April 1st, 2014

“Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” By Amy Wenzel American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Applications of CBT examined Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment that has been researched and written about for more than 30 years. So, why another book on CBT? As psychologist Amy Wenzel explains, “There needs to be a middle step that translates the procedures, strategies and techniques described in many CBT texts and treatment manuals” into actual in-session application. “Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” is just the book to meet this need. [More]

June 1st, 2014

“Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients” Edited by Ellen A. Dornelas Springer Science + Business Media New York, N.Y., 2012  Book essential for clinicians working with cardiac patients Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. About 15 years ago, I began working with heart patients at a local hospital. They were a fascinating but varied group: people who had recently experienced a heart attack, bypass surgery, catheterization, valve replacement or installation of a defibrillator or pacemaker. Without exception, all were struggling with depression, anxiety or both. Being new to this population, I consulted the literature and was dismayed at [More]

February 1st, 2017

“Supervision Essentials for the Integrative Developmental Model”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Supervision Essentials for the Integrative Developmental Model.” By Brian W. McNeill and Cal D. Stoltenberg. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Volume is useful resource for supervisors Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Most professionals would agree that the overall goals of clinical supervision in psychotherapy are to monitor the quality of services while enhancing professional competence as well as acting as a gatekeeper for the profession. The process of supervision involves a collaborative relationship with facilitative and evaluative components. Most supervisors are senior clinicians. One thinks of the concept of master and apprentice, but rarely are supervisors taught, [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]

December 1st, 2016

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors” By Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Workbook about ADHD stresses importance of life skill development Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Vincent J. Monastra, a clinical psychologist and director of an Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, N.Y., is a well-known clinician, author and researcher in the field of ADHD. He has written many helpful books of the subject and his latest publication is no exception. With the increase of children and adolescents being diagnosed with ADHD, this publication is very [More]

January 1st, 2017

“The Brain’s Way of Healing”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“The Brain’s Way of Healing” By Norman Doidge, M.D. Viking, Penguin Group New York, N.Y., 2015   Cutting edge information included in book about brain   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Scientists have recently documented that the brain is plastic. Neuroplasticity is a property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure in response to activity and mental experience, according to the book’s author, Norman Doidge. Brain cells are constantly communicating with each other electrically to form and reform connections. This process is a unique pathway for healing brain injuries and conditions thought to be permanent and [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]

January 1st, 2015

“The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians” By Jeffrey E. Barnett, Jeffrey Zimmerman & Steven Walfish Oxford University Press New York, N.Y., 2014   Authors emphasize practical business matters in ethics book Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. What would you rather do: (a) read a book about ethics or (b) take castor oil? Either way, we fear it’ll taste like bitter medicine administered by punitive authorities for the purpose of ensuring internal cleanliness. It doesn’t have to be this way. Connecticut psychologist Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., ABPP, together with colleagues Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP and Steven [More]

August 19th, 2016

“The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court” By Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas G. Gutheil American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016    Guide about expert testimony is a ‘page turner’   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas G. Gutheil are internationally renowned professionals in the area of forensic psychology and psychiatry, respectively. Both have written extensively about testifying in court, with many journal articles, chapters and separate books to their credit. Here, they have collaborated on a hugely successful practice guide for multidisciplinary mental health practitioners. Why a [More]

April 1st, 2015

“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients”

By Helen Hwang

“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients” By Mitch Abblett W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York, N.Y. 2013    Book addresses mindfulness with difficult clients Reviewed by Helen S. Hwang, Ph.D. MPH Like Greek yogurt, mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days. In fact, it is the fastest growing area of mental health and a quick Google search leads you directly to mindfulness therapy techniques, training workshops, certifications and even its application to forensic mental health. Moreover, Amazon has more than 1,000 books on this popular topic. Yet there are few books on mindfulness [More]