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]

July 1st, 2016

One Perfect Life

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

“There is not a short life or a long life. There is only the life that you have and the life you have is the life you are given, the life you work with. It has its own shape, describes its own arc and is perfect.” This passage, attributed to the ancient Greeks, is easy enough for anyone favored by fortune but these are hard words for those who find themselves at a significant disadvantage. It would be hard to argue that life is anything less than perfect if it is long, filled with loving family and friends, material comforts [More]

June 1st, 2016

Postpartum depression in new dads: under-diagnosed and under-treated

By Phyllis Hanlon

Since the early 1990s there has been a growing body of research drawing attention to and appreciation of postpartum depression in new dads, according to Shannon Erisman, Ph.D., director of the Day Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She explained that the birth of a baby represents a huge role transition, especially for first time parents. For males, the transition may be especially difficult, particularly if they’ve had prior episodes of depression and are younger at the time of the birth. “Men who are younger than 25 are socially deprived, have less support and are at greater [More]

June 1st, 2016

Telehealth coverage expands in Massachusetts

By Janine Weisman

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts was expected to notify its provider network on May 15 of its plans to expand telehealth coverage starting this summer. On Jan. 1, the largest private health plan in Massachusetts started covering diagnostic evaluations and psychotherapy for 30 minutes or less conducted by videoconferencing. But as of July 1, BCBSMA will expand from two Current Procedural Terminology codes to seven for covering diagnostic evaluations and 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions of psychotherapy with patients and/or family members and such psychotherapy sessions when performed with an evaluation and management service. The telehealth coverage announcement [More]

June 1st, 2016

Telehealth CBT assists breast cancer survivors with memory problems

By Janine Weisman

Specialized cognitive behavioral therapy delivered via telehealth reduced memory problems and anxiety for breast cancer survivors living in Maine in a new study published online May 2. The small-scale study published in Cancer, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, is the first randomized controlled trial to use telecommunications technology to evaluate the treatment of chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction with an active control condition. And it shows promise in supporting large cancer center survivorship programs as the number of people living with a cancer diagnosis in the U.S. continues to increase. While the study had only 47 participants, about 75 [More]

June 1st, 2016

U.S. ranks 13th in World Happiness Report

By Rivkela Brodsky

In the latest World Happiness Report – an update released to coincide with International Day of Happiness on March 20, just 11 months after the 2015 report came out – the United States ranks 13 among 157 countries listed in the report. Coming in at the top at number one was Denmark, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Israel, Austria, and then the United States, which came in just above Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Ireland, and Luxembourg to round out the top twenty. Burundi ranked last at 157 after Syria, Togo, [More]

June 1st, 2016

Missed appointments handled in various ways

By Catherine Robertson Souter

It can be a tricky situation. When a client misses an appointment or calls to cancel too late for their spot to be re-filled, how should a clinician handle it? For a psychologist, especially one in private practice, missed appointments create a dilemma. On one hand, the therapy relationship can be a delicate one, based on trust and a sense of partnership. On the other hand, a missed appointment means wasted time and a loss of income for the psychologist and a disruption of care for the client. “If you are a psychologist, especially one in independent practice,” said Gerald [More]

June 1st, 2016

Program helps new mothers and pregnant women

By Pamela Berard

With an increasing national focus on early identification of depression in pregnancy or postpartum, the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I., continues to help treat expectant or new moms in a unique setting. The Day Hospital opened in 2000 as the nation’s first perinatal partial hospital program treating pregnant women and new mothers (joined by their babies) with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress. The concept of having the newborn accompany the mother to treatment was a new one when the program began, and is a cornerstone of treatment at the Day Hospital. “We like to [More]

June 1st, 2016

Stress in America Survey 2015: the impact of discrimination

By Phyllis Hanlon

The American Psychological Association conducted its tenth annual Stress in America survey and released results in March. This particular survey focused on the impact discrimination has on an individual’s stress level. A total of 3,361 participants took part in the online survey. The results indicated that 69 percent or seven in 10 adults, report having experienced discrimination; 61 percent reported day-to-day discrimination. According to the survey, minorities experienced high levels of discrimination on an everyday basis, i.e., 76 percent of Black adults, 74 percent of Asian, 72 percent of Hispanics and 81 percent of American Indian/Alaska Natives. Thirty percent of [More]

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