Book Reviews

July 1st, 2011

Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Book chapters take form of self-contained tutorial “Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research” Edited by Samuel D. Gosling and John A. Johnson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010 By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The Internet has become an invaluable resource for conducting research. As the editors of this book propose, Internet-based research can ease the process of data collection, capture large populations, allow for instantaneous storage of results and permit rapid feedback to participants. At the same time, doing research via the Internet poses some practical and ethical concerns. “Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research” reflects [More]

June 15th, 2011

The Psychology of Prejudice: From Attitudes to Social Action

By Paul Efthim PhD

Despite drawbacks, book sheds light on prejudice “The Psychology of Prejudice: From Attitudes to Social Action” By Lynne M. Jackson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011 By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. This well-written book mostly succeeds in its mission to present the latest theory and research on prejudice. A chief selling point is its sophisticated integration of several key domains not often brought together in a social psychology text, ranging from evolutionary biology to psychodynamic theory to religious and environmental concerns. Author Lynne Jackson, a social psychologist at the University of Western Ontario, is a nimble guide to this fascinating but [More]

June 1st, 2011

Relapse Prevention for Depression

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Exceptional” resource gives readers prevention strategies “Relapse Prevention for Depression” Edited by C. Steven Richards and Michael G. Perri American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010 By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Approximately 20 million people in the United States experience serious depression. Although there are effective psychotherapy and pharmacologic treatments for this condition, many patients relapse after improving. Indeed, a somber conclusion echoed in this book is that “depressive relapses are very disabling and sometimes more so than the original depressive episode.” “Relapse Prevention for Depression” focuses on major depressive disorder as defined by the current “Diagnostic and Statistical [More]

April 15th, 2011

Beyond the Crisis of Masculinity: A Transtheoretical Model for Male-Friendly Therapy

By Paul Efthim PhD

Superb book delves into male-friendly therapy (April 2011 Issue) “Beyond the Crisis of Masculinity: A Transtheoretical Model for Male-Friendly Therapy” By Gary R. Brooks American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011 By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Why do men hate therapy, and what can be done about it? In “Beyond the Crisis of Masculinity,” psychologist Gary Brooks tackles this question from both a scholarly and clinical perspective. The whole notion of psychotherapy, he argues, clashes with key elements of male socialization. Most guys find themselves caught between the conflicting demands of the traditional male role (with its focus on control over emotion) [More]

April 2nd, 2011

Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Book provides tools to integrate measurement (April 2011 Issue) “Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health” Edited by Lee Baer and Mark A. Blais Humana Press New York, N.Y., 2010 By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologists Lee Baer and Mark A. Blais have edited a useful and practical handbook for mental health professionals. They write: “The overarching goal of this handbook is to provide you, as a mental health clinician, with the knowledge and tools necessary to integrate measurement into your ongoing clinical practice.” As Baer and Blais indicate in their introductory chapter, [More]

March 15th, 2011

The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Book about ethics an ideal resource (March 2011 Issue) “The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals” By Janet T. Thomas American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010 By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book is dedicated to the conduct of supervision and consultation by and for mental health trainees and career professionals. By reading the book, psychologist Janet T. Thomas hopes that prospective supervisors and consultants “will learn to recognize the myriad ethical challenges and pitfalls inherent in this work, prevent or avoid them when possible, acknowledge mistakes when they occur and make repairs [More]

February 15th, 2011

Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle

By Paul Efthim PhD

Book examines children of sexual minority parents (February 2011 Issue) “Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle” By Abbie E. Goldberg American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010 By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. “The Kids Are All Right” is the name of a superb motion picture starring Annette Benning and Julianne Moore about a lesbian couple and their two teenaged children, but it could also serve nicely as the unofficial subtitle of this excellent book on the same subject. The implied question, of course, is: What is it like for children to grow up with gay [More]

February 1st, 2011

Common Dilemmas in Couple Therapy

By Paul Efthim PhD

Author guides readers through menu of techniques (February 2011 Issue) “Common Dilemmas in Couple Therapy” By Judith P. Leavitt Routledge New York, N.Y., 2010 By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. This intriguing text takes a different approach than most books on couple therapy. Rather than presenting a model of couple treatment linked to one particular theoretical viewpoint, this new book by Judith Leavitt offers a technically eclectic overview of strategies for working with specific issues in relationship therapy. Leavitt, a psychologist and certified sex therapist who maintains a private practice in Wayland, Mass., teaches couple therapy and human sexuality at the Massachusetts [More]

January 15th, 2011

Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Unique resource is fun, worthwhile read (January 2011 Issue) “Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice” By Steven Walfish American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010 By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Many books are available to mental health professionals (MHPs) that offer advice and direction for building and maintaining a private practice. I’ve read most of them. This book, edited by psychologist Steven Walfish has a single purpose: educating MHPs about surviving and prospering financially in the era of managed care. Walfish’s formula for the book is creative. He solicited contributions [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]

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