Issue 5 - Volume 1
January 2003

William Glasser, M.D. and Bill O'Hanlon, M.S., FAPA to present featured workshops at the American Psychotherapy Association's Sixth National Conference

Dr. William Glasser
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American Psychotherapy Association’s Sixth National Conference, August 22-24, 2003, “The Evolution of Health Care: Unifying Mind, Body & Spirit”

San Antonio, Texas at the Adam’s Mark San Antonio – Riverwalk

The Conference will include all day workshops presented by William Glasser, M.D. and Bill O’Hanlon, M.S.

*To attend featured workshops, you must pre-register due to limited seating.

Early Bird Deadline 3-31-03. Register today and save $100.00 on your registration fees.

Bill O'Hanlon
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Privileged Communication
By Bruce Gross, M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D., DAPA

Maintaining the confidentiality of client communications is an ethical and legal responsibility for all mental health professionals. Confidentiality takes on a new dimension of accountability when applied in the context of legal proceedings. In a legal setting, confidentiality is referred to as “privilege” (or more formally as “testimonial privilege”) and has its roots in early....

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Annals is Expanding

One major change you will be seeing beginning in 2003 is the conversion of the Annals from a bimonthly to a quarterly publication. The editorial board is in general agreement that a quarterly publication is more appropriate for a scholarly publication. However, the size of the journal, which is currently 36 pages in length, will be extended to 52 pages. This will allow us to add more continuing education articles in each issue and also improve the quality and content of the journal. With the new quarterly schedule, you will be receiving your issues of the Annals in this order:

  • Spring issue: Approximately March 7th
  • Summer issue: Approximately June 2nd
  • Fall issue: Approximately September 5th
  • Winter issue: Approximately December 1st

Mental Health Parity Update:
From: Peter Newbould, MHLG Health Policy Committee Co-Chair, Washington, D.C.

The House of Representatives and Senate on Nov. 15, 2002 gave final approval to a bill simply extending the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 for one year, to Dec. 31, 2003. (H.R. 5716). This ends our parity advocacy for the 2001-2002 Congress.

Unfortunately, we just ran out of time. The mid-term elections, the selection of new leadership, the backlog of legislation in Congress, and of course the tragic death of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone who coauthored the parity bill, all had a dramatic impact on the legislative process.

While we fell short of our goal to pass the broad-based parity bill (the Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act, S. 543/H.R. 4066), we have never been closer to ensuring that individuals who suffer from mental health disorders get the same level of treatment as all other individuals. In fact, our collective advocacy efforts led to 67 Senators, 243 Representatives, 248 national organizations and the President supporting full mental health parity in the 107th Congress. Many dozens of editorials, op-eds and letters to the editor were also printed on the issue, followed by countless constituent letters to members urging them to cosponsor the Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act. This is an unprecedented level of support. Thank you so much for your persistent and effective advocacy on this issue.

We appreciate as well the leadership provided by the sponsors of the legislation, Senators Pete Domenici and Paul Wellstone and Representatives Marge Roukema and Patrick Kennedy. Their efforts have been superb in pushing within a legislative system that makes passing bills much more difficult than stopping bills.

We are still close to passing a full mental health parity bill into law. In fact, during Sen. Wellstone’s memorial service on Nov. 13, Senator Domenici pledged to make passage of the “Paul Wellstone Memorial Parity for Mental Illness Bill” his top priority when Congress reconvenes early next year, stating that, “It will take a little time … but we’ll get it done ... within two or three months, early next year.” Sen. Domenici added that eight senators asked him that day what they could do to help pass the parity bill.

But while we remain close, we cannot emphasize enough how critical your continued support and that of your grassroots members will be in the coming months. All parity advocates will have to restate the need to pass legislation to ban insurance discrimination against people with mental disorders, and we will face renewed resistance to our efforts. We will be back in touch as plans for moving parity in the new 108th Congress are formulated.

Sex & the Internet: A Guidebook for Clinicians

Edited By Al Cooper
Reviewed by Sarah Erickson

Sex & the Internet: A Guidebook for Clinicians is one of the first publications to cover Internet sexuality in a detailed and clinical way. In his book, Al Cooper examines the growing influence of the Internet on sex, relationships and family. Dr. Cooper is an expert in the field of sex therapy and counseling and is the director of the San Jose Marital and Sexuality Centre.

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