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Crisis in the American Heartland

George W. Doherty

Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute Press

c/o Loving Healing Press

5145 Pontiac Trial

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

9781615990757, $24.95,

When theirs miles between houses, mental health seems to be on the priority list. "Crisis in the American Heartland: Disasters & Mental Health in Rural Environments" discusses the need for psychology in rural areas as well as other disaster related services for people in rural areas. Although in fair weather, rural Americans are perfectly fine, the gaps between them and urban dwellers grows exponentially as conditions get worse. Stating there are many psychological elements not often considered, "Crisis in the American Heartland" is an important read for those concerned about the future of rural America.

Shame In The Therapy Hour

Ronda L. Daring & June Price Tangney

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002-4242

9781433809675, $69.95,

Psychotherapy routinely involves dealing with a patients poor psychological adjustment, interpersonal difficulties, and problematic life functioning both in general and specifically. Often this means dealing with feelings of shame if treatment is to resolve presented emotional and cognitive problems. The collaborative editorial work of clinical psychologists Ronda L. Daring (clinical researcher at the Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo) and June Price Tangney (Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, George Mason University), "Shame In The Therapy Hour" is a 408-page compendium of sixteen scholarly articles that range from Andrew P. Morrison's 'The Psychodynamics of Shame'; to 'Therapy with Shame-Prone Alcoholic and Drug-Dependent Cleitns' by Roand T. Potter-Efron; to 'Therapist Shame: Implications for Therapy and Supervision' by Nicholas Ladany, Rebeca Klinger, and Lauren Kulp; to 'Shame in Psychotherapy and the Role of Compassion Focused Therapy' by Paul Gilbert. Enhanced with an informed and informative introduction ('Putting Shame in Context' by Ronda L. Daring and June Price Tagney), a list of contributors, and a comprehensive index, "Shame In The Therapy Hour" is a seminal work of impeccable scholarship and a very highly recommended addition to professional and academic library Psychology and Psychiatry studies reference collections.


Albert-Laszlo Barabasi


c/o Penguin

375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

9780452297180, $16.00,

What is the science behind our will? "Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do, Form Your E-Mail to Bloody Crusades" discusses the science behind human nature. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi argues that human nature is bursty, where we spend a good time doing nothing, then surging with a wide arrays of things, and understanding these bursts reveals much in the predictability of human nature. "Bursts" is a fine addition to any science and psychology collection, highly recommended.

Career Counseling

Mark L. Savickas

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002

9781433809804, $24.95,

The path of the career is one easy to get lost on. "Career Counseling" is a guide to career counseling and therapy for the twenty first century where changing careers is not unusual and is widely accepted all around. Helping patients through a career crisis may be vital to finding the root of an issue. With plenty of sound advice and study for more effective approaches, "Career Counseling" is a vital and core addition to any career counseling collection, strongly recommended for community and college library collections.

Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder

Elizabeth F. Howell


c/o Taylor & Francis Group

270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

9780415994972, $35.95,

Dissociative personality disorder can make you feel an alien in your own world. "Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach" explores dissociative identity disorder through the work of psychoanalyst who specializes in trauma and the effects that the disorder can wreak on lives. Drawing on examples that many cases are facing, the connection to trauma, understanding the disconnection, trying to understand it, and fighting the suicidal tendencies in it all. "Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder" is a must for any psychologist looking for deeper study of this serious and life changing disorder and how it affects their patients.


Paul Watzlawick, John H. Weakland, Richard Fisch

W.W. Norton

500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110

9780393707069, $19.95,

CHANGE: PRINCIPLES OF PROBLEM FORMATION AND PROBLEM RESOLUTION provides a fine survey of why some people can change their lives and others can't. Psychologist Paul Watzlawick maintains that the solutions to problems lie embedded in the problems themselves - and his thoughts have influenced generations of psychotherapists and a branch of psychology called solution-focused therapy. This considers why problems arise and how they are tackled, offering a new edition with a new preface by Bill O'Hanlon that places the wok of Paul Watzlawick and his coauthors in a modern perspective. A top pick for any psychology library!

The Worrier's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination

Pamela S. Wiegartz, PhD & Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, Psy.D.

New Harbinger Publications

5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

9781572248717, $19.95,

The Worrier's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination teaches a program for identifying specific triggers to procrastination and changing negative thinking patterns, and is a fine survey for any who would set goals and change destructive habits that obstruct them. Chapters provide cognitive behavioral solutions to doubt, time management issues, and goal setting challenges and provide a thorough program for success.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

David Eagleman


c/o The Random House Publishing Group

1745 Broadway, 17th floor

New York, NY 10019

9780307377333, $26.95,

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain comes from a neuroscientist who considers the subconscious brain and its mysteries. From brain damage and recovery to synesthesia, criminal minds, artificial intelligence and more, this provides a fine survey of the latest research on the mind and the brain-body connection, and is a top recommendation for science and health collections alike.

Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook, second edition

Joyce Brennfleck Shannon, Editor


Box 31-1640, Detroit MI 48231-1640

9780780811461, $95.00,

Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook appears in a new second edition to provide the latest studies and reports on autism and related disorders. From genes to environmental factors, this covers basic diagnosis and the types of interventions that produce the best long-term outcomes, offering the latest facts in a rapidly-changing field. Both psychology libraries and general lending collections will benefit from the narrowed focus and wealth of cutting-edge research on trends and facts.

Autism Solutions

Dr. Ricki Robinson

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

233 Broadway Suite 1001, New York NY 10279

9780373892099, $24.95,

AUTISM SOLUTIONS: HOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL LIFE FOR YOUR CHILD provides parents with a solution-oriented guide that covers evaluation, diagnosis, education and treatment options for the autistic child. From the features of autism and its possible causes to common myths and realities about autism, Dr. Ricki covers all the latest research, treatment options, and her own approach to customizing the treatments to suit an autistic child's unique needs. She also maintains that autistic kids are undeserved medically and she covers all the common conditions and symptoms likely to affect such a child. Parents will find this a 'must' pick while general lending collections appealing to parents will find this a popular lend.
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