2023 • October

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court decided on Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, overturning 50 years of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which previously protected the right to healthcare privacy and abortion. States now have the right to set their own abortion laws, which vary enormously between states. For example, under California […]

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Oct 27, 2023

There has been a tremendous amount of productivity in our Society thus far in 2023. The Task Force that I appointed for my initiative (to improve communication, continuity, and consistency in the governance of SAP and to initiate an archive) has continued to meet almost every week since the February Board Meeting, building on the […]

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Oct 27, 2023

“…We must speak of us and our problems because our life, our existence, will always be riveted to death, love to loss, freedom to fear, and growth to separation. We are, all of us, in this together.” -Irvin D. Yalom  Dear SAP Membership,  I write to express my apologies for the delayed release of this […]

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Oct 27, 2023

In counseling psychology programs, students face unique challenges related to the scientist-practitioner model of training.1 Unlike many people in graduate school who only have research responsibilities, counseling psychology students are expected to have dual duties: engaging in research and practicing mental health.   Practicum experiences shape students’ future careers as mental health professionals. During their doctoral […]

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Oct 27, 2023

The population in the United States is greying at a high rate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the world population over 60 will almost double from 12% to 22% from the year 2015 to 2050 (WHO, 2022). While this is great news, there are challenges that lie ahead. With increased aging adults in […]

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Oct 27, 2023

When evaluating suicidal patients, it is often indicated to ask them about their religious beliefs about suicide because many patients believe that their spiritual or religious beliefs1 are closely linked to their mental health (Yamada et al., 2020). For example, some patients in significant emotional distress say they would not kill themselves because their religion […]

As licensed professionals, psychologists are obligated to serve in their professional roles and to carry out their professional duties and responsibilities in an ethical manner. We have a fiduciary duty to our clients that requires that all decisions made, and all actions taken, are motivated by and in keeping with our clients’ best interests (Jorgenson […]

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Oct 27, 2023

In this article, I will argue that quantitative evidence is not very useful to the practicing psychotherapist and instead most day-to-day clinical decisions are based on unsystematic qualitative evidence. I imagine this argument will be obvious to some in clinical practice and considered blasphemy against clinical science for others. It is a realization I have […]

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Oct 27, 2023

APA/APA Services’ Exciting Virtual Advocacy Summit Alix Ginsberg, Senior Director Congressional & Federal Relations: “On March 26-27th, APA/APA Services’ hosted its first Virtual Advocacy Summit of 2023, ‘Strengthening the Psychology Workforce to Improve Health Equity.’  This Summit included over 200 psychologists from 49 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, and represented 13 […]

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Oct 27, 2023

In this time of crisis where people feel isolated in an interconnected world, the mind is brushing from an “electrified tightrope” to take Eigen’s word (Eigen, 2004). Mind in the line of fire reflects the breaking of links. In “attacks on linking” lies the pathology of limiting relationships between two objects (Bion, 1959, p. 308). […]