Winter 2010Psychology and TechnologyMichael T. Morris, PsyD
Psychology and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined, and many psychologists are finding enjoyment as well as challenges in the process of embracing new technological opportunities. Electronic billing, website marketing, electronic medical records, tele-therapy, and social networking are just a few of the areas where psychologists are blazing trails into using technology in their practice activities. The focus of this column explores the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter by psychologists, with other technology areas covered in future columns.
For many early career psychologists today, social networking is second nature. Many of them have used this medium throughout graduate school to stay in touch with family members and college friends. For others, the social networking environment can seem fraught with potential ethical pitfalls, and it is important to note that the ways in which the medium is used can lead to difficulties.
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Winter 2008Feeling Stressed? You’re Not Alone!Stress in Dallas and Across the United StatesTim F. Branaman, PhD, ABPP
The American Psychological Association recently released its annual nationwide survey of the perception of stress by Americans in eight major metropolitan areas across the United States. The finding that nearly half the surveyed population reported experiencing increased stress during the past year was consistent with the deterioration of the economy, which has recently risen to the level of a national crisis accompanied by regional natural disasters, such as hurricane devastation, as well.
Individuals in the Dallas, Texas portion of the study reported about the same experience with stress as did the average individual in other areas of the United States. However, more Dallas individuals reported coping better with stress than elsewhere across the nation (85% vs. 81%, Dallas and National data, respectively).
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Fall 2011Every Practitioner’s Best Friend: Protocols to protect your sleep – and your licenseMichael Flynn, JD, PhD
Mention protocols to most practicing psychologists and watch their eyes glaze over as they conjure images of twenty-five or thirty pages of neatly formatted paragraphs of unfriendly legalese in outline form, subparagraph following subparagraph. We tend to associate protocols with the agencies where we labored to earn our licenses and with hospitals where we never felt quite at home. Both descriptions contain some truth, but neither is an accurate picture of protocols.
Every practitioner who has been providing professional services to clients for more than a year or two has a good collection of protocols – and generally sound protocols, at that. Protocols are simply the practice habits that a psychologist has developed, over the years, dealing with the professional, clinical, and practical demands of operating an office.
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