Articles, Book Reviews

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]

June 1st, 2013

“Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders” By Emily Fox-Kales State University of New York Press Albany, N.Y., 2011 Media representations deliver subliminal messages Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. In my clinical work with college students, the film I hear about most frequently is “Mean Girls,” the 2004 classic starring Lindsay Lohan. A number of my young female patients have watched it literally dozens of times and have committed large portions of dialogue to memory. They refer to the film as a hauntingly realistic portrayal of their own suffering at the hands of popular girls who cruelly employ [More]

June 1st, 2013

“The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making” By Jessica D. Findley and Bruce D. Sales American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2012 Book is exhaustive survey of attorney behavior Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Some books address fascinating topics, provide stimulating reading but target a select audience. Such is the case with this book which, in the authors’ words, “is primarily intended to familiarize researchers in psychology, communications, linguistics, and social sciences with the trial strategies being exposed by trial commentators,” namely attorneys, law professors and jury consultants. As it turns out, the [More]

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]

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