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Welcome! The Connecticut Psychological Association, as the voice of psychology in our state, welcomes members, students, consumers, and visitors to our Association and its website. CPA’s mission is to further the development and usefulness of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Founded in 1963 as a successor to the worthy traditions of the Connecticut Valley Association of Psychologists and the Connecticut State Psychological Society, the Connecticut Psychological Association is the Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

28th Annual Convention

Thanks to everyone who made the 28th Annual Connecticut Psychological Association Convention a success!  A special thank you goes out to the Convention Chairperson, Dr. Ilene Gruenberg, and to Tricia Dineen-Priebe & Lisa Winkler, our very capable Administrative Directors.

Headlines

Marijuana: The brain changer. Psychologist Krista Lisdahl studies the neurocognitive consequences of chronic drug use on the brains of teenagers and young adults.

Why Doctors Need Stories: Peter Kramer makes the case for case vignettes.

Managing Fears About Ebola and Other Catastrophic Events. Dr. Elaine Ducharme offers tips for managing potential anxiety.

Announcements

Practitioners should continue using ICD-9-CM codes for billing purposes:  The ICD-9-CM is the only HIPAA-compliant coding system for billing purposes until Oct. 1, 2015.  See APA Practice update here.

Continuing Education (CE’s) will be Required for Psychologists as of October 1, 2014. Psychologists will soon be required to meet yearly continuing education requirements, joining every other mental health professional in the state with this requirement, and nearly every other state in the nation. The law will go into effect on October 1, 2014. See Legislative Page for more information.

From the Leadership

APA’s Response to James Risen’s book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War. APA’s response “provides important context … and corrects many false assumptions Risen made in his writing” says Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, APA President.

Anthem & Inovalon Audit:  APAPO suggests that members hold off on responding to Inovalon audit requests until they have more information:  see Press Release.

Fall 2014 Forensic Division Newsletter is now posted on the Division’s webpage.

 

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