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October 18, 2005

What Causes Depression?

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America — Admin @ 12:42 am

By: Michael Yapko
Summary: The causes of depression are manifold, but the most important thing is to take charge of your life and make decisions that won’t cause you to feel worse.
I’ ve read that depression is an excuse not to grow up, not to be responsible for your own happiness, that it is self-pity, etc. I’ve also read and heard how it is a chemical reaction in the brain and that a person can’t control it. Which is correct? Am I being selfish and self-centered? Have I created this depression or is it out of my control?

What causes depression? The best answer is many things. The contributing factors vary substantially from one person to the next.

October 16, 2005

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* For a Healthy Mind and Body… Talk to a Psychologist
* Change Your Mind
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* The Road to Resilience


Managing Traumatic Stress: After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

The effects of hurricanes like Katrina and Rita will be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster.
It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery.


For a Healthy Mind and Body…

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America,Psychology of Health — Admin @ 7:54 pm

Cold and flu season…the holidays around the corner…back to school and work. There’s a lot to be stressed about at this time of year, but it helps to know how your mind and your body can work to support each other.

Did you know:

* 93 percent of Americans say that perceptions, thoughts, and choices affect physical health (APA national poll, 2005)
* Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians)
* 58 percent of Americans believe that one can’t have good physical health without good mental health (APA national poll, 2005)
* High levels of hostility have been found to predict heart disease more often than high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, or obesity (Health Psychology, November 2002)


Facts & Statistics

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America — Admin @ 7:52 pm

# Two thirds of Americans say they are likely to seek help for stress. (APA Survey 2004)
# 45% of workers list job insecurity has a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
# 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
# Executives and managers tend to have the most stressful jobs, while self-employed workers are the least stressed. (APA Survey 2004)
# A majority of workers (52%) are more stressed because of work than home. (APA Survey 2004)


October 13, 2005

Ranking of Clinical Psychology Programs in the U.S. and Canada

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,Education,North America — Admin @ 6:06 pm

This page contains a list of U.S. and Canadian clinical psychology programs rank-ordered by how well their graduates performed on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology from 1988 to 1995 (as given in the report “How Do Professional Schools’ Graduates Compare With Traditional Graduates?” in the September, 1997, APS Observer). According to the APS Observer, the EPPP is one of the most important national standard tests in clinical psychology and therefore constitutes one objective criterion “by which the adequacy of clinical training programs may be evaluated.” To learn more about the EPPP, contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.


Career: Clinical Psychologists

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America — Admin @ 5:51 pm

Have you ever heard the term “stream of consciousness”? We use it to describe words that flow nonstop, following a person’s thoughts as they move freely from one topic to the next. The term was created by William James, who is considered one of the fathers of psychology.

With gentle guidance from skilled clinical psychologists, people can ride their stream of consciousness to surprising memories and insights. These memories and insights often play a key role in healing.


September 27, 2005


The American Psychology Association recently granted Central Michigan University’s clinical psychology program a seven-year accreditation, the longest accreditation period available.

“Seven years clearly indicates they’re not worried about us,” said George Ronan, who was the director of the graduate program during the accreditation process and also is a psychology faculty member at CMU.

Three members of the American Psychology Association came to CMU for three days in April to review the program. Representatives from the University of South Dakota, Duquesne University and Texas Tech University met with faculty and toured the campus facilities before granting accreditation.

To achieve accreditation the clinical program must meet national standards for training. Every aspect of the program is reviewed, including the quality of the faculty, the quality of the instruction, placements of the students in their residencies and what the students do after graduation.

The APA began the accreditation process at CMU in 1989 and granted the program full accreditation in 1996. To maintain accreditation the director of the clinical psychology program must send a report about CMU’s program to the APA every year.

“It’s the program’s responsibility to demonstrate excellence,” Ronan said.

The clinical program measures its success by monitoring the performance of graduates. This past year, the department surveyed 100 graduates to gather the information.

Most of the clinical psychology faculty members have a research clinic housed in the Psychological Training and Consultation Center, which is located in the Carl’s Center for Clinical Care and Education in CMU’s Health Professions Building.

Applicants to the clinical psychology program must name one of the faculty members with whom they wish to work. Only six to eight students are accepted into the program every year, making entry into the program competitive.

For information on admission to the program, contact the chairperson of the Clinical Admissions Committee by visiting or call the psychology department at (989) 774-6463.

August 22, 2005

Preparing Japan’s First Psychologists: Alliant Masters Program Holds First Commencement

Filed under: Asia,Clinical Psychology — Admin @ 4:36 pm

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 22, 2005–As US students head back to school, 30 in Japan are donning caps and gowns for graduation. The first commencement from Alliant International University’s Clinical Psychology Masters Program will turn out a pioneering band of Japanese-trained psychologists on Saturday, September 10 at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo.

“Japan, like other countries, feels stress related to an aging population and adults trying to care for both children and elderly parents. The Japanese also feel extraordinary pressure to achieve in school and business,” explained Program Director Nancy Piotrowski, Ph.D. “Traditionally, they have struggled alone; the idea of seeking professional help with these pressures and normal transitions associated with birth, families and death is a new one. But that is changing. The services of modern-day clinical psychologists — specially trained to function in Japan — can lessen suffering for families and communities.”

Headquartered in San Francisco with campuses throughout California and in Mexico City, Alliant prepares students for professions in the applied social sciences of psychology, education, business and related fields. The unique, three-year Clinical Psychology Masters Program in Japan is run by Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and geared toward adults who take courses part-time while also attending to career and family.

“Our dedicated students and faculty have worked tirelessly to make this day a reality, and we are proud of them,” said Dr. Geoffrey Cox, newly appointed Alliant President. “The objective of the pioneering Japan program is to develop culturally competent practitioners to serve people in the community.”

Classes are taught in Japanese and are held both online and face-to-face, including intensive week-long training experiences once each year. Currently, more than 100 students are enrolled; 25 will graduate and 24 will join the program this fall.

“Masters-level psychology training that is clinical in nature is relatively new in Japan,” said Piotrowski. “Our curriculum is unique in several ways. In addition to our part-time executive training format, we offer a supervised clinical training experience, called a practicum, so students get practice in providing clinical services to clients.”

The program responds to the growing need for well-educated and culturally-aware clinical psychologists who understand the complex issues of ethnicity, community, sexuality, age, gender, religion and social class.

Families of graduates and journalists are encouraged to attend the graduation. Advance R.S.V.P. required; call Alliant in the US toll-free at 866-825-5426. Commencement begins promptly at 4 and runs until 5:30 pm at the Keio Plaza Hotel, 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330, Japan.

Alliant International University

Alliant International University has prepared students for professional careers in the applied social sciences of psychology, education and business since 2001. CSPP, now a school within Alliant, has been training professional psychologists for more than 30 years. Alliant offers a unique curriculum that combines academic learning and apprenticeship in all courses of study. With accredited programs at San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego locations, Alliant also hosts accredited programs in Mexico City, Mexico and Tokyo, Japan. For information call 415-955-2037 or visit the new website at

August 17, 2005

Depression therapy by email

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America — Admin @ 11:32 pm

Psychological treatment of patients by email could become a cheaper alternative to face-to-face counselling, psychologists in Sweden say after conducting a pilot study.

A research group at the University of Norrkoeping, in southeast Sweden, treated 90 patients for depression via email only throughout the spring, a first in Sweden.

“The collected data looks good and we have very good feedback from participants,” psychologist Kristofer Vernmark told the local Norrkoepings Tidningar newspaper.


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