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Reducing Barriers to Training of Blind Graduate Students in Psychology

by Heidi Joshi

To increase the number of psychologists with visual impairments, all levels of the pipeline, from graduate training through practica and internship, need to be accessible to this population. This study sought to determine the types of barriers students who are blind face in their psychology graduate programs. The areas explored in the study included accessing printed materials throughout participants’ graduate process, administering and scoring test protocols, accessing sources for research, and obtaining campus-wide communications. Attitudinal barriers were also explored in this study, particularly from supervisors, instructors, and peers. There is very little research in this area and as a result, this study was designed to elucidate the experiences of participants with visual impairments in their graduate programs. One goal was to give training institutions a better understanding of the barriers faced by students who are blind. Nineteen participants were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire consisting of yes/no and open-ended questions. Descriptive statistics were utilized in order to obtain the major themes of the responses. The most universal barrier related to the plethora of printed material encountered in graduate training. Nearly all of the participants discussed difficulties in obtaining printed material in alternate formats. They especially found it difficult to get enough sources in a timely manner for their research. Participants discussed missing class changes or other important details due to this information being posted in print and not accessible to them. Attitudes were a second barrier frequently encountered. Participants stated that they had to contend with the prejudicial attitudes of supervisors, professors, and peers who were meant to assist them in their process. Participants also discussed their wish to have more disability related awareness and education activities implemented in the curriculum of their graduate institutions. This would assist these institutions in overcoming the attitudinal barriers experienced by their students who were blind. However, participants also discussed supportive factors such as partners and professors who would provide appropriate classroom accommodations. Despite the over thirty years since passage of the rehabilitation act, and the fourteen years since the implementation of the American with Disabilities Act. Results indicate that numerous barriers still exist for graduate psychology students who are blind. These barriers must be aggressively addressed for persons who are blind to be afforded equal access to training in psychology.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The HIPAA Compliance Kit

by Ofer Zurr

The kit provides you with the most basic understanding of the regulations and offers practical ways to achieve compliance. Unlike the original lengthy and hard-to-follow legislation, this kit is written in simple, understandable language. The kit does not provide the state-by-state preemption analysis, which you can obtain from your state board or national professional organization. With basic knowledge of your state’s mental health laws many psychotherapists may be able to apply the regulations, as described in this kit, to their practices. This kit uses parts of California law as an example of the preemption analysis.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Research with Hispanic Populations

by Gerardo Marin and Barbara Vanoss Marin

The authors discuss different issues related to research with Latino populations.

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The Experience of Being a Bear

by Douglas Allan Graves

The study attempted to understand the phenomenon of a gay subculture of men who call themselves bears. A review of literature described a bear as a man with a hairy body, facial hair, and a husky, burly body type. Bears are defined by particular values, norms, and sanctions, establishing them as a distinct subculture. The bear subculture reportedly started in the mid-1980s, due to exclusionary practices by other gay males. Ideals for body image, disposition, and behavior disqualified many average men from being considered attractive, resulting in exclusion from many social arenas. This study attempted to provide a foundation for understanding one group within the gay community in order to provide the groundwork and justification for research, free of presuppositions and bias towards outdated research, for other subcultures in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Phenomenological methodology was determined to be the best way to study the bears, focusing solely on the actual experience of being bear. Following traditions in phenomenological research, several methods were maintained in order to reduce and remove suppositional contamination, including writing an epoche’, utilizing a process to clear suppositional thought, engaging in a reduction phase creating meaning units, allowing thematic groups to naturally emerge within a reconstruction phase, and developing a final essential statement of the bear experience. The results of this study confirm much of the historical and contextual data found in the review of literature. However, the results found that although a bear experienced himself as inclusive of others, the bear community establishes norms, values, and sanctions that exclude many men from being identified as bears. The results indicate that bears who experience rejection from the gay male majority recreate the rejecting attitudes within their own subculture. The gay male community recreates the exclusionary practice experienced in the American mainstream. As it expands, the phenomenon of becoming the rejecter rather than remaining the rejected appears to be a universal human phenomenon. A discussion about this phenomenon, other findings, and a call for further research can be found in Chapter 5.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy

by Charles R. Ridley

Discusses how individuals can learn how to confront their racist attitudes and become allies.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Survey Research Methods

by Floyd J. Fowler Jr.

Popular with those who want to collect, analyze, or read about survey data this book provides a sound basis for evaluating how each aspect of a survey can affect its precision, accuracy and credibility. Coverage includes: Improved techniques for evaluating survey questions, the latest options available to researchers in using the computer and the Internet for surveys, recent methodological findings to enhance survey research.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Culture In Special Education

by Maya Kalyanpur

Examines the impact of culture and special education.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Disability and the Muslim Perspective

by Rooshey Hasnain and Laura Cohon Shaikh and Hasan Shanawani

This publication will fill a void in the literature on disability intended for use by rehabilitation and health care professionals. We highlight both the difficulties and successes that Muslims with disabilities experience as they seek access to the opportunity to live a meaningful life. The growing number and diversity of Muslims in the United States challenges disability and health care providers and researchers to understand this population's perspectives, experiences and ways of practicing Islam, particularly relative to health care, disability and rehabilitation.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Psychology of Blacks

by Joseph White and Thomas A. Parham and Adisa Ajamu

This book highlights the limitations of traditional psychological theories and approaches when applied to African descent people.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Malcolm Gladwell

In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden

Inscription from the author: The Users of Bookshare.org-- May you find ways to fulfill your dreams and to help create a better world---Kumea Shorter-Gooden Shifting A RESOURCE FOR WOMEN THAT • Finally gives a name to the behavioral changes and emotional ups and downs that Black women undergo in the face of bias • Shows how age-old myths and stereotypes continue to affect Black women today • Breaks down the coping mechanisms Black women utilize to deal with discrimination, such as ”walling it off” and fighting back • Candidly talks about the ”home codes” Black women must follow within their own community, such as speaking a certain way or behaving submissively in church or with their partners • Pointedly discusses how undervalued and overlooked many Black women feel in the workplace • Shows the connection between dealing with bias and the disproportionately high rates of hypertension, obesity, and depressive symptoms among Black women • Sheds light on the ”Sisterella complex,” a distinct manifestation of depression common among Black women • Explores the ”lily complex,” the pressure Black women feel to reflect a White beauty ideal • Provides answers and offers examples of how women can reconnect with their true selves by seeking professional counseling, starting their own businesses, joining support groups, or taking other proactive steps WHAT SETS THIS BOOK APART • Based on the African American Women’s Voices Project, this is one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Black women’s experiences with bias • Engages all people, regardless of gender or ethnicity, with its poignant stories and common themes • Unlike most books in the marketplace, Shifting explores the impact of both racial and gender bias on Black women • Written in an accessible style; the dozens of women interviewed tell their personal stories in their own voices. Their honesty reminds readers that they are not the only ones dealing with certain challenges • Weaves together the existing research on the impact of bias on Black women while also building upon it with original findings • Gives a window into the experiences of 19 million Americans • Shines a light on the persistence of bias and discrimination in the twenty-first century and provides insights for all Americans on how we might build a fairer and more just society

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Getting Past No

by William Ury

Book discusses negotiation skills in a user friendly way. Applies to multiple disciplines and personal issues.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Learning to be Old

by Margaret Cruikshank

What does it mean to grow old in America today? Is successful aging our responsibility, and what will happen if we fail to grow old gracefully? Especially for women, the onus on the aging population in the U.S. is growing rather than diminishing. Gender, race, and sexual orientation have been reinterpreted as socially constructed phenomena, yet aging is still seen through physically constructed lenses. This book helps put aging in a new light, neither romanticizing nor demonizing it. Feminist scholar Margaret Cruikshank looks at a variety of different forces affecting the progress of aging including fears and taboos, multicultural traditions, and the medicalization and politicization of natural processes. Through it all, we learn a better way to inhabit our age whatever it is.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Students with Learning Disabilities at Graduate and Professional School

by Stanley J. Antonoff

This comprehensive text examines strategies to help students with learning and attentional disabilities get the most out of their graduate school experience.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Overcoming Our Racism

by Derald Wing Sue

This uncompromising anti-racist manifesto written for a white audience is concerned less with Klansmen and skinheads than with the white woman clutching her purse when minority teenagers draw near; the white man flinching at getting in an elevator full of black men; even the well-meaning but patronizing liberal teacher in a ghetto school. Sue, a Chinese-American psychologist, argues that the countless daily slights inflicted by such "unconscious and unintentional racists," do more harm to minorities than the occasional hate-crime. He reveals the subtle but pervasive bias against minorities in the economy, the media, school system, even the subconscious mind (whites have involuntary negative reactions when flashed subliminal images of black faces), and shows how the "invisible whiteness of being" allows whites to remain oblivious to the privileges they enjoy. The book demands that whites "accept responsibility for their whiteness," and includes suggested readings, videotapes, and exercises to help whites unearth and deal with their biases and learn to mingle with minorities. It includes a seven-phase program for reconstructing a non-racist white identity, culminating in a conversion experience, complete with emotional catharsis and adoption of a "second family" of minorities and other "liberated whites." Whites may bridle at Sue's accusatory tone and find the recovery-movement tone of his remedy off-putting. But many will feel a painful shock of recognition at his subtle but unsparing analysis of everyday racism, and find this provocative book a compelling challenge to their complacency. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

United We Stand

by Eliana Gil

This book is written for individuals with multiple personalities, and explains what multiplicity is, why it develops, how to understand it, and when and how to seek help. Multiples have too long suffered with nagging worries about being crazy or so unique that they cannot have friends or companionship. This book defines multiplicity as a creative and life-saving adaptive strategy, not as a "disorder" or sign of mental illness.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Nature's Operating Instructions

by Kenny Ausubel and J. P. Harpignies

This engaging collection of essays, culled from the Bioneers Conference, explores the possibilities for eco-consciousness to infiltrate and transform the industrial economy. The subtitle refers not to conventional corporate biotech (which is denounced in several essays, including Elaine Ingham's account of a genetically modified bacterium that could have wiped out all terrestrial plant life), but innovations based on the wisdom and engineering prowess of Mother Nature. On the micro-level, these include self-cleaning paints modeled on the structure of leaves, bacteria that eat oil spills and gardens that treat sewage run-off and sequester heavy metals. On the macro-level, they include industrial processes that, like thrifty ecosystems, recycle wastes or eliminate them altogether, and experiments with a "new paradigm for agriculture" inspired by prairies. The bird's-eye view is offered by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins, who advocate a natural capitalism based on the flow of services rather than the production of goods. Some of the pieces are written by green entrepreneurs touting their wares, with a less than meticulous accounting of performance and costs, and the eco-moralizing can sometimes be heavy-handed. But the articles are stuffed with intriguing ideas, and while they sound a necessary alarm about environmental destruction, they also point the way forward to solutions. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Black American Men Who Stutter

by Derek Eugene Daniels

Complete abstract: The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to develop an understanding of how communicative, cultural and race-ethnic factors affect the identity and lifestyle of Black American men who stutter. The majority of stuttering research in the field of communication disorders is designed to reflect quantitative paradigms that focus primarily on physical actions of speech. Moreover, many writers and investigators allude to the idea that racial, ethnic and cultural dimensions influence the lives of people who stutter, but rarely will one find in-depth studies to document this supposition. This study was designed to expand knowledge of what it means to be a person who stutters, and how communicative, cultural and race-ethnic factors affect one's identity and lifestyle. The primary investigator conducted semi-structured interviews with six participants. An initial 60 to 90 minute videotaped interview was designed to elicit each participant's life experience of being both a Black American male and a person who stutters. During this initial interview, the participant was also asked to respond to a contrived scenario. Data were analyzed for major and minor themes using a dramaturgical methodology (i.e., abstracting major and minor themes about (a) being Black American, (b) being a person who stutters, (c) identity and (d) lifestyle). The primary investigator conducted a follow-up interview with each participant approximately a week later to assess the credibility of the data analysis. Based on findings from the narrative interpretations and scenario answers, two major themes emerged: (a) avoidance and (b) perseverance. Minor themes included (a) race-ethnic dimensions to the participant's life experience, (b)perceptions of stuttering as physical actions of speech with little associated social implications, (c) negative self-esteem and (d) personal identity conflicts. Results indicate that communicative, cultural and race-ethnic factors influence the lives of Black American men who stutter.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities

by Dale S. Brown

The booklet is designed to help learning disabled (LD) adults become economically independent and fulfill their potential. Introductory chapters define LD and specify such types of LD as auditory perceptual problems, catastrophic responses, directional problems, disinhibition, perceptual problems, and short term memory problems. Psychological effects of never being diagnosed are noted as well as potential dangers of being labeled. Suggestions for securing a professional diagnosis and for diagnosing one's self are given. Parents are encouraged to find practical solutions to family life problems and to teach independent living skills. Vocational aspects are examined, including searching for a job, choosing the right one, and being proud of one's job. Ideas are listed for analyzing strengths and weaknesses to overcome one's own handicap. The importance of social skills training is stressed. Practical coping strategies for dealing with perceptual problems (visual perception, dyslexia, and auditory perception) and central nervous system disorganization (directionality, hyperactivity, disinhibition, catastrophic response, and perseveration) are addressed. A final chapter lists sources of further information, professional help, and self help groups.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Vulnerability to Psychopathology

by Joseph M. Price and Rick E. Ingram

Presents 20 contributions primarily written by psychology professors addressing vulnerability to psychopathological disorders across the lifespan. The volume introduces, reviews, and contextualizes concepts of vulnerability in psychopathology. The idea of personality from the perspective of childhood development is then discussed, with implications for adult personality disorders. The major Axis I disorders are then examined in terms of adolescents and adults: alcohol/substance abuse, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Summaries and ideas for future exploration are also covered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Mark Shell

Shell offers an impressive if challenging memoir-cum-treatise on the contributions of stuttering to the arts and beyond.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation

by Fred Pyrczak

In Completing Your Thesis Or Dissertation, Fred Pyrczak has assembled advice and anecdotal examples from seventy-one university professors for students who are frustrated with, or fail to complete, their dissertations. The wealth of techniques and strategies offered will prove invaluable for anyone struggling to complete a thesis or dissertation regardless of subject matter or category of topic. The contributors cover all aspects of the thesis or dissertation process including defending the writing, getting help from others, goals and timelines, outside pressures, overcoming self-doubt and anxiety, the prospectus/proposalm reviewing the literature, rewarding oneself, selecting a committee and chair, selecting a topic, writing, work habits, working with the committe and chair, dealing with writer's block, and more. Completing Your Thesis Or Dissertation should be required reading for all students who are faced with the often daunting task of writing a thesis or dissertation.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Disability-Specific Hassles

by Robin Timm

This study explored the nature of disability-specific stressors encountered by people with disabilities (PWD), examined the relationship between these unique events and psychological well-being, and determined the role that disability identity plays in the experience of stress. People with disabilities encounter many stressors comparable to those experienced by other minority groups including stigma, prejudice, and discrimination (Olkin. 1999). However, well-researched measures of stressful events have poorly captured the types of unique stressors experienced by PWD (Thoits, 1991). Therefore, this study developed a new measure, the Disability-Specific Hassles Scale(DSHS) to aid in identifying stressors and examining their impact on psychological well-being.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Narrative Therapy

by Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

Offers a fundamental understanding of the narrative approach to therapy and illustrates some of the potential applications of the technique.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Successful Beginnings for College Teaching

by Angela Provitera-Mcglynn

Laying the groundwork for a successful semester starts with the first day of class. Author Angela Provitera McGlynn tells that the first day is not the day to pass out a syllabus and let everyone go. Rather, it's the day to set the context for the rest of the semester. The author stresses the need for developing an atmosphere of respect for diversity while simultaneously providing a safe and exciting place to explore differences. Included are a whole variety of ice breakers and other exercises to keep students engaged and interacting. In addition, such vital issues as environment, motivation, and civility are addressed with suggestions for promoting positive interactions.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

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