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February 1st, 2017

Four New England states among nation’s healthiest

By Janine Weisman

Massachusetts ranked second after Hawaii as the healthiest overall state in the nation in the latest America’s Health Rankings Annual Report released in December 2016. Connecticut ranked third, Minnesota fourth, Vermont fifth and New Hampshire sixth in the 27th annual assessment of the country’s health on a state-by-state basis. The report published by the United Health Foundation measures how health benchmarks in each state change year to year. All New England states landed in the top half of the rankings with Rhode Island at 14th and Maine at 22nd. Maine had the largest decline in rank over the previous year, [More]

February 1st, 2017

ICD-11 release delayed until 2018

By Catherine Robertson Souter

In 2015, the United States belatedly joined the rest of the world in implementing the most updated version of the World Health Organization’s coding system for medical diagnoses, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, usually referred to as the ICD-10. Although nearly every other country in the world had been using the system since 1994, the process was delayed in this country because of the far more complicated health care system here. The WHO’s ICD coding is used around the world for health diagnoses to ensure that every country is in sync with the most up-to-date research and medical [More]

February 1st, 2017

Addiction Campus opens in Massachusetts

By Rivkela Brodsky

Addiction Campuses, a company based in Brentwood, Tenn., offering comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment programs at facilities around the country has opened its fourth national location in Cummington, Mass., called Swift River. The company, which specializes in alcohol, illegal drug and prescription drug addiction treatment, has three other facilities in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas, according to the company’s Web site. “There is a real addiction – especially opioid – epidemic going on in the Northeast, but frankly, it’s really over the entire country,” said Swift River CEO Mark Lancet, MA, NCC, LADC, LPC. “There is a lot a lot of [More]

February 1st, 2017

Surgeon General report: a call to action on addiction

By Rivkela Brodsky

In November 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General for the first time issued a report on alcohol, drugs, and health – calling addiction, “one of America’s most pressing public health issues.” The report, likened to a Surgeon General report on the dangers of smoking issued 50 years ago, was meant as a call to action. The “report aims to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance use disorders,” reads the report’s executive summary from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, titled “Facing Addiction in America.” The report also reviews information [More]

February 1st, 2017

APF names Terence Keane, Ph.D., to top post

By Catherine Robertson Souter

After nearly 17 years under the same leadership, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) recently announced that Terence M. Keane, Ph.D, was elected to assume the organization’s top post as of January 1. Keane, who is professor of psychiatry and assistant dean for research at Boston University School of Medicine, stepped in as APF president at the conclusion of a highly successful capital campaign that raised nearly $20 million. Keane is also director of the National Center for PTSD-Behavioral Sciences Division and associate chief of staff for research and development at VA Boston Healthcare Systems and has been recognized with many [More]

February 1st, 2017

“A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice” By David D. Luxton, Eve-Lynn Nelson, and Marlene M. Maheu American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Telehealth `how to’ resource is impressive Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Telecommunication technologies have greatly enhanced the delivery of mental health services. Broadly defined, telemental health (TMH) is conducting assessment, treatment, supervision and consultation through videoconferencing, desktop Web cams, interactive Web sites, mobile device applications and similar platforms. The chief attraction of electronic media is that practitioners can offer services to patients and other consumers who [More]

February 1st, 2017

“Supervision Essentials for the Integrative Developmental Model”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Supervision Essentials for the Integrative Developmental Model.” By Brian W. McNeill and Cal D. Stoltenberg. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Volume is useful resource for supervisors Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Most professionals would agree that the overall goals of clinical supervision in psychotherapy are to monitor the quality of services while enhancing professional competence as well as acting as a gatekeeper for the profession. The process of supervision involves a collaborative relationship with facilitative and evaluative components. Most supervisors are senior clinicians. One thinks of the concept of master and apprentice, but rarely are supervisors taught, [More]

February 1st, 2017

From the window

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

As we stand here watching the birds at our winter feeder, I remember writing about the challenge of keeping the squirrels away nearly 10 years ago. By the time we had run through our repertoire of clever strategies to foil our hungry visitors, I was beginning to doubt that I could ever find a way to enjoy the birds without raising my blood pressure trying to chase away the squirrels. We had failed at every attempt, each time being out-maneuvered by squirrels that were smarter, stronger and more agile than the ones our feeding devices were designed to thwart. In [More]

January 1st, 2017

Election prompts anxiety, confusion

By Phyllis Hanlon

In the wake of what many print, broadcast and social media outlets have called one of the “most divisive” political campaigns in recent memory, a mixture of emotions ranging from anger to confusion are impacting the country’s psychological health. Some clinicians are seeing an increase in calls for help, while research psychologists attempt to explain the complicated after-effects of the election. In the weeks since the election, Jason Evan Mihalko, Psy.D., private practitioner in Cambridge, Mass., whose patients include many immigrants, people of color and trauma survivors, has received more calls than usual. “It could be the time of year [More]

January 1st, 2017

APA president-elect named

By Janine Weisman

Near the end of the monthly psychology training committee meeting at Boston Children’s Hospital last November, Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., ABPP, gave the floor to a senior supervising psychologist who said her patients and those of her interns seemed especially anxious after the presidential election a week earlier. The 25 people in the conference room all realized they had similar experiences and wanted to talk more. “You could sort of feel that we were quite engaged with this topic but we didn’t have enough time,” said Eugene J. D’Angelo, Ph.D., ABPP, chief of the Division of Psychology. “There was a [More]

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