Articles, Book Reviews

April 1st, 2016

“Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprising Good – About Feeling Special”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

  “Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprising Good – About Feeling Special” By Craig Malkin Harper Collins Publishers New York, N.Y., 2015   Book explores many dimensions of narcissism Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th Edition” defines narcissistic personality disorder as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and sense of entitlement. People with this disorder are interpersonally exploitive and consider themselves unique relative to the general population. They also lack empathy for the feelings of others, behaving condescendingly and with a patronizing attitude. In “Rethinking Narcissism,” psychologist [More]

March 1st, 2016

“The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations and Employees”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations and Employees” Edited by Matthew J. Grawitch and David W. Ballard American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Professionals can benefit from book that ‘has it all’   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The American Psychological Association has defined and promoted a Psychologically Healthy Workplace model comprised of five primary practice components. In this book, Matthew J. Grawitch and David W. Ballard address the APA model in a series of chapters focusing on each component. One chapter per component is a scholarly review of the pertinent research [More]

February 1st, 2016

“Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse” Edited by Patricia A. Arean American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    State-of-the-art resource focuses on geropsychology   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This eight-chapter book compiles essential knowledge and practice recommendations in the field of geropsychology. Editor Patricia A. Arean notes correctly that healthier lifestyles notwithstanding, our aging population is in need of more extensive, cost-efficient, and effective mental health services. Problems of depression, anxiety, alcohol misuse, substance abuse and declining cognitive ability are some of the challenges typically encountered by elderly clients. The book begins with [More]

January 1st, 2016

“Enhancing Self-Control in Adolescents: Treatment Strategies Derived from Psychological Science”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Enhancing Self-Control in Adolescents: Treatment Strategies Derived from Psychological Science” By Norman M. Brier Routledge New York, N.Y., 2015   Book addresses common therapeutic goal Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book presents a trans-diagnostic approach to enhancing self-control in adolescents. Psychologist Norman M. Brier starts with a precis of typical adolescent characteristics that dictate the need for efficient self-regulation: impulsiveness, a tendency toward risk-taking behavior and the pursuit of immediate gratification. Difficulty with self-control, in turn, is regularly associated with poor decision making and potentially unhealthy life choices. Brier’s conceptual framework is rooted in social and [More]

November 1st, 2015

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools” Edited by Lee A. Wilkinson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   School practitioners could benefit from ASD-themed book Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Current statistics estimate that one in every 88 school-age children and youth has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This population size has produced a corresponding increase in the number of students with ASD attending public schools. Psychologist Lee A. Wilkinson concludes correctly that “Providing effective behavioral supports and interventions to the ever-increasing numbers of children with ASD presents [More]

October 1st, 2015

Transforming Troubled Children, Teens and Their Families

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Transforming Troubled Children, Teens and Their Families: An Internal Family Systems Model for Healing” By Arthur G. Mones Routledge, 2014 New York, N.Y Book on IFS model is disappointing Reviewed by James Luiselli The foundation of this book is something called the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. I did not know much about IFS so looked forward to reading the book in order to gain a better understanding. As presented by psychologist Arthur G. Mones, IFS has deep roots within psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with all of the attendant intra-psychic forces, classifying symptoms “as adaptive and survival-based when viewed in [More]

August 21st, 2015

“Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience” By Michael Ungar Routledge New York, N.Y., 2015   Book focuses on treatment from social ecological angle   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologist Michael Ungar is a proponent of multi-systemic treatment in working with children and families “exposed to high levels of stress,” and confronted with “extremely adverse living conditions.” His clinical focus encompasses the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder, delinquency, drug addiction, child abuse and neglect and related conditions. This exceptional book advances our knowledge about treating the most impoverished populations from [More]

August 21st, 2015

“A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions”

By Joseph Ricciardi

“A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions” By Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D. American Psychological Association Washington D.C., 2014     Slim book is thick with resources for psychologists Reviewed by Joseph Ricciardi, PsyD, BCBA-D, CBIS By now, most U.S. psychologists are aware that on Oct. 1, 2015 they will need to be using the ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes for HIPAA compliant reimbursement and documentation. For some, this change is considered a mundane re-coding task. Fortunately, “A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users” by psychologist Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D., explains the importance of the change and should motivate psychologists to view this [More]

July 1st, 2015

Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health

By Joseph Ricciardi

“Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health” Edited by John Randolph Springer New York, N.Y., 2013   Book introduces new perspective for neuropsychology   Reviewed by Joseph N. Ricciardi, PsyD, ABPP, BCBA-D, CBIS Is the practice of neuropsychology primarily about documenting deficits or can it include promoting cognitive wellness? This question is posed by neuropsychologist John Randolph, editor and contributing author of “Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health.” The book makes the case for an expanded role for neuropsychologists in the promotion of cognitive health and well-being. As a new development, positive neuropsychology draws on the foundation [More]

June 1st, 2015

“Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Getting the Best of Worry, Stress, and Fear”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Getting the Best of Worry, Stress, and Fear” By Bret A. Moore American Psychological Association Washington, DC, 2014   Book emphasizes practical application   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The market for psychology self-help books continues to flourish. Unfortunately, many books in this genre are of dubious quality, lack evidence support and leave the reader with more questions than answers. Fortunately, “Taking Control of Anxiety” by psychologist Bret A. Moore is a breath of fresh air, wonderfully conceived and likely to benefit many individuals who are concerned about worry, stress [More]

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