Articles, Book Reviews

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]

March 1st, 2017

“Working with Students with Disabilities: A Guide for School Counselors”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Working with Students with Disabilities: A Guide for School Counselors.” By Theresa A. Quigney and Jeannine R. Studer Routledge New York, N.Y., 2016   Book examines vital role of school counselors Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Our public schools are obligated to educate all students including those with disabilities and to help them realize their potential and meet/or exceed their academic standards, but most school counselors do not have formal training, exposure or experience in treating the needs of students with disabilities according to the authors of “Working with Students with Disabilities.” School counselors specifically lack experience in the process [More]

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]

February 1st, 2017

“Supervision Essentials for the Integrative Developmental Model”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Supervision Essentials for the Integrative Developmental Model.” By Brian W. McNeill and Cal D. Stoltenberg. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Volume is useful resource for supervisors Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Most professionals would agree that the overall goals of clinical supervision in psychotherapy are to monitor the quality of services while enhancing professional competence as well as acting as a gatekeeper for the profession. The process of supervision involves a collaborative relationship with facilitative and evaluative components. Most supervisors are senior clinicians. One thinks of the concept of master and apprentice, but rarely are supervisors taught, [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]

January 1st, 2017

“The Brain’s Way of Healing”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“The Brain’s Way of Healing” By Norman Doidge, M.D. Viking, Penguin Group New York, N.Y., 2015   Cutting edge information included in book about brain   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Scientists have recently documented that the brain is plastic. Neuroplasticity is a property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure in response to activity and mental experience, according to the book’s author, Norman Doidge. Brain cells are constantly communicating with each other electrically to form and reform connections. This process is a unique pathway for healing brain injuries and conditions thought to be permanent and [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]

December 1st, 2016

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors” By Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Workbook about ADHD stresses importance of life skill development Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Vincent J. Monastra, a clinical psychologist and director of an Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, N.Y., is a well-known clinician, author and researcher in the field of ADHD. He has written many helpful books of the subject and his latest publication is no exception. With the increase of children and adolescents being diagnosed with ADHD, this publication is very [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]

November 1st, 2016

“When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress, and Break the Cycle of Pain”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress, and Break the Cycle of Pain” By Rachael Coakley, Ph.D. Yale University Press New Haven, CT, 2016   Book offers valuable information on pain management Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Rachael Coakley is a gem of a book filled with easy to understand concepts, coping strategies for parents and children and creative yet useful techniques for managing pain, coping with pain-related challenges and building resilience in children with pain. This impressive, user friendly volume was a delight to read and offered critical information for both [More]

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