January 1st, 2018

‘Weinstein effect’ comes to campus

By Janine Weisman

He was once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Then allegations of decades of sexual assault and harassment dethroned film producer Harvey Weinstein last fall, rocking not just the film industry but news outlets and politics as well. As the list of high-profile men dismissed from their jobs after being accused of sexual misconduct grew longer every day, news reports showed academia was not immune to the so-called “Weinstein effect.” Colleges large and small launched probes after a wave of complaints about bad behavior by faculty targeting students surfaced at schools including Berklee College of Music, Boston University, [More]

January 1st, 2015

“Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners” By V. Mark Durand American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   Readable volume suitable for wide audience Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D V. Mark Durand, a highly regarded clinician and researcher in the area of autism spectrum disorder, wrote this book “to provide background on ASD and outline decision points that help clarify when a clinician has the requisite skills to help and when a referral to a specialist is needed.” At 132 pages, it is a slim book but one loaded with information to assist a broad [More]

November 1st, 2014

“Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: A Global Perspective”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: A Global Perspective” Edited by J. Gualberto Cremades and Lauren S. Tashman Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis New York, N.Y. 2014   Global perspective is book’s strength   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The editors of this book invited colleagues from around the world to write about different aspects of sport, exercise and performance psychology (SEPP). This international focus is impressive, with contributions from professionals around the globe. At 44 chapters, the book offers an expansive view of SEPP topics that will likely attract a wide albeit select audience. [More]

February 1st, 2014

“Burnout for Experts: Prevention in the Context of Living and Working”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Burnout for Experts: Prevention in the Context of Living and Working” By Sabine Bahrer-Kohler Springer New York, N.Y., 2013  Book’s global perspective is intriguing Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The term “burnout” is a generally accepted colloquialism for chronic stress, depleted energy, impaired performance and poor coping within an occupational setting. This book provides an international perspective on burnout, with chapters written by professionals from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Brazil, among other countries. Acknowledging the complexity of the topic, the editor notes that “it is clear that burnout is a near-global, dynamic issue that has numerous [More]

March 1st, 2017

“Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals” By May Alice Fisher American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016    Manual’s checklists ideal for peer discussion Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals must adhere to codes of ethics in delivering therapeutic services. Ethical principles dictate practice standards intended to protect the welfare of service-recipients and society at large. This compact manual (79 text pages) uses a checklist format to help mental health professionals deal with practical challenges and resolve ethical-legal dilemmas involving confidentiality. Author May Alice Fisher describes the manual [More]

January 1st, 2018

“Interviewing Children: The Science of Conversation in Forensic Contexts”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Interviewing Children: The Science of Conversation in Forensic Contexts By Debra Ann Poole American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016 Book on interviewing is `top of the line’ Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book is an in-depth examination of forensic interviewing with children, written by a psychologist who specializes in eyewitness testimony and conversational techniques. Her thesis is that “adults usual style of conversing with children is inappropriate in forensic contexts,” causing child informants to speculate, misinterpret questions and answer falsely. The book describes forensic interviewing as a problem solving approach “that will decide which of several [More]

July 1st, 2013

“Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence” By Lillian Comas-Diaz American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012  ‘Influential’ resource covers complex learning process Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Achieving cultural competence should be a priority and career-long pursuit for mental health clinicians. In this book, Lillian Comas-Diaz bases her presentation and analysis on the American Psychological Association’s “Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists (2013).” As she acknowledges, these guidelines “highlight the respect and inclusiveness for the heritage of all cultural groups, the recognition of cultural contexts of individuals’ and groups’ experiences [More]

March 1st, 2014

“Preventive Stress Management in Organizations”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Preventive Stress Management in Organizations By James Campbell Quick, Thomas A. Wright, Joyce A. Adkins, Debra L. Nelson, and Jonathan D. Quick American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Laudable resource provides preventive strategies Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The authors of this book describe preventive stress management as “an organizational philosophy and set of principles grounded in public health that uses specific methods for promoting individual and organizational health while preventing individual and organizational distress.” Geared principally toward psychologists who work with leaders and organizations, the book is also intended for other helping professionals as well as [More]

October 1st, 2017

“Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention for Ethnic Minority Children”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention for Ethnic Minority Children” Edited by Scott L. Graves, Jr., and Jamilia J. Blake American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Authors compare standards, offer historical perspective Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Public schools within the United States continue to embrace racial and ethnic diversity among the student population. Notably, there are guidelines for multicultural education which continue to expand and evolve with variable success and research supported effectiveness. This book is one of several publications in the Applying Psychology in the Schools series produced by the American Psychological Association. The purpose of [More]

July 1st, 2017

“13 Reasons Why” sparks controversy

By Pamela Berard

Mental health professionals have expressed concern about “13 Reasons Why,” the Web television series on Netflix that tells the story of Hannah, a teen who leaves behind tapes outlining 13 reasons why she committed suicide. The National Association of School Psychologists issued guidance for educators and families about the series and said in a statement, “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies.” The Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent [More]