Articles, Book Reviews

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]

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]

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