The Blogmeister was recently made aware the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) was notifying current licensees of the need to renew their licenses via email. While the PLA is to be congratulated for attempting to save money on postage (they used to mail the reminders), they apparently did not realize many people change email addresses over the two year license period. End result… some people did not receive the notice and their licenses expired. As of the time of this post, they are allowing people to still renew their licenses, but there is an additional fifty dollar fee. Some people are reporting they received a mailed notice of this policy change, while others are being caught unaware. The Blogmeister’s advice? Check your license status ASAP and renew if you are expired.
April 29, 2010
March 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 5, 2008
For those who are members (or who would like to be, we’re not picky) of IAMFT, this just came through:
SAVE THE DATEIAMFT REGIONAL MEETING & MENTORING DAY
Dear Region 2 IAMFT Members:All are invited and encouraged to attend this year’s IAMFT Student Mentoring Day and Regional Get-Together so please mark your calendars now…
- LOCATION: Campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, 2nd floor, Walb Student Union
- DATE: Saturday, March 1, 2008
- TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon(coffee and snacks will be provided)
This event is co-sponsored by IAMFT and the Marriage and Family Therapy program at IPFW. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Linda Wark at (260) 481-6083; firstname.lastname@example.org or Kurt Gregory (260) 432-2311 email: email@example.comWe’ll need to know if you plan to attend no later than February 25th. Thank you and we’ll look forward to seeing you on March 1st!
Region 2 is basically the Northeast part of the state. If you need to see if you are in the region, here is a map.
January 31, 2008
According to WTHR, Dr. Phillip McGraw “regrets” discussing his “visit” with pop singer Brittany Spears. Here is the background:
Spears, 26, was hospitalized in Los Angeles after a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline resulted in an hours-long standoff with police January 3. Federline has sole physical and legal custody of their two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.
McGraw said he visited the pop singer as a family friend, and rejected critics who accused him of practicing psychology without a license.
This is what Dr. Phil has to say:
“I regret making the statement. It didn’t help. It didn’t work,” the syndicated TV psychologist said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I did not go there to diagnose her. I did not go there to treat her,” said McGraw, who showed up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on January 5 as Spears was about to be discharged.
McGraw said he retired his Texas license after 25 years of private practice because of the demands of his “Dr. Phil” daytime talk show.
The Spears family has accused McGraw of betraying their trust by making an “inappropriate” public statement about the singer’s hospitalization.
McGraw had told celebrity news TV shows that Spears was in “dire” need of medical and psychological help.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, McGraw said his public comments after visiting Spears were intended to prevent rumors and misinformation.
“I wanted to stop speculation about what may have gone on in there,” he said.
OK, whatever. We all know he went there to get ratings for his pseudo-psychological show. Anytime a person in the therapy, or psychological, field puts their needs in front of a person or family, in a professional situation, they act unethically. Speaking of which, a formal complaint was filed in California over the incident. The California Board of Psychology treats complaints as confidential, so we don’t know what will happen with this yet. Interestingly, the complaint also alleges Dr. Phil violated Ms. Spears confidentiality rights under HIPA. While the California complaint is a felony, the HIPA violation could result in federal charges.
January 29, 2008
January 24, 2008
Not really, but I betcha that got your attention. Now before you start sending the blogmeister hate mail, read this story over at the Indy Star. Which makes more sense, the nonsense about the real marriage amendment currently going on over at the statehouse, or doing something to help a portion of our population that really, really needs it. From the story:
About eight in 10 black children in Indiana are born to unwed parents — a start to life that sets them up for problems during adolescence and beyond, according to an Indiana Black Expo report.Indiana’s black youths fare significantly worse than Hoosier youths in general across 18 indicators of well-being, such as graduation rates and poverty levels, and do worse than black youths in the U.S, according to the report being released Friday.…The explosion of births to unwed parents is driving many of the state’s social problems, such as increases in poverty and child abuse and the growing cost of public aid, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.He added that the problem is not exclusive to any one race.Indiana’s out-of-wedlock birthrate is at an all-time high, with unwed mothers accounting for nearly 40 percent of all births, he said. Nationally, about 36 percent of all births are to unwed mothers.
January 22, 2008
Regardless of what side you fall on this issue, this has got to be good news. From WTHR:
The number of abortions in the United States fell to 1.2 million in 2005, down 25 percent from the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990 and dropping the abortion rate to its lowest level since 1974, according to report issued [last]Thursday.