Articles, Book Reviews

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]

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]

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