February 1st, 2017

“A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice” By David D. Luxton, Eve-Lynn Nelson, and Marlene M. Maheu American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Telehealth `how to’ resource is impressive Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Telecommunication technologies have greatly enhanced the delivery of mental health services. Broadly defined, telemental health (TMH) is conducting assessment, treatment, supervision and consultation through videoconferencing, desktop Web cams, interactive Web sites, mobile device applications and similar platforms. The chief attraction of electronic media is that practitioners can offer services to patients and other consumers who [More]

July 1st, 2016

“ADHD Coaching: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“ADHD Coaching: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals” By Frances Prevatt and Abigail Levrini American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    ADHD guide contains invaluable tools   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D, ABPP, BCBA-D Coaching interventions have become popular in recent years. Terms synonymous with coaching are behavioral skills training, competency-based intervention and action-oriented methodologies. In this highly laudable book, psychologists Frances Prevatt and Abigail Levrini address theory, knowledge and strategies “that will help mental health practitioners to develop or improve their ADHD coaching skills.” The book begins by highlighting several recent developments in assessing and treating ADHD, including [More]

June 1st, 2013

“Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders” By Emily Fox-Kales State University of New York Press Albany, N.Y., 2011 Media representations deliver subliminal messages Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. In my clinical work with college students, the film I hear about most frequently is “Mean Girls,” the 2004 classic starring Lindsay Lohan. A number of my young female patients have watched it literally dozens of times and have committed large portions of dialogue to memory. They refer to the film as a hauntingly realistic portrayal of their own suffering at the hands of popular girls who cruelly employ [More]

January 1st, 2013

“Brief Coaching: A Solution Focused Approach”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Brief Coaching: A Solution Focused Approach” By Chris Iveson, Evan George, and Harvey Ratner Routledge New York, N.Y., 2012   Lack of cited scientific research mars book Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The book’s premise is that, “Rather than trying to understand and fix problems, solution focused brief therapy works by exploring, in detail, a client’s preferred future, a description of a time when the problem is solved and then identifying whatever it is that the client is already doing that fits with the attaining of that future.” Furthermore, this orientation conforms more to a coaching model [More]

April 1st, 2017

“Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction” By Michael S. Levy Rowman & Littlefield Lanham, MD, 2015    Author explores celebrity worship Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Believe it or not, some psychologists have coined the term Celebrity Worship Syndrome to describe a person’s obsession and life-dominating fascination with movie stars, musicians, athletes and similar high-status performers. There are even rating scales to measure celebrity worship along purported entertainment-social, intense-personal and borderline-pathological dimensions. Although celebrity and entertainment obsession seems to take many forms, it has not been highly researched or written about extensively. This book offers the [More]

December 1st, 2016

“College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning” By Donelson R. Forsyth American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   ‘Compelling’ book offers no-nonsense directives, recommendations Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The author biography accompanying this book explains that Donelson R. Forsyth, a social and personality psychologist, “has taught thousands of graduate and undergraduate students during his 38 years as a professor in such courses as introductory psychology, social psychology, group dynamics, research methods, internships, theories and models of leadership, and ethics.” His expansive expertise is on full display in this compelling book about college [More]

July 1st, 2014

“Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking” Edited by Dana S. Dunn, Regan A. R. Gurung, Karen Z. Naufel, and Janie H. Wilson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013  Guide offers teachers advice about ‘hot’ topics Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The discipline of psychology certainly generates its share of controversy. In this book, the editors contend that “Some psychology teachers shy away from covering controversial topics out of fear of classroom disruption, student discomfort and the worry of eliciting shocked responses or, worse still, profoundly awkward silences.” At the same time, [More]

April 1st, 2017

“Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatment.”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatment.” By Annellen M. Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins John Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J 2016     Book offers techniques to improve client well-being   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. In the last decade, the psychotherapy world has been excited about using mindfulness and meditation in therapy with clients. Many psychotherapists who have their own meditation practices have long thought about integrating body mind techniques with their existing psychotherapy strategies. The authors of “Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatment,” are psychologists who [More]

February 1st, 2014

“Cultural Psychotherapy: Theory, Methods, and Practice”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Cultural Psychotherapy: Theory, Methods, and Practice” By Martin J. La Roche Sage Publications Los Angeles, CA, 2013  Thoughtful work may help practitioners boost cultural competence Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. My introduction to cultural matters in therapy came during graduate school in the late 1980s. Although our capable professor took a nuanced approach to the subject, the reading was woefully simplistic. I still can recall how our textbook lumped people into ethnic and cultural categories, described differences between the groups, and then prescribed recipes for how to relate to these “others” based on these often stereotyped notions. I was pleased [More]

March 1st, 2015

“Educational Evaluations of Children with Special Needs: Clinical and Forensic Considerations”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Educational Evaluations of Children with Special Needs: Clinical and Forensic Considerations” By David Breiger, Kristen Bishop, and G. Andrew H. Benjamin American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   Instructive book highly recommended   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Special education litigation represents a fertile area for psychologists functioning as evaluators, consultants and legal advisers. Unfortunately, graduate school training rarely touches on this topic, there are few continuing education opportunities available for practicing clinicians and most interested practitioners have to learn “on the job.” Furthermore, you must look far and wide to locate relevant publications, of which there [More]