Leading Stories, Articles

January 1st, 2010

McLean’s coaching program offers new opportunity for psychologists

By Jennifer E Chase

Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts opened in early 2009 and is quickly becoming a reliable resource for psychologists wanting to add the skills of life coaching to their professional toolbox. Its 1,200 plus member listserv was largely created by Internet information seekers looking for more data. Thanks to a $2 million gift from Ruth Ann Harnisch, a certified professional coach and founder of the Harnisch Foundation, McLean launched the IoC – a first-of-its-kind center for coaching-related research, practice and education – to advance excellence in research and practice within the growing field of coaching, a practice that [More]

January 1st, 2010

Stress impacting teens too

By Pamela Berard

The dismal economy has not only affected American adults – teens and tweens are feeling the pressure, too. Stress related to family finances has grown among youth in the past year, according to a new survey released by the American Psychological Association (APA). Youth are also stressed about school and other issues and their parents are underestimating the toll such pressures are having on them. Nearly half (45 percent) of teens ages 13-17 surveyed said that they worried more this year than last year, but only 28 percent of parents reported that they think their teen’s stress increased. Additionally, 26 [More]

January 1st, 2010

Stress on campuses also on the rise

By Ami Albernaz

As enriching as the college years are for most students, they undeniably come with some stress, as students are – for the first time, in many cases – squarely in charge of their routine, and are forging an identity away from the familiar strictures of hometown and family. Recently, the economic downturn has added another layer of pressure, as students worry both about their prospects for work after college and how they or their parents will afford ever-climbing tuition bills. “I’m surprised at the number of students who tell me one or both of their parents are unemployed,” says Tom [More]

January 1st, 2010

Tips offered to psychologists to cope with trying times

By Ami Albernaz

As clients have cut back on the frequency of sessions, or in some cases, ended them altogether to save money, psychologists, too, have felt the pain of the financial crisis. For those just starting their practices, the downturn may be especially difficult to weather. A few seasoned psychologists around New England offered some tips for making it through these trying times, and even thriving in them. If some of the tips sound familiar, it may be because they’re similar to advice you would likely give your clients Keep a cool head. “Try to avoid overreacting to negative stories in the [More]

January 1st, 2010

Psychologists’ research focuses on metaphors

By Catherine Robertson Souter

Human language is rife with metaphors. We label an easy work assignment as a “piece of cake” and call a difficult task an “uphill battle.” In fact, metaphors are so common in the way we talk that we don’t really notice them – or attach much importance to them. There’s a movement within social psychology to take a closer look at those metaphors we so casually toss around like a football at a backyard picnic. Current research into the metaphors we use most often, for instance that a person can be “warm” or “cold,” or that we can feel “close” [More]

January 1st, 2010

Psychological and Physical Aggression in Couples: Causes and Interventions

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Psychological and Physical Aggression in Couples: Causes and Interventions” Edited by K. Daniel O’Leary and Erica M. Woodin American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2009 Domestic violence book helpful to clinicians By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Do batterer intervention programs work? Not as much as we might think, according to a new book on aggression in couples. The rate at which batterer programs reduce recidivism is low, ranging between zero and five percent. Although any decrease in domestic violence is valuable, some observers argue that such programs – with their promise to reeducate offenders – inadvertently engender a false sense of hope [More]

January 1st, 2010

Lawsuit pertains to definition of marriage

By Edward Stern J.D.

On July 9, 2009 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. The name of the case is Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Plantiff, v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen Sebelius, in her capacity as the Secretary of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; Eric K. Shinseki, in his official capacity as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; and the United States of America, Defendants. [For a similar but different case see Gill v. Office of Personal Management. [No. 1:09-CV-10309-JLJ, (U.S.DIST.CT.,D.MASS)]]. The case [More]

January 1st, 2010

Preventing Partner Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Preventing Partner Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies” Edited by Daniel J. Whitaker and John R. Lutzker American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2009 Book alerts professional community about partner violence Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA ntimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health problem. Whereas the earliest work on IPV focused on the harmful actions of men towards their female partners, the current clinical and research perspective is broader, including violence committed by women against men, within same-sex relationships and between adolescent partners. IPV remains a complex matter, not easily resolved, but better understood thanks to [More]

January 1st, 2010

The Luckiest Man in the World

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

I just met the luckiest man in the world or at least, that’s what he told me. It turns out I have known him for many years, but like so much that we are learning about one another in the last days of the hospital, his disclosure came as a surprise. You would not think that a person who has suffered from a particularly virulent form of schizophrenia for over 30 years could consider himself lucky. That kind of self-assessment would surely be the mark of delusional thinking that would seal the diagnosis, if there were ever any doubt in [More]