Articles, Book Reviews

May 1st, 2013

“Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults” Edited by Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 Book useful for those in elderly care realm Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The introduction to this book says it all: “Older adults comprise a substantial and rising portion of the populace and thus it is important that we bring the best available knowledge to bear on the often complex health and behavioral problems presented by older people.” In a clever format, Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah assembled five teams of authors to review the psychological [More]

April 1st, 2013

“Reinforcement-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Reinforcement-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” L. Michelle Tuten, Hendree E. Jones, Cindy M. Schaeffer, and Maxine L. Stitzer American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Insights provided in treating challenging population Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Substance use disorders are a serious public health problem. Professionals recognize that effective treatment must be comprehensive, time-efficient, individualized and culturally sensitive. Medication detoxification, pharmacotherapy and self-help programs are common treatment modalities but they rarely function successfully as stand-alone interventions and frequently produce mixed results. This book describes Reinforcement-Based Treatment (RBT), an empirically supported, positively focused, and multi-procedural model for treating [More]

April 1st, 2013

“Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader” Edited by Eric M. Plakun W.W. Norton & Co. New York, N.Y., 2011   Approach used at Austen Riggs is highlighted Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. When all else fails, clinicians and their patients turn to Austen Riggs. Founded in 1919, this 70-bed psychiatric hospital in small-town Stockbridge, Mass. has built an international reputation for its success with patients whom it refers to as “treatment resistant” – individuals who have had multiple ineffective therapy experiences, particularly those with severe personality disorders. Unlike typical inpatient care, which focuses on stabilization and short-term [More]

March 1st, 2013

“Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns” By Carol A. Falender and Edward P. Shafranske American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  ‘Masterful’ resource fills training literature void Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Much has been written about conducting clinical supervision with psychology trainees. Indeed, as the authors of this book contend, “Supervision is the major means of transmission of the foundations of the psychology profession to students, trainees and supervisees in development.” And yet, there are few resources that address the needs and abilities of the people who [More]

February 1st, 2013

“Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice” Edited by Robert A. McMackin, Elana Newman, Jason M. Fogler & Terence M. Keane American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Book on trauma brings together science, practice Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. The field of modern trauma therapy has struggled to overcome a variety of fissures, fractures and splits. Examples of polarization over the years include the conceptual binary of single-incident PTSD versus complex PTSD, manualized treatment protocols versus relationally-based approaches and lab-tested “empirically validated” therapies versus “real-world” approaches drawn from the trenches of clinical practice. Recently, researchers have [More]

February 1st, 2013

“Legal Self-Defense for Mental Health Practitioners: Quality Care and Risk Management Strategies”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Legal Self-Defense for Mental Health Practitioners: Quality Care and Risk Management Strategies” By Robert Henley Woody Springer Publishing Company New York, N.Y., 2013 Book offers valuable advice in `no-nonsense’ style Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Robert Henley Woody is a psychologist and attorney who has written extensively about mental health and legal matters. In his latest book, he concentrates on “the legal risks of being a mental health practitioner in this day and age.” Among many foci, the book emphasizes strategies for maintaining quality care, managing risk and protecting the rights of practitioners and their clients. Woody’s [More]

January 1st, 2013

“Brief Coaching: A Solution Focused Approach”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Brief Coaching: A Solution Focused Approach” By Chris Iveson, Evan George, and Harvey Ratner Routledge New York, N.Y., 2012   Lack of cited scientific research mars book Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The book’s premise is that, “Rather than trying to understand and fix problems, solution focused brief therapy works by exploring, in detail, a client’s preferred future, a description of a time when the problem is solved and then identifying whatever it is that the client is already doing that fits with the attaining of that future.” Furthermore, this orientation conforms more to a coaching model [More]

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]

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