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THIS WEEK’S PSYCHOLOGY UPDATE FOCUSES ON CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY

 

(These articles will help the professor and student fulfill APA guidelines for teaching and learning about the field of Psychology.)

 

ARTICLE #1

TITLE

Psych Careers

 

DESCRIPTION

All About Psych Careers is a fabulous resource for learning all about careers in Psychology and related fields.  It lists numerous articles related to specific careers as well as articles about study in graduate training.   This is a useful resource when covering the APA goals and objectives in all Psychology classes that focus and discuss career issues.

 

SOURCE

Psychology Today

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/psych-careers

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/k9vc8mp

 

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ARTICLE #2

TITLE

Careers in Psychology

 

DESCRIPTION

This resource is the American Psychological Associations guide to careers in the field.  An excellent resource to answer many students’ questions regarding the field.  There are highlights in the listing for students of color and minorities who wish to get into one of the subfields of Psychology.  It is an excellent source for teaching the APA objectives and goals related to careers.

 

SOURCE

American Psychological Association

LINK TO RESOURCE

 

 

https://www.apa.org/education-career/guide/careers

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ARTICLE #3

TITLE

School Psychologist Overview

 

DESCRIPTION

This resource specifically focuses on the applied career of School Psychology.  Often students have heard of and even been tested but do not fully understand how the field is an important application of Psychology.   This US News & World Report realistically details the career, training, work, salary, and precisely how school Psychologists function.  It is an excellent resource to have ready when students ask about the field.

 

SOURCE

US News & World Reports

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/school-psychologist

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/jqbmyws

 

 

CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

•As part of a general discussion, focus on the different types of careers in Psychology.

•Basic Question:  What do Psychologists do?

•What do School Psychologists do?  How is this branch/subfield of Psychology different than others in the application of Psychological principles and research?

•Build the discussion on careers in Psychology as part of the course and curriculum program learning objectives.

Posted by & filed under Introduction To Psychology, Psychology App of the Week, Psychology Resource of the Week, Psychology Update.

 

THIS IS A MUST HAVE APP THAT WILL REALLY HELP WITH SAVING ARTICLES AND ALSO MAKING PROJECTS FOR CLASS BOTH AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND FOR TEAM WORK.

PSYCHOLOGY APP OF THE WEEK

 

FLIPBOARD

 

flipboard

 

Click on your platform (free):          iOS        or         Android

 

Web Site:

https://flipboard.com

 

DESCRIPTION

Description (from Google Play Store)

“Flipboard is your personal magazine. Used by millions of people everyday, it’s a single place to keep up on the news, follow topics you care about and share stories, videos and photos that influence you.

To start, follow a few topics, and Flipboard creates your personal magazine. You can always add more as you find new topics, magazines or interesting people to follow.

Read world class publications like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Fast Company, and Vanity Fair on Flipboard — find any source with the search bar. You can also connect Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to Flipboard and easily flip through pictures and posts from friends.

Save stories you enjoy or express a point of view. Use the + button on anything you find to collect it into your own magazine. You can see all your magazines in your Flipboard Profile. For more on how to make your own magazine, visit www.flipboard.com. “

HOW TO USE IT 

This is a fabulous for both teaching and class use.  It is available on all platforms (tablets and smart phones) as well as for use directly from a computer.  As a faculty member, you can very easily set up a “magazine” for your class.  You simply get the app, specify that you want to begin and name your magazine.  You then just enter the URL’s of various sites or articles and voila! you have an online magazine.  You could take all of the sited articles in the Psychology Update and turn them into your own magazine.  Your students with the  Flipboard app and link would simply search within the app and load your Flipboard.  Additionally, for the professor, you can personally use Flipboard for your own particular interests.

 

 

Posted by & filed under Introduction To Psychology, Psychological Disorders and Therapy, Psychology Update, Stress and Health Psychology.

TITLE

How Exercise Boosts the Brain and Improves Mental Health

 

DESCRIPTION

Wow!  What a thorough article that provides so much important detail regarding how beneficial exercise can be for improving mental health. 
“It’s hardly news that exercise is good for your physical health, and has long been extolled for mental health as well. But researchers are now making progress in understanding how, exactly, exercise may work its mental magic…. Exercise, they are learning, has profound effects on brain structure itself, and especially in regions most affected by depression and schizophrenia. It also provides other, more subtle benefits such as focus, a sense of accomplishment and sometimes social stimulation, all of which are therapeutic in their own right. And while more is generally better, even modest levels of physical activity, such as a daily walk, can pay big dividends for mental health.”  This article provides links to a number of excellent important studies that empirically validate how exercise helps problems of mental health that includes anxiety and depression.

This article can help provide resources and links for students interested in the topic related to mental health, disorders, positive psychology, and brain and nervous system and body physiology.

 

SOURCE

Knowable Magazine, January 21, 2022, by Bob Holmes

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2022/exercise-boosts-brain-mental-health

 

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/3ppvryeh

 

CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

•What are the benefits of exercise on Mental Health?

•Can you cite an empirical study that demonstrates the positive effects of exercise on such disorders as anxiety and depression?

•How does exercise affect the body, brain, and metabolism in terms of mental health?

 

Posted by & filed under Lecture Enhancement/Student Engagement, Psychology App of the Week, Psychology Resource of the Week.

PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE & APP OF THE WEEK

 

 

APA MONITOR

 

ICON

 

 

TO DOWNLOAD THE APP

iOS:  (free)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apa-monitor-on-psychology/id550242836?mt=8

 

ANDROID:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maz.combo2335

 

FOR THE WEBSITE

https://www.apa.org/monitor

 

DESCRIPTION

From the Google Play and  iTunes Store

Now you can read the APA Monitor on Psychology magazine on the go from the app OR on your computer from the website

Every month, the APA Monitor brings you hot new findings in the behavioral sciences plus articles on psychology education and practice — everything your class needs to know to stay current in the field.

 

A wonderful resource for students!

 

Posted by & filed under Brain Structure and Function, Introduction To Psychology, Nervous System, Psychology Podcast of the Week, Psychology Update, Stress and Health Psychology.

TITLE

Speaking of Psychology: Healing pain by treating the mind

(Article, Podcast, Audio, and Video available)

 

DESCRIPTION

“For many chronic pain sufferers, effective treatment remains elusive, with doctor’s visits, medications and even surgeries giving little in the way of relief. But in recent years, research by psychologists and other scientists has begun to suggest that for at least some people, the answer to chronic pain may come not from healing the body, but from treating the mind….What does that mean? How does it work? What’s the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about pain and the actual pain that we feel? What does pain look like in the brain? Why do placebos work? And how can we use what scientists are learning about the brain basis of pain to develop effective new treatments for it?” 

 

SOURCE

American Psychological Association, January 2022,  by Tor Wager, Ph.D.

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

https://www.apa.org/news/podcasts/speaking-of-psychology/healing-pain

 

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/yeyk64rh

 

CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

•What is pain?  (Please frame your answer in terms of the “complexity” concept not just a simple definition.)

•The article/podcast describes a new type of treatment called PRT “pain reprocessing therapy.”  How does this treatment work?

•The article discusses research on the placebo effect.  What has been found in terms of the effectiveness?  Why are some people more susceptible than others to the placebo effect?

•The end of the article/podcast suggests further readings for coping with pain:  what are these books and how effective are they for suffers of chronic pain?

 

Posted by & filed under Careers, Careers in Psychology, Introduction To Psychology, Professional Organization, Psychology Resource of the Week, Psychology Update, Psychology Website of the Week, Scholarship and Teaching of Psychology.

 

PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE OF THE WEEK 

PSYCHOLOGY HONOR SOCIETIES

Psi Chi

https://www.psichi.org/default.aspx

 

International Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Beta

https://www.psibeta.org

Community College National Honor Society in Psychology

Description

These are the APA affiliated Honor Societies for Psychology majors.  These sites offer a wealth of resources for students interested in continuing their education in the field.  Additionally, each of the sites give instructions on establishing a chapter at the college if none as yet exists.  

Posted by & filed under Careers, Careers in Psychology, Introduction To Psychology, Psychology Resource of the Week, Psychology Update, Psychology Website of the Week.

PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

TITLE

PSN:   Psychology Student Network

URL      

https://www.apa.org/psnhttps://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psn

DESCRIPTION (from the site)

This is a wonderful resource for both college and high school level Psychology students.  Every issue is filled with valuable information about the field and offers many new opportunities for the student interested in majoring in Psychology.

About Psychology Student Network

The Psychology Student Network (PSN) is a publication of the APA Education Directorate designed for precollege and undergraduate psychology students. PSN features articles and announcements about careers and interesting topics in psychology, with a focus on opportunities for students. PSN is published twice a year, in spring and fall.

PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

TITLE

PSN:   Psychology Student Network

URL      

https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psn

 

DESCRIPTION (from the site)

This is a wonderful resource for both college and high school level Psychology students.  Every issue is filled with valuable information about the field and offers many new opportunities for the student interested in majoring in Psychology.

About Psychology Student Network

The Psychology Student Network (PSN) is a publication of the APA Education Directorate designed for precollege and undergraduate psychology students. PSN features articles and announcements about careers and interesting topics in psychology, with a focus on opportunities for students. PSN is published twice a year, in spring and fall.

In this issue (September 2022)

Podcast

  • Speaking of Psychology Episode 198: Perfectionism: When good is never good enough
    Perfectionism might seem like a minor hurdle to overcome—or even a welcome personality trait. But perfectionism is different from simply striving for excellence, and perfectionistic people are at higher risk for anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Perfectionism researcher Gordon Flett, PhD, and clinical psychologist Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, discuss where perfectionism comes from, why it’s an increasing problem, how it affects people’s mental and physical health, and how to treat it.

Announcements

Posted by & filed under Careers, Careers in Psychology, Introduction To Psychology, Lifespan Development, Personality, Psychological Disorders and Therapy, Psychology Podcast of the Week, Psychology Update, Stress and Health Psychology.

TITLE

(ARTICLE & PODCAST)

Speaking of Psychology: Relationship advice from a couple psychologist

 

DESCRIPTION

“Speaking of Psychology: Relationship advice from a couple psychologist, with Anthony Chambers, PhD

Episode 211

“When relationship issues arise—around money, fidelity, kids, or even just coping with the stress of everyday life—couple therapists can help partners work through them together. Couple and family psychologist Anthony Chambers, PhD, talks about how couple therapy works, when it’s useful, when couples are most likely to break up, and why it’s helpful to think of talking with your partner as a game of catch rather than a tennis match.”

This is an extensive podcast and text (for reading instead of listening) regarding relationships and couples therapy.  Most introductory Psychology texts may mention this type of therapy along with family therapy, but explain little more than a brief summary.  This extensive article thoroughly what couples therapy is and is not; the types of problems relationships experience; transitions in the life of the couple; communication issues; as well as ethnic and racial differences in couples. 

 It is an excellent resource for students who want to know more about relationships and how this may be a career field.

 

SOURCE

American Psychological Association

Speaking of Psychology (Episode 211) (October 2022)

Relationship advice from a couple psychologist

with Anthony Chambers, PhD

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

https://www.apa.org/news/podcasts/speaking-of-psychology/relationship-advice

 

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/bdct7c6k

 

CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

•What is couples therapy?  How does it differ from individual therapy?

•The article/podcast describes the types of issues that arise in long term relationships and marriage.  What are three of the big issues?

•The article/podcast describes some of the issues that can bring a couple to crisis as “transitions.”  What are the “transitions” and how do these affect the relationship?

 

Posted by & filed under Careers, Introduction To Psychology, Personality, Psychological Disorders and Therapy, Psychology Update, Stress and Health Psychology.

TITLE

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms:

12 Signs You Might Have an Anxiety Disorder

 

DESCRIPTION

For Psychology students who wish to understand Anxiety Disorder Symptoms, this is an excellent resource!  While it is normal to feel anxiety from time to time, there may be occasions when the symptoms reach a level to disrupt our daily activities and may require professional interventions from taking medications to seeking a therapist (usually the best route to take).  The article provides a straight forward listing of 12 signs of an anxiety disorder and an explanation of each.

Students who wish to go into clinical and counseling areas will find this article as a useful resource.  Also, it may be helpful to those experiencing anxiety and who should seek out a college counselor or therapist in their community.

 

SOURCE

Time Magazine, May 11, 2017, by Amanda MacMillan

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

https://time.com/4776027/anxiety-disorder-symptoms-2/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sfmc&utm_campaign=newsletter+health-tuesday+default+ac&utm_content=+++20220712+++body&et_rid=207786296&lctg=207786296

 

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/5528cnn8

 

CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

•Is it “normal” to experience anxiety?  If so, when and about what?

•Looking at the list in the article, describe what you believe to be the most disruptive to activities of daily life.  What did you choose and why?

•If you were giving a lecture to new students, which three types of anxiety symptoms would you describe to them as these relate to college life.  What is your rationale for choosing these three?

 

Posted by & filed under Introduction To Psychology, Personality, Psychological Disorders and Therapy, Psychology Update, Stress and Health Psychology.

TITLE

How Is Depression Treated? Let Me Show You

 

DESCRIPTION

This is a most unusual article.  It is an interactive piece that takes you on a journey as both a patient and a professional.  The premise is that a depressed individual shows up at a psychiatrists office.  The interactive piece asks the reader to chose options for care that may include psychotherapy, group therapy, and medications.  The situations presented are life like and the author clearly shows many of the obstacles that prevent individuals from alleviation of the depression.  If you have the time, it is worth exploring each option to try to get an understanding of what is at stake in the treatment of depression.

 

SOURCE

New York Times,  September 27, 2022, by Awais Aftab

 

LINK TO RESOURCE

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/09/27/opinion/how-to-treat-depression.html?searchResultPosition=1

 

(Tiny URL)  https://tinyurl.com/4z2j23nb

 

CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

•As you work your way through this interactive exercise, what are the goals for helping the individual in the examples given?    Are the goals achieved?  Why or why not?

•The author of the article deliberately sets up obstacles and barriers to recovery from the depression.  What are the particular obstacles that are being expressed in the exercise?

•In your opinion, what did you think of this type of interactive article?  What is the rationale for your opinion?