Articles, Book Reviews

August 22nd, 2014

“Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology The Seven Foundations of Well-Being”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology The Seven Foundations of Well-Being” Edited by Todd B. Kashdan and Joseph Ciarrochi New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Oakland, CA 2013   Book offers analysis of mindfulness; raises questions Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Mindfulness, acceptance and positive psychology have achieved high visibility in recent years. In this book, psychologists Todd B. Kashdan and Joseph Ciarrochi have assembled 13 chapters that discuss similarities and differences between positive psychology and the therapeutic modality known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In their words, both positive psychology and ACT “seek to make positive change at [More]

July 1st, 2014

“Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking” Edited by Dana S. Dunn, Regan A. R. Gurung, Karen Z. Naufel, and Janie H. Wilson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013  Guide offers teachers advice about ‘hot’ topics Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The discipline of psychology certainly generates its share of controversy. In this book, the editors contend that “Some psychology teachers shy away from covering controversial topics out of fear of classroom disruption, student discomfort and the worry of eliciting shocked responses or, worse still, profoundly awkward silences.” At the same time, [More]

June 1st, 2014

“Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients” Edited by Ellen A. Dornelas Springer Science + Business Media New York, N.Y., 2012  Book essential for clinicians working with cardiac patients Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. About 15 years ago, I began working with heart patients at a local hospital. They were a fascinating but varied group: people who had recently experienced a heart attack, bypass surgery, catheterization, valve replacement or installation of a defibrillator or pacemaker. Without exception, all were struggling with depression, anxiety or both. Being new to this population, I consulted the literature and was dismayed at [More]

June 1st, 2014

“Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive” By Catherine P. Cook-Cottone, Evelyn Tribole, and Tracy L. Tylka American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Book constructs model for health-based schools Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Federal policies dictate that schools address proper nutrition and food choices of children and youth (5-17 years old), as well as provide them with physical education and wellness activities intended to combat childhood obesity and promote general health. The emphasis on healthy eating and wellbeing is not surprising: students consume many snacks, breakfasts and lunches during their typical 13 years [More]

May 1st, 2014

“Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide” Edited by Roma A. Vasa and Amy Krain Roy Springer Science+Business Media New York, N.Y. 2013  Book achieves stated objectives Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Having the words “a clinical guide” in a book’s title elicits certain expectations from the reader. The editors of this book aim “to bridge the most up-to-date research findings with relevant clinical perspectives making it a unique and essential resource to established clinicians and researchers, as well as students and trainees.” Thus, the book seeks a wide audience among whom “clinical” is likely to have different [More]

April 1st, 2014

“Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” By Amy Wenzel American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Applications of CBT examined Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment that has been researched and written about for more than 30 years. So, why another book on CBT? As psychologist Amy Wenzel explains, “There needs to be a middle step that translates the procedures, strategies and techniques described in many CBT texts and treatment manuals” into actual in-session application. “Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” is just the book to meet this need. [More]

April 1st, 2014

“Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy” Edited by Arthur C. Bohart, Barbara S. Held, Edward Mendelowitz & Kirk J. Schneider American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2013 Book addresses working on the ‘dark side’ in treatment Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. If the current zeitgeist is any indication, there is no shortage of psychologists extolling the virtues of positive psychology. Remarkably, our professional conversations routinely neglect (or avoid) facing destructive human emotions. How refreshing to encounter a book that brings intellectual rigor to the important question of how psychotherapists think about and work with the dark side in treatment. [More]

March 1st, 2014

“Preventive Stress Management in Organizations”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Preventive Stress Management in Organizations By James Campbell Quick, Thomas A. Wright, Joyce A. Adkins, Debra L. Nelson, and Jonathan D. Quick American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Laudable resource provides preventive strategies Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The authors of this book describe preventive stress management as “an organizational philosophy and set of principles grounded in public health that uses specific methods for promoting individual and organizational health while preventing individual and organizational distress.” Geared principally toward psychologists who work with leaders and organizations, the book is also intended for other helping professionals as well as [More]

February 1st, 2014

“Cultural Psychotherapy: Theory, Methods, and Practice”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Cultural Psychotherapy: Theory, Methods, and Practice” By Martin J. La Roche Sage Publications Los Angeles, CA, 2013  Thoughtful work may help practitioners boost cultural competence Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. My introduction to cultural matters in therapy came during graduate school in the late 1980s. Although our capable professor took a nuanced approach to the subject, the reading was woefully simplistic. I still can recall how our textbook lumped people into ethnic and cultural categories, described differences between the groups, and then prescribed recipes for how to relate to these “others” based on these often stereotyped notions. I was pleased [More]

February 1st, 2014

“Burnout for Experts: Prevention in the Context of Living and Working”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Burnout for Experts: Prevention in the Context of Living and Working” By Sabine Bahrer-Kohler Springer New York, N.Y., 2013  Book’s global perspective is intriguing Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The term “burnout” is a generally accepted colloquialism for chronic stress, depleted energy, impaired performance and poor coping within an occupational setting. This book provides an international perspective on burnout, with chapters written by professionals from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Brazil, among other countries. Acknowledging the complexity of the topic, the editor notes that “it is clear that burnout is a near-global, dynamic issue that has numerous [More]

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