Los Angeles / Orange County Libraries
21May/130

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.”

2Jul/120

New PsycBooks

PsycBooks has added 8 new titles and 56 classic titles to the database.   A complete list can be found here.  Below are the 8 new titles.  A guide to using PsycBooks, one of the EBSCO databases, can be found by clicking on ""Finding Guides" on the right side of this page.

Bilingualism and Cognition: Informing Research, Pedagogy, and Policy  2011.  By Eugene E. García, PhD and José E. Náñez, Sr., PhD

“Bridging the fields of cognitive psychology and education, this volume presents research-based knowledge on language acquisition and learning to leverage the strengths and achievements of bilingual children. By understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of the bilingual brain and the need for socioculturally inclusive pedagogy, educational researchers and practitioners can better serve this rapidly growing population.”

  Malpractice in Psychology: A Practical Resource for Clinicians  2011  By David L. Shapiro, PhD and Steven R. Smith, JD

Many mental health practitioners fear malpractice suits. Besides obtaining the appropriate insurance, clinicians should understand the risks of lawsuits and implement risk management strategies to avoid unfounded malpractice claims and decrease the likelihood of being sued successfully.  With combined expertise in psychotherapy and law, Shapiro and Smith expertly navigate you through the unfamiliar territories of professional liability, negligence, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, HIPAA, defamation, violence and suicide, and trials and settlements.

   Self-Regulation: Brain, Cognition, and Development  2011  By Andrea Berger, PhD

This book presents self-regulation as a crucial link between genetic predisposition, early experience, and later adult functioning in society. Individual chapters examine what self-regulation is, how it functions, how genetic and environmental factors influence its development, how it affects social and academic competence in childhood and adulthood, what pathologies can emerge if it is under-developed, and how it might be fostered in children.

  Coparenting: A Conceptual and Clinical Examination of Family Systems  2011  Edited by James P. McHale, PhD and Kristin M. Lindahl, PhD

This landmark book was written to encourage good coparenting as a powerful support for at-risk children's social, emotional, and behavioral needs.  Part I examines the concepts, theories, and empirical research underlying this dynamic socialization force characteristic of all family systems. Part II explores clinical applications—the various assessments and interventions that promote coparenting. The result is essential reading for those interested in the welfare of children.

  Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions   2011   By Sandra M. Stith, PhD; Eric E. McCollum, PhD; and Karen H. Rosen, EdD        This book is currently being used in Dr. Sorrell’s MM636 class.

This book presents a safety-focused approach to assessment and treatment of couples who choose to remain together after one or both partners have been violent.  Treatment options for intimate partner violence have evolved alongside the growing awareness and broader definitions of domestic violence. Since 1997 the authors have conducted Domestic Violence Focused Couples Treatment (DVFCT), collected data, and refined their program. The authors outline their assessment and screening process and share case illustrations to demonstrate when conjoint treatment can be a safe and viable option.

  High-Stakes Testing in Education: Science and Practice in K–12 Settings   2011  Edited by James A. Bovaird, PhD; Kurt F. Geisinger, PhD; and Chad W. Buckendahl, PhD

This volume covers a selection of contemporary issues about testing science and practice that impact the nation's public education system, including local and state assessment development, assessing special populations, charter schools, and the role of college placement and entrance examinations. Also featured is a section focusing on validation practices, defining, and interpreting resulting test scores. Specific topics include the role of examinee motivation, obtaining and making decisions based on validity evidence, evidence of consequences, and considering contextual sampling effects when evaluating validity evidence.

   Shame in the Therapy Hour  2011   Edited by Ronda L. Dearing, PhD and June Price Tangney, PhD

This book explores the manifestations of shame and presents several approaches for treatment. It brings together the insights of master clinicians from different theoretical and practice orientations, such as psychodynamics, object relations, emotion-focused therapy, functional analysis, group therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy.  The chapters address all aspects of shame, including how it develops, how it relates to psychological difficulties, how to recognize it, and how to help clients resolve it. Strategies for dealing with therapist shame are also provided, since therapist shame can be triggered during sessions and can complicate the therapeutic alliance.

  Working With Narrative in Emotion-Focused Therapy: Changing Stories, Healing Lives  2011  By Lynne E. Angus, PhD and Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD

In psychotherapy, as in life, all significant emotions are embedded in important stories, and all significant stories revolve around important emotional themes. Yet, despite the interaction between emotion and narrative processes, emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and narrative-informed therapies have evolved as separate clinical approaches. In this book, Lynne Angus and Leslie Greenberg address this gap and present a groundbreaking, empirically based model that integrates working with narrative and emotion processes in EFT.  According to Angus and Greenberg's narrative-informed approach to EFT, all successful psychotherapy entails the articulation, revision, and deconstruction of clients' maladaptive life stories in favor of more life-enhancing alternatives. Because emotions and narratives interact to form meaning and sense of self, the evocation and articulation of emotions is critical to changing life narratives.

7Dec/110

New Materials in the Westwood Library

We have a new DVD and a new book in the library.  Both are available to be checked out:

 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2012)  by Hayes, Strosahl and Wilson

 This is the second edition of this seminal work. This book provides the definitive statement of ACT—from conceptual and empirical foundations to clinical techniques—written by its originators. ACT is based on the idea that psychological rigidity is a root cause of a wide range of clinical problems.

 Relationships, families and couples counseling  Program 3 of the series Psychotherapy with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients

 Throughout this DVD,  interview clips from same-sex couples, parents and their children are used to illustrate and personalize the important material covered by the expert presenters.

10May/110

New Books in the Westwood Library

We have three new books in the library.  They are being used this term in classes so they are on 3-hour reserve.

   The evaluation and treatment of marital conflict by Geurin, Fay, Burden and Kautto

   DSM-IV made easy by James Morrison. 

   Casebook in abnormal psychology by Brown and Barlow

8Mar/110

New Streaming Videos

We have three new streaming videos available through the TCS catalog

Children of the Amazon, 2008, 72 min.

Reflects on the history and more recent changes of the Amazon River valley and rainforest area, primarily through the introduction of a group of indigenous families. Through comparison of their current lives with the lives they led when the filmmaker first met them 15 years earlier, the film portrays the significant differences of their past and current lives. As their native lands undergo extreme changes due to deforestation and development, questions are raised and discussed regarding the chances of renewing or otherwise protecting the local population and their environment.

Bowenian family therapy with Dr. Philip Guerin, 2010, 119 min.

This video is one in a series portraying the leading theories of family therapy and their applications. Bowenian therapy, also known as family-of-origin therapy, looks at how previous generations influence the present family functioning. In this video, Dr. Guerin works to help family members link cognitive processes to emotional responses.

Strategic couples therapy with James C. Coyne  2010, 120 min

Dr. James C. Coyne discusses strategic couples therapy in which the therapist takes responsibility for what happens in the session and presents a plan for change. The therapy seeks to help the couple develop a problem-solving strategy tailored to their specific concerns and values. This discussion is followed by an actual session in which Dr. Coyne demonstrates strategic couples therapy and finally a final discussion and question and answer session is held with Dr. Coyne, the hosts, and audience members

11Feb/110

Conflict Recovery

A new study in  Psychological Science with potential interest for marital therapists, finds that if one partner in a romantic relationship recovers well from conflict, that benefits not only the recovering partner but the other partner as well - both partners feel more satisfaction with the relationship.  Most studies focus on how couples resolve conflict - not what happens after the resolution.  

A partner who recovers well doesn't let the conflict spill over or leak into other parts of the relationship. 

The study also found that infant attachment security plays a role in how partners recover from conflict.

"What we show is that recovering from conflict well predicts higher satisfaction and more favorable relationship perceptions. You perceive the relationship more positively," Salvatore said.  "The interesting finding is that you don't have to be the one who recovers well to benefit."

Read a news article about the study here.

27Jan/110

New Dissertations in the Westwood Library

We have FOUR new dissertations in the Westwood library.

The subjective experience of parents engaged in a conflicted divorce  by Shauna Spellman

An evaluation of the school-based integrative treatment manual for children with autism spectrum disorders   by Grace Liu

 Attachment, mentalization, and affect regulation: intimacy and conflict in adult romantic relationships  by Lori J. Grapes

                                                    An exploration of countertransference issues faced by beginning therapists from the supervisor's perspective  by Kimberly Eddy-Bross

Congratulations to all of you!

29Jun/100

Preventive Marriage Counseling

An interesting article in the New York Times discusses efforts by psychologists to assess couples before they need therapy or seek a divorce.  According to the article only 19% of currently married couples have had some counseling and almost two-thirds of married couples divorce without even seeking counseling.  The efforts have led to the development of marriage “checklists” and self-help programs that can identify problems before they turn into something harder to resolve.  These therapies could also be used to reach couples in rural areas where access to a live counselor may be difficult.

17Jun/100

New book in the library

We have a new book in the library - thank you Dr. Futerman!

Gurman, Alan S.  Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy.  4th edition.

This authoritative handbook provides a definitive overview of the theory and practice of couple therapy. Noted contributors—many of whom developed the approaches they describe—combine clear conceptual exposition with thorough descriptions of therapeutic techniques. In addition to presenting major couple therapy models in step-by-step detail, the book describes effective applications for particular populations and problems. Issues of culture, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are addressed. Chapters adhere closely to a uniform structure to facilitate study and comparison, enhancing the book's utility as a reference and text.

 (publisher’s description)

Come in and check it out!

   

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