February 1st, 2013

“Legal Self-Defense for Mental Health Practitioners: Quality Care and Risk Management Strategies”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Legal Self-Defense for Mental Health Practitioners: Quality Care and Risk Management Strategies” By Robert Henley Woody Springer Publishing Company New York, N.Y., 2013 Book offers valuable advice in `no-nonsense’ style Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Robert Henley Woody is a psychologist and attorney who has written extensively about mental health and legal matters. In his latest book, he concentrates on “the legal risks of being a mental health practitioner in this day and age.” Among many foci, the book emphasizes strategies for maintaining quality care, managing risk and protecting the rights of practitioners and their clients. Woody’s [More]

December 1st, 2013

“Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability” By Jack Danielian and Patricia Gianotti Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2012, Lanham, Md.   Application of psychodynamic therapy examined Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Few contemporary writers have tackled clinical work with shame and its vicissitudes as thoroughly as Jack Danielian and Patricia Gianotti in their new book, “Listening with Purpose.” Based in southern New Hampshire, psychologists Danielian and Gianotti have built careers practicing, teaching and supervising psychotherapy. They saw a need for a training manual that helps clinicians move beyond quick fixes by deepening their understanding of how [More]

May 1st, 2013

“Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults” Edited by Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 Book useful for those in elderly care realm Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The introduction to this book says it all: “Older adults comprise a substantial and rising portion of the populace and thus it is important that we bring the best available knowledge to bear on the often complex health and behavioral problems presented by older people.” In a clever format, Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah assembled five teams of authors to review the psychological [More]

November 1st, 2017

“Managing Therapy-Interfering Behavior: Strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Managing Therapy-Interfering Behavior: Strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy” By Alexander L. Chapman and M. Zachary Rosenthal American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Navigation of therapy impasses is focus of ‘helpful’ volume Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Authors Alexander L. Chapman and M. Zachary Rosenthal address a topic with which many therapists are quite familiar: the clients who just seem to get in their own way and prevent treatment from progressing. These are clients that display excessive talking, have serial crises, arrive late to sessions, “forget” to do homework and “forget” what was discussed at the last session. Any behavior [More]

March 1st, 2015

“Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses that Present as Psychological Problems”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses that Present as Psychological Problems” By Barbara Schildkrout John Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J., 2014   Reference work comprehensive and readable Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Consider the diseases commonly encountered in clinical psychology practice: sleep disorders, dementia, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, Lyme disease, neurological disorders. Quite frequently, the first signs of these and other illnesses may emerge as behavioral or mental status changes. For the majority of mental health professionals who are not medically trained, how do we recognize hidden medical problems that may be lurking underneath psychological symptoms? To address this tricky problem, Boston [More]

December 1st, 2012

“Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research” Edited by Leonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 ‘Formidable’ work challenges reader Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D eonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick are highly regarded community psychologists with extensive publication records on topics such as public health interventions, self-help support groups, policy development and primary prevention. In this book, they address research design and application to assist “the community researcher in learning about and actually using relevant cutting-edge methodologies.” Their intended audience is broad, including social and behavioral sciences academicians, mental health professionals [More]

November 1st, 2014

“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy” By Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen New Harbinger Publications Oakland, Calif., 2013   Volume helps readers understand mindfulness   Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. is famous for its celebrity guest list: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, James Taylor, Ray Charles and David Foster Wallace passed through its hallowed wards. But McLean also should be recognized for its pioneering approaches to treat borderline personality disorder stretching back to the mid-20th century. Initially employing psychoanalytic approaches, McLean staff introduced cognitive-behavioral models during [More]

January 1st, 2017

“Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia” By Jason C. Ong American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017   Prevalence of insomnia makes book a valuable resource   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Interest in mindfulness and mindfulness-based practices have increased in recent years. Some of the earliest mindfulness applications, with good evidence support, are mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Mindfulness is also an active component of third generation cognitive-behavioral treatment such as dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. This book describes the principles and procedures of a new treatment program called mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia. Psychologist [More]

August 22nd, 2014

“Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology The Seven Foundations of Well-Being”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology The Seven Foundations of Well-Being” Edited by Todd B. Kashdan and Joseph Ciarrochi New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Oakland, CA 2013   Book offers analysis of mindfulness; raises questions Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Mindfulness, acceptance and positive psychology have achieved high visibility in recent years. In this book, psychologists Todd B. Kashdan and Joseph Ciarrochi have assembled 13 chapters that discuss similarities and differences between positive psychology and the therapeutic modality known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In their words, both positive psychology and ACT “seek to make positive change at [More]

October 1st, 2013

“Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It” By Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D. Jossey-Bass San Francisco, CA, 2011  Book takes pragmatic, problem-solving approach Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Boston-area neuropsychologist Jerry Schultz has written a magnificent book on his innovative method for working with kids suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities or both. Schultz’s approach is built on the foundational assumption that students with undiagnosed LD or ADHD face chronic anxiety and stress stemming from continual frustrations in their academic and social environments. Not knowing why they have these [More]