June 2022 Newsletter

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988: Once More With Feeling

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In my last column, I reminded readers of the pending implementation of the nationwide crisis hotline, 988. Because I think this will have significant ramifications for psychologists in independent practice, I’m devoting an additional column to addressing some issues around 988.

Recall that 988 is essentially a peer-counseling service. It is staffed by people who have received training in crisis intervention at a minimum, but there is no expectation that those who staff it will have more extensive training. It is also very important to remember that 988 doesn’t function as a suicide hotline, per se, though operators will be able to address suicidal ideation in the context of crisis intervention.


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We are pleased to introduce our June 2022 National Register Member Spotlight, Robyn L. Gobin, PhD.

Dr. Gobin recently published a new book, The Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence. Grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), The Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence addresses the unique struggles faced by Black women who have experienced domestic violence and provides practical and empowering tools to help Black women understand and heal from trauma, leave harmful situations, and regain a sense of safety and freedom. The final chapter provides guidance to friends, family, non-abusive partners, and mental health professionals wishing to support Black women on their healing journeys.


Daniel Elchert, PhD, Appointed Incoming CEO of the National Register

The Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel M. Elchert, PhD, as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Elchert emerged as the candidate of choice after a lengthy national search to find a replacement for the current CEO, Dr. Morgan Sammons, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2022. Dr. Elchert will begin his employment with the Register in July 2022. He will serve as the Director of Strategic Partnerships until Dr. Sammons’ departure, at which time he will step into the CEO role.

National Practice Conference 2022: November 10-12

Registration is now open! This entirely practice-oriented conference presented by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and TrustPARMA features some of the top clinical and risk management experts in the field. Sign up today to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount.

National Register Annual Awards (Deadline: July 15)

Morgan T. Sammons Doctoral Student Award ($5,000 Stipend—Two Awards)
The award is designed to further the development of clinically oriented research projects to optimize the contributions of health service psychologists in the broader healthcare environment and will further the National Register’s goals of increasing the recognition of psychology’s role in interprofessional health service delivery. 

Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award ($10,000 Prize)
This award is presented annually to a National Register credentialed psychologist with fewer than 10 years of postdoctoral experience. 

Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Awards (Research Excellence and Practice)
These awards are the highest honors bestowed by the National Register. They commemorate numerous, significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career.

National Register Internship Travel Scholarship

We need more health service psychologists, but graduate study is increasingly unaffordable. In 2022, National Register awarded sixty (60) $1,000 relocation grants to incoming interns. Help us support more students in 2023!

To donate to this fund, please visit the APF Donation Page, select “Yes” under “If this is for a particular fund?”, then choose the National Register of Health Service Psychologists – Internship Travel Scholarship.

National Register Webinar

Chronic Disease Progression and End-of-Life Concerns in Older Adults

July 13, 2:00–3:00 PM ET

Presented in Collaboration With

Chronic disease progression presents numerous challenges to treatment planning. As chronic medical conditions progress in later life, patients often experience the onset or exacerbation of depression, anxiety, psychosis, and other mental health symptoms that can compound other end of life concerns. Dr. Robert Nelson will provide examples of disease progression and common end of life concerns and will provide options for effective treatment intervention and compassionate psychological assistance to older adults with chronic disease.

Announcing Our New Journal: Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (PCSP)

PCSP is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal and database. It provides innovative, quantitative, and qualitative knowledge about psychotherapy process and outcome. PCSP is published by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

See additional information about submitting your manuscript or contact Dr. Dan Fishman and Dr. Gary VandenBos for additional questions!

Call for Papers: The Journal of Health Service Psychology

Submit your manuscript to the Journal of Health Service Psychology today. All articles should be centered around a clinical vignette that highlights critical clinical issues for health service psychologists and allied professionals. We welcome topics that emphasize LGBTQ+, ethics, child/adolescent, older adults, trauma/PTSD, psychological implications of medical problems.

See additional information about submitting your manuscript or contact Dr. Kate Nooner for additional questions!

National Register Career Center Featured Jobs

Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) – Kern County AES Center (Bakersfield, CA)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Santa Barbara County Jail, Juvenile Hall, and Los Prietos Boy\’s Camp (Santa Barbara, CA)

Behavioral Medicine Residency Faculty Member – Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Reading, PA)

Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident – Kern County AES Center (Bakersfield, CA

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Providing Bilingual Psychotherapy Services

Wei-Chiao Hsu—a licensed psychologist who practices in both English and Mandarin—discusses finding a bilingual psychologist in college mental health settings, training to be a bilingual psychologist, and the clinical application of bilingual skills.


Statement on Gun Violence Crisis From 60 National Organizations

The National Register was among 60 national organizations that supported this statement about the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two adults on May 24, 2022. 

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There’s a New National Hotline for Mental Health. How Will We Pay For It?

Set to launch in July, only fewer than half of the states have enacted legislation to pay for the 988 suicide prevention line. The bipartisan legislation in Congress mandated the launch of the 988 emergency numberbut left financial support for staffing, phone lines, computer systems, and other infrastructures up to the states. 


Ignite Awareness: How To Be a Mental Health First Aid Ambassador

According to the National Library of Medicine, the average time between the onset of a mental health illness/disorder and receiving first treatment is more than 10 years. Here is how we can advocate and destigmatize mental health to make mental wellbeing a national priority. 


Homophobic Misinformation is Making it Harder to Contain the Spread of Monkeypox

Among many other sources, several high-traffic youtube channels have released videos that include false claims that monkeypox can be avoided by not going to gay orgies, getting bitten by rodents, or getting prairie dogs as pets. Such stigma has real consequences where infected people who may not want to discuss their sex lives are less likely to report their symptoms, which in turn makes it harder to trace new cases and effectively control the spread of the disease. 


Showing Off Your Status and Wealth Makes You Seem Less Cooperative

People who purchase luxury goods tend to show them off given the myriad social benefits associated with being perceived as well off. However, a new study shows that it can also convey a boastful self-interest, which is incompatible with pro-sociality. 


Equal Mental Health Insurance Coverage Elusive Despite Legal Guarantee

One of the major causes of the mental health crisis facing the US is the disproportionate insurance coverage for mental and physical health. Psychotherapy consumers contend with barriers such as behavioral health services shortage, administrative roadblocks, network shortfalls, and more restrictive benefits they receive for physical health. 



Gender Identity: Support From Exploration To Transition
Mental Health America
06/29/2022 2pm ET

As we continue to have meaningful conversations throughout Pride Month about LGBTQI+ mental health, we will host a discussion with a Sutter Health psychiatrist and internal medicine doctor on gender identity and transition. This webinar will focus on how physicians, family members, and community members can impact the overall health and well-being of those who may be exploring their gender identity or transitioning.

Innovations in Social Determinants of Health: Applying the Structural Competency Framework to Mental Health Care and Mental Health Care Research
NIMH: Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity
06/27/2022 3:30-4:30pm ET

This webinar provides an overview of the structural competency framework. It discusses recent literature applying the framework in mental health care and reflection on how the framework might extend to mental health care research.

Student Loan Best Practices
Laurel Road
06/22/2022 1pm ET

  • What is student loan refinancing, and am I eligible?
  • What does the federal payment pause mean for your student loans?

Should I explore federal repayment options?

25th NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research
National Institute of Mental Health
08/02/2022-08/03/2022 11am-6pm ET

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