24 Feb 2017

Adventures in Integrated Care Collection Booklet

Adventures in Integrated Care Collection Booklet

Improving the health of people requires that they have access to effective and efficient psychological services for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of emotional and behavioral conditions. Psychologists are actively involved in clinical treatment, health system design, and the implementation of innovative approaches to health care.

To illustrate this important connection and promote the valuable role psychology plays in health care, the Monitor on Psychology published Adventures in Integrated Care, a yearlong series of articles that showcase psychology practitioners who work on a variety of medical teams, reporting on what these practitioners do and how they got the education and training to do it.

We have placed all these articles into a collection booklet for you to read in one convenient place. Please enjoy.

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15 Feb 2017

Survey: Many Americans Stressed About Future of Our Nation

Survey: Many Americans Stressed About Future of Our Nation

New APA Stress in America™ survey shows more Americans reporting symptoms of stress after the election.

With the 2016 elections behind us and having entered a new year, how are Americans feeling?

According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) report Stress in America™: Coping with Change, two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation.

An APA poll conducted in January found that the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress for more than half of Americans (57 percent).  Nearly half (49 percent) say the same about the outcome of the election.

While Democrats were more likely than Republicans (72 percent vs. 26 percent) to report the outcome of the 2016 presidential election as a significant source of stress, a majority of Republicans (59 percent) said the future of the nation was a significant source of stress for them, compared with 76 percent of Democrats.

“The stress we’re seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it’s hard for Americans to get away from it,” said Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, APA’s executive director for professional practice. “We’re surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most.”

Nordal also noted that while APA is seeing continued stress around politics, the survey also showed an increased number of people reporting that acts of terrorism, police violence toward minorities and personal safety are adding to their stress levels.

These results come on the heels of an APA survey, conducted by Harris Poll last August among 3,511 adults.  The August survey found that 52 percent of Americans reported that the presidential election was a significant source of stress. The latest survey was conducted online by Harris Poll in early January 2017, among 1,019 adults ages 18+ who reside in the U.S.

Between August 2016 and January 2017, the overall average reported stress level of Americans rose from 4.8 to 5.1, on a scale where 1 means little or no stress and 10 means a great deal of stress, according to the APA survey. At the same time, more Americans said that they experienced physical and emotional symptoms of stress in the prior month, health symptoms that the APA warns could have long-term consequences. 

The percentage of people reporting at least one health symptom because of stress rose from 71 percent to 80 percent over five months. A third of Americans have reported specific symptoms such as headaches (34 percent), feeling overwhelmed (33 percent), feeling nervous or anxious (33 percent) or feeling depressed or sad (32 percent).

“While these common health symptoms might seem minor, they can lead to negative effects on daily life and overall physical health when they continue over a long period,” said Nordal.

APA encourages people to stay informed but know their own limits when it comes to taking in information as one way to diminish the constant exposure to potentially distressing news and the resulting physical symptoms.

“For many, the transition of power and the speed of change can cause uncertainty and feelings of stress, and that stress can have health consequences. If the 24-hour news cycle is causing you stress, limit your media consumption,” said Nordal. “Read enough to stay informed but then plan activities that give you a regular break from the issues and the stress they might cause. And remember to take care of yourself and pay attention to other areas of your life.”

This marks the 10-year anniversary of the Stress in America report, part one of a two-part release. APA released part two on Feb. 23, highlighting how technology use affects stress among Americans. To read the full report go here. (PDF)

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23 Sep 2016

Getting Reimbursed for Treatment of Behavioral and Neurocognitive Disorders

APA President-elect Antonio Puente, PhD, discusses effective billing strategies using ICD-10-CM codes specific to mental, behavioral and neurocognitive disorders. This webinar is geared to help psychologists having problems documenting and billing for cognitive deficits covered under ICD-10-CM chapters G and R.

This webinar is brought to you by the Practice Organization, advocating for psychologists on reimbursement issues. The Practice Organization is a legally separate companion organization to APA.

Presenter Bio:

Antonio E. Puente, PhD, is president-elect of the American Psychological Association and the APA Practice Organization. Dr. Puente maintains a private practice focused on clinical neuropsychology. He is an authority on coding and billing for psychological services. Between 1993 and 2008, he was APA’s representative to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) panel. Dr. Puente served two terms on the AMA Editorial Panel of the CPT panel. He was also on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.

Discussant Bio:

Lynn Bufka, PhD, is Associate Executive Director, Practice Research and Policy, at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Bufka oversees programs and projects related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology including integration of psychology in the health care delivery system, diagnostic and functional classification, clinical practice guideline development and outcomes measurement. She frequently serves as a media spokesperson for APA on these topics and other policy matters relevant to professional practice. Additionally, Dr. Bufka is a Maryland licensed psychologist and continues to provide treatment and clinical consultation on a limited basis.

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20 Sep 2016

Research Roundup Articles from Practice Update

Research Roundup Articles from Practice Update

The APA Practice Organization, a separate companion organization to APA, supports practicing psychologists in all settings and at all stages of their career. The Practice Organization advocates for the profession of psychology regarding licensure, reimbursement for services and professional standing.

Practice Update is the e-newsletter of the Practice Organization. This collection research roundup articles address some of the latest literature covering a range of issues from the use of animals as a therapeutic agent and the growing field of concussion research and treatment to current research on body image among young girls and clinical considerations for psychologists who see patients with opioid misuse.

Please enjoy this collection of selected research roundup articles from Practice Update.

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18 Sep 2016

Emerging Career Paths for Clinical Practitioners

This 30-minute webinar discusses ways in which clinicians like you have broadened their career options by taking the path less traveled.

Learn more about:

• Creating opportunities in emerging practice areas
• Maximizing your full scope of practice and training
• Practical tips and resources for exploring innovative paths

…and more!

Presenter Bio:

Vaile Wright is Director of Research and Special Projects in the Practice Research and Policy office at APA. Their office focuses on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology, including projects aimed at increasing access to psychological services for the public through the integration of psychology in the health care delivery system. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and is licensed in the District of Columbia.

Moderator Bio:

Garth A. Fowler is an Associate Executive Director for Education, and the Director of the Office for Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training at APA. He leads the Directorate’s efforts to develop resources, guidelines, and policies that promote and enhance disciplinary education and training in psychology at the graduate and postdoctoral level. He has served as a consultant for universities and research institutions on program development and assessment, creating learning outcome for graduate and postdoctoral training, creation of career and professional development resources, submitting federal training grants, and teaching responsible conduct of research.

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