Articles, Book Reviews

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]

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]

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