Advice for Incoming College Students

New blog post at Psychology Today.

Excerpt:

If you avail yourself of all the phenomenal things that college has to offer, both in and out of the classroom, then you will suspend many of your long-held assumptions and open yourself up to new experiences and new points of view. You won’t let your fear—which always accompanies novelty and uncertainty—lock you into a narrow and unreflective worldview.

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Raskin Elected President of Society for Humanistic Psychology

I have been elected as president of the American Psychological Association‘s Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32). I will serve as president-elect during 2019-2020, president during 2020-2021, and past-president during 2021-2022.

According to the Society for Humanistic Psychology website:

The society represents a constellation of “humanistic psychologies” that includes the earlier Rogerian, transpersonal and existential orientations as well as the more recently developing perspectives of phenomenological, hermeneutic, constructivist, feminist and postmodern (social constructionist) psychologies.

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Fall 2019 Textbook for PSY412 Abnormal Psychology

“Abnormal Psychology: Contrasting Perspectives” book coverFor Fall 2019, I will be teaching:
PSY412 Abnormal Psychology

The required book to purchase for this class is as follows:

Raskin, J. D. (2019). Abnormal psychology: Contrasting perspectives. London, England: Red Globe Press/Macmillan International Higher Education.

You may purchase the book in either hard copy or electronic format. Hard copies can be purchased from the campus bookstoredirectly from the publisher, or from online booksellers such as Amazon. Electronic copies can be purchased directly from the publisher.

Students should try to read Chapter 1 prior to the first class. For those who cannot get the book before to the first day of class but still wish to get a leg up on this reading, Chapter 1 is available online.

Online First Publication: The Practice of Context-Centered Psychotherapy

A new article in which I interview Jay Efran about how he structures his psychotherapy practice is now available as an online first publication:

Raskin, J. D., & Efran. J. S. (2019). The practice of context-centered psychotherapy: A conversation with Jay Efran. The Humanistic Psychologist. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hum0000143

Abstract:

This article presents an interview with Jay S. Efran, the developer of context-centered psychotherapy—an approach to psychotherapy greatly influenced by Humberto Maturana’s structure determinism and George Kelly’s personal construct theory. Because Efran has outlined the premises of context-centered therapy elsewhere, the interview focused on the nuts and bolts of Efran’s independent practice, with the goal of illustrating how the way he works reflects his theoretical commitments. Efran was asked how he contracts with clients, structures first sessions, conducts the therapy that follows, and brings therapy to a conclusion. In addition to discussing what he sees as the predictors of therapeutic success, he was also asked about the size of his caseload, the duration of his sessions, the number of times he typically meets with clients, whether he takes notes during sessions, his thoughts on the role of medication in therapy, and how he handles insurance and billing. The interview concludes with a case study and advice to psychotherapists-in-training. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Cover, The Humanistic Psychologist

 

Are There Viable Alternatives to the DSM-5?

Check out my latest Psychology Today blog post. Here’s an excerpt:

Despite oft-heard complaints about it, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) continues to be the primary diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals. However, in the last few years there has been a lot of discussion about potential alternatives to the DSM-5. Below is a primer providing links to basic information about several alternatives for those interested in learning about them. Can any of these alternatives win something roughly akin to a diagnostic game of thrones? Let’s review some of the main competitors.

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Textbooks for Summer 2019 Classes

For Summer 2019, I will be teaching two undergraduate classes:

  • PSY273 Psychology of Adjustment
  • PSY440 Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Here are the required books for these classes. They can be purchased from a variety of sellers, including Amazon and the Campus Bookstore.

  • PSY273 Psychology of Adjustment:
    Moritsugu, J., Vera, E, M., Harmon Jacobs, J., & Kennedy, M. (2017). Psychology of adjustment: The search for meaningful balance. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.