things,” Broder said. But, there are also some personality factors that should be considered when choosing a hybrid career versus a traditional full-time academic or clinical [More]

January 1st, 2016

Research uses MRI to identify attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

By Catherine Robertson Souter

When magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, was first introduced as a diagnostic tool in the 1990s, a new world was opened to researchers as the scans provided a novel way to look at the inner workings of the human body. Now, researchers at Yale University have found a way to use the MRI to see even further into the human psyche to identify attention problems. In a study recently published in Nature Neuroscience, the Yale team presented evidence that they could correctly identify adults and children with a range of attentional issues through MRI scans that focused on connectivity between [More]

January 1st, 2016

“Enhancing Self-Control in Adolescents: Treatment Strategies Derived from Psychological Science”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Enhancing Self-Control in Adolescents: Treatment Strategies Derived from Psychological Science” By Norman M. Brier Routledge New York, N.Y., 2015   Book addresses common therapeutic goal Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book presents a trans-diagnostic approach to enhancing self-control in adolescents. Psychologist Norman M. Brier starts with a precis of typical adolescent characteristics that dictate the need for efficient self-regulation: impulsiveness, a tendency toward risk-taking behavior and the pursuit of immediate gratification. Difficulty with self-control, in turn, is regularly associated with poor decision making and potentially unhealthy life choices. Brier’s conceptual framework is rooted in social and [More]

January 1st, 2016

Criminal responsibility at heart of case

By Edward Stern J.D.

Every so often a case comes along that raises a curious question. One such case is Commonwealth v. Shin, cited as 86 MASS. App. Ct. 381 (2014). The case is presented as having a single issue: “whether at the time of the incident the defendant was criminally responsible?” The facts of the case, abridged from those presented in the published decision, are that “the defendant lifted his hand and touched the victim between her legs on her upper thigh, within ‘two inches’ of her genital area.” This event occurred on a crowded trolley car in Boston, Massachusetts. The victim pushed [More]

January 1st, 2016

What we miss along the way

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

On a recent trip to Colorado to visit our daughter, I found myself obsessed by the desire to see the Rockies covered with snow. I had a particular view in mind, probably an amalgam of what I had seen in documentaries about climbing Mt. Everest, a scene from the movie, “Lost Horizon” and my ever active imagination. In my mind’s eye, I am standing on the top of a mountain or at least sitting in my car at a scenic overlook, looking out on layers of mountain tops receding into the distance, each layer smaller and fainter than the one [More]

December 1st, 2015

Celebrity stalking: a dangerous combination of obsession, delusion

By Phyllis Hanlon

When Robert John Bardo murdered actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989, he drew public attention to the issue of stalking. In response, California passed the first stalking legislation in the country in 1990; by 2000, all 50 states had enacted similar laws, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. While stalking most often involves perpetrators and victims who are acquainted or related, celebrity stalking captures headlines. According to Gerald Sweet, Ph.D., forensic and police psychologist, co-developer of the Military Veterans Psychology Program and faculty member at William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), celebrity stalking falls [More]

December 1st, 2015

NAMI forum offers multi-faceted workshops

By Susan Gonsalves

Preventing unnecessary arrests and prison time for people with mental health disorders is the goal of the Criminal Justice Diversion Project, a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) initiative, said June Binney, J.D., director. Personnel from the Fitchburg and Cambridge police departments presented a workshop on “Best Practices in Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnerships,” at NAMI’s Massachusetts state convention in Leominster on Oct. 31. The Department of Mental Health awards approximately $1.5 million in annual grants to cities and towns to implement specialized training so that officers are better able to respond to incidents involving people with mental illnesses. NAMI created [More]

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