first_imgHow were you made aware of this opportunity?AU Employment websiteEmployment websites (Indeed, HigherEd Jobs, etc.)Veterans Assistance ServicesDisability Assistance ServicesNewspaperProfessional JournalListservHR emailSocial MediaState Employment ServiceWalk-inOther Are you a Licensed as a Psychologist in the State of Alabama oreligible to obtain license within 12 months of completion ofdoctoral degree?YesNo Position DetailsRequisition NumberS096PHome Org NameStudentCounselingPsychologicalScvsDivision NameStudent AffairsPosition TitlePsychologistJob Class CodeAE74Appointment StatusFull-timePart-time FTELimited TermNoLimited Term LengthJob SummaryThis is a pool posting for future vacancies in this jobclassification. Applications will be considered active for a periodof six months from the posting dateStudent Affairs at Auburn University is seeking candidates for theposition of Psychologist in Student Counseling & PsychologicalServices. The Psychologist is responsible for providing counselingand psychological services for students with mental health issuesand providing information regarding mental health services andprograms.Essential FunctionsEssential functions of this position include, but are not limitedto:- Providing psychological services to students, includingindividual therapy, group therapy, emergency/crisis intervention,psychological assessment, treatment planning, diagnosis, andconsultation with stakeholders.-Documenting, reporting, and maintaining confidential records andinformation from counseling-related services including individualtherapy, group therapy, emergency/crisis intervention,consultations,and psychological assessments.-Evaluating and developing comprehensive treatment plans forindividuals including assessment, diagnosis, coordinating treatmentwith other professionals, and providing community referrals whenindicated.-Clinically supervising psychology interns and graduate practicumstudents; may clinically supervise unlicensed senior staffclinicians.-Planning, developing, and presenting outreach presentations,workshop programs, and educational seminars related to mentalhealth issues and available services to students, staff, faculty,and other campus stakeholders.Education LevelPh.D. or Psy.D.Field of StudyPh.D. or Psy.D. in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited academic program and having completed a doctoralinternshipORMaster’s Degree (or equivalent) from an APA -accredited academicprogram with all doctoral degree requirements completed except thedissertation. Completion of the dissertation and graduation fromthe doctoral program is required within 12 months of hireYears of ExperienceArea of ExperienceRequirements for Additional Job LevelsEducation LevelField of StudyYears of ExperienceArea of ExperienceRequirements for Additional Job LevelsMinimum Skills and AbilitiesKnowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differencesin ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation;and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affectivedisorders.Minimum Technology SkillsMinimum License and CertificationsLicensed as a Psychologist in the State of Alabama or eligible toobtain license within 12 months of completion of doctoraldegree.Desired QualificationsDesired qualifications include: Completion of an APA -accreditedPre-Doctoral Internship; additional years of experience inproviding counseling and psychological services to a collegestudent population.Salary GradeSalary Range$51,900 – $86,400Job CategoryStudent AffairsWorking Hours if Non-TraditionalMonday-Friday 8 am-5 pmList any hazardous conditions or physical demands required bythis positionPosting Date02/12/2020Closing DateEEO StatementAUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITYEMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employmentopportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex,religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protectedveteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, genderidentity, or any other classification protected by applicablelaw.Special Instructions to ApplicantsPlease utilize the attachment feature of our online employmentsystem and attach the following: cover letter, resume, andreferences. Only complete applications will be considered.A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment isrequired.Quick Link for Internal Postings Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterOptional DocumentsLetter of RecommendationPortfolioOtherSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Do you have knowledge of human behavior and performance;individual differences in ability, personality, and interests;learning and motivation; and the assessment and treatment ofbehavioral and effective disorders?YesNo Do you have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Counseling or ClinicalPsychology from an APA-accredited institution?YesNoWill obtain within 6 monthsMaster’s Degree (or equivalent) from an APA-accredited academicprogram with all doctoral degree requirements completed except thedissertation.last_img read more

Brazil, Second South American Country To Become A U.S. Major Non-NATO Ally

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo August 06, 2019 “I am very proud to announce that our visit to the United States bore fruit. President Donald Trump has accepted us as a major non-NATO ally,” said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, at a military event in Brazil, on June 15, 2019.The news was expected since March, when the leaders of both countries met for the first time. Brazil’s designation as a U.S. major non-NATO ally was among the topics of official discussions.Now that both nations are aligned, the possibilities for exchanges and bilateral cooperation have increased, particularly in the areas of defense and security. For instance, countries designated as non-NATO ally by the U.S. have priority in the purchase of U.S. military equipment and technology. They can also participate in auctions from the U.S. Department of Defense that sell military products, and have priority to participate in trainings with the U.S. military.With Brazil’s designation, 17 nations are now part of this group of partners that are not NATO members, but are considered a U.S. priority. Argentina was the only Latin American nation with this status, acquiring the designation in 1998.Trump forwarded the official petition to designate Brazil to the U.S. Congress on May 8. “I am making this designation in recognition of the government of Brazil’s recent commitments to increase security cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil,” said Trump.“The U.S. government grants major non-NATO ally status unilaterally. After one month, as mandated under U.S. law, without congressional involvement, the status was instantly granted to Brazil,” stated the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, known as Itamaraty, via their press office. According to the agency, the partnership is political. “No specific mechanism will be created, nor are there any legal or scheduled engagements,” Itamaraty said.During the July 4 celebration at the U.S. Embassy, in Brasília, Bolsonaro cited the news as one more step toward bringing Brazil and the United States together. Bolsonaro met with Trump for the second time on June 28, confirming that he is “available to talk to Trump, establish a partnership, and develop our country.”HistoryNATO was created in 1949, originally as an alliance between 12 countries. Currently, the treaty has 29 members, whose principles include collective defense, meaning that an attack against a NATO member country is considered an attack against all member countries. Since the establishment of NATO, the collective defense principle has only been invoked once, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. In response, member countries contributed by sending troops to fight in Afghanistan.The collective defense principle doesn’t extend to non-NATO allies of the organization’s member countries. In addition, since the designation of a non-NATO ally is unilateral, it means the United States, as well as the other NATO members, may choose their strategic partners. The process is completely different when it comes to admitting new NATO members, which requires ratification by member states.last_img read more

Bill will transfer GAL program

first_img Bill will transfer GAL program Senior EditorA bill that transfers the state’s guardian ad litem program from the court system to an executive agency has passed the House Judiciary Committee. That panel also approved a bill revamping the process for trying residential construction defect cases, although some representatives said the measure has serious flaws.Rep. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, sponsor of the HB 439 on the GAL system, said that while a gubernatorial blue ribbon panel found guardians indispensable to helping children caught up in court proceedings, the courts had not identified it as central to their functioning.Her bill would move the agency from the court system to the Justice Administration Commission, which now oversees accounting for the state’s public defenders and prosecutors. The program would be overseen by a director who would report to the governor.One major change was in staffing for the new statewide office. Rich’s bill originally mirrored Gov. Jeb Bush’s budget, which called from transferring 10 employees from the Office of the State Courts Administrator to the new statewide guardian office. Court officials opposed that, saying they have no more than two positions that support the guardian program and cutting 10 positions would require reducing support for other vital programs.Under Rich’s bill, as amended, there would be eight positions assigned to the new office, and no more than two would come from OSCA. The remainder would come from vacancies within GAL local operations.Lisa Goodner, deputy state courts administrator, said after the meeting that court officials are happy with that solution.Rich said the new program would oversee the 4,500 volunteer guardians and the GAL’s $23 million budget. It will also oversee the related attorney ad litem program, and provide for training and education.“It is critical that the guardian ad litem be given a home in this session in order to continue the program,” Rich said, adding the transfer to the JAC will produce uniformity and improve operations.The committee unanimously approved the bill. A similar measure, SB 1974, has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Skip Campbell, and has been referred to several committees, including the Senate Judiciary Committee.The construction defects bill came up as a proposed committee bill. It calls for giving contractors and subcontractors notice and an opportunity to fix construction defects on residential properties before filing a construction defect lawsuit.Despite criticism the bill was too one-sided, it passed, although Chair Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, said he would ask House leadership to refer it to another committee for further work. The bill was originally scheduled only for Judicial Committee review before going to the House floor.Representatives of the construction industry said it would save them money by giving them a chance to repair problems without having to pay legal fees to defend actions in courts. They said frequently the first they knew of a problem was when a lawsuit was filed.But Debra Zappi-Henley, representing the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, said the only area in tort law where the state requires presuit notification is in medical malpractice cases. And that was done only after extensive studies showed the public benefit, and no such research has been conducted for construction cases, she said.Rep. John Seiler, D-Pompano, said he could support the idea of notification with a chance to fix a problem, but added contractors themselves could address the problem by revising their construction contracts without resorting to any legislation.He also said the bill was stacked against homeowners victimized by shoddy construction. Each separate defect requires a separate notice, Seiler said, and homeowners with multiple defects could be swamped by the paperwork. He also said that the statute of limitations in some cases could expire while homeowners are pursuing the repairs and mediation under the bills procedures.In the case where a contractor does not intend to make the repairs, homeowners could be left with malfunctioning heating or aid conditioning for several months before they could seek a legal remedy.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, agreed. He also noted the bill contained a provision making it a second degree misdemeanor to give a homeowner something of value to encourage them to file suit. That could be read, he said, that if someone invited neighbors over for dinner to discuss construction flaws, they had violated the law.Rep. Phillip Brutus, D-North Miami, said he would vote for the bill, but only because Kottkamp promised another committee would review it. The bill now requires homeowners to specify why they reject a proposal to fix a problem from a contractor, but the contractor does not have to detail why a homeowner-proposed settlement was rejected.Likewise, there are penalties for homeowners who reject a settlement offer and then fail to do substantially better in court, Brutus said, but none for contractors who do the same.“ “I think it’s good but, but in a bad fashion. We ought not to kill it but allow it to go forward and make it a better bill,” Brutus said.After the meeting, Kottkamp wrote to Speaker Johnnie Byrd requesting an additional committee reference, but as this News went to press, no action had been taken. Bill will transfer GAL program April 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

High-dollar Prescribers Proliferate in Medicare’s Drug Program

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski JonesThe number of doctors who each prescribe millions of dollars of medications annually in Medicare’s drug program has soared, driven by expensive hepatitis C treatments and rising drug prices overall, federal data obtained by ProPublica shows.The number of providers who topped the $5 million mark for prescriptions increased more than tenfold, from 41 in 2011 to 514 in 2015. The number of prescribers—mostly physicians but also nurse practitioners–exceeding $10 million in drug costs jumped from two to 70 over the same time period, according to the data.Most of the doctors atop the spending list prescribed Harvoni or Sovaldi, relatively new drugs that cure hepatitis C. Other providers on the list prescribed pricey drugs to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.Medicare’s drug program, known as Part D, covers more than 41 million seniors and disabled people. In 2015, it accounted for $137.4 billion in drug spending, before factoring in rebates from drug companies. That was up from $121.5 billion a year earlier.“The trends in this space are troubling and don’t show any signs of abating,” said Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that runs Medicare. “It’s going to be a pressure point for patients and the program for the foreseeable future.”During the recent presidential campaign, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pledged to tackle the rising costs of prescription drugs. Since his election, however, President-elect Trump’s transition agenda for health care hasn’t featured the topic, a shift the Los Angeles Times reported.Medicare has released top-level data on drug spending for 2015, including the number of doctors who prescribed medications worth more than $1 million. But the agency has only published data on individual doctors up to 2014.Dr. Ben Thrower, medical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Institute at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, was near the top of the list in 2014. He prescribed medications costing $11.5 million that year, mostly for multiple sclerosis drugs. “We get that it’s very expensive,” Thrower said. “I think all the MS providers working in the U.S. would like to see the costs go down.” But prices have climbed steadily in recent years for drugs used to treat the neurological condition, even those that have been on the market for quite a while.Most of the spending on Thrower’s prescriptions – $8.5 million — was for MS drugs Tecfidera and Copaxone, which can slow progression of MS and reduce the chance of relapse. Thrower has received payments from the makers of those and other MS drugs, but said he cut ties with the companies in January of this year.“It was kind of exciting when the first one came out,” Thrower said. “The problem we’ve seen is the cost for these drugs has just gone up and up and up.”Thrower said he no longer prescribes Tecfidera to new patients because it can lower white blood cell counts, putting them at risk for infections.Notes: Counts include initial prescriptions and refills dispensed. Retail price includes patients’ out-of-pocket costs but does not reflect drug maker rebates. *Average prescriptions per patient, per provider has been adjusted to give more weight to doctors who treat more patients. (The unadjusted average is 5.6).Just because a doctor prescribes costly drugs doesn’t mean he or she has done anything wrong, Gronniger said. “It’s much more about drug pricing … than it is about the behavior of any individual physician, many of whom are equally concerned about the price of these products as we are.”Today, ProPublica is updating its Prescriber Checkup online tool, which allows you to look up your doctor and see how his or her prescribing in Medicare Part D compares to others in the same specialty and state. Our tool covers the year 2014. You can compare the percentage of each doctor’s prescriptions that were for brand-name medications, the average cost per prescription and the average number of prescriptions per patient, among other things.Allyson Funk, a spokeswoman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry trade group, said Medicare’s figures leave out important context.“It is important to note physicians’ prescribing patterns are dynamic and based on individual patient needs,” she said in a statement. “When looking at Medicare Part D, government data on spending at the point of sale does not include the substantial rebates for brand name medicines negotiated between manufacturers and plans and therefore does not accurately reflect actual prescribing dollars or program spending.”These rebates are confidential by law, but Medicare said this week that the average rebate for brand-name drugs in 2014 was 17.5 percent.The new data on high-spending prescribers is the latest indication of the burden of drug prices on government health programs.In the past couple of years, Medicare’s drug tab has surged, in large part because it picks up the vast majority of the cost of drugs once enrollees exceed a certain threshold each year. In 2015, beneficiaries over the limit, which was $4,700, spent $51.3 billion on drugs. In 2013, the figure was $27.7 billion, government data shows. (Taxpayers, through Medicare, pick up 80 percent of the cost of this so-called catastrophic benefit.) The Associated Press first reported the ballooning cost in July.Another sign could be seen in a drug dashboard released by Medicare this week. It showed that 1 percent of drugs prescribed in the Part D program accounted for more than one-third of the program’s cost in 2015 (before rebates). Some drugs were incredibly expensive. The drug H.P. Acthar Gel, used to treat several conditions, such as multiple sclerosis relapses and a rare kidney disease, cost an average of $162,371 for each of its 3,104 users—a higher per-user cost than any other drug in the program. That’s up significantly from several years ago, when ProPublica flagged the drug’s expense.Harvoni, used by more than 75,000 people, cost an average of $92,847 per person, for a total cost of $7 billion (also before any rebates).Michael Chernew, a professor of health care policy and director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab at Harvard Medical School, said the number of high-dollar prescribers in Medicare doesn’t surprise him. Given the increased cost of prescription drugs and the latest treatment advances, “the entire distribution is shifting to the right.”Chernew said that, in the long term, Medicare and insurance companies have to examine the total cost of caring for patients with certain diseases, taking into account drugs, hospital visits, medical tests and more. Only then can anyone tell if certain expenses, such as a pricey new drug, are justified.For now, he said, “How do we know what’s good or bad?”Physicians say their top priority must be the patients in front of them, not the costs to the system.Dr. Bruce Bacon, a liver specialist at St. Louis University, had the highest total Part D drug costs in 2014, $22.7 million. He was a frequent prescriber of Sovaldi and Olysio, another expensive hepatitis C medication.Bacon did not return a call for comment for this story. In a 2015 interview, he said he did not realize his prescriptions were so costly to Medicare.“I really don’t think about the cost,” he said. “I think about taking care of the patients. Should I not take care of the patients because the cost is expensive?”Thrower, the multiple sclerosis specialist, said the high cost of drugs frustrates him and his colleagues, but ultimately the successful treatment of patients comes first.“On one hand, we get that,” he said. “On the other hand, when you’re sitting in the exam room and looking someone in the eye, you can’t say, ‘I’m not going to treat you because of the cost.’”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

The stock market’s best returns have occurred under Democratic presidents with a split Congress

first_imgVote counting continued Thursday in the tight presidential race, but odds of a Joe Biden win and a split Congress have increased. If that’s the final outcome, history shows that this type of gridlock in Washington has been quite market-friendly for stocks.The stock market has enjoyed the best returns under a Democratic presidency and a split Congress, according to Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, who analyzed data going back to the end of 1944. The S&P 500 has rallied 13.6% on average during a calendar year with such a political makeup, the data showed. Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election during an appearance with in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 4, 2020.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tipp put unbeaten run on the line against Clare

first_imgConfidence is high for the Tipperary ladies footballers going into their Munster Final on Saturday.The Premier face Clare in their bid for their second intermediate title in a row.Shane Ronayne’s team easily overcame Limerick in their first Munster Championship game in June with a team that featured a number of championship debutantes.He says having not been beaten all year is a great way to go into the game. Throw in is at 1.15pm at Mallow GAA Complex and Tipp FM will have updates of the game across Saturday afternoon. Photo © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballerslast_img read more

Clear Lake council to consider City Beach Enhancement Project contract

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council tonight will consider awarding a contract for the second phase of the City Beach Enhancement Project to the same company that constructed the community’s aquatic center over a decade ago. Four bids were submitted for the project, with Peterson Construction of Webster City having a base bid amount of $1,033,000. This phase of the project includes the construction of a splash pad, a new restroom facility, a sun shade shelter, as well as landscaping and lighting improvements. Two alternates in the project were also included in the Peterson Construction bid that includes providing a cast-in-place concrete wall with manufactured stone veneer and a cast stone cap in lieu of dry-stacked boulder wall, as well as an alternate dealing with additional plants and landscaping . The alternates bring the total bid to $1,087,000, which is almost 10-percent under the estimated cost of construction. Peterson Construction was the general contractor that built the aquatic center in 2007. The council meets tonight at 6 o’clock at City Hall.last_img read more