Articles, Book Reviews

December 1st, 2012

“The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is Becoming American a Developmental Risk?”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is Becoming American a Developmental Risk?” Edited by Cynthia García Coll & Amy Kerivan Marks American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Book is important contribution to the field Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Every June, I look forward to The Boston Globe’s report on the valedictorians of the city’s high schools. Year after year, I marvel at the proportion of top students who are immigrants and the latest crop is no exception: 18 out of 39 valedictorians – nearly 50 percent – were not born in the U.S. Five are from Vietnam, four [More]

December 1st, 2012

“Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research” Edited by Leonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 ‘Formidable’ work challenges reader Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D eonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick are highly regarded community psychologists with extensive publication records on topics such as public health interventions, self-help support groups, policy development and primary prevention. In this book, they address research design and application to assist “the community researcher in learning about and actually using relevant cutting-edge methodologies.” Their intended audience is broad, including social and behavioral sciences academicians, mental health professionals [More]

November 1st, 2012

“Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice” By Jeffrey E. Barnett and Steven Walfish American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012    Authors offer ‘nuts and bolts’ advice Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D If you are a psychologist in private practice, the matter of billing and collecting for services rings true. Quite simply, your clinical skills alone do not drive success. Rather, you must be paid in a timely manner without impacting the care you deliver to clients. While most of us acquired billing and collecting pragmatics through trial-and-error, reading this book [More]

October 1st, 2012

“The Conscious Body: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Body in Therapy”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“The Conscious Body: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Body in Therapy” By Perrin Elisha American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011   Psychoanalysis ‘put on the couch’ in groundbreaking book Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. The body, long neglected in psychoanalysis and psychology generally, is making a comeback. A recent uptick in publications reflects renewed interest not only in the mind-body interface but also in deeper questions about how psychotherapists conceptualize and work with somatic experience. A brilliant new book by Perrin Elisha Ph.D., a Los Angeles psychologist, reveals how psychoanalytic theories have been largely incomplete or biased in how they [More]

October 1st, 2012

PsycEssentials: A Pocket Resource for Mental Health Practitioners

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“PsycEssentials: A Pocket Resource for Mental Health Practitioners” By Janet L. Sonne American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012   Indispensable go-to-guide is user friendly Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Professional, pocket-size reference books have become popular over the years, particularly in medicine and psychology. “PsycEssentials” is one such book, in the author’s words, intended to “gather a broad range of information that clinicians commonly need and use in their practices and present it in a simple, clear, user-friendly format for quick reference.” Published by the American Psychological Association, the book is reasonably priced and also available in [More]

August 24th, 2012

Young Children with ADHD: Early Identification and Intervention

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Young Children with ADHD: Early Identification and Intervention” By George J. DuPaul and Lee Kern American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011   ‘Trendsetting’ book is impressive Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are frequently referred to psychologists and related mental health professionals. Public schools and parents also regularly seek consultation to address learning and behavior challenges in classrooms and homes, respectively. Although most research has centered on elementary school-age children, more recent studies and related inquiry have emphasized early intervention with young children ages two to five years, who have [More]

July 1st, 2012

Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard” By Greg Matos Two Harbors Press Minneapolis, Minn, 2011  Memoir offers insights into military service Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Unlike most military memoirs, “Shattered Glass” offers both first-person combat reportage and penetrating insights into how military service impacts the psyche. Written by Greg Matos, a doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, this book describes his journey from a gung-ho Marine recruit wanting to escape his hometown of Bristol, R.I. to the brutal recruit training at Parris Island to his eventual ascent to elite guard units stationed at [More]

May 1st, 2012

Social Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science Into Practice

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Social Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science Into Practice” Edited by Candice A. Alfano and Deborah C. Beidel American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011 Book covers wide therapeutic landscape Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Social fear is synonymous with excessive shyness, social withdrawal and more definitively, social anxiety disorder (SAD). SAD occurs across the lifespan, with the average age of onset being mid-adolescence. As the editors of this book inquire, “What is it, then, about this particular developmental stage that seems to be the critical period for the onset of this debilitating disorder?” You’ll [More]

May 1st, 2012

Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy” By Paul L. Wachtel American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011  A unique microscopic view of psychotherapy, ‘warts and all’ Reviewd by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. This unique book takes us inside the consulting room of master therapist Paul Wachtel, who bravely and generously shares verbatim transcripts of three sessions in their entirety. The circumstances under which these sessions took place were also unique: Wachtel, a distinguished author, practitioner and teacher of psychodynamic therapy, was invited by the American Psychological Association to make several demonstration videos for their DVD series “Systems of Psychotherapy.” Afterward, [More]

April 1st, 2012

Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment” By Bret A. Moore and Carrie H. Kennedy American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2011   Self-help guide one of the best of its kind Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Military psychology encompasses many areas but none more valuable than supporting service personnel returning home from deployment. The authors of “Wheels Down” are experienced Army and Navy veterans, both psychologists who are at the forefront of helping women and men preparing for and going through the transition stateside. It is an exemplary self-help book that deserves the widest attention. The first [More]

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