Clinical Question: Child Client/Patient Trashed Your Waiting Room – Who Pays?

A colleague asked a very interesting and, I think, challenging question (based on a real world situation): he specializes in treating children with neurologically-based disorders.  He was talking to parents in the office and their child was in the waiting room, something triggered the child and the child damaged the waiting room.  The damage was considerable- several hundred dollars, possible up to $1000.  The question I was asked is, “who is responsible for the damage?” Wow – what a question!  I don’t recall discussing this sort of problem in graduate school and fortunately have never had it happen in my

Do you want more friends? Science has some tips to help.

Do you want more friends?  Science has some tips to help.

One of the most common problems that people in therapy want help with is making new friends, which can be very challenging these days. “How to Make Friends, According to Science” is a brief article that discusses what the social sciences can tell us about making friends, including: don’t discount your casual acquaintances; don’t forget about old friends that you have lost touch with – “rekindle old friendships”; it takes time to make new friends – “be patient”; and keep in mind that there are many others out there, probably in your social world, who also want to make new

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4: DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4:  DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Providing telehealth/telebehavioral services can be an opportunity to both expand your practice and help people with difficulty getting to your office.  There are, however, a lot of regulatory and authorization details that you need to attend to.  Here is another update from MHConcierge, following up on previous posts, Telehealth, an Overview and Telehealth, Getting Started.

Telehealth, A Psychologist’s Perspective: Getting Started

  I decided to provide telehealth, or telemental health, services to expand my practice, meet the expectations of my increasingly technology-savvy patient/client population, and to help meet the needs of local underserved populations.  I quickly learned that getting ready to start providing telehealth services requires some research and training – my “homework.” My first step was researching whether my licensing board allows, or at least does not forbid, telehealth.  In Minnesota, it is OK. Next, I researched  whether my contracted insurance companies cover telehealth services, and if so whether they have limitations on this coverage. One crucial question is whether