Los Angeles / Orange County Libraries

New Dissertation

We have a new dissertation in the Westwood library. 

The effects of a school-based emotional intelligence training program for impulse and anger management in a sample of at-risk adolescents by Shayesteh Saketkhoo.

Congratulations, Shay!


New Dissertation

We have a new dissertation in the Westwood library. 

A treatment plan for working with gang members utilizing genograms by Ronaye Calvert DeSiena.


New Streaming Videos Available Off-Campus

We have greatly expanded our available streaming video collection, it is now available 24/7 from school or from home and we’ve made a convenient web page where you can access them all:


 The web page is also accessible as a link on the left side of the LA library home page “Streaming Video.” (See picture above)

 In addition to the psychotherapy.net videos and the Alexander Street counseling videos which we previously had access to (though not always off-campus access) we now have Alexander Street videos on Ethnography, Social Theory, and Education.  Explore the available videos and let us know if you have any questions or comments.


New PsycBooks

Last month, the PsycBooks database added two new titles as well as 10 classic titles.  A full list of the new titles is here

These are the two new titles:

 Caregiver Family Therapy: Empowering Families to Meet the Challenges of Aging  2012  By Sara Honn Qualls, PhD and Ashley A. Williams, PhD

“This book presents Caregiver Family Therapy (CFT), a systems approach to treating families that care for an aging adult.  CFT consists of three core stages: Identifying the problem; Structuring caregiver roles; Ensuring caregiver self-care.  Full of rich clinical examples, this book will help therapists and other service providers meet the complex, diverse needs of caregiving families”

The Rorschach Inkblot Test: An Interpretive Guide for Clinicians 2012  By James P. Choca, PhD

“In this highly readable interpretive guide to the Rorschach Inkblot Test, James Choca describes the uses to which it is best suited. Used appropriately, the Rorschach uniquely reveals a person's level of energy, control of emotions, and thought processes — something that other tests are unable to do.”


New Videos in Psychotherapy.net

Below are the new videos in our psychotherapy.net database.  This database can be accessed from our “Search our databases” page  http://www.psychotherapy.net.proxy.thechicagoschool.edu/stream/tcs

 New Releases

 Watch renowned psychotherapist, Virginia Satir, present her pioneering views on the essential ingredients of successful therapy to a group of students and then watch her conduct therapy with a family struggling with separation and abuse in these dynamic videos from the Virginia Satir Series. 

Of Rocks and Flowers: Dealing with the Abuse of Children by Virginia Satir
01:02:18 minutes

Watch Virginia Satir conduct an innovative, forward-moving session with a distraught family of four who are struggling with a legacy of abuse.

The Essence of Change by Virginia Satir
00:58:55 minutes

Virginia Satir presents the four stages of therapy to an intimate audience of psychotherapy students, and powerfully demonstrates the principles via numerous role-plays, where you'll get a sense of her disarming warmth, facility in making perceptive statements that resonate with clients, and ability to use touch to deepen a client's sense of safety.

Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Complete Treatment (3-Video Set) by Rebecca Jorgensen
13:45:41 minutes

Deepen your understanding of Emotionally Focused Therapy by watching an entire, unedited 10-session course of therapy. For the first time ever, you’ll see how EFT unfolds through the different steps and stages.

EFT Part 1(Sessions 1-3) by Rebecca Jorgensen

04:28:46 Minutes
In these first three sessions, Jorgensen works quickly to develop an alliance with Sandra and Carl and identifies their negative interaction cycle and unmet needs.

EFT Part 2 (Sessions 4-6) by Rebecca Jorgensen

04:16:38 Minutes

In sessions 4-6, Sandra and Carl begin to internalize and recognize their negative interaction cycles and, with Jorgensen's guidance, begin to soften considerably toward one another.

EFT Part 3 (Sessions 7-10) by Rebecca Jorgensen

05:02:17 Minutes

In sessions 7-10, Carl and Sandra move more deeply into their attachment fears, exploring their longing, fear and rejection in the atmosphere of warmth created by Jorgensen. By the final session, the groundwork is in place for a new and more hopeful future.


New Books in PsycBooks

In September, PsycBooks added 2 contemporary books and 10 classic books to its database.  A full list can be found here.  The 2 contemporary books are described below:

Personality Disorders and the Five-Factor Model of Personality, Third Edition  2012  Edited by Thomas A. Widiger, PhD and Paul T. Costa, Jr., PhD

“This book explains how personality disorders can be understood from the perspective of the FFM, the most heavily researched and empirically supported dimensional model of general personality structure. The chapters summarize the conceptual and empirical support for the FFM, including the dimensional description of specific personality disorders and the application of the model for assessment and treatment. Case studies are also provided.”

 Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness, Second Edition  2012  By Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD

“For over 20 years, Stanley Brodsky's Testifying in Court has been a trusted guide for expert witnesses across a variety of professions. Readers have come to know and trust his sage and good-humored advice on every aspect of the experience from initial preparations to maintaining power and control during cross-examination.  In this extensively updated edition of his classic text, the author has combined a wealth of new research with feedback from users of the first edition and his own evolving experience as an expert witness. As in the first edition, key principles are addressed in brief essays that draw on real-life scenarios and end in a take-home maxim.”


New Videos in Psychotherapy.net

Psychotherapy.net, one of our streaming video databases, has added the following two videos to the collection.  There are now a total of 208 videos available to you 24/7.  In addition to these two very recent releases, click here for descriptions of other videos added to the database in the past few months.  For access to all Psychotherapy.net videos, go to our "Search Our Databases" page on the library website and scroll down to "Psychotherapy Video Collection."

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by Otto Kernberg

(255 minutes)
Preeminent psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg doesn’t back down in this series of three diagnostic Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) sessions with a paranoid client struggling with suicidal depression after being left by his girlfriend.

Power of 2 Marriage Skills Workshop by Susan Heitler, Abigail Hirsch

(107 minutes)
In this lively interactive marriage skills workshop, Drs. Susan Heitler and Abigail Hirsch offer couples a roadmap for resolving conflict in a cooperative, “win-win” way.

As always, if you're having any trouble accessing these videos please contact a librarian.


Need Help with PsycInfo?

At the beginning of each school year, the publishers of PsycInfo offer online training classes to students.  Click here for a list of training for both new students and students looking for more advanced searching tips.  You can also access the PsycInfo Youtube channel for videos of different search questions.   These are short to-the-point videos averaging about 3 minutes.  Check them out and remember, as always, you can contact a librarian at any time for help.


New PsycBooks

The PsycBooks database added 3 new books to its database along with 10 classic books published before 1928.  A full list of added books is here.  The new books are described below.  The first one addresses what to do when you have negative reactions to a client.

 Transforming Negative Reactions to Clients: From Frustration to Compassion  2012  Edited by Abraham W. Wolf, PhD; Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD; and J. Christopher Muran, PhD

“Therapists are vulnerable to a wide range of uncomfortable emotions during the practice of psychotherapy. How a therapist manages these reactions has important consequences for the process and outcome of treatment. Spearheaded by three renowned scholars on psychotherapeutic practice, this edited volume will help therapists — established and novice — understand and constructively use the wide range of interfering feelings they experience in their working alliance with challenging patients.”

  Humanity's Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy  2012  Edited by Arthur C. Bohart, PhD; Barbara S. Held, PhD; Edward Mendelowitz, PhD; and Kirk J. Schneider, PhD

“In this book, prominent writers on psychotherapy present different, sometimes opposing views on humanity's dark side and consider how these views impact their clinical practice.”

  Preventive Stress Management in Organizations, Second Edition  2012  By James Campbell Quick, PhD; Thomas A. Wright, PhD; Joyce A. Adkins, PhD; Debra L. Nelson, PhD; and Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, FACPM

“Preventive stress management is a philosophy and set of principles grounded in public health, which organizational leaders and consultants can use to help their organization operate to its fullest potential. The approaches outlined in this book may be implemented by leaders in any organization.”


Test Kit Policy Downtown Los Angeles



                The Los Angeles campus library maintains an extensive range of services and materials, including housing and distributing psychological assessment materials in support of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s academic programs.  Professional guidelines set forth by APA and assessment publishers limit the use of and access to materials to qualified individuals.  To ensure compliance with these provisions, all patrons must familiarize themselves with the Test Kit Policy.


                The primary objective of the library regarding testing materials is to serve the teaching and research needs of TCSPP faculty and students.  The library also wishes to streamline its policies regarding access and circulation to provide consistent service for the Los Angeles campus community.


                All testing materials are processed and cataloged by the library staff which will then make them searchable on the library’s catalog.  More information on psychological assessments can be found in the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print, available via the EBSCO database.  Additional guidelines on locating tests are available through the American Psychological Association.

Borrowing Eligibility and Guidelines



                Borrowing privileges are limited to program faculty, staff and students.  Alumnae and guests are granted limited access to materials on location only.  Forms for testing administration are distributed with testing materials upon check out.  It is the responsibility of the patron to know and articulate the need of materials to library staff.  All students must be in good standing with the library in order to check out materials.  Students with outstanding fines or overdue materials will be denied circulation privileges until those issues are cleared.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

                Borrowing privileges may be suspended when a patron fails to comply with policies set forth by the library.  The library will make all reasonable efforts to give advance warning to the patron of suspension.  Borrowing privileges may be suspended for any of the reasons noted below.  Additionally, a recommendation will be made to the Department Chair that the student be placed on an Academic Development Plan (ADP).

  • Excessive overdue items or fines exceeding $50.
  • Failure to return an item that has been recalled or placed on reserve
  • Faculty, Adjunct faculty and staff who have been terminated from employment by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Failure to be a student in good standing (according to the Office of Academic Records)


Privileges may be reinstated upon correction of above conditions

Short-Term Loans



All test kit materials are available for short-term use for a 3 day check out with the possibility of an additional 3 day renewal period granted on library staff discretion. (Library staff determines renewal eligibility based on number of available testing materials and demand of other patrons).  Borrowers assume responsibility for all materials checked out, and are liable to remit payment for damaged and missing items, as appropriate.  Faculty can authorize proxy patrons to checkout materials for short-term use on their behalf.  Only authorized proxy patrons will be able to checkout materials.

The following tables summarize borrowing privileges, conditions and fines:

Test Kits

Patron Group Loan Period Item Limit Overdue Fines Grace Period Renewals
Student 3 days 3 test kits   1 day 1 renewal unless the item is overdue, and based on the library staff’s discretion
Faculty and Proxy Patrons 3 days 3 test kits No fines No fines 1 renewal, based on library staff’s discretion
Alumnae/Guests 3 hours on-site 1 item n/a n/a n/a


Test Kit Scoring Templates

Patron Group Loan Period Item Limit
Student 3 hours Library Use Only 1 set
Faculty and Proxy Patrons 3 hours Library Use Only 1 set
Alumnae/Guests 3 hours Library Use Only 1 set


Test Kit and Protocol Purchasing

It is the responsibility of department liaisons to arrange the purchase of assessment materials needed for class curriculum with library staff.

General Policies

  1. It is the patron’s responsibility to comply with dates for checked out materials.  Courtesy notices are issued in good faith by the library but do not resolve the patron of responsibility for items checked out.
  2. Only complete test kits will be checked out, not individual components where applicable.
  3. All patrons assume full financial responsibility for the materials checked out
  4. In the event of damage or loss, patrons are liable to replace lost or damaged materials.  The replacement cost is based on the most current test kit price as determined by the publisher.  For materials no longer in print, patron is responsible for the original purchase price.  In instances where individual components could not be purchased, the patron is responsible for the purchase price of the entire test kit.
  5. Transfer of materials to unauthorized patrons is not permitted.
  6. Patrons are advised not to leave materials unattended in any circumstance and keep them secure at all times.
  7. The library staff is not authorized to assist patrons with test administration and assessment techniques.


Ethical Guidelines

  1. Patrons are expected to adhere to ethical guidelines set forth by the APA in Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct while handling assessment materials.
  2. Patrons must ensure that assessment procedures are administered appropriately and the results are interpreted accurately.
  3. Patrons must not compromise the effective use of assessment methods and techniques, nor render them open to misuse by publishing or disclosing results to unauthorized and/or unqualified parties.
  4. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a recommendation for the student to be placed on ADP.


Copyright Restrictions

  1. Patrons are expected to observe copyright laws when administering assessment batteries and handling all materials maintained by the Library.
  2. Test publishers prohibit protocol photocopying and administration outside the domain in which a TCS qualified professional oversees the administration.
  3. For information about copyright for content found on the APA website, please consult Copyright Permissions FAQs.
  4. Violation of copyright may result in the recommendation for the student to be place on an ADP.


Test Kits for Class Use

  1. Instructors are responsible for consulting with the Library upon the need for assessment tools used in the classroom or for assignments in which an entire class or large group of students will be using designated assessments.  Instructors must consult the library to inquire after protocols and assessments to be reserved for their use with no less than 48 hours’ notice.
  2. Instructors or their TAs will be responsible for reproducing and distributing any protocols for their class to use as practice or for assignments.  If the instructor does not make accommodations, the library staff has the right to refuse assess to students outside of practicum.
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