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- PublicationInsights into challenging behaviour(TES Global, 2003-11-28)These five text books are designed specifically for students taking undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology. One of these books--Paul Bennett’s--is from the UK. The other four are written by authors based in the USA. All five would serve as useful resources for undergraduate psychology courses on this side of the Atlantic. However supplementary reading would be essential to add a European or British dimension to the four North American volumes.
- PublicationA quadruple dose of disorder(TES Global, 2001-11-30)These four textbooks are designed specifically for those studying undergraduate abnormal psychology at North American universities, but they would serve as useful resources on undergraduate psychology courses on this side of the Atlantic. Supplementary reading would, however, be essential to add a European or British dimension.
- PublicationA review of Wells, R. & Gianetti, V. (1990). Handbook of Brief Psychotherapies, New York: Plenum(Taylor and Francis, 1993)This handbook sets out to provide a comprehensive account of current knowledge on empirically grounded time-limited approaches to psychotherapy. The book contains 25 chapters divided into five sections. The first includes a series of essays on key topics such as theoretical integration, recent innovative approaches to process research, and the implications of mental health policy for brief therapy. The second section covers a number of technical issues such as managing engagement problems, using time limited contracts to promote change, setting tasks and single session therapy. The third, fourth and fifth sections contain review chapters on individual, family and group approaches to brief therapy. Within these chapters, psychodynamic, systems and cognitive-behavioural perspectives are well represented along with a number on interesting integrative approaches.
- PublicationBook review of Linley, A. & Joseph, S. (2004) Positive Psychology in Practice(Taylor and Francis, 2006-10)In the preface to this volume Martin Seligman notes that ‘the scientific psychological literature of the 20th century is littered with well-done analytic science that applied to nothing at all, and this is a fate positive psychology must avoid.’ Alex Linley and Stephen Joseph in their volume Positive Psychology Practice have taken an important step in diverting positive psychology from this undesirable fate. They have edited a compendium of scholarly chapters on practical applications of the science of positive psychology to important social issues.
- PublicationBook review of P. Barrett and T. Ollendick (2003) (eds.). Handbook of interventions that work with children and adolescents: Prevention and treatment(Taylor and Francis, 2004-07)With growing recognition of the importance of evidence-based practice, in recent years there has been a steady stream of publications which aim to summarise the implications of treatment outcome research for routine clinical practice. These have come to be known among busy clinicians as "What Works?" books. Barrett and Ollendick’s volume on interventions that work with children and adolescents is a welcome addition to this emerging tradition.
- PublicationBook review of: Newnes, C. & Radcliffe, N. ( 2006). Making and Breaking Children's Lives. UK: PCCS Books(British Psychological Society, 2006)The central message of this book is that distressed children who display distressing behaviour and their families are often involved with significant psychosocial challenges like poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, child abuse, inadequate educational resources, neighbourhood crime and other adversities. These children and families should be helped through thoughtful psychosocial interventions and community development initiatives which address their unique needs and requirements, not by diagnosing children with neurobiological disorders of questionable validity (like ADHD) and medicating them with drugs (like Ritalin).
- PublicationThere is no need to feel any anxiety(TES Global, 2005-12-02)These three textbooks are designed specifically for people studying undergraduate abnormal psychology at North American universities. Two focus predominantly on adult abnormal psychology, while Abnormal Child Psychology is exclusively about abnormal child psychology. All three would serve as useful resources for undergraduate psychology courses on this side of the Atlantic.
- PublicationA review of C. Keane, C. (1993). Nervous breakdown, Dublin: Columba(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1994)In Keane's book, an attempt is made to demystify the way in which mental health professionals deal with a number of different manifestations of psychological stress.
- PublicationBook review of D. Wiger (1997). The clinical documentation sourcebook: A comprehensive collection of mental health records of practice forms, handouts and records. Chichester: Wiley(British Psychological Society, 1999)This clinical documentation source book was written to meet the need of North American mental health practitioners for a system of documenting their work within the context of managed care systems. Within such management care systems in order to be reimbursed practitioners must show that services are necessary, and that the assessment and treatment procedures are appropriate to the disability and level of impairment shown by clients. The impact of treatment on the clients' level of functioning must be regularly documented and specific goals and criteria for discharge must be specified.
- PublicationBook review of J. Green & W. Yule (2000). Festschrift for Professor Sir Michael Rutter. Volume I. Research and Innovation on the Road to Modern child Psychiatry. London: Gaskell and the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry(Young Minds, 2001)All of the papers in this Festschrift are clearly written authoritative reviews of the topics they address. Each may be read independently by readers wanting a quick overview of a particular problem. Collectively these essays underline the extraordinary contribution which Professor Sir Michael Rutter has made to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry over the last half a century.