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2023 Winter Issue of

The Los Angeles Psychologist

Leaders in the Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Organization Movement:
An Interview with Henry “Enrique” Ortiz, Psy.D. and Shannon Magnis, Ph.D., CGP

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"The anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization supports the empowerment of people of color. The organization takes the initiative, shares in the power, and changes organizational norms and cultures. Such an organization makes sure that all of its members participate in decisions about how the organization's resources will be allocated, what work will be done, and how it will be done. Importantly, such an organization allows people of color to make the same mistakes as white people. The organization offers training and promotes conversations about racism, white privilege, power, and accountability, setting clear standards for inclusion at all levels of the organization. Such an organization also makes sure to periodically review the mission, vision, policies, procedures, Board agreements, etc. to ensure that the commitment to end racism and oppression is a consistent theme." (Ortiz, Magnis, 2023)



2023 Fall Issue of
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The Los Angeles Psychologist

“Above All, Do No Harm:” 
Serving the Population’s Growing Climate Distress
Debra S. Borys, Ph.D., FABPS

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"Ecopsychology as an area of specialization was first recognized by APA in the early 1980s, along with the formation of Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology). A meaningful literature of peer-reviewed research and innovative, empirically-studied, problem-specific psychological interventions for climate distress is expanding, and familiarity and experience with this body of work can enable clinicians to
become competent to treat affected patients." (Borys, 2023)


Image of Summer Magazine Cover2023 Summer Issue of

The Los Angeles Psychologist

From CE to CPD, Part Two
David Laramie, Ph.D.

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"No doubt it will take some time to get accustomed to the new system. However, in the long run it will offer more variety and choice and is intended to improve everyone’s learning and clinical work. As always, LACPA will support you along the way." (Laramie, 2023)


 

2023 Spring Issue of
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Sociocultural Considerations in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions
Shelly P. Harrell, Ph.D., Bemi Fasalojo, M.A., and Jordyne James, M.A.
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 "So, what does it mean to consider sociocultural issues in our psychological practice? Broadly, this means that the development and implementation of our interventions pay consistent and comprehensive attention to four intersecting elements: multicultural, socioecological, sociopolitical, and sociohistorical."
(Harrell et al. 2023)


 

 
2022 Winter Issue of
The Los Angeles Psychologist

From CE to CPD,
Breaking Down the New BOP Requirements
David Laramie, Ph.D
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"Therefore, the traditional language and structure of Continuing Education has been replaced by the new system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Psychologists will still need to complete 36 hours of CPD every two years. Importantly, only 27 hours of traditional CE classes can be counted, and the rest must draw on the three newly created learning categories. These other categories are Professional Activity, Academic, and Board Certification. Taken together, there are now 15 different ways to get your CE units." (Laramie, 2022)


 

 2022 Fall Issue of
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Advocating for Marginalized, Neurodivergent Children
from a Socially Responsible Neuropsychology Framework
Vindia G. Fernandez, Ph.D. and Albert Miranda, Psy.D.   
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"In short, equitable care often requires making choices that are uncomfortable, impractical, and unprofitable, but neuropsychological assessment is primed for a paradigm shift. Although the growing momentum for greater representation and inclusion of neurodivergent and culturally diverse populations may be slow, we are better equipped now to treat those who are most vulnerable, and we are even more committed to mitigating the harm that traditional practices have caused." (Fernandez & Miranda, 2022)


 

 2022 Summer Issue of
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Addressing Weight Stigma
Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.
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"What is your reaction when “overweight clients” walk into your office? Do you make assumptions about their eating habits? Do you assume they are binge eaters? Assumptions based on body size have permeated our culture and our therapeutic literature. There have always been fat people. A person’s body size cannot tell you what their eating habits are. The “psychotherapeutic” trope that people “hold on to fat” to protect themselves is unfounded. And finally, focusing on helping clients lose weight may be harmful." (Muhlheim, 2022)


 

 2022 Spring Issue of
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Death Shall Have No Dominion: Double Talk
Albert Morell, Ph.D.
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"As a result, traditional psychological systems overtly purported to excise the centuries-old ghost-in-the-machine sciences, and replace them with their own, inclusive of Freud and his psychoanalytic circle, many of whom were engaged in esoteric research and practice, evidenced by Freud’s clandestine immersion in spiritism and parapsychological research, and his own doppelgänger experiences, which he feared were harbingers of death. Freud’s interest in parapsychological phenomena may explain his compulsion to write The Interpretation of Dreams, and his thwarted desire later to wed parapsychology to psychoanalysis." (Morell, 2022)


 2021 Winter issue of 
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Navigating the Strong Black Woman Schema in Treatment Settings
Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW
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"Black women face an onslaught of daily oppression due to their gender and racial identities. Navigating pervasive stereo- types, microaggressions, and discrimination is intensive emotional labor that engenders adaptive coping strategies to protect the psyche and prevent further trauma. Unfortunately, the techniques used to insulate Black women from the injury and impairment of oppression may also create barriers to mental health treatment, shielding them from seeking help and from developing authentic relationships with therapists." (Ashley, 2021)



 
2020 Spring issue of 
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Preparing for a Wave of Upwardly-Mobile Latinos
Henry “Enrique” Ortiz, Psy.D. 
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"For the sake of brevity, this article doesn’t address the vast heterogeneity and diversity of Latinos/Hispanics. It is meant as a primer on working with middle and upper-middle class Latinos who come from the lower/working class, according to my personal and professional experience, anecdotal evidence, and research." (Ortiz, 2020)


 

2019 Summer issue of 
The Los Angeles Psychologist

The Renaissance of Psychedelic Therapy
Stephanie Knatz Peck, Ph.D.
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"As the swift course of study of psychedelic therapy continues, our culture and healthcare communities are undergoing an important tide shift in re-shaping the popular attitude towards psychedelics as safe psychiatric medicines with the potential for significant therapeutic impact. This work will likely impact the mental health field in providing more opportunities for treatment non-responders and for mental health professionals interested in eventually participating in this work. Psychedelic therapy represents a unique paradigm of psychiatry involving the marriage of the biological and psychological." (Peck, 2019)


 

 2018 Spring issue of 
The Los Angeles Psychologist

Increasing Cultural Competence with Orthodox Jews:
A Primer for Mental Health Clinicians
Lauren Wecker, Psy.D.
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"It is advisable for clinicians to seek consultation from colleagues familiar with the culture and/or from Orthodox rabbis, and utilize personal psychotherapy and consultation to address issues of countertransference. And finally, relish the opportunity and challenge of working with a new population and appreciate the beauty of human diversity." (Wecker, 2018)