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Competency Initiatives in Professional Psychology. 'Mortal Kombat' Movie Oral History: The Untold Story - Hollywood Reporter. Video game movies may be a risky proposition today, but in 1995 they were seen as hopeless. Super Mario Bros. (1993) and Double Dragon (1994) were total bombs — despised by critics and fans alike. The campy Street Fighter (1994) fared better financially but was still years away from earning a cult following on home video.

So it was against all odds when Mortal Kombat hit No. 1 in theaters 20 years ago on Aug. 18, 1995. The film grossed $122 million worldwide and broke the video game curse as the first adaptation embraced by fans. Mortal Kombat endured expensive reshoots, broken ribs and screaming executives during its journey from arcade to screen. That journey began when producer Larry Kasanoff was visiting some friends at Midway Games in June 1993. He'd previously worked with James Cameron, turning Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) into a merchandising phenomenon worth millions. The guys at Midway showed Kasanoff Mortal Kombat, a new game they said would beat his T2 record. Paul W.S. Health Law Brings Changes In How Therapists Do Business. In the corporate world of American health care, with its consolidating hospital chains and doctors’ groups, psychologists and other mental health therapists are still mostly Mom-and-Pop shops; they’ve built solo practices, hanging their own shingles, not unlike Lucy in the Peanuts gang: “Psychiatric Help 5¢, The Doctor Is In.”

But that business model is shifting from solo practices toward large medical groups, say mental health experts. The shift is propelled by the Affordable Care Act, which mandates mental health benefits in insurance coverage, and the 2008 mental health parity law, which requires private and public insurers to cover mental health needs just as they do medical conditions by charging similar co-pays, for example. “It’s a big change for us,” said Barbara Griswold, a marriage and family therapist in San Jose, Calif. “I spent all of my life setting up this practice where I choose my clients, I choose my hours.” In Tacoma, Wash., Dr. Lauren Shapiro contributed.

Living | Abusing The Trust -- Ruined Careers, Damaged Lives: Sex Between Therapist And Patient Can Be Devastating. It's the subject of Hollywood movies. Therapist meets patient. Hours of shared intimacies spin away. Eyes lock. Then limbs. Love matches made Hollywood-style - from "Spellbound" to "The Prince of Tides" - without pain, without exploitation. That's what Hollywood would have you believe. Reality, in fact, is very much different.

Sex between therapist and patient - which some estimate happens in at least 10 percent of professional encounters - "is an abuse of a vulnerable person by a person that should know by virtue of their training that this is harmful," said Laura S. Across the country, courts are seeing more and more sex-related malpractice cases, and licensing boards are investigating an increasing number of allegations.

In this state, the severity of some of the cases has prompted the legislature for the first time to consider a bill that would make it a felony for a therapist to have even consensual sex with a client. By how much have sex-related complaints increased? Sexual Misconduct By Professionals | TELL: Therapy Exploitation Link Line. Sexual Misconduct By Professionals: Some Historical Perspectives Gary R. Schoener “Twelve-year-old killed for having sex; her mother is charged,” reads the small headline in a January 15, 2005 AP story out of Birmingham, Alabama and published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (page A12).

The brief text tells of “a woman angry with her 12-year-old daughter for having sex” who then killed her in a gruesome fashion. This is a bizarre and troubling but sadly not unique story nor one without precedent. As a prelude to the examination of our current knowledge and understanding of sexual misconduct by professionals, a brief recapitulation of some history seems in order. T.S. We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Historical Background The "Oath," usually referred to as the Hippocratic Oath, states, in part: “…with purity and holiness I will practice my art . . . .

F. Conclusion References. Oprah, Carl Jung, and a Remarkable Essay about Sex and Death. Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients. Abbott, D., & Burns, J. (2007). What’s love got to do with it? : Experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people with intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom and views of the staff who support them. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 4(1), 27-39. ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project. (2002). Too high a price: The case against restricting gay parenting. Adams, E. Adelman, M. (1990). Albelda, R., Badgett, M.L., Schneebaum, A., & Gates, G.J. (2009). Allegretto, S., & Arthur, M. (2001). Allen, M., & Burrell, N. (1996).

Allison, K., Crawford, I., Echemendia, R., Robinson, L., & Knepp, D. (1994). Allport, G.W. (1979). American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (1991). American Counseling Association. (1996). American Psychiatric Association. (1974). American Psychological Association. (1992). American Psychological Association. (1995). American Psychological Association. (1998). American Psychological Association. (2002a). American Psychological Association. (2002b). How to Offer a financial break. Since September, psychologist Nancy Molitor, PhD, of Wilmette, Ill., has seen an increase in the number of patients who are anxious about their ability to pay for her services. "People want to cut deals," she says. "More are paying for sessions with their credit cards, and some can't even do that. Some clients have asked if they can pay 10 or 20 percent less. " She fears that many who need treatment aren't able to get it, or continue getting it, because they can't afford it.

Molitor has found ways to help, usually by reducing her fees slightly. But, she admits, if she has to cut her prices for all of her clients, she's a bit worried about the long-term implications for her own finances. When that happens, it's important for psychologists to have a reduced-fee policy or other strategies in place to help, and to avoid feeling tongue-tied when a patient requests a financial break, says Jeffrey Barnett, PhD, a practitioner in Arnold, Md., and incoming chair of APA's Ethics Committee. 1. 2.

Ethical%20decision%20making%20(Corey%20et%20al).pdf. Si10_1399_presentation.pdf. Amish Needs and Mental Health Care. Diane S. DeRue, MPA, LSW, Rob Schlegel, BA, LSW, & Jennifer Yoder, BA Located in rural north-central Ohio, Wayne and Holmes counties are home to approximately 35,000 Amish -- the largest Amish population in the world. For more than a decade, The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties -- a local community mental health agency --has developed specialized programs and services sensitive to the Amish way of life. With a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s Cultural Diversity Team and as part of the center’s ongoing consumer satisfaction and program evaluation process, Amish community members participated in an assessment of mental health care and treatment.

Surveys were conducted with three key informant groups, including a sample of Amish mental health consumers, members of the Amish Family Support Group and Amish community leaders (bishops and ministers). The Amish are a strong patriarchal society with community leaders being bishops and ministers. Family Influences. Grieving Amish Turn to Mental Health Counselors. Ethics & American Psychological Association. Kenneth S. Pope Valerie A. Vetter ABSTRACT: A random sample of 1,319 members of the American Psychological Association (APA) were asked to describe incidents that they found ethically challenging or troubling. Responses from 679 psychologists described 703 incidents in 23 categories. View citation and copyright. Founded in 1892, the American Psychological Association (APA) faced ethical problems without a formal code of ethics for 60 years.

In the early years of the American Psychological Association, the problems of ethics were relatively simple. The Committee on Scientific and Professional Ethics was created in 1938 and began handling complaints on an informal basis ("A Little Recent History," 1952). The method used to create the formal code was innovative and unique, an extraordinary break from the traditional methods used previously by more than 500 professional and business associations (Hobbs, 1948 ). Replies were received from 679 psychologists, for a return rate of 51%. Research. National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology - Continuing Education Website.

Please Log In to take this exam. One CE Credit/Hour in Ethics Informed Consent to Psychotherapy and the American Psychological Association's Ethics Code by Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D. and Matthew Oransky Learning Objectives Become familiar with the three basic guidelines for informed consent Understand the key components of informed consent within real-world psychotherapy scenarios Informed consent is often seen as the primary means of respecting client personhood and protecting the self-determination rights of those with whom psychotherapists work.

For centuries the responsible practice of healthcare followed the Hippocratic Oath’s paternalistic emphasis on protecting the patient from harm. The three basic guidelines for consent are that a client’s decision to enter psychotherapy is informed, voluntary, and rational. The remainder of this article details key components of informed consent to psychotherapy by placing them within real-world psychotherapy scenarios. Involvement of Third Parties. ORG6520: Professional Ethics Standards of Practice & Law (124500GA)

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Informed Consent in Psychotherapy. Stoudemire A: Clinical Psychiatry for Medical Students, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, JB Lippincott, 1998 Sperry L, Brill PL, Howard KI, Grissom GR: Treatment Outcomes in Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Interventions. New York, Brunner/Mazel, 1996 Gabbard GO, Lazar SG, Hornberger J, Spiegel D: The economic impact of psychotherapy: a review. Stevenson J, Meares R: An outcome study of psychotherapy for patients with borderline personality disorder. Simon RI: Informed consent: maintaining a clinical perspective, in Clinical Psychiatry and the Law, 2nd ed. Tarshis CB: Liability for psychotherapy.

Horowitz S: The doctrine of informed consent applied to psychotherapy. Appelbaum PS: Informed consent to psychotherapy: recent developments. Malcolm JG: Treatment choices and informed consent in psychotherapy: implications of the Osheroff case for the profession. Stone AA: Law, science, and psychiatric malpractice: a response to Klerman’s indictment of psychoanalytic psychiatry. Balint M: The Basic Fault. Bartering in Psychotherapy and Counseling by Ofer Zur, PhD., offered by Zur Institute for Psychologists, MFTs, SWs and Counselors. Warning & Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this chapter may be challenging and upsetting, as they may confront some of the dogmas of psychotherapy. It will also challenge the psychotherapeutic community who, like most attorneys, are focused on risk management rather than clients' care and integrity of treatment.

The web page and the accompanying online course intend to introduce critical thinking to the field of psychology with regard to the issue of bartering. Dr. Bartering, in general, is the exchange of goods and services. Bartering is more common with poor clients who seek or need therapy or counseling but do not have the money to pay for it. Bartering, as discussed in this paper, is the exchange of goods (chicken, cabinetry, painting, etc.) or of services (automobile repair, plumbing, house cleaning, etc.) for psychotherapy services. Evolution Of Bartering Bartering is as old as humankind. The introduction of the Internet revitalized the usage of bartering in our culture. Risks of Counseling.

"Recovery is learning to function in relationships. " Talking with someone to better ourselves may seem harmless. Just the thought of risks may seem ridiculous?! It’s not. Counseling is a different risk than we’re used to encountering. Did you ever: Hear the phrase "If I could only go back. " - risk of rearranging your life. Say something in "confidence" you thought would never be used against you, but it was!? These are the risks we talk about involved in all counseling branches: counseling, psychiatry, psychology, social work, alternative therapies. The risk most referred to in counseling is that of "life-change"; our mental and emotional health affects how we act, react, and how other people (especially people who are close to you) act and react to us.

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