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27 Jun

An EXCELLENT review of a book…It has peaked my interest significantly:) I may have to go get this and add my thoughts/reactions at a later date. Please comment/post or tweet if you have read this or have any suggestions for books I should consider:D

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With a book dedicated to analyzing psychopaths, a group that often brings to mind stereotypical terms such as ‘deranged,’ ‘emotionless’ and ‘dangerous,’ it is hard not to be attracted to it.

I was half expecting to read about the infamous Jack the Ripper or some other brutal serial killers, only to have author Jon Ronson dig deep into the mind boggling business for psychopaths.

“I remembered those psychologists who said psychopaths made the world go around. They meant it: society was, they claimed, an expression of that particular sort of madness.”

Starting off with the most widely used diagnostic test for psychopathy, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which the book’s title is based on, Ronson laid the foundation with an ‘official’ definition.

“Psychopaths are predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, sex and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs,” Bob Hare, creator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist…

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29 Sep

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Book Review: Fundamental Skills for Mental Health Professionals

6 Mar

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“Fundamental Skills for Mental Health Professionals” by Linda Seligman.

It’s a basic coverage of techniques and how to integrate the assessment process into therapeutic sessions.  Broken into 6 main sections, Seligman discusses (1) establishing foundational skills, (2) using these foundational skills to assess and incorporate client background, (3) skills involving emotional experience, (4) assessing thought processes, (5) changing behaviors, (6) solidifying skills over time and with experience.  An excellent companion book to graduate studies or a compact refresher of theory.

Another add to my “want to read” list: The Pocket Therapist

23 Oct

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You know the WWJD thing? (What would Jesus do?)  This book is suppose to be along the lines of “what would a therapist say?”

I must admit to a sort of curiosity coupled with worry…this could either be hilarious or completely crash & burn 😛 However, knowing me, the curiosity will win out.  Has anyone read this???  If so let me know what you thought of it 😀

Art of Self-Loathing

18 Oct

I have not read this book…but it looks hilarious!!! I’m so adding this to my “want to read” category 🙂

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“A wickedly funny parody of self-help books and the entire personal growth movement. This book isn’t just reverse psychology, it’s PERVERSE psychology. Edgy, dark and hilarious, the ten steps range from creating a negative self-image to developing an addiction. This audacious and shocking black comedy might actually be helpful-if you do the exact opposite of what is suggested.” ~ Amazon.com

Review: “Escape from Babel” – Ch. 2 -> Ch. 3

3 Oct

We return to the text “Escape from Babel” by Miller, Duncan, and Hubble.  The book is getting better and better, although chapter three felt like it would never end…it had a large number of case study examples in it (which is great for vicariously applicable knowledge); however, in trying to pace/read a manageable amount of pages per day it was a little on the frustrating side:) I felt like I’d read 4 or 5 chapters after reading only two.  And, no…I’m not complaining about length.  I just want to be able to describe and absorb all the information crammed into those pages. (And there is a LOT of great information in this book!!!)

The most important element I took away from Ch2 & 3 was the role of extratherapeutic factors in the counseling process.  Extratherapeutic factors are those events that occur separate and external from the counseling session, and which cause reported client progress.

…client’s preexisting strengths, resources, and abilities in combination with fortuitous extratherapeutic events are the largest contributors to psychotherapy outcome. (Miller, Duncan, & Hubble, 1997, p. 39)

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