Monthly Archives: December 2014

Culturally Competent Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Culturally Competent CBT, also referred to as Culturally Adapted CBT, enjoys widespread use and has sparked considerable interest in research. Some examples: Considerations for Culturally Competent Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression with Hispanic Patients UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, USA Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (Impact Factor: 1.33). 02/2007; DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2006.01.006 Abstract The purpose of this paper is […]
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Faces of Fear: Child Human Trafficking Victims Scope of the Problem Assessment & Intervention Model

Undoubtedly surpassing 70,000 by now as the year comes to an end, three-fourths of unaccompanied children crossing the border (“The Border Crisis”) are from Central America’s Northern Triangle: Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. See: http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43599.pdf Unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are defined by statute – Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 – as […]
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“Smart Justice”: diverting people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment

Jails are a holding ground for the mentally ill. Indeed, these defacto “treatment” facilities hold 10 times as many people with serious mental illnesses as state hospitals. In 44 states and the District of Columbia, at least one prison or jail holds more people with serious mental illnesses than the largest state psychiatric hospital, according […]
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Grisly new details in botched execution

Grisly new details in the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett on April 29, 2014 are a segue to an appeal by four death row inmates with pending execution dates in 2015 of the ruling of a federal judge in Oklahoma City who said the state’s new lethal injection protocol is constitutional. http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Oklahoma-death-row-inmates-appeal-injection-ruling-5976417.php Details about the 43-minute […]
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Looking Past Psychology & Torture

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program on 12/09/14 in which psychologists were noted to have played a key role in their torture program. The long, 525-page document has many references. See: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2014/images/12/09/sscistudy1.pdf To be clear, the document memorializes what many already have been […]
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Psychologists and Torture, Then and Now

Torture has been a steadfast word in the news for two weeks pursuant to the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program on 12/09/14. The 525-page report is available here: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2014/images/12/09/sscistudy1.pdf And almost two weeks later, the New York Times Editorial Board published a scathing editorial […]
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