October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is domestic violence awareness month. Violence between partners and in families occurs nationwide, with far-reaching consequences. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey,

every year, millions of women, men, and children in the United States are victimized by sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. These forms of violence are serious public health problems that can be harmful to one’s health, both physically and psychologically. Furthermore, evidence indicates that violence experienced early in life can put one at increased risk for subsequent victimization as an adult. (p. 9)

The survey indicates that intimate partner sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking has been experienced by 37.3% of women and 30.9% of men in the United States during their lifetimes (p. 2).

APA authors and editors have addressed the scope of this problem, underlying issues, interventions, and prevention in multiple books.

As the editors of Violence Against Women and Children note, “awareness of the problem is the first step toward prevention. People cannot stop something they cannot see or name” (Volume 2, p. 3). We hope these resources can be helpful to individuals or clinicians who might need them.

References

Smith, S. G., Chen, J., Basile, K. C., Gilbert, L. K., Merrick, M. T., Patel, N., Walling, M., & Jain, A. (2017). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

October Releases From APA Books!

APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women 

Volume 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds 

Volume 2: Perspectives on Women’s Private and Public Lives 

Editors in Chief Cheryl B. Travis and Jacquelyn W. White 

Authors in this two-volume set provide scholarly reviews and in-depth analyses, with themes of status and power informing many chapters. Volume 1 describes feminist critiques of theory and addresses the uniquely intersecting components of individual experience. Volume 2 focuses on applied subjects, including psychological well-being, close relationships, victimization, and leadership. 

 

Integrative Systemic Therapy 

Metaframeworks for Problem Solving With Individuals, Couples, and Families 

William M. Pinsof, Douglas C. Breunlin, William P. Russell, Jay L. Lebow, Cheryl Rampage, and Anthony L. Chambers  

This book provides a comprehensive framework for individual, couple, and family therapy.  It also offers practical guidelines for when and how to use strategies from various therapy models and empirically supported treatments. 

 

 

 

Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service 

The Health and Well-Being of Aging Veterans 

Edited by Avron Spiro, Richard A. Settersten, Jr., and Carolyn M. Aldwin  

Contributors to this groundbreaking book examine the effects of military service across the lifespan.  Topic areas include the effects of combat and stress on longevity and brain functioning; the use of memory, cognition, and ego development at various points in life; the relationship between experiences of discrimination and the later development of PTSD; marriage longevity; employment; and the way notions of patriotism and nationalism among service personnel and their families may change over time. 

 

The Essentials of Conditioning and Learning 

FOURTH EDITION 

Michael Domjan 

Now in its fourth edition, Michael Domjan’s classic textbook presents the basic principles of learning and conditioning in a concise and accessible style, with an emphasis on the latest influential research findings and theoretical perspectives. While the field of learning and conditioning is more than a hundred years old, new discoveries continue to be made and new applications of basic research are tackling major clinical problems. Domjan summarizes these developments as well as basic learning and conditioning principles using both human and animal examples. 

 

The Ethical Practice of Consulting Psychology 

Rodney L. Lowman and Stewart E. Cooper 

This book, based on the APA Ethics Code, reviews the unique ethical issues that psychologists encounter when working as consultants in business and other organizational settings at three levels of practice: individual, group, and organizational. 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Elder Abuse 

A Clinician’s Guide 

Shelly L. Jackson  

This book helps mental health clinicians anticipate, recognize, and respond to elder abuse. The book quickly summarizes risk and protective factors, the important role of cognition and capacity, and clinicians’ legal and ethical obligations to report suspected or known elder abuse. Readers learn strategies for communicating effectively with older adults as well as working in tandem with adult protective services. Interventions targeting older adults and their caregivers are also reviewed, along with a summary of needed research. 

Celebrating LGBTQ History Month

October is LGBT History Month and today, October 11, 2017, is the 29th annual National Coming Out Day; a day celebrating all those who have or will come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied. NCOD also serves to promote awareness of the LGBTQ community and civil rights issues.

While coming out is a form of public activism, it is also an extremely personal decision that comes with its own set of emotional and interpersonal challenges. APA Books has published a variety of resources for members of the LGBTQ community as well as clinicians looking to support them, including the series Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Books in this series provide comprehensive overviews of the current research while also highlighting challenges faced by members of LGBTQ community, their friends and families.

 

Other relevant resources published by APA Books include:

Handbook of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Getting the Best of Worry, Stress, and Fear

Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations

The Lives of LGBT Older Adults: Understanding Challenges and Resilience

That’s So Gay!: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients, Second Edition

Happy Together: Thriving as a Same-Sex Couple in Your Family, Workplace, and Community

 

Click here to read an interview with APA authors Annalise Singh and lore dickey, on trans-affirmative counseling.

Click here to read an interview with APA authors Sharon Rostosky and Ellen Riggle, on how same-sex couples can actively manage stress.

We hope that these resources can serve as some help to any who may need it this month, and throughout the year.

National Depression Screening Day

Today is National Depression Screening Day. Depression is a serious, often debilitating illness that affects millions of Americans. But it is treatable. Visibility and awareness is the first step; too often depression is invisible, hidden, or mistaken for something else. Public screenings can help to bring treatment to those who need it sooner, and get them on the path to health.

APA has published several books on depression and its treatment:

  • The Prevention of Anxiety and Depression: Theory, Research, and Practice
    Editors David J. A. Dozois, PhD, and Keith S. Dobson, PhD, demonstrate that prevention efforts are warranted in addressing the two most common mental health ailments.
  • Experiences of Depression: Theoretical, Clinical, and Research Perspectives
    Sidney J. Blatt, PhD, integrates nearly 30 years of clinical insight and research exploring the nature of depression and the life experiences that contribute to its emergence.
  • Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse
    A volume of best practices in treating mental disorders in late life, assembled by Patricia A. Areán, PhD. The book includes an overview of geropsychology and the training resources available to help clinicians develop the competencies they need to work with older adults.
  • Relapse Prevention for Depression
    Edited by C. Steven Richards, PhD, and Michael G. Perri, PhD, ABPP, this book summarizes the progress regarding the theory, research, and practice of relapse prevention for depression. With a heavy emphasis on implications for practice, Relapse Prevention for Depression will appeal to therapists and other health care workers, as well as depression researchers and graduate course instructors.

To complete the anonymous self-assessment of emotional health, please visit: http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org/.

Clinical Health Psychology

Books in APA Books’ Clinical Health Psychology Series offer comprehensive but concise overviews of practice in specific areas of clinical health psychology, such as integrated primary care, women’s reproductive health, cardiology, oncology, and pain management. Each book in the series is intended specifically for mental and behavioral health professionals who are new to that field.  Here are the currently available books in the series:

Psychological Treatment of Patients With Cancer (September 2017)

Ellen A. Dornelas

This volume describes a range of psychological interventions aimed at helping patients cope with cancer treatment. Chapters describe assessment and treatment of common problems including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and cover broader themes in cancer care including the impact on families.

 

 

 

Psychological Treatment of Medical Patients in Integrated Primary Care (September 2017)

Anne C. Dobmeyer

This book provides an overview of integrated primary care for mental health professionals. It describes the benefits and key components of integrated care, with a special emphasis on the Primary Care Behavioral Health model of service delivery. Guided by competencies developed by the American Psychological Association and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, clinicians learn to work within a larger team to effectively treat a wide range of chronic medical conditions, behavioral health disorders, and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that commonly present in primary care patients.

 

Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients (December 2017)

Matthew M. Burg

This volume introduces mental health practitioners to cardiovascular behavioral medicine. Matthew Burg reviews fundamental information about the etiology and medical treatment of chronic heart disease, providing a foundation from which readers can learn to assess and treat cardiac patients. In addition to surveying methods and strategies for addressing comorbid psychological disorders, Burg describes how psychologists can help clients adjust to their conditions, change unhealthy behaviors, cope with invasive medical procedures, build social support networks, and face end-of-life issues.