Articles, Book Reviews

August 21st, 2015

“Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience” By Michael Ungar Routledge New York, N.Y., 2015   Book focuses on treatment from social ecological angle   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologist Michael Ungar is a proponent of multi-systemic treatment in working with children and families “exposed to high levels of stress,” and confronted with “extremely adverse living conditions.” His clinical focus encompasses the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder, delinquency, drug addiction, child abuse and neglect and related conditions. This exceptional book advances our knowledge about treating the most impoverished populations from [More]

August 21st, 2015

“A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions”

By Joseph Ricciardi

“A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions” By Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D. American Psychological Association Washington D.C., 2014     Slim book is thick with resources for psychologists Reviewed by Joseph Ricciardi, PsyD, BCBA-D, CBIS By now, most U.S. psychologists are aware that on Oct. 1, 2015 they will need to be using the ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes for HIPAA compliant reimbursement and documentation. For some, this change is considered a mundane re-coding task. Fortunately, “A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users” by psychologist Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D., explains the importance of the change and should motivate psychologists to view this [More]

July 1st, 2015

Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health

By Joseph Ricciardi

“Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health” Edited by John Randolph Springer New York, N.Y., 2013   Book introduces new perspective for neuropsychology   Reviewed by Joseph N. Ricciardi, PsyD, ABPP, BCBA-D, CBIS Is the practice of neuropsychology primarily about documenting deficits or can it include promoting cognitive wellness? This question is posed by neuropsychologist John Randolph, editor and contributing author of “Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health.” The book makes the case for an expanded role for neuropsychologists in the promotion of cognitive health and well-being. As a new development, positive neuropsychology draws on the foundation [More]

June 1st, 2015

“Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Getting the Best of Worry, Stress, and Fear”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Getting the Best of Worry, Stress, and Fear” By Bret A. Moore American Psychological Association Washington, DC, 2014   Book emphasizes practical application   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The market for psychology self-help books continues to flourish. Unfortunately, many books in this genre are of dubious quality, lack evidence support and leave the reader with more questions than answers. Fortunately, “Taking Control of Anxiety” by psychologist Bret A. Moore is a breath of fresh air, wonderfully conceived and likely to benefit many individuals who are concerned about worry, stress [More]

May 1st, 2015

“Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals” By Michael Brustein Springer Publishing Company, LLC New York, N.Y., 2014    Book on perfectionism difficult to understand   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D What do you envision when someone is described as being a perfectionist? On one hand, it might be the person who is highly successful, often innovative and considered a “winner.” At the same time, and as described in this book, “perfectionism can be maladaptive and predispose individuals to depression, suicidality, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders and numerous psychiatric disorders.” It is these negative effects that led [More]

April 1st, 2015

“Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting” By Jane Brodie Gregory and Paul E. Levy American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Book on feedback has wide application Reviewed by  James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book is a publication of the American Psychological Association Fundamentals of Consulting Psychology Book Series, which is intended to provide consulting psychologists with concise, easily accessible, and evidence-based texts that highlight practice and research domains within particular areas. In this case, the topic of interest is using feedback for effective performance management in organizations. Specifically, authors Jane Brodie Gregory and Paul E. Levy opine that [More]

April 1st, 2015

“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients”

By Helen Hwang

“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients” By Mitch Abblett W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York, N.Y. 2013    Book addresses mindfulness with difficult clients Reviewed by Helen S. Hwang, Ph.D. MPH Like Greek yogurt, mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days. In fact, it is the fastest growing area of mental health and a quick Google search leads you directly to mindfulness therapy techniques, training workshops, certifications and even its application to forensic mental health. Moreover, Amazon has more than 1,000 books on this popular topic. Yet there are few books on mindfulness [More]

March 1st, 2015

“Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses that Present as Psychological Problems”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses that Present as Psychological Problems” By Barbara Schildkrout John Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J., 2014   Reference work comprehensive and readable Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Consider the diseases commonly encountered in clinical psychology practice: sleep disorders, dementia, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, Lyme disease, neurological disorders. Quite frequently, the first signs of these and other illnesses may emerge as behavioral or mental status changes. For the majority of mental health professionals who are not medically trained, how do we recognize hidden medical problems that may be lurking underneath psychological symptoms? To address this tricky problem, Boston [More]

March 1st, 2015

“Educational Evaluations of Children with Special Needs: Clinical and Forensic Considerations”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Educational Evaluations of Children with Special Needs: Clinical and Forensic Considerations” By David Breiger, Kristen Bishop, and G. Andrew H. Benjamin American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   Instructive book highly recommended   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Special education litigation represents a fertile area for psychologists functioning as evaluators, consultants and legal advisers. Unfortunately, graduate school training rarely touches on this topic, there are few continuing education opportunities available for practicing clinicians and most interested practitioners have to learn “on the job.” Furthermore, you must look far and wide to locate relevant publications, of which there [More]

February 1st, 2015

“Treatment Integrity: A Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in Applied Psychology”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Treatment Integrity: A Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in Applied Psychology” Edited by Lisa M. Hagermoser Sanetti and Thomas R. Kratochwill American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   Hands-on approach makes book appealing Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Treatment integrity refers to the accuracy of procedural implementation by service providers. If practitioners such as clinicians, teachers and paraprofessional staff apply interventions inconsistently, it is not possible to properly assess whether treatment failure or less than desirable outcome is because of poor implementation or the procedures themselves. Of note, questionable treatment integrity almost always leads to sub-optimal results for [More]

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