January 1st, 2018

“Emotion-Focused Therapy For Generalized Anxiety”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Emotion-Focused Therapy For Generalized Anxiety” By Jeanne C. Watson & Leslie S. Greenberg American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017 Book provides novel approach to treating GAD Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. According to Watson & Greenberg, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a serious disorder that impairs functioning and quality of life for between 1.9-5.4 percent of the population, primarily women. It is the most common of anxiety disorders, yet is often under-recognized with only one-third of those afflicted getting treatment. GAD can be treatment-resistant with only 50 percent responding to short-term therapy. The remaining clients do not respond or relapse. [More]

July 1st, 2013

“Enduring” trauma: long-term effects unknown

By Phyllis Hanlon

Imagine being held captive for just one hour. Now compound that intense fear and terror by 10 years, as in the case of the three recently rescued women in Cleveland. The general public becomes overwhelmed with radio, television, online and newspaper coverage of such events and may come to believe they are common. In truth, these are rare instances and understanding the long-term effects of captivity, brutality and isolation may derive from other traumatic situations, such as being a prisoner of war, living in a cult or a household wracked with domestic violence. When abducted, these women in Cleveland were [More]

January 1st, 2016

“Enhancing Self-Control in Adolescents: Treatment Strategies Derived from Psychological Science”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Enhancing Self-Control in Adolescents: Treatment Strategies Derived from Psychological Science” By Norman M. Brier Routledge New York, N.Y., 2015   Book addresses common therapeutic goal Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book presents a trans-diagnostic approach to enhancing self-control in adolescents. Psychologist Norman M. Brier starts with a precis of typical adolescent characteristics that dictate the need for efficient self-regulation: impulsiveness, a tendency toward risk-taking behavior and the pursuit of immediate gratification. Difficulty with self-control, in turn, is regularly associated with poor decision making and potentially unhealthy life choices. Brier’s conceptual framework is rooted in social and [More]

November 1st, 2013

“Evidence-Based Applied Sport Psychology: A Practitioner’s Manual”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Evidence-Based Applied Sport Psychology: A Practitioner’s Manual” By Roland A. Carlstedt Springer Publishing Company, LLC New York, N.Y., 2013 ‘Opus’ manual is challenging and complex Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Sport psychology is dominated by behavioral and cognitive strategies, some of them evidence-based and empirically supported, but not always adopted in routine professional practice. This book is a manual that is intended to “expose practitioners, educators, and students to an integrative, interdisciplinary and systematized approach to athlete assessment and intervention.” The author, Roland A. Carlstedt, has pioneered the development of effective performance enhancement methods including the highly [More]

October 1st, 2014

“Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (or Think You Might)”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (or Think You Might)” By Craig Surman and Tim Bilkey with Karen Weintraub Berkley Publishing Group New York, N.Y., 2013 Guidebook draws on latest clinical research   Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. It’s an exercise in optimism (if not hubris) to write a self-help book on adult ADHD. For one thing, the market is flooded with titles already. For another, the target audience struggles staying on-task long enough to glance at the user’s manual for the new flat-panel TV, never mind slogging through a 300-page book. But for readers who are [More]

November 1st, 2016

“Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Juveniles: Innovation and Best Practice”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Juveniles: Innovation and Best Practice” By Randall T. Salekin American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Author skillfully addresses complex topic Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Juvenile offending is an area of heightened concern within forensic psychology. This book summarizes research and policy development with court-referred adolescents, including analysis of risk assessment, case formulation, treatment, prevention and disposition-transfer evaluations. The author, Randall T. Salekin, is a highly esteemed academic researcher and practicing clinician with an extensive record of scholarly publications. His emphasis throughout the book is on common mental health problems among [More]

March 1st, 2013

“Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns” By Carol A. Falender and Edward P. Shafranske American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  ‘Masterful’ resource fills training literature void Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Much has been written about conducting clinical supervision with psychology trainees. Indeed, as the authors of this book contend, “Supervision is the major means of transmission of the foundations of the psychology profession to students, trainees and supervisees in development.” And yet, there are few resources that address the needs and abilities of the people who [More]

June 1st, 2014

“Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive” By Catherine P. Cook-Cottone, Evelyn Tribole, and Tracy L. Tylka American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Book constructs model for health-based schools Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Federal policies dictate that schools address proper nutrition and food choices of children and youth (5-17 years old), as well as provide them with physical education and wellness activities intended to combat childhood obesity and promote general health. The emphasis on healthy eating and wellbeing is not surprising: students consume many snacks, breakfasts and lunches during their typical 13 years [More]

April 1st, 2014

“Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy” Edited by Arthur C. Bohart, Barbara S. Held, Edward Mendelowitz & Kirk J. Schneider American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2013 Book addresses working on the ‘dark side’ in treatment Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. If the current zeitgeist is any indication, there is no shortage of psychologists extolling the virtues of positive psychology. Remarkably, our professional conversations routinely neglect (or avoid) facing destructive human emotions. How refreshing to encounter a book that brings intellectual rigor to the important question of how psychotherapists think about and work with the dark side in treatment. [More]

October 1st, 2017

“Innovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Innovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder” Edited by Letitia R. Naigles American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017   Authors provide insights about language’s role in ASD Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. As any clinician can attest, the diagnoses of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have been on the rise for the last 10-20 years. What was once a very uncommon diagnosis for those working with children in outpatient or school settings, has now become a mainstay. Yet, the understanding of the ASD diagnosis and how language fits into it is a hotly debated issue among [More]