President’s Update

in Organizational Update, Public News

As you go about your days, please remember that self-care is integral to the provision of evidence-based practices of healthcare and psychology. When I say “take care,”  I mean please take time to take care of yourself in these challenging circumstances. LPA is a resource to you. Reach out to LPA when the need arises. LPA is an integral part of the well-meant, often spoken phrase, “we will get through this together.” Thank you for being a part of LPA and for all that you do. Remember to Take Care. 

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President’s Update

in Organizational Update, Public News

Yesterday marked just one month since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Louisiana.  So much has changed in thirty days in the lives of our clients/patients and our own.  I marvel at how many of my routines are now different.  We are all encountering rapidly changing circumstances that have both transient and potentially […]

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President’s Update

in Organizational Update, Public News

The Executive Council of LPA understands that our members are facing extraordinary challenges.  Psychologists all over the world are meeting the stresses and mental health demands presented by COVID-19, while exercising self-care.  With so much uncertainty, accurate information is vital.  I want you to know that LPA is active in clarifying concerns of our members […]

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From APA: Why We Fall For Fake News

in Featured Article, Pop Culture, Public News

Have you heard? Nancy Pelosi diverted Social Security money to fund the impeachment inquiry. President Trump’s father was a member of the KKK. Far-fetched as those statements sound, they were among the most shared fake news stories on Facebook in 2019, according to a report by the nonprofit organization Avaaz, which concluded that political fake news garnered more than 150 million views in 2019.

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From APA: Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety

in Featured Article, Public News

Fear about the coronavirus has gripped the world. While nearly all cases have been in China, that has not stopped people in other countries from worrying. This new illness certainly is frightening and needs attention, but it’s important to note that far more people die from an illness that’s all too familiar — the seasonal flu. Why are we so afraid of this novel coronavirus when we are much more likely to catch the flu?

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Dr. Alan Coulter Named to Bullying Prevention Task Force

in Organizational Update, Public News

The Bullying Awareness and Treatment Task Force was created by House Resolution No. 208 in the 2017 regular legislative session, and authored by Representative Barbara Norton. HR 208 directs the purpose of the task force members to make a thorough study of bullying prevention strategies to develop a Louisiana Bullying Awareness and Treatment Plan which provides, at a minimum, recommendations regarding: Positive reforms to prevent bullying; Counseling and other treatment services for youths who are victims of bullying as well as youths who are involved in bullying; Best practices for establishing a safe and healthy environment for all children to learn, grow, and develop.

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From APA: New Faces to the Field

in Featured Article, Partners, Public News, Students

Efforts to recruit diverse students into psychology look promising: The percentage of racial- and ethnic­ minority psychology graduate students grew from 27% in the 2006–07 academic year to 35% in 2016–17, with increases for every ethnic-minority category tracked, according to a new analysis of data from APA’s annual Graduate Study in Psychology survey of psychology graduate programs. The largest increases were for students who identified as Hispanic or multiethnic, and master’s students were slightly more diverse than doctoral students.

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MDMA as a Catalyst for Effective Treatment of PTSD

in Clinical, Featured Article, Public News, Therapy

A key aspect behind why MDMA is demonstrating effectiveness for the management and treatment of PTSD in a clinical setting, is its apparent ability to assist patients to be more expressive during a controlled psychotherapy session. MDMA appears to reduce anxiety associated with recalling traumatic experiences allowing for increased insight and memory. Negative memories are perceived as less negative allowing for the therapist and the patient to engage in productive therapeutic sessions without the patient becoming hyper-aroused due to stress.

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From The Psychology Times: ASPPB Quietly Advances the EPPP-2 Plan with Jan 1 Launch

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Last month the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) quietly posted a message that the new Part 2 of the national licensing exam will officially launch on January 1, 2020. ASPPB officials first announced the new test, the EPPP-2, in 2017 as optional for its member jurisdictions. Then as resistance mounted, ASPPB’s Board of Directors decided that they would combine parts and make the entire exam mandatory, this coupled with a 100% fee increase.

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From APA: What are Telehealth and Telepsychology?

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Telehealth and telepsychology offer increased access to therapy for individuals with physical, medical and/or mobility disabilities. Benefits include more flexible scheduling, access to therapy in native languages (e.g., American sign language) and other advantages. Types of services and answers to frequently asked questions are listed below for both consumers and practitioners who are considering telehealth or telepsychology.

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From Behavior Therapy: Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Loneliness: A Pilot Randomized Control Trial

in Clinical, Featured Article, Peer-Reviewed Article, Public News

Loneliness has been described as a common source of discomfort based on a subjective discrepancy between the actual and desired social situation. For some people this feeling may become a sustained state that is associated with a wide range of psychiatric and psychosocial problems. While there are few existing treatment protocols, interventions based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) have shown positive effects.

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From APA Division 38: Working Alongside Health Psychologists Improved My Practice

in Clinical, Featured Article, Public News

Understanding the importance of the mind and body connection was one of the most important goals early in my medical career. My interest in becoming a primary care provider was initiated by witnessing the necessity of practicing medicine within a biopsychosocial model of medicine to provide optimal health care and help address health disparities. During my family medicine residency, I had the amazing opportunity to co-train with clinical health psychology fellows training in a primary-care psychology program within a collaborative care model.

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