August 19th, 2016

“A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches.”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches.” Edited By Nancy C. Bernardy & Matthew J. Friedman American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Book provides ‘limited’ look at treatment approaches Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D Posttraumatic Stress Disorder affects seven million Americans. It is largely conceived as a disorder of reactivity that results in an inability to cope with overwhelming stress. PTSD has a distinctive pattern of symptoms. There are four specific phenotypes of the disorder; anxiety, depression, externalizing and dissociative. This edited volume seeks to translate scientific research on PTSD into testable clinical approaches that are [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]

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, 2016

“Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research. Edited by James A. Griffin, Peggy McCardle, and Lisa S. Freund American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book offers perspectives on executive functioning Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. The concept of Executive Functioning (EF) or Executive Functions (EFs) plural first began appearing in the professional literature about 15-20 years ago. Now knowledge of EF is commonplace and has changed how neuropsychologists, clinical and school psychologists and educators understand how children develop and organize their thinking and behavior. As a clinician who works with many adolescents diagnosed with [More]

May 1st, 2016

“Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Relational Approach”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Relational Approach” By Everett L. Worthington, Jr. and Steven J. Sandage American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book offers useful theory, research information   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Transgressions, losses, grief and trauma are fundamental issues in psychotherapy. Religious and spiritual beliefs are often challenged when significant life events occur. These beliefs or the lack of them, are often what clients wrestle with in order to make sense of their experiences. Spirituality and religion can either facilitate or impede forgiveness. Positive or negative factors of faith-based beliefs are associated with forgiveness. [More]

July 1st, 2016

“Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness” By Ronald B. Miller American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Author’s tone brings textbook to life Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This volume of abnormal psychology is not your typical introductory textbook, but reads almost as a personally annotated discussion of the theories and practices in the treatment of mental illness. Miller’s goal was to provide undergraduate students and other interested parties with an overview of abnormal psychology that is theoretically grounded and historically informed while simultaneously promoting an understanding of self and others that is critical to emotional [More]

February 1st, 2010

Wish you were here

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

When the hospital closes, sometimes the best we can do for a patient is to transfer him or her to another hospital where they will receive similar care until they are ready to return to the community. For most of these people, such a transfer is a disappointment but not a defeat. It means getting used to a new environment with new sights, sounds, smells, rules and routines. It means learning to relate to new peers and treatment providers and telling one’s life story over again in pursuit of that elusive yet all important feeling of being understood. Often, a [More]

March 1st, 2017

‘Deconstructing Stigma’ project unveiled at airport

By Phyllis Hanlon

When Nathaniel Van Kirk, Ph.D., administrative director of research at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute, learned of the “Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life” project, he was quick to volunteer. Diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, he hopes his story will help break down stereotypes, misinformation and stigma through this public education campaign. Early in 2016, McLean partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the International OCD Foundation, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, the National Alliance on Mental Health and Project 375 to produce this unique project, which was unveiled on Dec. 9, 2016 at Logan [More]

October 1st, 2014

‘Quack’ psychology practices come under fire

By Phyllis Hanlon

In October 2012, a team of researchers from Simmons College, the University of Scranton and DePaul University conducted a Delphi poll, i.e., a structured, two-round systematic forecasting method, to identify “pseudoscientific, unvalidated, potentially harmful or ‘quack’ psychotherapies” used in the treatment of children and adolescents. This past April, the authors published their findings. Lead researcher Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., dean, College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago, previously professor of psychology, health sciences dean and associate provost at Simmons College in Boston, together with Simmons’ graduate students Madeline R. McMann and Annika O. Stout, polled 139 doctoral-level [More]

June 1st, 2012

‘Stand Your Ground’ case examined

By Edward Stern J.D.

On Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, there was a confrontation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The result was the death of Trayvon Martin. With the exception of Trayvon Martin’s death, there is little agreement as to what happened, why it happened or the law which would be applied to this situation. The location of the event was The Retreat at Twin Lakes a gated community at approximately 7:09 p.m.. Martin was a 17-year-old African American male who was reportedly unarmed. He allegedly was staying with his father’s fiancée, who lived in the community and was on his way [More]