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Articles from the 2020 Summer Issue of The National Psychologist

Teletherapy tips

By National Psychologist Staff
July 28, 2020 


The National Psychologist talked with psychologists across the country about how they’re managing to operate their practices using teletherapy during the pandemic. Here are some of their suggestions for other practitioners. Talk regularly to other colleagues about the challenges of this “new normal.” Find a teletherapy platform that’s simple, efficient, compliant and has few glitches. […]

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Psychologists should help victimizers understand their past 

By Linda Nauth, MS
July 27, 2020

In 1990, I was a prison psychologist at Wisconsin’s intake facility, Dodge Correctional Institution. At the same time, I volunteered at a local battered women’s shelter, running its women’s support group. I had an epiphany during a conversation I was having with a psychologist who practiced in the local community. “I bet you find them […]

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How to ethically increase access to care during COVID-19

By Jordan Cattie, Ph.D.
July 27, 2020

COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health crisis with both mental-health and financial impacts. Psychologists’ skill sets are critically important in meeting the challenges of the present moment. Yet many clients are losing financial security (job loss, reduced hours due to furloughs, changes in insurance benefits) while potentially relying on mental-health treatment more than ever. Being […]

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‘Please don’t tell my surgeon’: Managing privacy, confidentiality in integrated healthcare settings

By Efrat Hedges Eichenbaum, Ph.D.
July 27, 2020

Integrated care settings are treatment settings in which a psychologist is embedded on an interdisciplinary and/or medical team. Examples include primary care, intensive care units and specialty medical clinics (e.g., oncology, chronic pain). Psychologists increasingly work in integrated care settings (APA Council of Representatives, 2016). Interdisciplinary settings present unique ethical dilemmas for psychologists (e.g., Kerkhoff […]

Working at Home

Psychologists pivot to teletherapy as pandemic takes hold

By Kathy Lynn Gray, Associate Editor
July 28, 2020

For clinical psychologist Alison McGrath Howard, Psy.D., the decision to stop practicing face-to-face and begin using teletherapy to counsel patients was a no-brainer. On March 13 – the Friday of the week that COVID-19 turned America upside down — she woke up with a fever and a cough and felt “horrific.” The week before, she’d […]

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Staying together apart: Artistic approaches to COVID-19

By Evelyn Antony
July 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: In this issue, we are welcoming a student voice from Scotland to give us some ideas about how psychologists there are approaching care during the global pandemic.


“Staying together apart” can prove difficult for those who have relatives in different countries, those who are in long-distance relationships and those with friends from their […]

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We are all victims of the ‘attention economy’

By Larry Rosen, Ph.D.
July 27, 2020

Scenario 1: You are stopped at a red light, waiting up to 45 seconds for it to change and rather than simply sit with your thoughts, you grab your phone and start tapping icons. Inevitably, the light changes and the driver behind you honks his horn since your eyes are facing down at your phone […]


Therapy in the time of COVID-19: A look at one ethical issue

By Samuel Knapp, Ed.D., ABPPP Michael Gottlieb, Ph.D., APBB and Mitchell M. Handelsman, Ph.D
July 28, 2020

Consider this scenario: During a therapy session, a patient stated that the media was hyping the threat of coronavirus, that it was no worse than the regular flu, and that he was still going out with friends for non-essential social activities. At a time when much of the United States is under “shelter in place” […]


Deconstructing competitive commitments

By Bruce Wilson, Ph.D.
July 28, 2020

In the human psyche, competitive commitments occur when the individual is having difficulty committing due to their commitment being in two or more directions at the same time. These commitments are competing due to the reality they are in direct opposition to one another (i.e., freedom versus security). In most cases, the competing commitment is […]

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COVID-19 brings change to behavioral health for older adults

By Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.
July 28, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says eight out of 10 U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus have been in adults age 65 and older. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have become hotspots for the virus, accounting for 42 percent of COVID-19 deaths, according to the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunities […]

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