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New York’s Gun Law Changes: Negligible Impact on Privacy in Private Practice Settings

In January 2013, New York State passed significant changes to its gun control law that impact mental health care in several ways, but should result in a negligible impact on psychotherapy in private practice settings. The new law is the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, known as the NY SAFE Act. The governor's website now includes a summary of the law's key provisions and frequently asked questions. The full text of the law may be found here.

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Adjunct Appointment at Teachers College, Columbia University

I have accepted an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University where I will be teaching a practicum course involving group clinical supervision for a small group of graduate students as they learn to practice counseling at the on-site training clinic, the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services.
After a decade in which nearly one hundred percent of my professional activity has been devoted to the provision of direct clinical service, I am excited by the opportunity to diversify my activities and give back to students who are preparing to join the field.

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New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute: In Conversation with Edmund White

On October 12, 2012, I'll be attending another installment of the In conversation with series at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYSPI), in which Lois Oppenheim, Ph.D. interviews some of the greatest creative and literary figures of our time. The series' blend of cultural exploration and psychoanalytic inquiry continues this week when her guest will be Edmund White.

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Practice Policy Updates

Policy updates to the Outpatient Services Contract for psychotherapy covering the following: (1) Communication between sessions, (2) Additional fees for declined transactions and late payments, and (3) an update to the Litigation Limitation Policy.

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In the Press: Health Insurance – How it Works and How It’ll Change

An interview with Geoffrey Steinberg, Psy.D., about how insurance policies affect therapy and are radically changing.

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States may decide to maintain gap in insurance coverage

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States may decide to maintain gap in insurance coverage.

Affordable Care Act Upheld by Supreme Court

A few words from the perspective of TherapySafetyNet’s role in helping uninsured New Yorkers. Follow the link here: Affordable Care Act Upheld by Supreme Court.

DTCC Summer Gathering

I attended the summer gathering for the Downtown Clinicians Collective yesterday evening. This group is growing into an increasingly cohesive professional network for professional collaboration. Particularly refreshing to interact with professionals across the spectrum, such as learning specialists and alternative medicine practitioners, which rarely seems to happen in more narrowly defined professional circles.

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Remembering the Passariello Colloquium

Since 2000, I've been hosting a website for the Passariello Colloquium, a project to which I contributed as part of a working group on LGBT Issues in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England. Because the Colloquium website will soon be taken out of service, I wanted to be sure its contents would remain archived. Following is a brief history of the Colloquium and descriptions of the events we put on in 2000 and 2001. I have particularly fond memories of the 2000 Colloquium, in which students and faculty were invited to 'walk in the shoes' of an LGBT person and report back on their experiences. The aim of our working group, led by Dr. Susan Hawes, was to enhance the cultural competence in LGBT issues for psychology students in training through in-vivo experiences.

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Presentation at Pace University: Getting started in private practice

As in years past, I presented on April 20, 2012 to the class of predoctoral interns and externs at Pace University’s counseling center on the topic, Getting Started in Private Practice. It was a pleasure to give this talk to a bright, motivated group of students who are in the final stretch of doctoral studies.

While graduate study in psychology may offer excellent clinical training, it does not begin to teach how to start and run a private practice. This year’s talk focused on topics that included niche development, social media, and clinical supervision.

The purpose of the presentation was not only to impart practical know-how, but also to counter the excessively discouraging and cautionary  characterization of private practice that unfortunately is often conveyed in graduate programs in psychology.

For more information on practice development, see the consultation page