Articles, Book Reviews

October 1st, 2010

APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

‘Invaluable’ resource looks at ethical dilemmas “APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations” By Linda Campbell, Melba Vasquez, Stephen Behnke and Robert Kinscherff American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010 Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D I suspect that, at some time, every psychologist has confronted or been made aware of an ethical dilemma. Ethics are principles that define standards of professional practice and inform enforceable codes of conduct. A commitment to behave ethically should be a lifelong pursuit. The premise for this book is that “ethics is better described as a process than as a set of rules.” [More]

August 21st, 2010

In her wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide

By Paul Efthim PhD

Compelling work chronicles author’s loss “In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide” By Nancy Rappaport Basic Books New York, N.Y., 2009 Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. This book is a gift to anyone who has lost a family member, friend or patient to suicide. In 1963, when Nancy Rappaport was four, her mother killed herself in the midst of a bitter public custody dispute, leaving behind six children and countless questions. Four decades later, Rappaport, now a psychiatrist in Cambridge, felt driven to investigate this tragic loss and its impact on herself and her [More]

July 1st, 2010

Public Speaking for Psychologists

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself” By David B. Feldman and Paul J. Silvia American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2010  Authors offer ‘spot on’ advice about public speaking Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Remember your first oral presentation at a conference, grand rounds or similar professional venue? Most of us were anxious and filed with self-doubt. “Public Speaking for Psychologists” was written for the first-time or novice presenter in need of direction and moral support. The book is constructed as a practical guide, its many [More]

July 1st, 2010

Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices: Mental Health and the Addictions

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices: Mental Health and the Addictions” By John C. Norcross, Thomas P. Hogan & Gerald P. Koocher Oxford University Press, Inc. New York, N.Y., 2008 Psychologists author pocket-sized, practical primer Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Most psychologists know about the controversies surrounding evidence-based practice (EBP). In recent years, EBPs have been vilified as simplistic, mindless cookbooks that ignore the complexity of real-world clinical practice while privileging technical factors over the centrality of the therapeutic relationship. At the same time, no responsible practitioner would argue that we should ignore research evidence in determining what works and what [More]

June 1st, 2010

Cultural Competence in Trauma Therapy: Beyond the Flashback

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Cultural Competence in Trauma Therapy: Beyond the Flashback” By Laura S. Brown American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2008    Author links trauma to culture in groundbreaking work Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Seattle psychologist Laura Brown, a master therapist and pioneer in the field of ethics, boundaries and feminist psychotherapy, has released an outstanding book that addresses a significant gap in what we know about trauma treatment. At a time of excessive emphasis on the technical aspects of therapy, Brown argues persuasively that cultural competence is essential to delivering good treatment. Brown begins the book by linking trauma and culture: [More]

May 1st, 2010

The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness Into Psychology and the Helping Professions

By Paul Efthim PhD

By Shauna L. Shapiro and Linda E. Carlson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2009 Mindfulness explained in clear, rigorous work Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. The term “mindfulness” probably evokes a mixed or even negative response for some psychologists. This is unfortunate because we in the helping professions have much to learn from Buddhist thought and meditative disciplines. Why is the field of mindfulness not more fully embraced by psychologists? Possible explanations include a lack of accurate information about mindfulness, unfamiliar terminology, resistance to working with the body in a non-intellectual way and a general mistrust of spiritual and experiential [More]

May 1st, 2010

Medical Illness and Positive Life Change: Can Crisis Lead to Personal Transformation?

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Edited by Crystal L. Park, Suzanne C. Lechner, Michael H. Antoni, and Annette L. Stanton American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2009 Stress-related growth examined in challenging work Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Medical illnesses and chronic health problems are the focus of this book but not from a negative or fatalistic perspective. Rather, the book examines positive life changes as sequelae to serious illness. Akin to positive psychology, the concepts and applications detailed in the book have been described interchangeably as stress-related growth, posttraumatic growth and benefit finding. The editors assembled 12 chapters that are based on [More]

April 1st, 2010

Polarities of Experience: Relatedness and Self-Definition in Personality Development, Psychopathology, and the Therapeutic Process

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Polarities of Experience: Relatedness and Self-Definition in Personality Development, Psychopathology, and the Therapeutic Process” By Sidney J. Blatt American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2008   Author displays depth of knowledge Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Yale psychologist Sidney Blatt is a phenomenon. Over the course of a distinguished research career spanning five decades, Blatt has churned out more than 200 scholarly publications. Best known for research on depression, schizophrenia and personality development, he also trained as a psychoanalyst. His work has been praised for its theoretical and clinical depth as well as its methodological rigor. Blatt’s most recent book is [More]

April 1st, 2010

Instant Psychopharmacology

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Instant Psychopharmacology” By Ronald J. Diamond, M.D. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York, N.Y., 2009  Medications thoroughly examined in useful book Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Mental health professionals who are non-physicians should be knowledgeable about psychotropic medications. Indeed, pharmacotherapy is often used in conjunction with psychosocial intervention. Ronald J. Diamond, M.D. writes that the premise of his book, “is that medications will be most useful if the people taking them and the non-medical clinicians with whom they work know as much as possible about what medications can do to help and what problems medications can [More]

March 1st, 2010

Treating Substance Use Disorders with Adaptive Continuing Care

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Treating Substance Use Disorders with Adaptive Continuing Care By James R. McKay American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2009  Book’s focus will resonate with scientist-practitioners Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Some people who have substance use disorders (alcohol and drugs) respond positively to brief therapeutic intervention. However, other people are not able to sustain sobriety without intensive long-term treatment. As psychologist James R. McKay states in the introduction to his book, “There is now widespread acceptance that addiction is often a chronic problem characterized by increased vulnerability to relapse that can persist over many years.” McKay wrote the [More]

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