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Weekly New Releases - Psychology

Weekly New Releases - Psychology


By Rita Kotzia

Millions of Americans every year are diagnosed with a serious mental illness and prescribed drugs as the standard treatment. But are these diagnoses always correct? And are drugs the only or best way to treat their symptoms?

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Ross McKenzie's psychiatrist told him he would have to take lithium to control his symptoms for the rest of his life. But the daily dose of the drug felt like a chemical lobotomy to Ross, leaving him in a foggy haze.

Ross believed there had to be a better way and even wondered if the diagnosis was correct. He detoxed off lithium and sought to uncover the root causes of his mental breakdown and pursue alternative treatments.

BIPOLARIZED follows Ross' troubled personal journey, while telling a larger story about mental illness and conventional drug treatments. The film questions whether many people are incorrectly diagnosed, and challenges whether toxic psychotropic drugs are the only way to treat mental illness.

Weaving together Ross' raw, heartfelt experiences with commentary from psychiatrists and mental health activists, the film recounts the alternative path Ross used to regain his mental, emotional and physical health.

Ross is now healthy, living a full life, without the debilitating side effects of psychotropic drugs. His experience is not unique, as the film reveals. Many are now questioning the standard diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, and finding that by choosing to discover the varied root causes of mental health symptoms, it may be possible for many to create a vibrant life, free from mental health disease, without the use of drugs.

Experts featured in the film:
Robert Whittaker, journalist; winner, George Polk Award for Medical Writing
Dr. Charles Whitfield, Psychotherapist; Consultant to CDC.
Dr. David Goldbloom, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Chair of the Board, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Gwen Olsen, Pharmaceutical representative for 15 years; author, Confessions of an RX Drug Pusher
Peter Levine, Ph.D., Author, Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma; Director, The Somatic Experiencing Trauma institute

  • "We are in an era where every personality trait that slightly deviates from the norm is assigned a diagnosis and prescribed a pharmacologic 'remedy'. As a clinician alarmed by the trajectory of this trend I appreciated how Bipolarized tackled this head on through the lens of Ross's very raw personal story". - Dr. Justin Busse, Associate Chief of Staff and director of Emergency Devices, Georgetown Hospital, Halton, Ontario, Canada

  • "Beautifully and painfully done. I have been a Trauma Therapist for 25 years. Your movie sheds light on what I truly believe is the consequence of un-processed trauma." - Barbara Wolfe, MA LPC

  • Winner, Special Jury Award, Health and Wellness, Worldfest International Film Festival
  • Winner, Certificate for Creative Excellence, U.S. International Film and Video Festival
  • Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Mad in America Film Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / (College - Adult) / 76 minutes

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    With Patricia A. Arean, PhD

    The population of people in the United States over the age of 65 is one of the most rapidly growing groups in America. Therefore, it is essential for therapists who work closely with older adults to be able to define and administer an effective course of therapeutic treatment.

    For older adults with mental health issues, problem-solving skills can weaken as a result of cognitive decline in late life. Problem-solving therapy is especially suited for work with older adults because it encourages the client to define his or her problems concretely in terms of the stimuli, responses, and consequences.

    In this video, Dr. Patricia Arean demonstrates the effective use of problem-solving therapy with a 62 year old retired woman who is the sole caregiver of her grandchild, as well as both of her parents. The client has been struggling with depression, severe mood swings, and sleeplessness for about five years.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / 100 minutes

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    With Susan M. McCurry, PhD

    With a continuously increasing aging population in the United States, there has been a commensurate rise in cases of dementia as well as incidences of adults assuming caregiving for family members and spouses.

    Because dementia is a progressive deterioration in cognitive functions that leads to intellectual, emotional, and behavioral changes, it presents significant challenges to the patient and caregiver alike. Often, the caregivers of older adults with dementia experience feelings of depression and anxiety as they attempt to care for their loved ones.

    In this video, Dr. Susan M. McCurry discusses and demonstrates her contextual approach to working specifically with caregivers of those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Dr. McCurry meets with a middle-aged husband and wife who equally share the responsibility of taking care of the husband's mother, who has been diagnosed with dementia. Dr. McCurry helps the clients discuss their personal choices and cope with their life-altering transitions.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / 100 minutes

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    With Guy S. Diamond, PhD

    Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild emotionally protective, secure relationships between family members. With its unique emphasis on the adolescent's developmental need for attachment and autonomy, ABFT aims to facilitate corrective attachment experiences within the therapy session.

    Although the model is trauma-focused and process-oriented, it provides a clear structure for this reparative process. In this video, Dr. Guy S. Diamond discusses the core ABFT principles and clinical strategies, the theoretical basis of the approach, and the evidence base that supports it.

    In the demonstration, Dr. Diamond works closely with a mother, a father, and their teenage daughter as they cope with the daughter's struggle with depression and her suicide attempt. Dr. Diamond listens attentively to all family members and then encourages the parents to focus on rebuilding an emotionally protective family structure for their daughter. This DVD features clients portrayed by actors on the basis of a composite of several cases.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / 100 minutes

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    With Peter C. Costello, PhD

    Early attachment experiences with our primary caregivers shape the adults that we become. The goals of attachment-based psychotherapy are to address the limiting effects of negative early attachment experiences and to strengthen the capacity for secure relationships and adaptive actions in the world.

    To do this, the therapist first establishes a security-engendering therapeutic relationship with the patient and then within that relationship helps the client to elaborate and express the types of communications, emotions, perceptions, and behaviors that were defensively excluded in earlier, formative relationships with attachment figures. As a result, the client becomes better able to communicate openly and accurately and to access more adaptive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in his or her own life.

    In this video, Dr. Peter C. Costello discusses the theoretical basis of attachment-based psychotherapy, and explores with a client the origins of her inability to communicate her needs and fears to those on whom she most depends.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / 100 minutes

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    With Shari M. Geller, PhD

    Presence in psychotherapy, considered to be a fundamental underlying quality of an effective therapeutic relationship, is essentially the state of having one's whole self in the encounter with a client by being completely in the moment on a multiplicity of levels: physically, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.

    Not a replacement for technique, presence in psychotherapy is a foundational stance that supports deep listening and understanding of the client in the moment, and is also a framework for psychotherapy that fosters a deep clientˇVtherapist connection through various aspects, such as the awareness of bodily sensations, emotions, and perception. Being fully present allows for an attuned responsiveness that is based on a kinesthetic and emotional sensing of the other's experience as well as one's own intuition and skill, and the relationship between both.

    In this demonstration, Dr. Shari Geller works with a woman who, after the loss of her brother and father, sought out the opportunity to release long-held feelings of deep pain and depression.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / 100 minutes

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    This CD-ROM describes the principles that underlie the development of patterns of behavior and considers the implementation of these principles to help deal with a variety of problems at the individual or group level. It looks at such topics as experimental plans, mentalism, reinforcement, and discriminative stimuli.

    CD-ROM (Win) / 2000

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    By Reid Wilson

    Reid Wilson captivates in this dynamic presentation of his distinctive approach to treating anxiety disorders. You'll reconsider your own strategies as you consider his paradoxical spin on the nature of anxiety and see his powerful methods in action.

    With an initial case demonstration paired alongside live analysis, Reid Wilson marks the culmination of over thirty years of clinical work in this new video featuring the core concepts of his accelerated approach to anxiety disorders.

    In addition to a hefty lecture on the essentials of Wilson's approach, you'll be introduced to Olivia, a woman who visits Wilson after all of her efforts at controlling her anxiety have failed. Contrary to the avoidant strategies she's employed in the past, Wilson suggests a counterintuitive intervention: "going after the distress."

    Wilson's compassionate but firm approach takes the view that "If clients don't risk the feared consequence, they can't get better." Over the course of just one introductory session, Wilson helps Olivia's "move toward" the anxiety that drives her compulsive behaviors, and fundamentally shifts her frame of reference so that she can more fully engage with her discomfort, and begin to win "the anxiety game."

    This enlightening video serves as a capstone for the Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders series, bringing you key elements of Wilson's protocol as it applies to panic, phobias, and OCD.

    By watching this video, you will:

  • Understand the core concepts of Wilson's strategic approach to treating anxiety disorders.
  • Identify tools for helping clients increase their tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort.
  • Learn ways to increase client rapport and gain consent to treatment.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 101 minutes

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    By Raymond Chip Tafrate, Howard Kassinove

    Watch anger experts Howard Kassinove and Chip Tafrate demystify the challenging work of anger management in this indispensable video! Whatever your professional setting, you'll breathe easier with this practical, empirically validated showcase of exercises, live sessions, and tools to strengthen your practice.

    Angry clients present complexities that challenge new and seasoned clinicians alike. Between the need to establish a strong working alliance with mandated clients, increase motivation in the face of therapeutic ambivalence, gain agreement on anger triggers, and navigate the mental terrain of clients who minimize their own role in their anger, therapists require approaches tailored to a condition much less understood than formal clinical disorders (such as anxiety or depression). In this video, two anger expertsˇXDrs. Howard Kassinove and Chip TafrateˇXoffer a series of live case examples grounded in their research-based anger episode model, designed to support both clients and clinicians in understanding the variations of the anger experience.

    Kassinove and Tafrate treat no less than seven different clients in this comprehensive video, with each vignette tied to a particular technique. Key concepts such as assessment, verbal reinforcement, interviewing, identifying triggers, relaxation techniques, and forgiveness are demonstrated, with introductory commentary and instructive captioning.

    You'll find valuable takeaways in each sectionˇXand prepare to be moved by an interview between Tafrate and Walt, a man who found healing through the long process of forgivingˇXeven to the point of befriendingˇXhis son's murderer. Less radical yet no less important are Kassinove's before-and-after sessions with Ian (the latter a one year follow-up), a young adult seeking help after a difficult breakup. The two clinicians balance inner change work with interventions to support letting go, making for a refreshing, contemporary take on anger control.

    This information-packed video demystifies not just anger treatment, but the anger experience itself. Give yourself the opportunity to learn from these two experts by adding this resource to your library today.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the clinical variations of the anger experience, including its emotional, cognitive, and somatic elements.
  • Learn strategies to assess and increase motivation with ambivalent clients.
  • Identify a range of techniques to help clients reduce or manage their anger.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / 169 minutes

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    By John Sommers-Flanagan, Rita Sommers-Flanagan

    How do you do an assessment, collect historical data, develop a treatment plan and create a warm working alliance with clients all in the first session? Learn from experts John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan how to quickly create the foundation for a successful therapy and engage clients collaboratively in the treatment process.

    Simply put, we believe this to be the best video on this topic ever produced, and in fact one of the top training videos in the entire field of psychotherapy and counseling! We've been in the business of producing and distributing videos in the field since 1995, so we don't make this statement lightly. (And we aren't patting ourselves on the back; we wish we could take credit for this one, but we didn't actually produce it ourselves.)

    Whether you're just starting out with clients or looking to expand your intake and assessment skills, this comprehensive video with John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan will guide you through the full assortment of clinical interviewing techniques.

    This video will help you gain confidence in both the science and the art of the clinical interview, and offer you the "foundation for intuition" that informs therapeutic assessment, intervention, and relationship-building skills.

    Skills, steps, and protocols are all covered here, with discussions of multicultural counseling, mental status examinations, and collaborative processes. You'll also see what not to do with a client, as part of a comical but cautionary demonstration on the pitfalls of directive interventions. For new and experienced clinicians alike, this comprehensive yet accessible video is a must-have in your toolkit.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Identify interventions along a continuum of clinical listening responses, from basic to complex.
  • Understand the goals and steps of different clinical assessments and examinations.
  • Learn tools for establishing and deepening the therapeutic alliance during various types of clinical interventions.

    DVD (With English subtitles, Instructor's Manual) / 128 minutes

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    By John Sommers-Flanagan, Rita Sommers-Flanagan

    Finally, some examples of the major psychotherapy theories all in one video! John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan present eleven of the best-known approaches to counseling and psychotherapy side-by-side, with real therapy sessions and extensive commentary covering theory, strategy, and effective techniques.

    Students and instructors alike have been hard-pressed to find a single, easily digestible resource covering the major theoretical orientations of counseling and psychotherapyˇXuntil now. Join John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan as they showcase the key principles of eleven orientations and, along with four other engaging therapists, demonstrate their techniques with a diverse range of real clients.

    Michael is renegotiating his relationships and formerly active lifestyle after a diagnosis of Crohn's disease; Peggy is warily considering new directions at an age when retirement plans are more common; Tesla, a dyslexic high school senior, seeks guidance on managing her college anxieties. You'll see three different clinicians lead them though person-centered, existential, and solution-focused therapy, respectively, in exchanges that highlight the orientation's theory and real-time application, leading each client to deeper insight and connection.

    Pragmatic with careful attention to each session's details, the Sommers-Flanagans take you through a host of additional theories (including reality therapy, Gestalt, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, and CBT) while illustrating techniques such as confrontation, the empty chair, presence, reflective listening, problem-solving, psychoeducation, and many more. If you want a video that explains it all in one place, Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories is a must-have in your library.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Increase your theoretical knowledge of eleven counseling and psychotherapy approaches.
  • Understand the therapeutic stance and strategies involved in each approach.
  • Identify the primary clinical interventions of each approach and discover ways to adapt them to your own practice.

    DVD (With English subtitles, Instructor's Manual) / 265 minutes

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    By Sue Johnson

    The therapeutic needs of same-sex couples are given some long-overdue attention in this masterful video with EFT originator Dr. Sue Johnson, who offers fresh hope to a gay and a lesbian couple using her signature framework for repairing the partners' emotional "dance."

    The underlying assumption in Emotionally Focused Therapy, says expert couples therapist Dr. Sue Johnson, is that vulnerable emotions, emotion regulation strategies, and attachment needs and fears are universal. In this illuminating new video, Johnson applies her groundbreaking therapeutic framework to the relationship difficulties of two same-sex couples, one gay and one lesbian.

    Tim and Andrew, along with Jamie and Kelly, have participated in a handful of EFT sessions to understand their seemingly deep-seated conflicts and salvage their partnershipsˇXor to decide once and for all if that's even possible. In consultation with their respective therapists, Johnson enters the room for an extended session with each couple, where she masterfully helps deconstruct their relationship patterns, meticulously tracks each partner to reveal their core attachment messages, and employs direct communication tactics to guide them closer to the "safe haven" of a mutually satisfying bond. All this is done with a trusting working alliance and empathic attention to the issues same-sex couples faceˇXwhich you'll learn more about by watching Johnson's unique panel discussion with three other EFT therapists.

    If you're looking to increase your skill with same-sex couples or gain deeper insight into the EFT model for partners of any sexual orientation, you'll love this engaging and culturally important video.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand how the core attachment orientation of EFT fits with same-sex couples.
  • Learn to apply essential EFT interventions to these couples.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the particular issues same-sex partners face, and ways to adapt EFT to address these issues.

    2 DVDs (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 220 minutes

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    By Stephen Snow

    Gain new tools for helping adults with developmental disabilities using creative arts therapies within Dr. Snow's unique ethnodramatherapy model.

    Dr. Stephen Snow uses the term "emancipatory potential" to describe the impact of a unique therapeutic model on these actors with disablilites. As you watch the group develop, rehearse, and ultimately present their life histories onstage, you'll learn how a model known as ethnodramatherapy builds on traditional drama and arts therapies techniques, along with Mienczakowski's ethnodrama method, to bring expression to the challenges marginalized populations experience on a daily basis.

    In this video, you'll find educational commentary, personal interviews, and an epilogue by Snow, including ways to incorporate expressive arts, poetry, music, and dance into work with adults with developmental disabilities. You'll be moved by the humorous, touching, and at times disturbing stories of Snow's group, presented by the actors themselves. In addition, you'll hear feedback from their receptive audiences, including young students, that illustrate both the show's effectiveness and the attitudinal shifts that can occur as a result of seeing such a performance.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the objectives and methodology of the ethnodramatherapy approach.
  • Identify ways to incorporate expressive and performance art into work with adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Learn tools for measuring the therapeutic impact of an ethnodramatherapy performance featuring marginalized populations.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual) / 42 minutes

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    This powerful program focuses on the connection between so-called "delinquent youth" and the experience of childhood trauma such as emotional, sexual, or physical abuse. The program features the unique stories of four young adults who are survivors of childhood trauma. They candidly discuss their troubled childhood and teenage years and reveal how, with the help of caring adults, they were able to salvage their lives. The caregivers, who helped these young adults through their teenage years, are joined by other helping professionals who provide thorough discussions of diagnosis and treatment issues. They offer valuable guidelines and insights on working with adolescents who have experienced childhood trauma.

    DVD (With Discussion Guide)

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    By Derald Wing Sue

    In this provocative interview with multicultural expert Derald Wing Sue, learn about the history of multicultural counseling, the unmet needs of diverse clients, and ways to counter the culture-bound values that may be impacting your work.

    It's not enough to bring an empathic stance to multicultural clients, argues Dr. Derald Wing Sue in this brand-new video interview. The seasoned researcher, clinician, and author of Counseling the Culturally DiverseˇXthe groundbreaking text that, more than three decades after its release, remains the most frequently cited and widely used resource on cross-cultural counselingˇXmaintains that when it comes to working with minority clients, taking a frank, unbiased look at our own place within our culture is crucial for attracting clients of a differing culture to your office, establishing a trusting working alliance, and meeting their ongoing therapeutic needs.

    Sue breaks down several of his well-known concepts here, illustrating ideas such as white privilege and its invisibility in traditional clinical theory; the three levels of identification that white therapists tend to miss with minority clients, leading them to feel dismissed and potentially pathologized; and the cumulative microaggresions that plague members of cultural minorities on a daily basis. He also describes why talking about race can be challenging in the consulting room.

    In addition to these frameworks, you'll watch Sue discuss ways to counter this cultural conditioning during clinical training, including his first-of-its-kind program that weaves cross-cultural immersion into multiple aspects of the educational process.

    Whether you're looking to deepen your cultural competence, wanting to learn more about the origin of multicultural counseling theories, or are searching for practical applications for your work with clients, you'll find plenty to chew on in this riveting interview with a pioneer in our field.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Deepen your understanding of white privilege, microagressions, and other important cross-cultural counseling concepts.
  • Consider how your own cultural background may be impacting your approach to clinical work.
  • Learn tools for developing multicultural competence with diverse client populations.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 84 minutes

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    This program discusses the nature, symptoms, and psychotropic medications used to control hallucinations, paranoia, and other evidences of schizophrenia; it focuses on the deinstitutionalization of patients, explaining the problems of releasing patients with mental disorders into communities with insufficient resources to deal with them.

    DVD / 19 minutes

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