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Articles from the 2022 Summer Issue of The National Psychologist


Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Call or Text

Mental health 988 emergency lifeline makes national debut

By Miriam Segaloff
Associate Editor

    More than two years in the making, the nationwide 988 mental health emergency lifeline launched in July with the goal of expanding access to mental health care and saving lives.“Even I have  trouble 

remembering the 10-digit number,” The National Council for Mental Wellbeing President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Ingoglia said. “This is just really an easier way to remember that number and get access. “The whole goal is to make things easier. That’s the major change people will experience.”
reflections on Tarasoff case

Reflections on the Tarasoff case
By David Shapiro, Ph.D.

Most people are aware of a court case titled Tarasoff v. The Regents of the University of California. Many, however, are unaware there were actually two Tarasoff cases. The initial Tarasoff case accepted as a legitimate legal theory the concept of duty to warn, within the context of outpatient psychotherapy, when a therapist believes their patient poses a risk of harm to an identifiable third party. 

Safety plans critical for suicidal patients
Samuel J. Knapp, Ed.D., ABPP

Psychologist Session

Psychologists need to develop safety plans when treating suicidal patients. Safety plans are brief, collaboratively written plans that involve several steps patients can take when they feel a suicidal crisis coming on.
The steps of a safety plan include:

Psychiatrist to return million to Medicare

By Paula E. Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.

Psychiatrist to return $1.1 million for not complying with Medicare regulations

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a 38-page report of an audit estimating more than $1.1 million in over payments for psychotherapy services made to a Queens, New York psychiatrist, one of the highest reimbursed individual Medicare providers in the country.

Work Colleagues

Early Career Psychologists -

Learn rules before playing managed care game

By Jesse Lambert, Psy.D.

   Working within the stringent rules of managed care places additional requirements on psychologists attempting to obtain reimbursement for services provided,as well as authorization for those services. This puts additional demands on your limited time and generates paperwork, but the process can be learned.
Minnesota Board of Psychology

By Angela Nelson, Psy.D., LP 

Signe L. Nestingen, Psy.D., LP, LMFT 

Rose M. Stark-Rose, PhD., LP

Minnesota Oversight Process Lacking

    Every state is required to have a program to evaluate and monitor health care providers, including psychologists, who may be impaired due to a substance abuse problem. All practicing psychologists need to make a point of being familiar with their state’s program, as they are required to make reports when necessary.
       In Minnesota, the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) ...

Professional Will

By Hector Y. Adames,  Psy.D., Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas,  Ph.D., Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., & Melba J. T. Vasquez, Ph.D.

Business Meeting

  All psychotherapists, behavior therapists and other clinicians and counselors need a comprehensive “professional will.” It is a fundamental ethical responsibility and, in many jurisdictions, it is also a legal duty.

   But, on a basic human level, it is a way to spare our clients and colleagues from the chaos, confusion and stress that can come with an unexpected death or incapacitation, especially when clear information and instruction are not available. 

Misinformation can damage patient outcomes

Professional Handshake

By Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Myths, faulty beliefs and misconceptions can put unnecessary stress on practitioners trying to adhere to the standard-of-care and give their clients the best possible outcomes. Below, some of the most commonly misinterpreted principles are discussed:

Foundation gives FSU millions for

Foundation gives FSU

$3.4 million for

forgiveness study

 A Florida State University (FSU) eminent scholar has received a $3.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study the psychology of divine forgiveness or forgiveness from a higher power.
     “Divine forgiveness is a source of great comfort for people of faith,” said Frank Fincham, director of the FSU Family Institute in the College of Health and Human Sciences. “We know very little scientifically about how humans think about, experience and relate to this notion.”

Prolonged grief disorder

added to DSM 5 -TR

By Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D 

  The official announcement of the inclusion of prolonged grief disorder (PGD) in the DSM 5-TR has revived the simmering controversy over whether any form of grief should be considered a “mental disorder,” alongside life-limiting forms of anxiety, depression, eating disorder, substance abuse and the many other conditions given attention and definition as diagnoses within this psychiatric compendium of human distress.
Psychology Session

A Poem

The Stranger

By Melvin Glazer, Ph.D.

In the day of your night I come,

A stranger appearing and disappearing

Like a mirage in the desert of your


In the day of your night you come,

A chaser of ghosts, but you will never

find who you seek

For who you seek is no longer there.

No matter how hard you look,

No matter how much you hurt,

You will never find him in me.

And who you do find (in me) is not

who I am

But a stranger of little value to you

When placed next to the ghost of who I was.

And in looking for who I was you fail

to see me.

In the day of my night you come,

But not as a chaser of ghosts

For no matter how hard I look,

No matter how much I hurt,

I can never bring back what was

The wonderful boy who is now a man.

I can only deal with what is and what

is, is

I see through the mask you wear.

I see the part of me that is part of you

As you see the part of you that is part

of me, and that will never change.

I will always be your father and you

will always be my son

And I will always love the boy you

were and the man you are

And you will always love the ghost of

who I was,

But, perhaps, one day you’ll love the

stranger in me too

And forgive me for all I did and didn’t


For by forgiving me you will, in so

doing, be forgiving yourself.

Thus, a gift to each and each to the


The greatest gift of all, LOVE.

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