Articles, Book Reviews

January 1st, 2014

“Problem-Solving Therapy: A Treatment Manual”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Problem-Solving Therapy: A Treatment Manual” By Arthur M. Nezu, Christine Maguth Nezu, and Thomas J. D’Zurilla Springer Publishing Company New York, N.Y., 2013 Resource provides ‘terrific’ aid for practitioners Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Problem-solving therapy (PST) is considered a psychosocial treatment within a cognitive-behavioral orientation. At its most basic level, PST teaches people to identify and define life problems, generate plausible solutions, implement solution-focused action plans, and evaluate intervention effectiveness. This book, written by three eminent clinicians and researchers, is a PST treatment manual for mental health professionals in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work and medicine. [More]

December 1st, 2013

“Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability” By Jack Danielian and Patricia Gianotti Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2012, Lanham, Md.   Application of psychodynamic therapy examined Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Few contemporary writers have tackled clinical work with shame and its vicissitudes as thoroughly as Jack Danielian and Patricia Gianotti in their new book, “Listening with Purpose.” Based in southern New Hampshire, psychologists Danielian and Gianotti have built careers practicing, teaching and supervising psychotherapy. They saw a need for a training manual that helps clinicians move beyond quick fixes by deepening their understanding of how [More]

November 1st, 2013

“Evidence-Based Applied Sport Psychology: A Practitioner’s Manual”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Evidence-Based Applied Sport Psychology: A Practitioner’s Manual” By Roland A. Carlstedt Springer Publishing Company, LLC New York, N.Y., 2013 ‘Opus’ manual is challenging and complex Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Sport psychology is dominated by behavioral and cognitive strategies, some of them evidence-based and empirically supported, but not always adopted in routine professional practice. This book is a manual that is intended to “expose practitioners, educators, and students to an integrative, interdisciplinary and systematized approach to athlete assessment and intervention.” The author, Roland A. Carlstedt, has pioneered the development of effective performance enhancement methods including the highly [More]

October 1st, 2013

“Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It” By Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D. Jossey-Bass San Francisco, CA, 2011  Book takes pragmatic, problem-solving approach Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Boston-area neuropsychologist Jerry Schultz has written a magnificent book on his innovative method for working with kids suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities or both. Schultz’s approach is built on the foundational assumption that students with undiagnosed LD or ADHD face chronic anxiety and stress stemming from continual frustrations in their academic and social environments. Not knowing why they have these [More]

October 1st, 2013

“Treatments That Work With Children: Empirically Supported Strategies for Managing Childhood Problems”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Treatments That Work With Children: Empirically Supported Strategies for Managing Childhood Problems” By Edward R. Christophersen and Susan Mortweet Vanscoyoc American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Book has great multidisciplinary appeal Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The purpose of this book is twofold, first, to introduce primary care physicians to the services that psychologists offer in treating childhood problems and second, to provide psychologists with a contemporary review of evidence-based and empirically supported procedures. This is a second edition of the book in which the authors focus on problem behaviors that “are most commonly addressed by pediatric [More]

July 1st, 2013

“Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence” By Lillian Comas-Diaz American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012  ‘Influential’ resource covers complex learning process Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Achieving cultural competence should be a priority and career-long pursuit for mental health clinicians. In this book, Lillian Comas-Diaz bases her presentation and analysis on the American Psychological Association’s “Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists (2013).” As she acknowledges, these guidelines “highlight the respect and inclusiveness for the heritage of all cultural groups, the recognition of cultural contexts of individuals’ and groups’ experiences [More]

June 1st, 2013

“Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders” By Emily Fox-Kales State University of New York Press Albany, N.Y., 2011 Media representations deliver subliminal messages Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. In my clinical work with college students, the film I hear about most frequently is “Mean Girls,” the 2004 classic starring Lindsay Lohan. A number of my young female patients have watched it literally dozens of times and have committed large portions of dialogue to memory. They refer to the film as a hauntingly realistic portrayal of their own suffering at the hands of popular girls who cruelly employ [More]

June 1st, 2013

“The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making” By Jessica D. Findley and Bruce D. Sales American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 Book is exhaustive survey of attorney behavior Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Some books address fascinating topics, provide stimulating reading but target a select audience. Such is the case with this book which, in the authors’ words, “is primarily intended to familiarize researchers in psychology, communications, linguistics, and social sciences with the trial strategies being exposed by trial commentators,” namely attorneys, law professors and jury consultants. As it turns out, the [More]

May 1st, 2013

“Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults” Edited by Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 Book useful for those in elderly care realm Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The introduction to this book says it all: “Older adults comprise a substantial and rising portion of the populace and thus it is important that we bring the best available knowledge to bear on the often complex health and behavioral problems presented by older people.” In a clever format, Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah assembled five teams of authors to review the psychological [More]

April 1st, 2013

“Reinforcement-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Reinforcement-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” L. Michelle Tuten, Hendree E. Jones, Cindy M. Schaeffer, and Maxine L. Stitzer American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Insights provided in treating challenging population Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Substance use disorders are a serious public health problem. Professionals recognize that effective treatment must be comprehensive, time-efficient, individualized and culturally sensitive. Medication detoxification, pharmacotherapy and self-help programs are common treatment modalities but they rarely function successfully as stand-alone interventions and frequently produce mixed results. This book describes Reinforcement-Based Treatment (RBT), an empirically supported, positively focused, and multi-procedural model for treating [More]

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