OK, we all need a break once in a while. This past year I’ve read more fiction books than I have in quite some time, but that also means I’ve been slacking on reading mental health related books (including ones to put up as courses and giveaway for PsychContinuingEd.com). I’m going to give you a couple classic recommendations of a few fiction books that I’ve now read multiple times so that this past Summer/Fall wasn’t a waste for you, and then I’ll tell you about a large shipment of books I just got from the great people at W. W. Norton & Company. We have been lucky enough to have a good relationship with Guilford Press and now W.W.Norton is also sending books and will be helping us schedule interviews with their authors for our podcast. I will be recording a “new season” of podcast episodes after the holidays so if there is a person or topic you think I should try to convince to do an interview let me know. There are a lot of people out there that I have asked that have given me a tentative yes and I just need to twist their arms to schedule a time.
A quick word on some fiction just for fun… Louis L’Amour is known for his Westerns, but he also wrote 2 historical fiction adventures that I’ve read multiple times since my youth and have enjoyed them both times. I highly recommend both Fair Blows the Wind and The Walking Drum.
I have 3 classic SciFi “space” recommendations for you. One actually is a science fiction trilogy by Isaac Asimov where “psychology” (actually psychohistory) predicts and manipulates the course of history. It is interesting (though does get a tad dry in a few points). It is called the Foundation Trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation (Everyman’s Library (Cloth)). A book I highly recommend, especially if the idea of a colony on the Moon revolting against Earth intrigues you, check out The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.
Two books that I read in my youth and have recently read again and enjoyed again have also just been made in to movies. To keep with the space theme check out Ender’s Game
(and the many other books from Orson Scott Card that come after it– particularly the one’s in the Shadow series that follow “Bean”). Moving away from space back to a fairy tale time long forgotten, I also enjoyed The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again again as an adult and there is no shame in reading something again. In that vein, another set of books I enjoyed in my youth which are more old-world fantasy like the hobbit were surprisingly pleasant when I read them again. Those are The Chronicles of Prydain.
Now for a preview of the mental health related books from W.W. Norton that you can expect to see as CE courses, as potential free book giveaways, and in interviews on the podcast with the authors. As I get through them I will give you some more details on what I thought about each book. I will be busy reading in the coming weeks. The upcoming books, with linkes now also added to our updated website at www.psychcontinuinged.com, are:
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel J. Siegel; The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) also by Daniel J. Siegel; Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-Specific Interventions by Kathleen Koenig; 8 Keys to Stress Management (8 Keys to Mental Health) by Elizabeth Anne Scott; Executive Function & Child Development by Marcie Yeager & Daniel Yeager; Complete Mental Health: The Go-To Guide for Clinicians and Patients (Go-To Guides for Mental Health) by John Ingram Walker; The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It by Margaret Wehrenberg; Parenting the Whole Child: A Holistic Child Psychiatrist Offers Practical Wisdom on Behavior, Brain Health, Nutrition, Exercise, Family Life, Peer … Life, Trauma, Medication, and More . . . by Scott M. Shannon; Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Clients from Disease & Disorder to Balance & Wellness also by Scott M. Shannon; The Family Guide to Mental Health Care by Lloyd I. Sederer; The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) edited by Diana Fosha, Daniel J. Siegel & Marion F. Solomon; Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians by Kevin P. Stoddart, Lillian Burke & Robert King and coming soon: Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner’s Guide for Therapists by Linda Kelly & Janice Plunkett D’Avignon.
We’re very grateful to W.W.Norton for passing these books along (and we’ll be passing them along to some of you when we’re done with them).
Also, remember we still have lots of online CE courses including 15 great lectures on ADHD from Russell Barkley, an awesome evidence-based couple therapy video, and don’t forget 15 CE credits for just $60 for answering True/False questions related to the DSM-5. You can even see the T/F questions you’d be asked prior to purchasing the course by going to www.psychcontinuinged.com
As always, THANKS AGAIN, stay warm and have great holidays!
P.S. I’m still working on combining the ICD-10-CM codes used in the U.S.A. with the ICD-10 clinical descriptions from the World Health Organization (they use somewhat different numerical codes). It’ll be our little secret… but you’ll have them before 10/1/2014.