Articles, Book Reviews

October 1st, 2016

“Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research. Edited by James A. Griffin, Peggy McCardle, and Lisa S. Freund American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book offers perspectives on executive functioning Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. The concept of Executive Functioning (EF) or Executive Functions (EFs) plural first began appearing in the professional literature about 15-20 years ago. Now knowledge of EF is commonplace and has changed how neuropsychologists, clinical and school psychologists and educators understand how children develop and organize their thinking and behavior. As a clinician who works with many adolescents diagnosed with [More]

October 1st, 2016

“School-Centered Interventions: Evidence-Based Strategies for Social, Emotional, and Academic Success”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“School-Centered Interventions: Evidence-Based Strategies for Social, Emotional, and Academic Success” By Dennis J. Simon American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Decision making advice helpful to professionals   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The premise for this book is that “school-centered therapy is the most effective format for addressing social, emotional and behavioral issues for children and youth.” Unfortunately, many schools struggle with integrating academic demands and supportive mental health services. In addition, the most effective therapeutic practices are not always implemented with elementary, middle and high school students. Dennis J. Simon is a clinical and school [More]

August 19th, 2016

“The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court” By Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas G. Gutheil American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016    Guide about expert testimony is a ‘page turner’   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas G. Gutheil are internationally renowned professionals in the area of forensic psychology and psychiatry, respectively. Both have written extensively about testifying in court, with many journal articles, chapters and separate books to their credit. Here, they have collaborated on a hugely successful practice guide for multidisciplinary mental health practitioners. Why a [More]

August 19th, 2016

“A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches.”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches.” Edited By Nancy C. Bernardy & Matthew J. Friedman American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Book provides ‘limited’ look at treatment approaches Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D Posttraumatic Stress Disorder affects seven million Americans. It is largely conceived as a disorder of reactivity that results in an inability to cope with overwhelming stress. PTSD has a distinctive pattern of symptoms. There are four specific phenotypes of the disorder; anxiety, depression, externalizing and dissociative. This edited volume seeks to translate scientific research on PTSD into testable clinical approaches that are [More]

July 1st, 2016

“ADHD Coaching: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“ADHD Coaching: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals” By Frances Prevatt and Abigail Levrini American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    ADHD guide contains invaluable tools   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D, ABPP, BCBA-D Coaching interventions have become popular in recent years. Terms synonymous with coaching are behavioral skills training, competency-based intervention and action-oriented methodologies. In this highly laudable book, psychologists Frances Prevatt and Abigail Levrini address theory, knowledge and strategies “that will help mental health practitioners to develop or improve their ADHD coaching skills.” The book begins by highlighting several recent developments in assessing and treating ADHD, including [More]

July 1st, 2016

“Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness” By Ronald B. Miller American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Author’s tone brings textbook to life Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This volume of abnormal psychology is not your typical introductory textbook, but reads almost as a personally annotated discussion of the theories and practices in the treatment of mental illness. Miller’s goal was to provide undergraduate students and other interested parties with an overview of abnormal psychology that is theoretically grounded and historically informed while simultaneously promoting an understanding of self and others that is critical to emotional [More]

June 1st, 2016

“Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions” By Lisa J. Meltzer and Valerie McLaughlin Crabtree American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    Compelling book offers intervention guidelines Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Child and family mental health professionals are frequently consulted to treat pediatric sleep problems. Children who sleep poorly often experience difficulties at school, have health concerns and create family stress. In some cases, a child’s sleep problem may result from psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and medical conditions. he good news is that behavioral interventions, specifically applied behavior analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy, are extremely effective [More]

June 1st, 2016

“Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk” By Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM American Mental Health Foundation, Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y., 2016    Book a helpful primer to understanding violence Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Raymond Flannery called “Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk,” serves as a useful handbook for understanding the roots of violence and its causes and effects as well as offering strategies to decrease risk. As most readers know, violence is rampant in the world in which we live. Flannery opines that [More]

May 1st, 2016

“Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise” Richard J. Wiseman Wesleyan University Press Middletown, Conn., 2015     Book highlights Riverview Hospital history   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D In 1962, with a fresh Ph.D. in hand, psychologist Richard J. Wiseman began employment at the Connecticut Valley Hospital. Years later, he was hired as coordinator of its Children’s Unit and ten years hence, the unit became Riverview Hospital. This book is Wiseman’s account of his travails through a state-run mental health system and the evolution of child-care services under his direction. When Wiseman started [More]

May 1st, 2016

“Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Relational Approach”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Relational Approach” By Everett L. Worthington, Jr. and Steven J. Sandage American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book offers useful theory, research information   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Transgressions, losses, grief and trauma are fundamental issues in psychotherapy. Religious and spiritual beliefs are often challenged when significant life events occur. These beliefs or the lack of them, are often what clients wrestle with in order to make sense of their experiences. Spirituality and religion can either facilitate or impede forgiveness. Positive or negative factors of faith-based beliefs are associated with forgiveness. [More]

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