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Articles from the 2020 Winter Issue of The National Psychologist

Managing intoxicated patients

By Justin R. Gauthier, Ph.D.
February 5, 2020

While working with populations who use substances, psychologists may encounter patients who are intoxicated. In these situations, a variety of ethical and legal issues may

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arise, and often take precedence over direct clinical service. The purpose of this brief article is to provide some initial education as well as an overview of several common situations and factors psychologists may wish to prepare for and consider in their professional decision-making when encountering an intoxicated patient.

Early Career Psychologists: Integrated care requires integrating with treatment team

By Cinnamon Westbrook, Psy.D.
February 5, 2020 

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As scientific literature has increased awareness of the relationship between the biological and psychological aspects of the human condition, and terms such as multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary have become the norm, so has the presence of psychology as an integral component of treatment teams.

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Special considerations needed when working with first responders

By Mark Kamena, Ph.D.
February 4, 2020

First responders and their families make up a unique subculture. Therapists have heard countless stories of their difficulties finding competent treatment.

Police and fire responders report that they often overcome a reluctance to seek treatment only to be met with a provider who understands little about their work and has difficulty handling their trauma.

Psychogastroenterology replete with opportunities

By Tiffany Taft, Psy.D.
February 5, 2020 


For the past 20 years, the role of the clinical psychologist in the management of chronic digestive disease has evolved into the newly recognized field of psychogastroenterology. Like other specialties within behavioral medicine, psychogastroenterology focuses on the intersection of chronic medical diseases impacting the digestive system and their subsequent social and emotional impacts.

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ASPPB rolls out EPPP-2 – names ‘early adopters’

By James Bradshaw,

Senior Editor
February 5, 2020

Beginning in January, those seeking to take the examination for licensure as psychologists in Arizona, Nevada, Guam and the Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador will be required to take two tests – at an additional cost of $450.


Hoffman Report’s flaws should be acknowledged

By Sally Harvey, Ph.D.
February 5, 2020 

For the past decade, members of Division 48 (Peace) and Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the APA have filed and/or supported licensure and ethics complaints and attempted to instigate criminal investigations against military psychologists for abusing detainees.

None of these accusations has been found to be credible, presented as they were in the absence of evidence and in the face of unqualified denials by these psychologists.

Opioids CRISIS

Psychologists can play big role in stemming opioid crisis

By Kathy Lynn Gray, Associate Editor
February 4, 2020 

Every day in the United States, an average of 150 people will die of opioid overdoses.

That’s the sobering truth about a crisis that has gripped the country for more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that more than 399,000 people died from overdoses from 1999-2017.


Settlement sought in Hoffman Report suit

By James Bradshaw,

Senior Editor
February 4, 2020


Challenge ‘diet mentality’ to treat binge eating

By Howard S. Farkas, Ph.D.
February 4, 2020

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder among adults in the United States. More than 8 percent of American adults meet some or all of the criteria for binge eating disorder at some point in their life, more than all other eating disorders combined.


Sexually kinky clients present ethical issues

By Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D.
February 4, 2020

Kink can be broadly defined by the compound acronym BDSM, which stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism. It refers to a broad spectrum of erotic behaviors and relationships that incorporate ritualized, consensual and erotic power play.

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