Articles, Book Reviews

March 1st, 2012

Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting” By David P. Celani Columbia University Press New York, N.Y.  2010 Despite its complexity of ideas, book is rewarding Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. If you’d like to strengthen your psychodynamic chops but aren’t ready to commit to years of analytic training, you might want to get a copy of this excellent book and immerse yourself in the model of W.R.D. Fairbairn. Written by Vermont psychologist David Celani, “Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting” reviews the British analyst’s five seminal papers published between 1940 and 1958 and discusses their application [More]

March 1st, 2012

How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child” By Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011 Accessible guide helpful to parents Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D. is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, a child psychologist who specializes in pediatric neuropsychology and psychological testing. Braaten has written several noteworthy books for parents and professionals, most recently “How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child.” The book is well conceived, highly informative, and an invaluable resource for families. The author writes, “I have found that seeking mental health care is [More]

February 1st, 2012

Perceived Organizational Support: Fostering Enthusiastic and Productive Employees

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Perceived Organizational Support: Fostering Enthusiastic and Productive Employees By Robert Eisenberger and Florence Stinglhamber American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2011  Must read book has universal appeal Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D According to the authors of this book, perceived organizational support or POS concerns “Your work organization’s valuation of you or, to be more exact, how much you believe your organization values your contributions and cares about your wellbeing.” They comment further that “Employees with high POS experience their working lives in more favorable ways….have a more positive mood at work, are more satisfied with their jobs, [More]

January 1st, 2012

Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome” By Richard Bromfield John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, N.J. 2010  Use of case material impressive Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. The blurb on the dust jacket says it all: “This should become the primary text for psychotherapists working with children and adolescents with Asperger’s.” The blurb writer? No less than Tony Attwood, the renowned authority on the subject. He’s absolutely correct. Boston-area psychologist Richard Bromfield’s latest book draws on his extensive work in clinics and private practice to offer a supremely accessible yet nuanced guide to therapy with children and [More]

January 1st, 2012

The Mind-Body Mood Solution: The Breakthrough Drug-Free Program for Lasting Relief from Depression

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Mind-Body Mood Solution: The Breakthrough Drug-Free Program for Lasting Relief from Depression” By Jeffrey Rossman Rodale Books New York, N.Y. 2011 Author’s view will resonate with readers Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D According to psychologist Jeffrey Rossman, “We are living in an age of depression.” Indeed, mental health statistics suggest that approximately 25 percent of Americans will experience depression in their lives. The annual cost of treating depression is billions of dollars with heavy emphasis on medication as a primary therapeutic modality. And yet, there is controversy about the actual effectiveness of antidepressant pharmacology and its [More]

December 1st, 2011

Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

By Ennio Cipani and Kevin M. Schock Springer Publishing Company, LLC New York, NY, 2011 Resource ideal for university coursework Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D   As the title suggests, this book has applied behavior analysis (ABA) as its central philosophy and orientation. Specifically, the content focuses on functional assessment and assessment-derived treatment procedures that have evidence-based research support. Cipani and Schock wrote the book to provide “a comprehensive approach to designing behavioral treatments for children in homes and residential facilities, students in special and general education settings and adults residing in inpatient units and facilities.” The [More]

November 1st, 2011

Malpractice in Psychology: A Practical Resource for Clinicians

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

By David L. Shapiro and Steven R. Smith American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011  ‘Must read’ book is invaluable resource Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Malpractice claims against psychologists are relatively few compared to other healthcare professions but equally debilitating. There is, of course, financial threat but challenges to one’s reputation and self-esteem as well. Preventing malpractice liability demands deliberate attention to basic practice standards and implementation of risk avoidance strategies. Thankfully, this book tells how to do so and true to its title, is indeed a practical resource for clinicians. Psychologist, David L. Shapiro, and attorney, [More]

November 1st, 2011

Private Practice Made Simple

By Paul Efthim PhD

By Randy J. Paterson New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Oakland, Calif., 2011  Book offers soup-to-nuts collection of tips Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Whether you are fresh out of training or in mid-career, opening a private practice can be a frightening prospect. A recent book by Vancouver psychologist Randy Paterson offers a soup-to-nuts collection of tips on how to launch and manage a successful psychotherapy practice while managing the inevitable anxieties along the way. Having built a private group practice and given workshops on the topic, Paterson knows the territory well. He has produced a well-written guidebook that will appeal to [More]

August 15th, 2011

The Aging Intellect

By Paul Efthim PhD

‘Marvelous’ resource looks at cognitive functioning’ reviewed by: Paul Efthim, Ph.D. “The Aging Intellect” By Douglas H. Powell Routledge New York, N.Y., 2011   At a friend’s recent 60th birthday party, I was struck by the sheer volume of jokes about the indignities of aging, especially one-liners about the loss of cognitive functioning. Hearing so many wisecracks about ‘senior moments,’ I felt I’d stumbled upon a hidden aspect of the boomer zeitgeist. Concealed beneath the generational focus on age-defying lifestyles, we baby boomers seem to harbor enormous anxieties about losing our minds. As we extend our life spans through healthy [More]

August 1st, 2011

Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Book tackles issue of reluctant clients “Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients” By Stanley L. Brodsky American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011 By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D How would you describe coerced and reluctant clients? According to psychologist Stanley L. Brodsky, they include children, adolescents and adults who are forced into therapy by schools, employers and the courts. Similarly, patients in psychiatric hospitals may have mandated treatment as a prerequisite to their release. Whatever the conditions, people entering a therapeutic relationship involuntarily pose many challenges for mental health professionals. Brodsky is a recognized expert in forensic psychology, devoting [More]

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