December 1st, 2012

“The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is Becoming American a Developmental Risk?”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is Becoming American a Developmental Risk?” Edited by Cynthia García Coll & Amy Kerivan Marks American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Book is important contribution to the field Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Every June, I look forward to The Boston Globe’s report on the valedictorians of the city’s high schools. Year after year, I marvel at the proportion of top students who are immigrants and the latest crop is no exception: 18 out of 39 valedictorians – nearly 50 percent – were not born in the U.S. Five are from Vietnam, four [More]

October 1st, 2014

“The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears” By Lawrence J. Cohen Random House Publishing Group New York, N.Y. 2013   Book helpful for parents of anxious children   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Many children experience chronic anxiety, persistent worry and specific fears. Indeed, childhood anxiety is one of the most common clinical problems seen by mental health professionals. Unless properly treated, anxiety disorders can create serious psychosocial challenges among children and youth at school, within the family and later adulthood. This book, by psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, was written for [More]

March 1st, 2016

“The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations and Employees”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations and Employees” Edited by Matthew J. Grawitch and David W. Ballard American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Professionals can benefit from book that ‘has it all’   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The American Psychological Association has defined and promoted a Psychologically Healthy Workplace model comprised of five primary practice components. In this book, Matthew J. Grawitch and David W. Ballard address the APA model in a series of chapters focusing on each component. One chapter per component is a scholarly review of the pertinent research [More]

June 1st, 2013

“The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making” By Jessica D. Findley and Bruce D. Sales American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 Book is exhaustive survey of attorney behavior Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Some books address fascinating topics, provide stimulating reading but target a select audience. Such is the case with this book which, in the authors’ words, “is primarily intended to familiarize researchers in psychology, communications, linguistics, and social sciences with the trial strategies being exposed by trial commentators,” namely attorneys, law professors and jury consultants. As it turns out, the [More]

November 1st, 2010

“The Violent Person”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

‘Invaluable’ resource looks at ethical dilemmas   “The Violent Person” By Raymond B. Flannery American Mental Health Foundation, Inc. Riverdale, N.Y., 2009   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D What constitutes a behavioral emergency? According to psychologist Raymond B. Flannery, it represents a “medical or psychiatric crisis,” which “poses the risk of imminent, violent behavior toward the responding healthcare professional, the agitated victim, innocent family members, or bystanders.” “The Violent Person” is intended as a risk management guide for practitioners who encounter or are likely to experience such events. The book’s target audience includes health care providers and [More]

February 1st, 2013

“Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice” Edited by Robert A. McMackin, Elana Newman, Jason M. Fogler & Terence M. Keane American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Book on trauma brings together science, practice Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. The field of modern trauma therapy has struggled to overcome a variety of fissures, fractures and splits. Examples of polarization over the years include the conceptual binary of single-incident PTSD versus complex PTSD, manualized treatment protocols versus relationally-based approaches and lab-tested “empirically validated” therapies versus “real-world” approaches drawn from the trenches of clinical practice. Recently, researchers have [More]

May 1st, 2017

“Trauma, Meaning and Spirituality: Translating Research into Clinical Practice”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Trauma, Meaning and Spirituality: Translating Research into Clinical Practice.” By Crystal L. Park, Joseph M. Currier, J. Irene Harris and Jeanne M. Slattery American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017    Book looks at incorporating spirituality into trauma treatment Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Trauma itself can be experienced as an assault on one’s spirituality or a religious violation for many victims. Many trauma survivors are often “angry at God.” Yet the pervasive roles that spirituality and religion can play in individual’s response to traumatic events and their attempts to cope with them is often overlooked in mainstream trauma treatment. How [More]

February 1st, 2015

“Treatment Integrity: A Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in Applied Psychology”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Treatment Integrity: A Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in Applied Psychology” Edited by Lisa M. Hagermoser Sanetti and Thomas R. Kratochwill American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   Hands-on approach makes book appealing Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Treatment integrity refers to the accuracy of procedural implementation by service providers. If practitioners such as clinicians, teachers and paraprofessional staff apply interventions inconsistently, it is not possible to properly assess whether treatment failure or less than desirable outcome is because of poor implementation or the procedures themselves. Of note, questionable treatment integrity almost always leads to sub-optimal results for [More]

February 1st, 2016

“Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse” Edited by Patricia A. Arean American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    State-of-the-art resource focuses on geropsychology   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This eight-chapter book compiles essential knowledge and practice recommendations in the field of geropsychology. Editor Patricia A. Arean notes correctly that healthier lifestyles notwithstanding, our aging population is in need of more extensive, cost-efficient, and effective mental health services. Problems of depression, anxiety, alcohol misuse, substance abuse and declining cognitive ability are some of the challenges typically encountered by elderly clients. The book begins with [More]

April 1st, 2013

“Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader” Edited by Eric M. Plakun W.W. Norton & Co. New York, N.Y., 2011   Approach used at Austen Riggs is highlighted Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. When all else fails, clinicians and their patients turn to Austen Riggs. Founded in 1919, this 70-bed psychiatric hospital in small-town Stockbridge, Mass. has built an international reputation for its success with patients whom it refers to as “treatment resistant” – individuals who have had multiple ineffective therapy experiences, particularly those with severe personality disorders. Unlike typical inpatient care, which focuses on stabilization and short-term [More]