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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Practicing Psychology With and Without Managed Care

APA Reviewer Robert Woody states that "Conflicted practitioners who do not want to participate in managed care but do not know how to become more independent will find a wealth of authoritative guidance in Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice, edited by Steven Walfish." There are many experienced practitioners who have found ways to make good livings within the managed care system, as well as outside of it. Would more psychologists sharing their successes and failures in rethinking the use of their skill set assist in making psychology more useful to the public and ensuring adequate earnings for those in practice?

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ReviewA Shakespearian View of Accepting Managed Care: To Be or Not To Be, That Is the Question?
      By Robert H. Woody
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(45)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Is There An Upside to Anger?

APA Dana Dunn, in his review of Potegal et al.'s International Handbook of Anger: Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes, notes that "Anger can rouse us to take action, to react, and, according to theorist James Averill (1982), it can also promote constructive social engagement with others (e.g., reporting problems, expressing outrage, taking umbrage, highlighting injustice, perhaps even righting wrongs)." How can psychologists in all fields (industrial/organizational, social, developmental, clinical, etc.) promote research programs and, more practically, training programs, to help people, including children, use anger in more constructive ways? The idea is not new, and even has attracted media attention (as in the film The Upside of Anger). How can we teach/train people to use their anger to improve their work relationships, family dynamics, etc.?

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ReviewA Contemporary Tour of a Familiar Emotion: Anger
By Dana S. Dunn
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(39)

Editor of PsycCRITIQUES

Danny Wedding, PhD

Chair of Behavioral Sciences,
College of Medicine,
American University of Antigua

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