Articles, Book Reviews

August 18th, 2017

Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology” By Robert J. Sternberg American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017 Book full of practical advice Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologist and author Robert J. Sternberg is the perfect person to write a book about starting a career in academic psychology. Currently a professor of human development, he has previously served as a university dean, provost and president. He is active as a researcher and student mentor, has published widely, and was past president of the American Psychological Association. Sternberg wrote this book “for graduate students and postdocs who are just [More]

August 18th, 2017

Trauma-Informed Treatment & Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Trauma-Informed Treatment & Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence.” By Casey T. Taft, Christopher M. Murphy, and Suzannah K. Creech American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016 Book examines the impact of trauma Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Trauma, especially childhood trauma, is life altering. It has pervasive effects on all spheres of functioning and relationship development. Trauma also can hinder therapeutic relationships that attempt to treat interpersonal violence. Models of treatment for intimate partner violence must be trauma-informed and recognize the multitude of ways trauma impacts behavioral change. Trauma-informed care has recently been recognized as essential for treatment of survivors of [More]

July 1st, 2017

Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children” Edited by Linda A. Reddy, Tara M. Files-Hall, and Charles E. Schaefer American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book on play therapy filled with advice, direction Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Play therapy is perhaps the oldest and most popular therapeutic approach with children. Importantly, there are different theoretical models for implementing play interventions, notably client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, family, and psychodynamic, among others. As this book makes clear, most child therapists have traditionally combined interventions without regard to unifying concepts and principles. However, play therapy has been and is often dismissed [More]

July 1st, 2017

Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words.” By James M. Donovan, Kristin A. R. Osborn and Susan Rice Rowman & Littlefield New York, N.Y. 2017 Book explores significance of non-verbal communication Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D Paraverbal communication includes voice tones, posture, gestures, facial expression and silences. We are embodied speakers. As therapists, we’ve learned to pay attention to these key features of communication, but not all of this is on the conscious level. This new book addresses how being attuned to not only the words that clients are saying, but how they are expressing themselves on a physical, nonverbal [More]

June 1st, 2017

“When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings” By Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017   Invaluable advice given about adult ADHD Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Russell A. Barkley is a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, therapist, consultant and teacher in the area of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is a recognized expert in ADHD who has written 22 books, published hundreds of professional articles, delivered scholarly presentations worldwide and been featured in many training videos, television shows and [More]

May 1st, 2017

“Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation” Edited by Maggi A. Budd, Sigmund Hough, Stephen T. Wegener, and William Stiers Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2017   Breadth of topics makes compilation impressive By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Rehabilitation psychology has a long tradition in medical settings serving people with complex physical and cognitive impairments. This edited book was conceived as a “go to” information source for rehabilitation professionals representing behavioral medicine, health psychology and related disciplines. The book is a robust compilation of 60 chapters distributed among six organizing sections: (1) basics and social practicalities, (2) populations, problems and procedures, [More]

May 1st, 2017

“Trauma, Meaning and Spirituality: Translating Research into Clinical Practice”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Trauma, Meaning and Spirituality: Translating Research into Clinical Practice.” By Crystal L. Park, Joseph M. Currier, J. Irene Harris and Jeanne M. Slattery American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017    Book looks at incorporating spirituality into trauma treatment Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Trauma itself can be experienced as an assault on one’s spirituality or a religious violation for many victims. Many trauma survivors are often “angry at God.” Yet the pervasive roles that spirituality and religion can play in individual’s response to traumatic events and their attempts to cope with them is often overlooked in mainstream trauma treatment. How [More]

April 1st, 2017

“Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatment.”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatment.” By Annellen M. Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins John Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J 2016     Book offers techniques to improve client well-being   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. In the last decade, the psychotherapy world has been excited about using mindfulness and meditation in therapy with clients. Many psychotherapists who have their own meditation practices have long thought about integrating body mind techniques with their existing psychotherapy strategies. The authors of “Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatment,” are psychologists who [More]

April 1st, 2017

“Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction” By Michael S. Levy Rowman & Littlefield Lanham, MD, 2015    Author explores celebrity worship Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Believe it or not, some psychologists have coined the term Celebrity Worship Syndrome to describe a person’s obsession and life-dominating fascination with movie stars, musicians, athletes and similar high-status performers. There are even rating scales to measure celebrity worship along purported entertainment-social, intense-personal and borderline-pathological dimensions. Although celebrity and entertainment obsession seems to take many forms, it has not been highly researched or written about extensively. This book offers the [More]

March 1st, 2017

“Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals” By May Alice Fisher American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016    Manual’s checklists ideal for peer discussion Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals must adhere to codes of ethics in delivering therapeutic services. Ethical principles dictate practice standards intended to protect the welfare of service-recipients and society at large. This compact manual (79 text pages) uses a checklist format to help mental health professionals deal with practical challenges and resolve ethical-legal dilemmas involving confidentiality. Author May Alice Fisher describes the manual [More]

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