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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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Testkits at Downtown Los Angeles

Below is a list of the kits available at the Downtown Los Angeles campus:  Please check online catalog for availability.  Circulation is at the Downtown campus.

16 PF

ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised

ARES- Anger Regulation and Expression Scale

ASRS- Autism Spectrum Rating Scales

Assessment Battery for Children (ABC-II)

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Ed. (ADOS)



Beery VMI- Developmental test of visual-motor integration

Boston Naming Test

Brown's Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales


BSS- Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation

Bully Victimization Scale

CAP- Child Abuse Potential Inventory

CARS 2- Childhood autism rating scales

CBRS- Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales


CELF-4 Clinical Eval. Language Fundamentals

Children's Category Test

CMS- Children's Memory Scale

Conners 3, 3rd ed.

Conners 3, 3rd ed.kit

CRS-R Conners' Revised

CTOPP- Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing

CTQ- Childhood Trauma Questionnaire

CVLT-C CA verbal learning test, children's


CVMT- Continuous Visual Memory Test




Emotional Quoteint Inventory

Emotional Quoteint Inventory: Youth Version

Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test


GDRT 2- Gray Diagnostic Reading Tests

GORT5- Gray Oral Reading Tests

Hare PCL-R


House, Tree, Person


Inventory of Suicide Orientation-30 Adolescent (ISO-30)

IORNS- Inventory of Offender Risk, Needs and Strenghts

KABC-2 Kaufman Assessment Battery Children

Kinetic Drawing System


MACI Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory

MAYSI: Massachusetts Youth Screen


MIST- Memory for Intentions Test

MIST- Memory for Intentions Test




MMPI-A Integrated


M-PACI Millon PreAdolescent Clinical Inventory

MSI-R - Marital Satisfaction Inventory

NAB- Neuropsychological Assessment Battery, Attention Module

Nelson-Denny Reading Test


Occupational Stress Inventory, Revised Edition (OSI-R)







RCFT- Rey Complex Figure Test & Recognition Trial

Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test


Relationship Report Card




Suicide Ideationi Questionnaire (SIQ)

Suicide Probability Scale (SPS)

TAPS 3- Test of Auditory Processing Skills 3rd. Ed.


TEC- Tasks of Executive Control




UNIT- Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test


WAIS : held in several places



WISC: held in several places

WISC-IV Integrated



WMLS-R , Woodcock-Munoz language survey

WNV Nonverbal scale



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Easy access to the Chronicle of Higher Education

Our subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education is now even easier to access.  If you use your TCS email address (ending in @ego.thechicagoschool.edu or @thechicagoschool.edu) to create an account you can access The Chronicle from your computer, from your tablet or from your smartphone.  Here's how:

1) From your iPad -- Download The Chronicle’s iPad editions at no cost.  You can download either or both sections of The Chronicle.

 2) From your smartphone or tablet using the device’s Web browser.  The new mobile interface makes The Chronicle easy to read on the go.

 3) From any computer, from any location in the world -- Direct access to Chronicle.com from any remote location without having to go through a proxy server.   

 A Chronicle account can be created by going to Chronicle.com and clicking on the "login" link at the top, right hand side of the Web page.  On the next page click on "Create an Account" and fill in the requested information.  Remember you MUST use your TCS email to create the account.  You can also sign up for email updates including one designed for graduate students.

The Chronicle’s free iPad app can be found here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id414901678.


New Dissertation

We have a new dissertation in the library: 

Intimacy: a theoretical exploration on the influence of exposure from domestic violence, child abuse, and lack of early attachment from primary caregiver  Luis Dinamitardo Lara Ramirez II



New PsycBooks

PsycBooks database has added 7 contemporary titles to the database and 17 classsic titles. The contemporary titles are described below.

 Cultural Adaptations: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice With Diverse Populations  (2012)  Edited by Guillermo Bernal, PhD and Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, PhD

Research for the Public Good: Applying the Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-Being  (2012)  Edited by Elaine Wethington, PhD and Rachel E. Dunifon, PhD

Evidence-Based Teaching for Higher Education  (2012)  Edited by Beth M. Schwartz, PhD and Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD

Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults

Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential Concerns

Transformation in Psychotherapy: Corrective Experiences Across Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic Approaches 

Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice


New Books in PsycBooks

PsycBooks has added two contemporary titles to its database and 12 classic titles.  A full list of the added titles is available here.  The two contemporary books are described below:

 Cultural Adaptations: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice With Diverse Populations  2012  Edited by Guillermo Bernal, PhD and Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, PhD

“The unifying theoretical framework of this volume promotes culturally adapted EBPs as productive and empirically viable approaches to treating ethnic minorities and culturally diverse groups. Chapter authors describe cultural adaptations of conventional EBPs for a variety of psychological problems across a wide range of cultures and ethnicities — Latino/as, Chinese, African Americans, and American Indians among them.”

Research for the Public Good: Applying the Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-Being  2012  Edited by Elaine Wethington, PhD and Rachel E. Dunifon, PhD

 “This book demonstrates how emerging methods of translational research can be applied to important topics of interest to social and behavioral scientists. Accessible models and real-world case studies are provided to help bridge the gaps among research, policy, and practice.  Social and behavioral sciences now often contribute to public- and individual-level interventions that promote education, disease prevention, health care delivery, health care access, and more. This broader, more inclusive approach to translational research has gained popularity and been promoted by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, medical centers, and university programs.”


More New Books in Westwood

Here are some more books that are new in the Westwood library.

 The psychology of prayer 2013  Spilka and Ladd

 Essential assessment skills for couple and family therapists 2011

“Showing how to weave assessment into all phases of therapy, this indispensable text and practitioner guide is reader friendly, straightforward, and practical. Specific strategies are provided for evaluating a wide range of clinical issues and concerns in adults, children and adolescents, families, and couples. The authors demonstrate ways to use interviewing and other techniques to understand both individual and relationship functioning, develop sound treatment plans, and monitor progress. Handy mnemonics help beginning family therapists remember what to include in assessments, and numerous case examples illustrate what the assessment principles look like in action with diverse clients.”

 When to use what research design 2012

“Systematic, practical, and accessible, this is the first book to focus on finding the most defensible design for a particular research question. Thoughtful guidelines are provided for weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various methods, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. The book can be read sequentially or readers can dip into chapters on specific stages of research (basic design choices, selecting and sampling participants, addressing ethical issues) or data collection methods (surveys, interviews, experiments, observations, archival studies, and combined methods). Many chapter headings and subheadings are written as questions, helping readers quickly find the answers they need to make informed choices that will affect the later analysis and interpretation of their data.”

 Doing what works: An integrative system for the treatment of eating disorders from diagnosis to recovery  2009

“Eating disorders at times leave practitioners feeling as emotionally challenged and out of control as the patients they treat. This is the first book of its kind to provide support, direction, clarity, and optimism to clinicians treating these disorders. In describing what to do and how to do what works, reader-friendly strategies and holistic guidelines bring together science and human personality, protocols and art, skill and instinct, evidence-based research and practicable clinical applications to provide a fully integrative approach to eating disorders care.”

 Spiritually integrated psychotherapy  2007

“From a leading researcher and practitioner, this volume provides an innovative framework for understanding the role of spirituality in people's lives and its relevance to the work done in psychotherapy. It offers fresh, practical ideas for creating a spiritual dialogue with clients, assessing spirituality as a part of their problems and solutions, and helping them draw on spiritual resources in times of stress. Written from a nonsectarian perspective, the book encompasses both traditional and nontraditional forms of spirituality. It is grounded in current findings from psychotherapy research and the psychology of religion, and includes a wealth of evocative case material.”

 Cognitive therapy for challenging problems 2005

“This groundbreaking book addresses what to do when a patient is not making progress. Provided is practical, step-by-step guidance on conceptualizing and solving frequently encountered problems, whether in developing and maintaining the therapeutic alliance or in accomplishing specific therapeutic tasks. While the framework presented is applicable to a range of challenging clinical situations, particular attention is given to modifying the longstanding distorted beliefs and dysfunctional behavioral strategies of people with personality disorders. Helpful appendices include a reproducible assessment tool, the Personality Belief Questionnaire.”

 Cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders  2010

“Updating and reformulating Aaron T. Beck's pioneering cognitive model of anxiety disorders, this book is both authoritative and highly practical. The authors synthesize the latest thinking and empirical data on anxiety treatment and offer step-by-step instruction in cognitive assessment, case formulation, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral intervention. They provide evidence-based mini-manuals for treating the five most common anxiety disorders: panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. User-friendly features include vivid case examples, concise "Clinician Guidelines" that reinforce key points, and over three dozen reproducible handouts and forms.”

 The psychology of religion 2009

“Scholarly and comprehensive yet accessible, this state-of-the-science work is widely regarded as the definitive psychology of religion text. The authors synthesize classic and contemporary empirical research on numerous different religious groups. Coverage includes religious thought, belief, and behavior across the lifespan; links between religion and biology; the forms and meaning of religious experience; the social psychology of religious organizations; and connections to morality, coping, mental health, and psychopathology. Designed for optimal use in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, every chapter features thought-provoking quotations and examples that bring key concepts to life.”

 Psychodynamic therapy  2010

“Presenting a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to conducting psychodynamic therapy, this engaging guide is firmly grounded in contemporary clinical practice and research. The book reflects an openness to new influences on dynamic technique, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology. It offers a fresh understanding of the most common problems for which patients seek help--depression, obsessionality, low self-esteem, fear of abandonment, panic, and trauma--and shows how to organize and deliver effective psychodynamic interventions. Extensive case material illustrates each stage of therapy, from engagement to termination. Special topics include ways to integrate individual treatment with psychopharmacology and with couple or family work.”

 Five ways of doing qualitative analysis 2011

“This unique text provides a broad introduction to qualitative analysis together with concrete demonstrations and comparisons of five major approaches. Leading scholars apply their respective analytic lenses to a narrative account and interview featuring "Teresa," a young opera singer who experienced a career-changing illness. The resulting analyses vividly exemplify what each approach looks like in action. The researchers then probe the similarities and differences among their approaches; their distinctive purposes and strengths; the role, style, and subjectivity of the individual researcher; and the scientific and ethical complexities of conducting qualitative research. Also included are the research participant's responses to each analysis of her experience. A narrative account from another research participant, "Gail," can be used by readers to practice the kinds of analysis explored in the book.”

 Child and adolescent therapy 2012

“Widely regarded as the definitive clinical reference and text in the field, this authoritative volume presents effective cognitive-behavioral approaches for treating frequently encountered child and adolescent disorders. The editor and contributors are leading experts who provide hands-on, how-to-do-it descriptions illustrated with clinical examples. Relevant theories and research findings are explained, and exemplary treatment manuals and client workbooks reviewed. Coverage encompasses evidence-based treatments for aggression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, depression and suicidality, obsessive–compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and trauma. Ways to involve parents in treatment are addressed throughout.”


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