Articles, Book Reviews

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]

July 1st, 2016

“Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness” By Ronald B. Miller American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Author’s tone brings textbook to life Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This volume of abnormal psychology is not your typical introductory textbook, but reads almost as a personally annotated discussion of the theories and practices in the treatment of mental illness. Miller’s goal was to provide undergraduate students and other interested parties with an overview of abnormal psychology that is theoretically grounded and historically informed while simultaneously promoting an understanding of self and others that is critical to emotional [More]

June 1st, 2016

“Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions” By Lisa J. Meltzer and Valerie McLaughlin Crabtree American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    Compelling book offers intervention guidelines Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Child and family mental health professionals are frequently consulted to treat pediatric sleep problems. Children who sleep poorly often experience difficulties at school, have health concerns and create family stress. In some cases, a child’s sleep problem may result from psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and medical conditions. he good news is that behavioral interventions, specifically applied behavior analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy, are extremely effective [More]

June 1st, 2016

“Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk” By Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM American Mental Health Foundation, Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y., 2016    Book a helpful primer to understanding violence Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Raymond Flannery called “Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk,” serves as a useful handbook for understanding the roots of violence and its causes and effects as well as offering strategies to decrease risk. As most readers know, violence is rampant in the world in which we live. Flannery opines that [More]

May 1st, 2016

“Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise” Richard J. Wiseman Wesleyan University Press Middletown, Conn., 2015     Book highlights Riverview Hospital history   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D In 1962, with a fresh Ph.D. in hand, psychologist Richard J. Wiseman began employment at the Connecticut Valley Hospital. Years later, he was hired as coordinator of its Children’s Unit and ten years hence, the unit became Riverview Hospital. This book is Wiseman’s account of his travails through a state-run mental health system and the evolution of child-care services under his direction. When Wiseman started [More]

May 1st, 2016

“Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Relational Approach”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Relational Approach” By Everett L. Worthington, Jr. and Steven J. Sandage American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book offers useful theory, research information   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Transgressions, losses, grief and trauma are fundamental issues in psychotherapy. Religious and spiritual beliefs are often challenged when significant life events occur. These beliefs or the lack of them, are often what clients wrestle with in order to make sense of their experiences. Spirituality and religion can either facilitate or impede forgiveness. Positive or negative factors of faith-based beliefs are associated with forgiveness. [More]

April 1st, 2016

“Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprising Good – About Feeling Special”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

  “Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprising Good – About Feeling Special” By Craig Malkin Harper Collins Publishers New York, N.Y., 2015   Book explores many dimensions of narcissism Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th Edition” defines narcissistic personality disorder as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and sense of entitlement. People with this disorder are interpersonally exploitive and consider themselves unique relative to the general population. They also lack empathy for the feelings of others, behaving condescendingly and with a patronizing attitude. In “Rethinking Narcissism,” psychologist [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]

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]

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]

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