[Dr. Michael Fenichel's CURRENT TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY]


Some of the best articles, websites and research tools I've come across are assembled here, for your easy reference. I have shared these resources with psychology students, parents and teachers in my practice as a clinical psychologist, and hope you too find them helpful. These selections provide clear and useful information in the form of a summary paper or review article.

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[New]2011 APA Convention Highlights - Asynchronously Live from Washington 

2011: eHealth Odyssey | Googling, Twittering, Poking | Zimbardo: Reflections + Enduring Lessons from 40 Years Ago: Stanford Prison Experiment
Opening | Avatar-based Treatments | Canine Cognition: Chaser | Aaron T. Beck @90 | CCBT | Seligman: Flourish | Psychology, Technology, Virtual & Augmented Reality
Relationships 3.0 | POKE ME: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids | Telehealth and Telepsychology Licensure - Barriers and Possible Solutions





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Many of the pages below lead to external links away from this website. It is thus strongly recommended that you bookmark this page or make it a "favorite" before beginning your travels in psychology!

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Quick Reference Guide

Alphabetical Pointer:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J-K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T-V | W-Z        [ TOP]

Addiction
Excellent article on how to tell if you might be addicted. What an addiction is and how to cope with it if you've got one. (Habit Smart)

Adolescent Mental Health
Original articles and websites for teens & adults. Perspectives on self-esteem, dating, & peer pressure. (Fenichel)

Adult AD/HD
A fact-filled article offering useful information on diagnosis and treatment strategies. (CHADD)

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Aggression and Violence

Children and Violence
A compilation of resources for teachers, counselors, parents and students. (Fenichel)
(See also Children and Trauma)

Domestic Violence: Shattered Love, Broken Lives
A wonderful collection of information, support, and self-help resources, woven into a special online report from the Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford, MA.

Selected APA Resources Relating to Violence
From the APA's collection of articles on children's issues. Brochures, fact sheets, and reports on the causes and prevention of violence.
(See also Children & TV Violence)

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Alzheimer's Disease
An overview of symptoms, diagnosis, research and treatment. (ADEAR)

Anorexia Nervosa

[See Eating Disorders]

Anxiety in Children - The Anxious Child
A "Facts For Families" overview of this topic, of great concern for many parents. (AACAP)

Anxiety Disorders
Beautiful page from the National Institute of Mental Health. Phobias, OCD, & PTSD, on one page!

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
An overview of ADHD, including a FAQ page, Fact Sheets about the various forms of AD/HD (including inattentive type), and links to join or review current research. [En Español] (CH.A.D.D.)
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Autism & Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome
Basic Information, Guidelines for Assessment and Diagnosis, and Guidelines for Treatment & Intervention. (Yale Child Study Center)

Autistic Disorder - DSM IV Definition
Differential Diagnosis of Autistic Disorder, distinct from PDD, and Asperger's Disorder.
(BehaveNet)

Autistic savant
A short & sweet discussion of the "autistic savant", as presented in Rain Man etc. Interesting. (Stephen Edelson, Ph.D.)

"My Experiences with Visual Thinking Sensory Problems and Communication Difficulties"
From Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Autism.
Fascinating first-hand account of autism.

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Beck and Ellis- Part II
Two great pioneers reflect a second time on the nature of their beliefs and experience, at the 110th APA convention, August 23,2002. (Fenichel)
[See also their historic 2000 Dialogue, described below under "cognitive therapy"]

Behavior Therapy
Another historic gathering of masters at the 110th APA convention. Lazarus, Ellis & others reflect on the origins and future of "behavior therapies" and ask: Will the real behavior therapy please stand up? (Fenichel)

Bipolar Disorder - What is Bipolar Disorder?
Definition, Course of Illness, How to Get Help. A basic reference. (NIMH)

Borderline Personality Disorder - What is BPD?
Good entry-level introduction to the topic. (BPD Central)

Brain Anatomy and Function
From brain stem to frontal lobe, a list of brain functions and FAQ on tumors.
(The Brain Tumor Society)

Cerebral Palsy
Definition, Incidence, Characteristics, & Educational Implications. A short, concise article. (Kidsource-NICHY)

The Child Survivor of Traumatic Stress
Online highlights of a newsletter aimed at professionals working with traumatized children. Features articles and information on treatment and measurement of trauma and PTSD. (Kenneth Fletcher)

Children and Trauma
A guide for discussing the World Trade Center tragedy with children, professional references for mental health practitioners, survivor links, and information about the symptoms of trauma and PTSD. (Fenichel)

Children and TV Violence
Discussion of both the numbing and imitative aspects of exposure to television violence. From AACAP's user-friendly Parenthood Web. (See also: Aggression & Violence)

Cognitive Therapy (Theory and Practice)
An historic dialogue between Aaron T. Beck and Albert Ellis, on the nature of irrational beliefs and their treatment. Reported "asynchronously live" from the APA 2000 convention. (Fenichel)

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Depression

Even Kids Get Depressed
Prevalence, risk factors, and symptoms. (CNN/WebMD, 6-99)

[See also: Prevention of Depression and Anxiety]

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Down Syndrome - The Down Syndrome WWW Page
Information for and by Parents, with Links and List Serv

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Dyslexia

FAQ About Dyslexia -
Basic Facts and Resources, from the International Dyslexia Association (formerly the Orton Dyslexia Society) [Información en Español]

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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders
Dying to be thin: Congressional Briefing on the Prevention of Eating Disorders.
An extraordinary page with informative testimony about the causes & costs. (APA)

Eating Disorders : Dying to be Thin
A Nova special presentation on television and web, about eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia, with additional information, references, and discussion of the warning signs. (PBS)

Lost for Words: The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia
From London's Centre for Therapeutic Studies, a psychoanalytic/object relations point of view about the psychodynamics of eating disorders.

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EGO: "The Cauldron of the Personality" [Updated]
The "ego" presented in terms of developmental, Freudian, object relations, and 21st-Century definitions. (Fenichel)

Ellis and REBT
Albert Ellis discusses his work and his beliefs about beliefs, in a conversation with Aaron Beck, at the 110th APA Convention, August 23, 2002. (Fenichel)
[See also "Cognitive Therapy", above for 2000 Dialogue]

Ergonomics
The science of user-friendly living, explained and discussed by the American Psychological Association.
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Ethical Issues

APA Code of Ethics

Mental Health Services Online: Suggested Principles
A set of ethical and professional principles developed by an interdisciplinary committee of mental health professionals and adopted by the International Society of Mental Health Online.

Online Therapy: Q&A
Here are some observations and a quick overview of the current state of affairs in the U.S., offered in an interview about ethics as they pertain to licensed psychologists who utilize the Internet to facilitate therapeutic treatment. (Fenichel, Nov.2000)

Services by Telephone, Teleconferencing, and Internet
The short & sweet statement by APA (1997) which stresses boundaries of competence and other familiar ethical guidelines.

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Freud

Online Exhibition: Sigmund Freud - Conflict and Culture - U.S. Library of Congress

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Gender Differences
Male-Female relationships and their study.

Here and Now in Cyberspace
Some thoughts about the nature of the here & now online, and the implications for both social and therapeutic interpersonal communication. (Fenichel)

How to Find Help For Life's Problems
Information and online brochures from the American Psychological Association's Help Center.

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"Internet Addiction"

Computer and Internet Addiction
This is a scholarly look at addictive behavior at the computer, from a psychoanalytic perspective. (John Suler)

Healthy and Pathological Internet Use
Transcript: Live online forum with panelists Kimberly Young, Steven Stern, Storm King, and Michael Fenichel, with John Suler as moderator. (Behavior Online, Oct.99) Still a classic.

"Internet Addiction": Addictive Behavior, Transference or More?
Commentary on the culture, symptoms and diagnosis of Internet Addiction. (Michael Fenichel)

Internet Dependency Among College Students
"One-Tenth of college students are dependent on the Internet, research finds." (Report from APA, May 2001)

"Is the Internet Addictive or are Addicts using the Internet?"
Current research on virtual lives online, demographics, the nature of the "addiction", and suggestions for treatment approaches. (Storm King)

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Jung: An Introduction
A thorough overview and pleasant site feature the theories and work of C.J. Jung.
(George Boeree, Ph.D.)

Lead Exposure in Children
Emphasizes prevention and early detection. (From "Facts for Families")

Learning Disability - What is it?
Recommended for those seeking basic information. (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

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"Managed Care"

Managed Health Care - "Managed Care" or "Mangled Care"?
Professional and Corporate perspectives. High praise and lawsuits.

       A Presidential Perspective

From former President Bill Clinton's State of the Union Address, January 27, 1998:

"One hundred and sixty million Americans are in managed-care plans. These plans can save money and can improve care. But medical decisions should be made by medical doctors, not insurance company accountants. So I urge the Congress to write into law a Consumer Bill of Rights that says this: You have the right to know all your medical options, not just the cheapest. You have the right to emergency room care, wherever and whenever you need it. You have the right to keep your medical records confidential. Traditional care or managed care, every American deserves quality care."


A Mental Health Bill of Rights - March 1997
Nine organizations representing more than 600,000 health and mental health professionals have issued a "Bill of Rights" to protect individuals seeking treatment for mental illness and psychological and substance use disorders.

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
A comprehensive report from the U.S. Surgeon General describing the state of knowledge and services relevant to mental health in America, across populations ranging from children to the elderly.

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Mental Health and Children
A short list of references and two reports from APA on issues of mental health services and the controversy over medication for very young children. Includes an overview of the March 2000 White House Meeting and the September 2000 Surgeon General's Conference

"Mental Illness in America"
From the newly re-designed home page for the National Institute for Mental Health. Statistics illustrating the impact on society of the prevalence "mental illness". Follow the links to funding and science information for researchers and practitioners.

Mental Retardation
One of the best overviews in the "Facts for Families" series. (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Neuroscience for Kids
"...Created for all students and teachers who would like to learn more about the nervous system". Nicely presented, with some wonderful experiments and activities specifically for the classroom. (Eric Chudler)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
General info, resources & references from the NIMH; Biomedically tilted, but informative.

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"Online Therapy"

"Asynchronously Live" from APA 2001
Current Issues in Behavioral Telehealth: An illustrious panel presentation on the nature of online communication and treatment, and the potential pitfalls and benefits of online therapy. With John Grohol, David Nickelson, Gerald Koocher, Leigh Jerome, and Patrick DeLeon. (Fenichel)

Myths and Realities of Online Clinical Work
Observations on the phenomena of online behavior, experience and therapeutic relationships

A 3rd-Year Report from ISMHO's Clinical Case Study Group: Michael Fenichel, John Suler, Azy Barak, Elizabeth Zelvin, Gill Jones, Kali Munro, Vagdevi Meunier, & Willadene Walker-Schmucker

Online Case Studies: Report of the ISMHO Millennium Group
A summary of 16 therapists' work across a number of modalities, all involving the Internet in some way or another. While many questions remain, a foundation is set for continuing work on developing models of training and practice. (ISMHO)

Online Psychotherapy: Technical Difficulties, Formulations and Processes
A discussion of some of the inherent difficulties, both practical and technological, in adopting traditional psychotherapy models for clinical online use. Questions and issues ripe for exploration in the 21st Century. (Fenichel)

Psychological Applications on the Internet: A Discipline on the Threshold of a New Millennium
A scholarly explanation of the various ways in which one can seek self-help, support, or active online treatment over the Internet, and a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages to this modality.(Azy Barak, Ph.D.)

Symposium on the Nature of Online Therapy and Communication
A capsule summary of a very interesting panel on where we stand at the beginning of the 21st Century, in terms of delivering online mental health services. A discussion of the pros and cons of utilizing online communication. With John Grohol, John Suler, Storm King, and Yvette Colon. (Fenichel)

[See also discussion of online ethics above.]
[See also discussion of the Here & Now in Cyberspace above.]

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Panic Disorder
Identification and Treatment of Panic Disorder, with a focus on "panic attacks". (American Psychological Association)

Peer Pressure
Articles by teens, for teens (and interested parents). Includes information on topics like school anxiety, anorexia, self-esteem, and personal responsibility. (Fenichel)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A Conversation with Donald Meichenbaum. (Behavior OnLine)

Prader-Willi Syndrome
Q&A on this genetic disorder characterized by insatiable appetite, reduced need for calories, and mental retardation or learning disability. (Prader-Willi Syndrome Association)

Prejudice[New]
New resarch, On the Malleability of Automatic Attitudes: Combating Automatic Prejudice With Images of Admired and Disliked Individuals [Journal of Personality and Social Psychology]

Prevention of Depression and Anxiety
A study in the Dec.99 issue of APA's Prevention & Treatment describes the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral training workships on minimizing future anxiety and depression. (Seligman et al.)

Prevention of Mental Disorders in School-Aged Children: Current State of the Field
A report appearing in a special edition of APA's online journal, Prevention and Treatment.
"The most authoritative article in the entire literature on which programs effectively prevent mental illness and its symptoms." -- Martin Seligman, PhD (President, American Psychological Association)

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Professional Seminars and Conferences -
Choice Events For Mental Health Professionals
(Past, Present, Future)

 
APA Convention 2004: Honolulu HI

[Hawai'i]
APA CONVENTION 2004[New]
Highlights (APA)
 
Summer 2003: Toronto

[Toronto]

Asynchronously Live Reports - 2003
From the 111th American Psychological Association Convention:
Aaron T. Beck | Quality of Online Health Info | Sternberg's Vision  

 
Summer 2002

Cyberspace Travels for Psychological Researchers, Educators, and Practitioners
110th APA CONVENTION:
Chicago, August 24, 2002
[Click Here for Details] [Full report]

[Chicago]   Reports from APA 2002 --
Beck-Ellis - Pt.2  | "Behavior Therapies" | Cyberspace & Psychology | E-ethics

Summer 2001

2001: A Cyberspace Odyssey
Integrating the Internet into our 21st Century Lives.

109th APA CONVENTION:
San Francisco
Monday, August 27, 2001, 11:00AM-12:50PM
[Click Here for Details]

[San Francisco]   Reports from APA 2001

SIGMUND FREUD: CONFLICT & CULTURE
The Library of Congress hosted this travelling exhibition featuring the photographs and manuscripts of Sigmund Freud.
Click Here for the Online Exhibition Overview
Click Here for Programs and Information from the Freud Museum (London)

Y2k Highlights

June 4, 2000
Overloaded or Downloaded: Maximizing the Internet for Psychologists
NY State Psychological Association Presidential Mini-Convention, New York City

August 4-8, 2000
Washington, D.C.
[DC image] Reports from Convention 2000

"Asynchronously live" Convention highlights from this fin-de-síecle gathering of psychologists. Spotlights on Psychology and Society in the 21st Century.   [1999 Reports] [2001] [2002]

Practitioners' Continuing Education

AtHealth Conference Directory
An expansive listing by region or state for professional conferences offering C.E. credit.

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[APA PsychCrawler Logo]
PsychCrawler® Search Engine - from APA (With Permission)
"A powerful search tool for key words or concepts in Psychology".

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Psychoanalytic Theory
The Analytic Space: Countertransference and Evocative Knowledge
A technical paper on psychoanalysis' main tenets, transference and countertransference. Freudian and object relations perspectives.(R.M. Young)

Psychology Careers in the 21st Century
An online brochure (as well as order form for hard-copies) from the American Psychological Association. (Just click on the picture for index.)

Q & A on Psychology
Frequently Asked Questions by Psychology Students (Fenichel)

Repression: Anxiety Filter for the Ego
A quick look at "repression" in traditional usage, and (perhaps) what Freud might say were he here in the digital age. (Fenichel)

Schizophrenia
This comes from the FAMI organization ...emphasis on defining schizophrenia as a neuro-biological disease.

School Phobia
I highly recommend this gem to parents, educators, and psychologists. Rings true!

School Psychology: Issues & Resources[Updated]
Updates on important NY State and City Legislation, and the IDEA. Links to school psychology organizations, disability foundations, and legislative postings.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)
Excellent page from Internet Mental Health. Symptoms, diagnosis, and the research on light therapy.

Selective Mutism
Information, links, support groups and online resources, for and by family members, teachers, and clinicians.(Selective Mutism Group)

Self-Esteem
Everybody talks about it. What is it? How do we find it? Here's a small but prime collection of resources on the Internet, including original articles and interactive websites for and about teens. (Fenichel)

B.F. Skinner Speaks - in Real Audio[RealAudio]
Hear the father of operant conditioning speak about his conception of "psychology". 3 Clips, courtesy of JEAB/JABA.

Sleep Disorders
An overview of NCSDR research findings, with links to specialized topic areas presented by the still-growing Sleep Well Web Site, and Stanford University's Resources for Students and the Media.

Sociology, Psychology and the Future
Interviews and Papers: A Dutch experiment with "On-line" society, the industrialization of psychology, & "Internet and the Social Impact of Local Media".

Teen Suicide
A nice looking web-page, not a pretty topic. From Facts for Families.

Telephone Counseling
Telephone counseling can be effective, according to a study reported in the Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA).

Tourette Syndrome
Q&A about Tourette Syndrome, from the National Tourette Syndrome Association.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Fact Sheets from the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.
Definition, Incidence Rates, Characteristics, Educational Implications, and Online Resources.

Violence in the Schools

"It is painfully clear that it takes repeated tragedies such as we have just witnessed in Colorado for parents, reporters, and legislators to once again ask 'WHY' did this happen and whatcould we have done to prevent this? Only after such senseless acts is there an interest in understanding the psychology of alienation, and hatred toward school and toward fellow human beings. Clearly, if mental health is important to our society, there needs to be increased rather than decreased access to mental health services for children in schools." - Michael Fenichel, Ph.D., President, New York State Psychological Association, School Psychology Division
[See also "Aggression and Violence"]

Williams Syndrome
Facts about this misunderstood and magical syndrome. A wonderful page from the Williams Syndrome Association. [En Español]

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It is my pleasure to share these few gems with all who wander by, the fruits of my "surfing the net for psychology"!


The preceding is intended to provide some useful general references for both professionals and the general public. It is not intended to substitute for individualized professional evaluation or to replace individualized care. There are many good resources here, among these links, including information, support groups, and clinical treatment providers. My own specialties, as a clinical psychologist, include diagnostic psychological evaluation, psychotherapy, supervision and consultation. My research has been in the areas of "Person-therapy fit", public opinion, online behavior, interpersonal relationships, child development, and school psychology. I live and work in New York City, and can be reached at:  


Thanks much for visiting, comments most welcome.... Be happy and healthy.

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