Adrianne Aron & Shawn Corne
Dennis Fox & Isaac Prilleltensky
Lawrence A Siebert
Primary Prevention Works: National Mental Health Association Sage Publications
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA), working with mental illness prevention leaders George Albee and Thomas Gullotta, has released an unprecendented book called Primary Prevention Works. The compilation of fourteen award-winning prevention programs demonstrates how some of the nation's leading mental illness prevention programs have positively touched the lives of children and families, and how these programs can be implemented in communities across America.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter writes in the book's forward, "I commend this book...and urge you not only to read about the excellent programs contained herein, but also to work to bring these and other high-quality prevention programs into your community. With so many pressing problems confronting children and families in America, we must act now to begin to reduce the tragedy of needlessly wasted lives."
Thomas Gullotta, M.A., M.S.W., CEO, Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, and George W. Albee, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont, compiled the programs detailed in Primary Prevention Works from winners of the National Mental Health Association's Lela Rowland Prevention Award. Established in 1978, the prestigious Rowland award is given annually by NMHA to programs judged to be among the most effective prevention efforts in the United States.
Although mental disorders cost our nation $72.7 billion each year in treatment, related support, and lost productivity, past funding for prevention programs has been inconsistent, due in large part to a lack of confidence regarding the effectiveness of specific prevention programs. "Extensive research has produced this collection of prevention programs that we feel make a profound difference in the lives of children and families," said Michael M. Faenza, NMHA President and CEO. "It is our hope that Primary Prevention Works will serve as both a catalyst and a how-to manual, resulting in community implementation of quality mental health prevention programs during this era of contracting government and volatile funding."
Writings for a Liberation Psychology: Ignacio Martín-Baró
(Harvard University Press, 1994)A collection of 12 essays in English translation by Adrianne Aron and Shawn Corne of CHRICA, the Committee for Health Rights in Central America. Martín-Baró, chair of the psychology department at the University of Central America, San Salvador, was one of the six Jesuits murdered by the Salvadoran government in 1989. Noam Chomsky calls Martín-Baró's mind "probing and humane, wide-ranging in interests and passionate in concerns, and dedicated with a rare combination of intelligence and heroism to the challenge his work sets forth `to create a new person in a new society." M. Brewster Smith calls the book "a fitting monument to psychology's only contemporary martyr." (Robert J. Gregory, Massey University)
The first section of the book, which we've called "The Psychology of Politics and the Politics of Psychology," deals with the role psychologists ought to be playing in the world, what it would mean to have a psychology devoted to human liberation, and other themes close to the hearts of radical psychologists. It's a book the folks on the membership list will want to know about. Martín-Baró, if he had lived, would have joined the RadPsy group.
"Reveals the workings of a mind that was probing and humane, wide-ranging in interests and passionate in concerns, and dedicated with a rare combination of intelligence and heroism to the challenge his work sets forth 'to construct a new person in a new society.' His life and achievement are a true inspiration." (Noam Chomsky)
Voices of Change: Participatory Research in the United States and Canada
(Bergin and Garvey Press, 1993)
- Introduction by Paulo Freire
- Series of theoretical pieces on participatory research and critical theory
- Examples of participatory research work in various communities
Critical Psychology: An Introduction
(Sage Publications, 1997)Twenty-five authors of nineteen chapters introduce perspectives on critical psychology's critique of mainstream psychology's status quo. Several authors are RadPsyNet members.
"Critical Psychology is the first comprehensive and accessible introduction of its kind. Recent years have seen a widespread and important challenge, on an international scale, to the moral, political, and scientific status of psychology. Critical psychology has transformed or influenced debates, research, and practice across the discipline, and yet much of its writings have been highly technical and complex. In this major textbook an international cast of contributors offer a broad ranging and clearly written introduction that guides the reader through the diverse strands of critical psychology. The book is organized into four coherent sections: Part 1 provides an overview that explores the values, history, methods, ethics, and practice of psychology from a critical viewpoint; Part II places a wide set of subdisciplines of psychology under critical scrutiny, ranging from intelligence research through developmental and social psychology to cross-cultural, lesbian, gay, and political psychology; Part III sets out major theoretical frameworks that have underpinned many critiques of the mainstream; and Part IV concludes the book with reflections both on debates arising in preceding chapters and issues for the future of psychology." Sage publications.
Growing Critical: Alternatives to Developmental Psychology
- Marxism & the Critique of Development
- Psychoanalysis & the Subversion of Development
- Poststructuralism & the Deconstruction of Development
The Biologising of Childhood: Developmental Psychology and the Darwinian Myth
(Hove UK/New Jersey: Erlbaum, 1990)"...[the book] was trying to show that the effect of evolutionary theory on developmental psychology has been really really BAD, because (1) it has been pre-Darwinian/non-Darwinian evolutionary theory thats been picked up [via chains of being, 'higher/lower' organisms, recapitulation theory etc] (2) not that the 'darwinian' is necessarily all that brill.[but thats another story] (but the "Myth" in the title is supposedly the myth that developmental psychology is/was darwinian)."
Psychology and Society: Radical Theory and Practice
edited by Ian Parker and Russell Spears
(London & Chicago: Pluto Press, 1996)Marxist Theses and Psychological Themes, Russell Spears and lan Parker
Ian Parker, E. Georgaca, D. Harper, T. McLaughlin, & M. Stowell-Smith
(Sage, 1995, ISBN 0-8039-7481-7)'This book should be compulsory reading for every trainer, practitioner and student/trainee in the fields of counselling,psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry...this book is probably the most important and potentially revolutionary critique of the "therapeutic and pathologising mentality" currently in print in the English language' (Asylum)
'Much of it is tired reiteration of ageing ideas modelled on Szasz and revering Foucault...Unfortunately, with its other deficiencies, this book is neither readable nor well-written' (British Journal of Psychiatry)
'If you are open to questioning at root the philosophical assumptions underlying, and often unconsciously "constructing", your own therapeutic practice, then Deconstructing Psychopathology is surely one of the most important books to appear in years' (Self & Society)
'This book is to be highly recommended' (Behaviour Research and Therapy)
'Certainly the bibliography is its strength, whilst providing clues for its textual deconstruction' (Medical Sociology News).
The Morals and Politics of Psychology: Psychological Discourse and the Status Quo
(State University of New York Press, 1994)Psychology's role in maintaining an unjust status quo,written in a clear style suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses.
(1996). The Survivor Personality. Perigee Books/Berkley Publishing Group, ISBN: 0-399-52230-1. Showcased on the internet."As a survivor, I am impressed with this valuable tool for those who look for hope in hopelessness. Dr. Siebert provides a practical guide for anyone who chooses to be a survivor rather than a victim." Edith Eva Eger, Ph.D., Auschwitz Survivor.
(1995) Peaking out: how my mind broke free from the delusions in psychiatry. By Al Siebert as told to Sam Kimball. Practical Psychology Press, ISBN: O-944227-10-4, Preassigned LCCN: 95-068297"Peaking Out is a gripping, harrowing story full of implications for the contemporary mental health community and for anyone concerned about her or his own freedom. This is a book to be read." Larry Kirkhart, Ph.D.
"A Secret Kept Hidden for Thirty Years. In 1965 Al Siebert, author of The Survivor Personality, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and was awarded a fellowship for post-doctoral training at the Menninger Foundation. The month before his fellowship started he found himself swept up in a life-transforming peak experience rich with insights and synchronicity. During this time he conducted an experimental interview with a young woman diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. His interviewing method led her to immediate recovery. When Dr. Siebert told the psychologists and psychiatrists at the Menninger Foundation about his extraordinary breakthrough, they declared him mentally ill. They cancelled his fellowship. He was locked up in the back ward of a psychiatric hospital. Signed out "Against Medical Advice" for thirty years, this respected educator, business owner, author, and community leader now tells his fascinating story."
(1996) The Adult Student's Guide to Survival & Success, 3rd Edition. Al Siebert, Ph.D. & Bernadine Gilpin, M.S., Practical Psychology Press, ISBN 0-944227-12-0"Now in an updated and expanded third edition, The Adult Student's Guide To Survival & Success is a veritable how-to manual teaching the reader how to overcome the fears inherent in returning to school after years of absence, get financial aid, gain family support, increase self-confidence, balance the demands of work and school, and earn good grades. There are chapters dedicated to helping the adult student overcome fears and concerns, enrolling, financial support, getting acquainted with the campus, succeeding in the college environment, the best ways to study, getting high grades on tests, writing papers, gaining family support, balancing the demands of work and school, influences instructors , salvaging poor grades, handling pressure, thriving in a world of constant change, celebrating diversity, career choices and changes, and internet resources for the adult student... The Adult Student's Guide To Survival & Success is practical, comprehensive, easy-to-read, "student friendly", and essential reading for any adult contemplating a college education-or who has already enrolled!" The Midwest Book Review's Internet Bookwatch March 1997.
"This review is posted in the internet newsgroup alt.books.reviews, on an interactive CD-ROM series for librarians (Book Review Index), with six internet bookstores, and will also be available for six months at the Midwest Book Review site: http://www.execpc.com/~mbr/bookwatch/ibw/."
"I wrote these in part because it is so hard to find books that introduce readers, and students in particular, to the social context of human behavior in a manner that calls the social context into question."
Damaged Life: The Crisis of the Modern Psyche
(Routledge, 1996)"a powerful and progressive analysis of modernity's impact on the psyche"
Life Choices: Understanding Dilemmas and Decisions(Westview, 1996)
"Anyone who has suffered the numbing oppressiveness of self-help manuals will welcome the appearance of Tod Sloan's Life Choices. ...[A]n 'anti-guide' to life's decisions that encourages reflectiveness rather than dishing out instant answers." (Joel Kovel)
Critical Psychology: Voices for Change
Over 20 contributors give personal accounts of the intellectual, cultural, and political journeys that led them to advocate various forms of critical psychology.
The DSM-IV Internet Companion (1998)Robert F. Stamps & Malcolm R. Morrison (W.W.Norton)
Featured selection, Behavioral Sciences Book Club
Principles for Promoting Social Change (1998, published by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues)
Entire booklet on line at SPSSI
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