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New Dissertation in the Westwood/Irvine Library

We have a new dissertation in the library:

The psyche and identity of Nigerians in America by Bosco Omezy Ihezuo Ofoegbu

This dissertation uses grounded theory, interviews and questionnaires

Congratulations, Bosco!


New Streaming Videos

We have 3 new streaming videos in the catalog - click here for instructions on accessing them.

Promises  (2004)

This film follows the journey of a filmmaker who travels in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, where he meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children who exist in separate worlds, divided by physical, historical, and emotional boundaries although they live only 20 minutes apart. Explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of these children and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.

Multicultural counseling - issues of ethnic diversity  (1992)

Provides a stimulus for counselors to increase their awareness, understanding, and skills in multicultural issues in counseling.

Susceptible to kindness: Miss Evers’ boys and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study  (1993)

Examines the ethical issues raised by the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male (1932-1972). Includes excerpts from David Feldshuh’s play Miss Evers boys and comments by nurses; physicians; government officials; James Jones, the author of Bad blood; and others on the issues raised by the play.


New Books in PsycBooks

5 recent books have been added to the PsycBooks database. An additional 274 classic titles dating from 1900 and older, have been added. A full list of the new titles is here.   The 5 new books are:

Bringing Psychotherapy Research to Life: Understanding Change Through the Work of Leading Clinical Researchers, (2010) Edited by Louis G. Castonguay, PhD; J. Christopher Muran, PhD; Lynne Angus, PhD; Jeffrey A. Hayes, PhD; Nicholas Ladany, PhD; and Timothy Anderson, PhD

The editors contend that many practitioners are unaware of the implications of research on their practices. This book contains work by 28 leading psychotherapy researchers and discusses how their research can impact your practice.

Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice (2010) Edited by Steven Walfish, PhD

This book illustrates 50 strategies for growing a practice that is not managed care or insurance dependent.

Elusive Alliance: Treatment Engagement Strategies With High-Risk Adolescents (2010) Edited by David Castro-Blanco, PhD, ABPP and Marc S. Karver, PhD

Discussion of the application of treatment alliance to work with adolescents

Individual Pathways of Change: Statistical Models for Analyzing Learning and Development (2010) Edited by Peter C. M. Molenaar, PhD and Karl M. Newell, PhD

This book presents and applies cutting-edge time series analysis techniques for analyzing intra-individual change

Prevention of Treatment Failure: The Use of Measuring, Monitoring, and Feedback in Clinical Practice (2010) By Michael J. Lambert, PhD

This book describes procedures and techniques that can be used by clinical practitioners and administrators to identify patients who are at risk for treatment failure so that steps can be taken to avoid such failure


Search EBSCO On Your Mobile Device

For those of you who want to search on the go,  EBSCO has developed an app (only for Apple devices right now) that allows you to search any or all of our EBSCO databases wherever you are.    The app doesn't let you fine tune the search as much as you could on the website but you can  limit your searches by date and to full-text only.  You can then read the article  right on your iPhone.  You can save your searches and articles on the app though it doesn't sync with anything you've saved online.

To get started, download the free app from the Apple app store.  Once it's on the mobile device you will need to establish that you are an authorized user.  To do that, sign into the EBSCO site from your computer or device just like you're doing a regular search.   Scroll to the bottom of the search page and click on 

  • "New: EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application "
  • It will direct you to provide your email and will automatically send you directions for authenticating your access.  Open the email with your mobile device and click on the link provided.  That's all you need to do.  If the link doesn't work, cut and paste it into your mobile browser and it will work that way.

    Once you are authenticated, use "Settings" to choose your databases and limit your search by full-text, date, or publication.  The next time you use the app you won't have to sign in or remember your password. Perfect if you often forget it.  You will have to reauthenticate your access every 9 months.

    Contact the Westwood librarian if you have any questions or problems or view an online guide

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    A Service That Lets Patients Track Their Moods

    Mood 24/7 is a free service developed by a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins.    It allows patients to more accurately keep track of their moods between sessions when they might otherwise forget.  The service sends a daily text message and asks the patient to rate how they feel on a scale of 1-10.  The service creates a chart which can be accessed by the patient or anyone else to whom they give permission.  Mood 24/7 is available for free to anyone whether they're currently in therapy or not.


    New DSM-5 Organizational Structure Announced

    The American Psychiatric Association today announced the new proposed organizational structure for DSM-5, due out in 2013.  You can view the new structure here.   The new structure takes into account science's new understandings about how conditions relate to each other and reflects the new information we have learned about the brain, genetics and behavior since the publication of DSM-IV.  As an example, OCD which was previously considered an anxiety-driven disorder, now has its own grouping to reflect the new knowledge about the distinct neurocircuits involved in the disorder.  The chapters are arranged in a developmental lifespan fashion, starting with disorders which are usually diagnosed in infancy and early childhood and continuing on through disorders more commonly diagnosed in adulthood. Within each diagnostic category, the individual disorders are similarly arranged so that those disorders which are typically diagnosed in childhood are listed first.

    You can comment on the new structure by registering on the DSM-5 homepage.

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    New Books in PsycBOOKS

    The following recent books were added to the PsycBOOKS database in April. In addition, 20 classic books from the late 19th and 20th centuries were also added.  A complete list is available here

     Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control  by David R. Patterson

     This book makes the argument for hypnosis over medication.

     Emotions, aggression, and morality in children  by Arsenio and Lemerise

     This book demonstrates how early affective experiences and relationships provide a foundation for children's subsequent social cognitive understanding of victimization, harm, and moral intentionality.

     Evidence-based treatment of personality dysfunction.  Edited by Jeffrey Magnavita

     This volume is a collection of the most up-to-date research on personality disorder treatment written by leading scholars of psychopathology and psychotherapy. Organized by different therapeutic approaches, each chapter presents a theoretical framework, evidence-based methods, and clinical examples.

      Grief in childhood  by  Michelle Y. Pearlman, PhD; Karen D'Angelo Schwalbe, PhD; and Marylène Cloitre, PhD

     This book presents Integrated Grief Therapy for Children—an evidence-based model for treating bereaved children that draws extensively on cognitive–behavioral, family systems, and narrative approaches to therapy.


    Using Fonts to Help You Study!

    Just in time for the end of the term come tips from researchers on how to more effectively study.  Not surprisingly, the more effort you put into it the more you retain.  But the problem is that the brain doesn't always cooperate.  Sometimes studying something twice feels like a waste of time so you don't do it.  But, actually, that second time helps you retain more information.  Your brain also tends to forget if you used aids or prior answers to study.  This can cause you to get overconfident and feel like you've mastered the material rather than recognizing that you were helped by outside information.  Finally, a recent study has shown that you retain more information when it is printed in an unusual font.   The researchers believe that the unusual font makes you focus more on what you're reading.   So try putting all your notes in a different kind of font and see if it helps.   Unfortunately, there's no magic pill.  The more time and attention you direct at your studies, the better you'll do.

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    Helping Children Cope with Earthquakes and Tsuanamis

    For children worried about earthquakes and tsunamis get resources to help them from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network NCTSN . Click on "earthquakes" and "tsunamis" in the "What's New" box on the NCTSN home page. The site, jointly sponsored by UCLA and Duke University, provides a vast array of resources for helping children cope with traumatic stress from many causes.


    Animal assistants in therapy


    An article in the New York Times discusses research on having animals assist in psychotherapy.  The article discusses examples where children have opened up in the presence of an animal.  Studies have shown that having pets can improve people's health and well-being but animals can also serve a function in the therapy relationship.

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