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]

April 1st, 2015

“Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting” By Jane Brodie Gregory and Paul E. Levy American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Book on feedback has wide application Reviewed by  James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D This book is a publication of the American Psychological Association Fundamentals of Consulting Psychology Book Series, which is intended to provide consulting psychologists with concise, easily accessible, and evidence-based texts that highlight practice and research domains within particular areas. In this case, the topic of interest is using feedback for effective performance management in organizations. Specifically, authors Jane Brodie Gregory and Paul E. Levy opine that [More]

June 1st, 2016

“Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk” By Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM American Mental Health Foundation, Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y., 2016    Book a helpful primer to understanding violence Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Raymond Flannery called “Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk,” serves as a useful handbook for understanding the roots of violence and its causes and effects as well as offering strategies to decrease risk. As most readers know, violence is rampant in the world in which we live. Flannery opines that [More]

June 1st, 2017

“When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings” By Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017   Invaluable advice given about adult ADHD Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Russell A. Barkley is a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, therapist, consultant and teacher in the area of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is a recognized expert in ADHD who has written 22 books, published hundreds of professional articles, delivered scholarly presentations worldwide and been featured in many training videos, television shows and [More]

November 1st, 2016

“When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress, and Break the Cycle of Pain”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress, and Break the Cycle of Pain” By Rachael Coakley, Ph.D. Yale University Press New Haven, CT, 2016   Book offers valuable information on pain management Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Rachael Coakley is a gem of a book filled with easy to understand concepts, coping strategies for parents and children and creative yet useful techniques for managing pain, coping with pain-related challenges and building resilience in children with pain. This impressive, user friendly volume was a delight to read and offered critical information for both [More]

August 21st, 2015

“Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience” By Michael Ungar Routledge New York, N.Y., 2015   Book focuses on treatment from social ecological angle   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Psychologist Michael Ungar is a proponent of multi-systemic treatment in working with children and families “exposed to high levels of stress,” and confronted with “extremely adverse living conditions.” His clinical focus encompasses the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder, delinquency, drug addiction, child abuse and neglect and related conditions. This exceptional book advances our knowledge about treating the most impoverished populations from [More]

March 1st, 2017

“Working with Students with Disabilities: A Guide for School Counselors”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Working with Students with Disabilities: A Guide for School Counselors.” By Theresa A. Quigney and Jeannine R. Studer Routledge New York, N.Y., 2016   Book examines vital role of school counselors Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Our public schools are obligated to educate all students including those with disabilities and to help them realize their potential and meet/or exceed their academic standards, but most school counselors do not have formal training, exposure or experience in treating the needs of students with disabilities according to the authors of “Working with Students with Disabilities.” School counselors specifically lack experience in the process [More]

October 6th, 2018

500 million, but the need still grows

By John Grohol, Psy.D.

Psych Central just reached an amazing milestone in our 23 years online. We’ve just passed 500 million visitors who’ve come to our site to learn more about mental illness symptoms and treatments, psychology, personality, parenting, or a relationship issue. We’re proud of this achievement, but we also realize we have a much longer road to travel. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual suicide rate in the United States has increased 24 percent since 1999. During this same time period, the availability of mental health information and support online has increased dramatically. We went from [More]

August 24th, 2012

A $10 billion metaphor for psychology

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

The only thing worse than struggling is discovering that you have been struggling with the wrong things. I found myself in this situation in early July when scientists at the $10 billion particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland announced that they had discovered the elusive Higgs boson particle. I didn’t even know they were looking. Of course, I’m a psychologist, not a nuclear physicist, so I might be forgiven for not keeping up with the big issues in the subatomic world. Yet how do I excuse my lackluster reaction to the news that the Higgs boson had been found? The morning [More]

May 1st, 2013

A funny thing happened on the way …

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Funny things can happen on the way to anywhere and if your life is anything like mine, it’s important not to miss them when they do. It is raining hard in the morning on my way to the hospital, one of those heavy downpours where the sheer volume of water would obscure visibility even without the low clouds that seem to have come down like a curtain over the road ahead. I can just make out the red light at the next intersection or maybe I only know it’s there because I have driven this road so often. A small [More]