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APA on NPR!
You are not imagining things if you hear apa.org/helpcenter on NPR this week. We are running spots about mind/body health and holiday stress over the next few weeks on National Public Radio. The spots direct listeners to the Psychology Help Center. The landing page of the Help Center has links to resources on managing holiday stress and dealing with the holiday blues.
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Don’t Let the Holiday Blues Get You Down
APA and NPA Offer Tips to Combat the Holiday Blues
For many people the holiday season is full of celebrations and cheer but, for some, this season can bring more misery than merriment. With high expectations of gift-giving, decorating, feasting and family gathering, feelings of disappointment, sadness, fatigue, frustration or being overwhelmed are not unusual. 

Psychologists point out that there is a difference between the holiday blues, which are often temporary and go away once the season ends, and more serious conditions such as depression, seasonal affective disorder and anxiety disorders. More. . .
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It's Time to Renew Your Membership!
Members undefined new online membership renewal is easy! Simply log into your profile, and click on the Membership Renewal link. This is a good time to review and update your Member Profile as well. Here is where YOU determine what information is available when your profile is viewed. Contact NPA Central Office (npa@nebpsych.org) if you have any questions, or wish to pay by check. We also ask that you consider contributing to NPA's Prescriptive Authority (RxP) Support Fund.

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NPA Supports LPS Transgender Efforts
The ​Nebraska Psychological Association supports and applauds Lincoln Public Schools’ recent efforts to make schools safer and more supportive for transgender and gender diverse students by increasing teacher awareness of the challenges these children and youths face. Many transgender and gender diverse students experience high levels of harassment and even physical assault, including at school.
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Con
gratulations William
 Spaulding, Ph.D.  
NPA is honored and delighted to congratulate Past-President an
d Legislative Chair Dr. Will Spaulding who was awarded the Kraepelin-Alzheimer Medal in Germany on September 27, 2014 where he was an invited speaker at a symposium on schizophrenia. The award cites Spaulding’s “excellent research on treatment and rehabilitation of schizophrenia”.

Dr. Spaulding is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska where he teaches graduate courses on psychopathology, psychopharmacology and the history and philosophy of psychology, and supervises clinical practica. He maintains an active clinical and consulting practice, including staff positions in community-based and hospital-based psychiatric rehabilitation programs
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Another NPA Leader Accomplishment
NPA  has another NPA leader accomplishment to announce:  President-elect Dave Carver recently co-chaired the APA Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC Sept. 26-27. Dave is completing his third year on ACCA. This committee focuses on promoting colleague assistance programs in conjunction with state and provincial psychological associations. Topics discussed at the annual meeting included: 1) developing monitoring and recovery programs for impaired psychologists, 2) creating "competent constellation communities" that emphasize peer consultation and expanded professional development opportunities, and 3) organizational systems and societal components of professional wellness. Dr. Carver will also lead a workshop on small state multi-disciplinary licensee assistance programs at the March 2015 APA State Leadership Conference with ACCA colleague Julio Rojas, PhD from Oklahoma. Cheers to Dr. Carver for his work on these important issues!

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Managing Fears About Ebola
With news of a confirmed death from Ebola in the United States, many Americans are concerned about the potential impact of this disease. Learn more about simple and effective ways to manage your fears and anxieties.
NPA MembersClick Here for additional information useful for media and psychologists preparing for media interview about managing anxiety about Ebola.

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How Does Depression Differ from Occasional Sadness?

October 9th is Depression Screening Day

Everyone experiences sadness from time to time, but depression is more than occasional sadness. October 9 is National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), an annual event to raise awareness of the disease and offer screenings for related mood and anxiety disorders. 

Dr. Diane Marti, the PEC coordinator for the Nebraska Psychological Association, stated that awareness of the symptoms of depression and knowing where to go for help are two key components to addressing this mental health condition. Resources in Nebraska… More
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Cost of Autism Treatment Spurs Nebraska HHS to Reverse Stance, Oppose Medicaid Coverage of It
By Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau | Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nebraska Medicaid officials have done an about-face on paying for highly effective but potentially costly children’s autism treatment.

A few months ago, the Department of Health and Human Services was seeking federal permission for Medicaid to cover the treatment.

Department attorneys filed a motion in court on June 23 saying HHS was “cautiously optimistic” about getting such approval.

But earlier this month, Kerry Winterer, the department’s CEO, sent a letter to federal officials questioning their authority to issue a directive requiring Medicaid coverage of the treatment.  More…

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What NPA is doing for you!!
Members… Read how your dues are working for you as NPA Director of Professional Affairs, Ted DeLaet, Ph.D., is working as NPA's representative to the Nebraska Behavioral Health Coalition (NBHC) with respect to implementation of a HHS proposal to  eliminate the Medicaid Pre-Treatment Assessment (PTA). 

If you are not an NPA member, join now to stay involved in and up on current issues effecting Nebraska Psychologists!
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NPA Member Profile's on our new website!
Updating your Member Profile is now online as well. Simply log in with your email and password, and provide your most current information.

While a few pages are still under construction, we invite you to check out our new site, and let us know what you think!

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Congratulations…NPA Member of the Month!
NPA's December Member of the Month is Mark Hald.



Mark Hald, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and partner with Options In Psychology, LLC in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He joined the practice in January of 1999. He obtained his Ph.D.  More…




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