Articles Tagged "competence"

Ethical practice is essential for all psychotherapists. As licensed professionals, we are obligated to ensure that we meet the minimal expectations set in our state’s licensing law, the regulations that accompany it, other laws relevant to the practice of our profession, and our profession’s code of ethics. Yet, our goal should be to go far […]

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You don’t need us to tell you this, but graduate school is a very challenging, demanding, and stressful time. While it hopefully is one of the most exciting, stimulating, and invigorating times of your life, you also must contend with stressors associated with being a graduate student as well as those in your personal life, […]

Clinical supervision is an international phenomenon, but beyond Western perspectives that have dominated the published research on the subject, national, cultural, and regional variants have not been explored. In the interest of expanding the international frame, we joined international supervision experts from some less studied countries (China, Guatemala, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States) to lay groundwork for discussion and reciprocal learning on culture, mores, and clinical supervision practice. The article is derived from a study by Falender and colleagues (2021).

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Nov 24, 2019

What is Asexuality? So that clinicians do not “other” their clients, it is important to know the term that defines the majority of people. That term is allosexuality; this term describes people who experience average sexual attraction and are not asexual (Drincic, 2017). Asexuality is a sexual orientation generally described as those who experience little […]

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Apr 28, 2019

“I can choose to forgive rather than judge others and myself.” (Friedman, 2010) “Love holds no grievances” (ACIM, W. L.68) This article is Part 2 of “Healing from Anxiety, Depression, Trauma: Using Forgiveness, Self-Compassion, and Energy Psychology while Tracking Change.” The first article demonstrated how I measured and tracked many variables session by session during […]

The practice of psychotherapy is typically, by its very nature, a solitary activity for the psychotherapist. Even for those psychotherapists who work in group practices, hospitals, clinics, and other similar settings, the individual nature of the practice of psychotherapy can be isolating. The one-on-one nature of most psychotherapy and the demands placed on the psychotherapist […]

1. Get out of the office, attend continuing education events and professional association conferences, and interact with colleagues. Don’t isolate yourself. Those who are more isolated professionally are at greater risk of poor decision-making and unethical practice over time (Knapp & VandeCreek, 2012). 2. Create a constellation of colleagues (Johnson, Barnett, Elman, Forrest, & Kaslow, […]

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Oct 17, 2018

Scandals involving psychological research have been making the headlines since World War II (see Adair, 2001, for review). These public critiques make individuals skeptical of the veracity of psychological science. Recently, participants from Phillip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment (Haney, Banks, & Zimbardo, 1973) were interviewed and revealed potential ethical violations, including feeling they were obligated […]

We know that psychotherapy outcome research cannot imitate randomized clinical trials for diseases because, for one among many reasons, the person of the therapist cannot be abstracted from the provision of treatment. The therapist is the treatment. What are the implications for training and lifelong learning? Over the course of a psychotherapy career, we will […]

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Aug 18, 2018

Recently in one of my courses, I lectured on ethics in forensic psychological assessment. A case example was provided involving a psychologist who provided testimony citing non-existent risk and risk assessment literature in a death penalty case, which later resulted in the case being overturned. One of my students inquired about the repercussions of psychologists […]