Do psychologists (and other behavioral professionals) have “patients” or “clients”? The American Psychological Association passed a resolution recommending that the answer depend upon the type of services provided. If a psychologist is providing health services, such as psychotherapy, it’s best to use “patients,” according to a resolution passed by APA. However, if a psychologist works in an industrial/organizational, human resources, or other applied role, it makes more sense to say “clients.”
From NPR.org, an excellent summary of research on stressed people (caregivers for loved ones with dementia) that identifies ways to cope that make a difference, and are do-able. Take a moment to identify one positive event each day. Tell someone about the positive event or share it on social media. This can help you savor the moment a little longer. Start a daily gratitude journal. Aim to find little things you’re grateful for, such as a good cup of coffee, a pretty sunrise or nice weather. Identify a personal strength and reflect on how you’ve used this strength today or
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
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
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.