Fenichel's CURRENT TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Non-Frame Version)
Some of the best articles, websites and research tools I've come across are assembled here,
for your easy reference. [Quick Search] APA Convention Report
Below are some of the Internet resources I share with psychology students,
parents, teachers, and clients in my practice as a clinical psychologist. Many of these sites provide numerous additional links of
their own, some geared for professionals, others for those seeking general information. Look for more links to
specific topics, and stay tuned to this page for more "hot topics" in clinical and school psychology!
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The Quick Reference Guide below is designed to be a user-friendly resource for instant, quality information on specific topics in Psychology.
These selections offer clear and useful information in
the form of a resource page, summary paper or review article. Violence | Depression | Q&A
Many of these links lead to pages which are not part of this site. It is strongly recommended that you bookmark this page before beginning your travels in psychology!
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ADD and AD/HD
A page of FAQ and features on symptoms, with links to resources (print and web) and sections on diagnosis, treatment, learning & social factors, for both children and adults.
(National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD)
Adolescent Mental Health
Original articles and websites for teens & adults. Perspectives on self-esteem, dating, & peer pressure. (Fenichel)
Useful information on adult ADD and practical daily life challenges. (CHADD)
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/A.C.T. Resources Relating to Violence
From APA/ACT, brochures, fact sheets, and reports on the causes and prevention of violence, among children and adults.
(See also Children & TV Violence)
An overview of symptoms, diagnosis, research and treatment. (ADEAR)
[See Eating Disorders]
Anxiety in Children - The Anxious Child
A "Facts For Families" overview of this topic, of great concern for many parents. (AACAP)
Beautiful page from the National Institute of Mental Health. Phobias, OCD, & PTSD, on one page!
Attention Deficit Disorder
[See above listing for AD/HD-ADD, from ChADD's National Resource Center on AD/HD ]
Autism & Asperger Syndrome
Basic Information, Guidelines for Assessment and Diagnosis,
and Guidelines for Treatment & Intervention. (Yale Child Study Center)
Inspired and presented by the PBS NewsHour legend, Robert MacNeil, this is a snapshot of what we see and what we know today, from
the eyes of family members, teachers, therapists, and researchers. Each of six parts as well as an end-of-series roundtable blog is presented here, along with useful resources for further information or help. Worthy journalism and informative presentation, both. (PBS)
Autistic Disorder - DSM IV Definition
Differential Diagnosis of Autistic Disorder, distinct from PDD, and Asperger's Disorder.
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.
"My Life with Asperger's"
An unforgettable presentation by a brilliant, successful "Aspergian", John Elder Robison. He describes his unique experiences and his path towards self-understanding and self-acceptance. (Fenichel)
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"]
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?
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 virtual tour and discussion of brain functions. Information and discussion on brain tumors can also be found here. (National Brain Tumor Society)
Canine Cognition: How Dogs Think
Dr. Stanley Corin presents the data on dogs' thinking and their "theory" of human psychology. (APA Convention, 2009)
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)
Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT)
Clinical Health Psychology Grand Rounds:
Computerized Cognitive Behavior Therapies – A presentation by British psychologist/author Kate Cavanagh, introducing the research and software applications which have proven to be both clinically and cost effective, so much so that some are prescribed as the preferred treatment modality under the UK's Health sytstem. (Fenichel)
Depression Facts, Symptoms, & Treatment
Here you can find information about the various types of depression and treatment, along with access to support groups, chat, and self-assessment tools. Available en español. (DBSA)
Even Kids Get Depressed
Prevalence, risk factors, and symptoms. (CNN/WebMD, 6-99)
[See also: Prevention of Depression and Anxiety]
Information about Down Syndrome and an online home for parents and others advocating for acceptance and quality of life. (National Down Syndrome Society)
Down Syndrome Statistics and Resources
From SharpSeniors, whose site offers both information as well as support resources.
FAQ About Dyslexia -
Basic Facts and Resources, from the International Dyslexia Association (formerly the Orton Dyslexia Society) [Información en Español (pdf)]
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
A psychoanalytic/object relations point of view about the psychodynamics of eating disorders. (Em Farrell)
EGO: "The Cauldron of the Personality"
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]
The science of user-friendly living, explained and discussed by the American Psychological Association.
APA Code of Ethics
A distinguished APA panel discusses the concepts, goals, and challenges inherent in the real-world application of "evidence-based treatment". (Fenichel, 2010 Convention Report)
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.
Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD?)
Here is an article describing the perfect storm of always-available, diverse and instant gratification, self-reinforced amid a web of friends, celebrities, video, music and game & quiz applications. And it's always on. FB is not the only
addictive phenomenon, but it is societally and individually shaping thinking and behavior, and therefore our 21st Century lives.
At the end of the article are
some current media reactions (research, reportage and interviews) relating to "Facebook Addiction". See also the broader spectrum/general category of Internet Addiction.
Online Exhibition: Sigmund Freud - Conflict and Culture - U.S. Library of Congress
Male-Female relationships and their study.
A powerful and provocative discussion about the nature, causes, & context of good vs evil behavior, and the making of hate.
An historic discussion between Drs. Aaron T. Beck, Phil Zimbardo, and Frank Farley.
Reported "asynchronously live" from the APA 2007 convention. (Fenichel)
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.
What is it? Here is an annotated collection of definitions and perspectives, from The Vetta Project.
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.
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?"
Research on virtual lives online, demographics, the nature of the "addiction", and suggestions for treatment approaches. (Storm King)
"This is the Decade of the Information Revolution. At the beginning of the decade 4% of the public were connected to computers on a fast basis. [Now] it's 65%, 72% Total.
For more reflections on the impact of technology on human experience, from addictions to multi-tasking lifestyles, networking, Web 3.0 and gesture technology, visit:
The Internet is all-encompassing. Most people use the Internet. It's led to search. It's led to social networks that shape ... the way people lead their lives that were unimaginable 10 years ago."
- Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Group, on PBS (12/31/09)
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)
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.
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 Disorders in America"
From the National Institute for Mental Health. Statistics and discussion illustrating the impact on society of the prevalence of "mental illness". Includes information on NIMH research and funding.
One of the best overviews in the "Facts for Families" series. (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Here you can find American and European diagnostic criteria as well as links to research and treatment news. (MentalHealth.com)
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.
"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 Psychological and Mental Health Interventions
Here's a fresh look, circa 2010 (at the APA's 118th Convention) at the evidence supporting the value of online interventions ranging from open forum support groups to self-guided CBT programs, with new developments and research findings shared by a panel of experts. (Fenichel)
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)
Asynchronously Live from APA Convention 2011
2011: eHealth Odyssey -or, the Internet As the Instrument for Behavior Change
Avatar-based Treatments Using Immersive Virtual Environments
Innovative Technologies and Psychology: Virtual & Augmented Reality
Telehealth and Telepsychology Licensure - Barriers and Possible Solutions
[See also discussion of online ethics above.]
[See also discussion of the Here & Now in Cyberspace above.]
Identification and Treatment of Panic Disorder, with a focus on "panic attacks". (American Psychological Association)
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)
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 - What's Behind It?
Research finds that "people's emotions toward cultural, religious and social groups are good predictors of discriminatory behavior". (APA Monitor)
Prevention of Depression and Anxiety
A study in the Dec.99 issue of APA's Prevention & Treatment describes the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral training workshops 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)
Professional Seminars and Conferences -
Choice Events For Mental Health Professionals
(Past, Present, Future)
APA Convention 2010
Asynchronously Live From San Diego
2010 Convention Highlights:
Online Support Groups & Applications |
Evidence & Ethical Practice | Opening Ceremony | Sir Michael Rutter: Resilience
Group Memory | Psychology in the Digital Age | Steven Hayes: What Psychotherapists Have that the World Needs Now
APA Convention 2009
Asynchronously Live From Toronto
2009 Convention Highlights:
Internet: Pathway for Networking, Connecting, and Addiction | Opening | Virtual Psychology & Therapy
| Q&A with Zimbardo | Seligman: Positive Education | Future of Internet Media | Sex, Love, & Psychology |
How Dogs Think
APA Convention 2008
Asynchronously Live from Boston
2008 Convention Highlights:
Grand Theft Childhood | Opening Session | Malcolm Gladwell
| College Success, Love, Hate, More |
My Life With Asperger's
My Space, You Tube, Psychotherapy, Relationships... | Conversation with Aaron T. Beck - 2008 | The Mind and Brain of Voters
APA Convention 2007
Asynchronously Live From San Francisco
2007 Convention Highlights:
Humanizing an Inhumane World | Opening Session
| Albert Bandura |
Linehan, on Suicide
| Conversation with Aaron T. Beck - 2007 | Evil, Hate, & Horror
August 2006: New Orleans
Asynchronously Live From New Orleans
On-site Reports from the 114th American Psychological Association Convention:
Further Conversation with Aaron T. Beck
Summer 2005: Washington, D.C.
Asynchronously Live Reports, August 2005
From the 113th American Psychological Association Convention:
Distinguished Elders Appraise the Field of Psychotherapy
APA CONVENTION 2004: Honolulu HI
Summer 2003: Toronto
Reports - 2003
From the 111th American Psychological Association Convention:
Aaron T. Beck | Quality of Online Health Info | Sternberg's Vision
Summer 2002: Chicago
Cyberspace Travels for Psychological Researchers, Educators, and Practitioners
110th APA CONVENTION:
[Click Here for Details] [Full report]
Reports from APA 2002 --
Beck-Ellis - Pt.2 | "Behavior Therapies" | Cyberspace & Psychology | E-ethics
2001: A Cyberspace Odyssey
Integrating the Internet into our 21st Century Lives.
109th APA CONVENTION:
Monday, August 27, 2001, 11:00AM-12:50PM
[Click Here for Details]
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)
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
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]  
Practitioners' Continuing Education
AtHealth Conference Directory
An expansive listing by region or state for professional conferences offering C.E. credit.
PsychCrawler® Search Engine - from APA (With Permission)
"A powerful search tool for key words or concepts in Psychology".
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)
A colorful and current page from a community devoted to "Support, Knowledge, Understanding" of Schizophrenia. Research and practice topics, along with
forums, social network pages, glossaries of terms & medications, and more. (Schizophrenic.com)
I highly recommend this gem to parents, educators, and psychologists. Rings true!
School Psychology: Issues & Resources
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 US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes for Health. Symptoms, diagnosis, and the research on light therapy.
Information, links, support groups and online resources, for and by family members, teachers, and clinicians.(Selective Mutism Group)
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
Hear the father of operant conditioning speak about his conception of "psychology". 3 Clips, courtesy of JEAB/JABA.
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".
A nice looking web-page, not a pretty topic. From Facts for Families.
Telephone counseling can be effective, according to a study reported in the Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA).
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 - Causes and Effects
From the impact on children to the roots of violent actions towards towards others, violence is a wide and complex topic,
yet the causes and consequences are important to understand, particularly in a world rife with individual and collective violence.
From child and domestic abuse to random acts of violence, to massive attacks of terror to the impact of trauma across age and circumstance, we
are a world embroiled in hatred, fear, and violence. We know much about some of the cycles and precursors, but still we are surrounded by violence.
This site offers reports on several relevant and memorable presentations by some of the world's foremost psychologists addressing the nature of
hatred and human nature, from a social and clinical psychology perspective. Also there are references on the "Children & Violence" resource page
begun in Sept. 2001, as well as earlier reports on school-based violence and identifying the Warning Signs.
Recommended Short-List for Discussions on the Nature, Causes, and Consequences of Violence:
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 what could 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"]
Facts about this misunderstood and magical syndrome. A wonderful page from the Williams Syndrome Association.
It is my pleasure to share these few gems with all who wander by, the fruits of my "surfing the net for psychology"!
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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, child development, and school psychology. I have been presenting workshops and forums on internet communication, online mental health services, and the warning signs and prevention of child/adolescent violence.
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