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Monthly Archive for August, 2010

It seems obvious that these online counseling websites are the refuges of hucksters and snake-oil salesmen, right? You can go online, start chatting with a “counselor,” and pay by the minute. (Are these folks licensed? Sometimes.) When you’re done, you rate the counselor the same way you rate a bookseller on Amazon. The problem is [...]

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Hoo boy. Marlene Maheu, Ph.D. presented at APA last week, partly covering all the different ways you could get into serious hot water doing online or remote psychotherapy. Like, how do you know the patient is who she says she is? What if, this session, it’s actually the patient’s KID at the other end, sitting [...]

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I was impressed by Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD, when he presented last week at APA on the laws related to providing therapy online. Like, one therapist asked, “What if I’m providing therapy to someone who lives in a neighboring state?” I thought, geez, obvious, you have to follow the laws of that state (and probably [...]

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Came across an online course that investigates a lot of these topics, including things like “To friend or not to friend,” (I don’t think so, no) and digital record keeping (waaay past due in psychotherapy). Here’s something from the course description: “The first section of the course is an Introduction to the clinical and ethical [...]

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This will give you the name of the diagnosis and the numeric code, but it won’t give you any of the criteria. I’m guessing that the reason for that is that the American Psychiatric Association charges software vendors on a per usage basis for displaying that information. In other words, every time someone clicks the [...]

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Wow, this is great: https://catalog.ama-assn.org/Catalog/cpt/cpt_search.jsp?checkXwho=done.

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I just spent a disturbing and engaging half hour reviewing the latest edition of The Therapist, the publication of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (www.camft.org). They devote an entire section to detailed descriptions of the ways that California MFTs got themselves into hot water last month. Two fellows, for example, thought it [...]

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When a therapist decides to label himself a “coach,” is it much more than packaging? It seems to depend. Coach training organizations, for the most part, seem to have repackaged cognitive-behavioral therapy tools to help people attain specific goals, versus alleviate symptoms. So who would want to see a therapist who isn’t also a coach? [...]

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Found a practical, thirty-year-old guide to all this called The Business of Psychotherapy by Robert L. Barker. It looks like it was intended as a text book for a class on setting up a private practice. And by the way has anyone ever seen a school offer that? It’s rare to hear about CE courses [...]

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Long before the 50-minute hour (which Anna Freud devised to fit more patients into her father’s schedule), Asclepiades set up a private practice in Rome. It was around 100 BCE, and he annoyed all the other physicians by departing from medical standards and prescribing catharsis and exercise for depression, and wine and a hot bath [...]

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