PSYPACT, what you need to know, and should MN be part of it?

PSYPACT, what you need to know, and should MN be part of it?

PSYPACT is the Psychology Interjuristictional Compact. It involves the formal approval of a “model act” developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) to allow approved psychologists  from a PSYPACT state to legally practice telepsychology over state lines and to provide temporary in-person services in another PSYPACT state – without having to be licensed in the second state.

“Top Doctor” awards – scam, or legitimate? ProPublica researches, concludes, “Scam!”

“Top Doctor” awards – scam, or legitimate?  ProPublica researches, concludes, “Scam!”

MHConceirge previously posted about “top doctors award” plaques, after getting a phone call from a person who sounded profoundly bored and tried to sell me a plaque for a couple of hundred dollars. Since I practice in Minnesota and the company was located in another state, I wondered how the company could possibly establish that I am a “top doctor.” A few minutes of online research located an ABC News investigative report from 2012 about these “top doctors” plaques. The report found several, frankly, fishy examples of these awards, such as an MD with a history of dental school, but

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.