Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska Review

The author of this book is John DeCamp. He used to be a senator here in Nebraska. I was 13 or 14 when this scandal was going on. I was close friends with one of the witness-victims' brothers'. I was too young at the time to really understand what really happened. I can tell you this...this situation was covered up not only from the Omaha Police Department but the Nebraska FBI and all the way up the ladder to the Regan/Bush years. There are many wealthy and well known people in Omaha and the majority of them were involved in this scandal. It sickens me that the victims of this scandal were either threatened by the FBI and recanted their statements excepts for 2 of them. And these 2 victims were charged with multiple counts of perjury and were sent to prison. I hope that in the close, near future someone will reopen this case and charge these wealthy individuals who didn't even get a slap on the wrist once and for all.
This book is by far one of the biggest scandals to have ever happened in the United States.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

100 Interactive Activities for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Review

I originally bought this book to use with adult substance abuse groups, but I have found it useful in every position I've held. This book is full of great activities that can be adapted for different age groups. While a lot of the substance abuse material is more appropriate for adults, each activity gives a target age group and many of them have a different version for teens. I have a lot of group workbooks, but this is the one I find myself reaching for most often - when my coworkers haven't borrowed it! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs group activities for a variety of issues.

On a practical note, the spiral binding makes it SO easy to make copies of the worksheets. I don't know why all group workbooks aren't made like this.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Intimate Partner and Family Abuse: A Casebook of Gender Inclusive Therapy Review

Family violence is a complex phenomenon. It is often reciprocal between the adult partners, and sometimes initiated by the children upon their parents and each another. Males and females, and parents and children can be perpetrators or victims in varying degrees. Over the past decade, many domestic violence experts have acknowledged the usefulness of couples and family therapy as an effective way to assess and treat family violence, while still ensuring the safety and accountability of all family members.

This casebook showcases a wide variety of couples and families who have encountered violence, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat them. The families discussed in these cases vary in their composition, geographic location, ethnic and socioeconomic status, and mental health issues. The case authors come from a wide range of fields, including social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, and psychiatry. The approaches they use include cognitive-behavioral, family systems, feminist, problem-solving, and many others.

What all these cases do have in common is that they demonstrate the complexity of assessing family violence and disentangling its multiple underlying causes. Each account includes a thorough description of the assessment procedure, treatment goals and reasons for selecting a particular approach (with a particular consideration of client safety), and an account of the course of treatment. Each study also ends with questions for discussion, making the cases perfect for use in a graduate course.

The book is primarily intended for mental health professionals and graduate students in the fields of family therapy, counseling, and family violence; but will also be of value to anyone in the field of family violence and those concerned with domestic violence public policy, prevention, and intervention.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

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