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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.


New Dissertations in the Westwood Library

We have two new dissertations in the library:

A Jungian oriented treatment plan for veterans in residential recovery: psychodrama utilization  by Ellis Leibman

The therapist's disability: Its impact on transference and countertransference by Lila Yedidsion

Congratulations to both of you!


New Dissertations in the Westwood Library

  We have four new dissertations in the Westwood Library:

   Korean American women: acculturation experience in the United States  by Kim Hsieh

  The effects of birth order on the personality of the middle child  by Mona Laaly

   A psychodynamic treatment for a high-functioning autistic adolescent by Sophia Nakabayashi

                                                       An attachment perspective on the use of therapist self-disclosure in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy  by Ginger Schwartz

Congratulations to all of you!


New Books in the Westwood Library

Thanks to a generous student donation we have two new books in the Westwood library.

Pope, K.S., Sonne, J.L. and Greene, B.  (2008)  What Therapists Don't Talk About and Why

Rosenblum, K.E. and Travis, T.C. (2008)  The Meaning of Difference : American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability

Come in and check them out!


How to Decorate Your Office

New research suggests that the softness, personalization, and order of a therapist's office might affect the client's perception of the expertness, trustworthiness, and social attractiveness of the therapist.   242 college students were shown 30 digital color photographs of actual psychotherapist offices in Manhattan.  The photos showed the therapist's chair and the rest of the office as viewed from where the client would sit.   If an office had more personal touches such as diplomas, pillows or pictures, or if it was orderly, participants expected that they would receive better care from the therapist in that office.  A "softer" feel - cushioned chairs, carpeting, table lamps, plants and throw rugs - also gave participants a higher opinion of the therapist occupying that office.

A second study found that participants thought that therapists with orderly, personalized and softer offices would be bolder and more qualified and that friendlier therapists had "softer" offices. 

Nasar, J. L. and Devlin, A.S. (2011).  Impressions of psychotherapists' offices.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, May 23, 2011.  doi: 10.1037/a0023887; 10.1037/a0023887.supp (Supplemental) 

Click here for the research article in the PsycArticles database.

Click here for the Medical News Today article describing the study.


New PsycBooks

PsycBooks added 2 recent books to the database last month as well as 20 classic texts from the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.  A full list can be accessed by clicking here.  The two recently published books are described below.  These books can be accessed through the PsycBooks database on EBSCO:

Methodologies for Conducting Research on Giftedness  edited by Bruce Thompson, PhD and Rena F. Subotnik, PhD

This book gathers a distinguished group of pioneers in measurement and statistics to offer creative solutions to the problems of conducting research on gifted and talented individuals.

On Becoming a Better Therapist by Barry L. Duncan, PsyD

"In the first book to detail the clinical nuances of using feedback to improve outcomes, Duncan presents a simple, five-step method of integrating outcome management with therapists' long-term professional development. With lively case examples, unfailing good humor, and a deep affection for therapy and therapists, Duncan's book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to rediscover purpose in their work and become a better therapist."


New Dissertations

 We have two new dissertations in the library:

Liminal dynamics: personal and collective influences on second generation Iranian-American males in the United States  by Alborz Bahador

Counter-transference disclosure: a contemporary psychoanalytic approach to the treatment of the alcoholic patient by therapists in recovery  by Martin Rips

Congratulations to both of you!



Cybertherapy may become a new tool in your therapy toolkit.  While cybertherapy has been used for decades, new advances in artificial intelligence and computer modeling have made the virtual experience more and more real.  Therapists are using virtual situations, like an airplane cabin for a patient with fear of flying, to allow the patient to confront his or her fears in a supportive environment with the therapist there to help.  Some critics see the limitations but as described in this New York Times article is has been proven to be helpful to many patients.  Research has shown that patients' experience in virtual worlds carries over into real life.


New Dissertation

We have a new dissertation in the library:

The effect of therapists' meditation practices on their level of therapeutic empathy and self-efficacy by Maya M. Shlanger  2010.

This, like the other new dissertations, is available in a digital format from the Digital Dissertations page.

Congratulations, Maya!


Therapy in the Air

What will you say when your seat-mate on a flight asks what you do for a living?  Will the truthful answer to that question result in a spontaneous therapy session with your seat-mate or wary silence the rest of the way?  A New York Times article explores both possibilities.

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