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New PsycBooks

PsycBooks added 2 contemporary books to its database in November as well as 20 classic books.  A full list of the new books is here.  The two contemporary books are highlighted below: 

Dynamic Network Theory: How Social Networks Influence Goal Pursuit  2011  By James D. Westaby, PhD

The author “melds social psychology's traditional focus on individual and collective goals with organizational/management science's analyses of institutional roles. The result is a masterly interdisciplinary work that explores these networks' generation of social capital in formal and informal organizations and settings. This analysis is made possible through a powerful combination of approaches from social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, organization/management science, social learning, and helping skills.”

Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy  2011  By Shari M. Geller, PhD and Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD

“Therapeutic presence is the state of having one's whole self in the encounter with a client by being completely in the moment on a multiplicity of levels — physically, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. Present therapists become aware of both their own experience and that of their client through bodily sensations and emotions, and this awareness helps them to connect deeply with the client. Therapeutic presence is not a replacement for technique, but rather a foundational therapeutic stance that supports deep listening and understanding of the client in the moment.”


New Book in PsycBooks

One new contemporary book was added to PsycBooks last month.  172 classic psychology books were also added.  A complete list is available here 

Below is the contemporary book added to the database.  It could be a good general resource and starting place for research:

 History of Psychotherapy: Continuity and Change, Second Edition (2010)  Edited by John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP; Gary R. VandenBos, PhD; and Donald K. Freedheim, PhD

 Here is the blurb from the APA store website:

“Published 20 years ago, the first edition of History of Psychotherapy (1992) is still considered the most comprehensive and authoritative resource on the subject.

Building on the success of its predecessor, this new edition provides timely updates to reflect both the continuity and change in psychotherapy and features additional theory, research, practice, and training. Focusing on critical turning points, 78 eminent authors examine the impact of social, cultural, and economic factors on the development of psychotherapy. Each chapter highlights the historical roots, current manifestations, and future directions of the field.

New to this edition are discussions on the emergence of multiculturalism, neuroscience, couples therapy, pharmacotherapy, spirituality and religion, and specialized research centers.”


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