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Trauma Psychology in Context: International Vignettes and Applications from a Lifespan Clinical-Community Psychology Perspective

Robert F. Morgan, Ph.D. with guest contributions from Jesus Aros, Peter Allen Brown, Cecilia Chu, Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz, Paul Fisher, Keith Harris, Bertram Karon, Michael Knowles, NIgel Marsh, Adam McCray, Angel Kwan-Yin Morgan, Nenna Ndukwe, Zachary Olson, Jerrold Shapiro, Benjamin Tong, and Mark Yoslow

Book Description

Publication Date: January 1, 2012 With growing trauma from economic and natural disasters, the massive influx of returning veterans and victims of the various ongoing wars and other conflicts, interest in the psychology of trauma expanded exponentially, moving from important to essential. Graduate and post-graduate programs for mental health practitioners now need strong curricular opportunities for training in the psychology of trauma. Current innovations in this field draw from lifespan development, community, social, existential, and clinical psychology, as will this book. The recent applications of Chaos Theory to clinical psychology, and now trauma psychology, initiated by the work of Michael Butz (1997, 2004) has been added to this mix and will be part of many chapters. Many of the vignette contributors teach this class and supervise graduate students in practicum and internship settings at universities in the United States and in an Australian university in Singapore. This is current international text replete with vignettes, applications, and case histories. Trauma Psychology as a rapidly growing field can benefit from a new text that has viability for both professionals in mental health and those training to be professionals in mental health. The primary area of impact for this book is addressing the prevention and treatment of trauma, both at individual and community levels and across the lifespan.

Book Details

Paperback: 448 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 188567919X

ISBN-13: 978-1885679192

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Reviews for Trauma Psychology in Context

“.. a unique contribution to our understanding of the traumatic effects of psychological stress and its effects on emotional reactions."

Expert's comment By Charles D. Spielberger, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Research Professor and Director, Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida. Dr. Spielberger is a past president of the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Applied Psychology. His work on trait/state psychology was an essential contribution to the field.  

“This is a strange book, as you would expect from its author. Who else would dare to write a serious book on trauma work in cultural context that was laugh-out-loud funny? The funny thing is how integral humor is to the message of the book. There are many instances where Morgan's creative, intuitive use of humor was just the needed therapeutic touch in a difficult situation. Those looking for a how-to manual may accordingly be disappointed--the specific inspired interventions will seldom be generalizable--but it can still be useful at a more abstract level, in encouraging those working with trauma victims across cultural contexts to take a chance on giving their imagination freer rein, and even the judicious use of humor. In a panel on the use of humor in psychotherapy at the first Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Phoenix in 1985, Murray Bowen said simply that he thought humor was essential in psychotherapy—‘But: It can be learned.’In the worst case, if you never learn how to do what Morgan does, the effort will still have been entertaining.”  

Expert's Comment By Michael Acree, PhD University of California, San Francisco

“The new book arrived this morning.  I fully intended to put it lovingly aside for a day or two and get back to work, which is what I am supposed to be doing this afternoon.  But I have found  unfettered creativity irresistible, and have discovered that I have zero resistance to ingeniously interspersed evocative illustrations. I first turned to Karon’s Afterword.  His repetition of the opening sentence as a concluding sentence is a stroke of genius, reminiscent of a good musical composition. As a whole, this book is the sort of collage that is irrepressible, and consequently, inescapably thought-provoking.”

Expert's comment By Hans Toch, PhD, Professor of Social Psychology at the State University of New York’s School of Criminal Justice. A social psychologist working in criminology and criminal justice administration, Dr. Toch is a prolific author whose books include Living in Prison (Free Press, 1975), Violent Men (Aldine, 1969), The Disturbed Violent Offender (with Ken Adams, Yale, 1989), Police as Problem Solvers (with J.D. Grant, Plenum, 1991), Mosaic of Despair (A.P.A. Books, 1992), Police Violence (with William Geller, Yale, 1996), Corrections: A Humanistic Approach, (Harrow and Heston, 1997) and Acting Out (with Ken Adams), APA Books, 2002.  Hans Toch is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Society of Criminology, and in 1996 he served as president of the American Association for Forensic Psychology. He was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Violence and a consultant to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. His book Men in Crisis won the Hadley Cantril Memorial Award and he is co-recipient of the August Vollmer Award from the ASC.   

Electroshock: the Case Against

Dr. Robert F. Morgan, Editor, Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D., Berton Roueche, John M. Friedberg, M.D., Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Leonard R. Frank

Book Description

Four decade review of the evolution of ECT including harmful effects and opposition to its continued usage. A pioneering oppositon in each decade is highlighted. Includes case history and an intro by Dr. Bertram Karon.

Book Details

Paperback 104 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1885679025
ISBN-13: 978-1885679024
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Reviews for Electroshock: the Case Against
"This collection of brilliant and courageous critiques is a call to arms to abolish electroshock... I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject." 
From Don Weitz, OPSA NEWS

​“This book by Dr. Robert F. Morgan explores the history of ECT, as well as its re-emergence as a treatment of choice, based on the marketing of a new and improved ECT. Says Morgan: ‘The only depression it cures is the economic depression of psychiatry’. Anyone who is interested in the history of ECT and the medical issues surrounding it should read this book. It includes chapters by Dr. Peter Breggin, Dr. John Friedberg and Leonard Roy Frank. If you only read one book about ECT, let it be this one.”  
From Juli Lawrence, actress and activist

Growing Younger: How to Measure & Change Your Body's Age

Dr. Robert F. Morgan with Jane Wilson

Book Description

How to measure and change the reader's own body age; includes the manual for a brief and comfortable test.

Book Details

Paperback: 272 pages
Language: English ISBN-10: 1885679092 ISBN-13: 978-1885679093

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Reviews for Growing Younger: How to Measure & Change Your Body's Age

"The first practical handbook for layman or researcher on the conquest of human aging. The best self-help book I've ever read- wise, authoritative, hopeful and without the cliches and facile generalizations that often mar this genre."
From Judy Stoffman, Senior Editor, Today magazine
"An important, vital contribution... a wealth of information that brings past research into present-day perspective and focus... practical tools for developing, verifying and exploring our own abilities... Genuine food for thought to the scientist, layman, clinician and dreamer alike."
From Raymond J. Prohaska, Chairman, Foundation for the Study of Aging.

"An important, vital contribution... a wealth of information that brings past research into present-day perspective and focus... practical tools for developing, verifying and exploring our own abilities... Genuine food for thought to the scientist, layman, clinician and dreamer alike."
From Victor Rausch, D.D.S. and Hypnosis Expert

"An enormous wealth of information relating to human growth and aging process... They are to be congratulated for putting together an instructive, comprehensive text that reads like a novel."
From David B. Cheek, M.D., F.A.C.S., Dean of American Clinical Hypnosis

"The enduring optimism that is the tone of this book leaves one feeling almost warm... Those who read it may soon discover a path to a longer, livelier and lovelier life."
From Stephen A. Chris, Ph.D., Waterloo County Board of Education, Ontario, Canada

Training the Time Sense: Hypnotic and Conditioning Approaches

Dr. Robert F. Morgan

Book Description

Eleven chapters and selected articles on pioneering methods of manipulating the time sense for personal and professional use by hypnosis and conditioning.

Book Details

Paperback: 178 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1-885679-10-6

ISBN-13: 978-1885679109

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Reviews for Training the Time Sense: Hypnotic and Conditioning Approaches

"Tired of feeling trapped in a race against time? Time sickness can be cured, say stress experts. Coping with it can be as simple as sitting back in your chair or as involved as biofeedback, hypnosis, or meditation. These techniques will help you slow down as well as become more productive." 
From Liz Luftkin, Working Women magazine.

"Whether the goal is resetting one's biological time clock, lowering body age, gaining an hour's worth of rest in a five-minute trance, using a time wedge to sort out tough choices- or even asking advice from an older and wiser version of oneself... you can use your mind to put time to work for you." 
From Gurney Williams III, Longevity magazine.

"This very interesting book made available a really varied and complete collection of the many approaches to this fascinating field. I know that Milton considered Linn Cooper to be an important pioneer in the study of time perception. .. Would have pleased Milton very much." From Elizabeth Erickson, Erickson Institute (widow of hypnosis giant Milton Erickson).

The Iatrogenics Handbook: a Critical Look at Research and Practice in the Helping Professions

Dr. Robert F. Morgan, Editor

Book Description

Contributions from pioneering American and Canadian professionals on the many aspects of iatrogenic practice, when helping hurts, and how to prevent this.

Book Details

Paperback: 456 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1885679114

ISBN-13: 978-1885679116

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Reviews for the Iatrogenics Handbook: a Critical Look at Research and Practice in the Helping Professions

"This collection of essays is on a theme which should interest every mental health practitioner: the illnesses caused by our very attempts to cure people. It gives the reader a valuable humility." 
From Dr. Rollo May, celebrated Existential Psychologist

"This is the sort of book which inspires hope... it presents considerable basis for hope that self-examination and public scrutiny will lead to a moderation in the negative consequences of receiving help."
From Dr. Nelson Jones, Professor of Psychology, University of Denver

"An interesting, varied and valuable collection."
From Dr. Bertram P. Karon, Professor of psychology, Michigan State University

"This is an unusually alive book... we learn about the innumerable situations in the healing arts where the cure is worse than the disease... A feisty book that keeps up interest throughout."
From Dr. Ernst G. Beier, Professor of Psychology, University of Utah

"Something every clinical therapist should know prior to starting a clinical practice." From Dr. Roland Garcia, Clinical Disparities/Oncology/Centers of Excellence, U.S. Public Health Service

"Like all anthologies, this one offers variety. The result should please Morgan, whose aim is to debunk sacred cows. It is this goal to which the book is joyfully dedicated, and if the shoe fits, it will hurt."
From Dr. Hans Toch, Professor and author, School of Criminal Justice, New York State University.

Opportunity's Shadow and the Bee Moth Effect: When Danger Transforms Community An Existential Psychology Approach to Chaos and Choice in Social, Community, Clinical, and IatrogenicContexts

Dr. Robert F. Morgan

Book Description

A compelling contemporary topic, transformation of communities in danger, is addressed with fresh concepts and terminology; a breakthrough book useful to professionals in psychology & related fields and yet viable as trade or text. It is written in lively engaging fashion suitable for textbook use in courses on social, community, clinical and counseling psychology- either for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses, as supplemental text, or in trade/professional use. It's unique Existential Lifespan Psychology focus on classic and current well publicized community opportunities, and hazards, offers psychologists and their students in the field fresh clarity and practical approaches for useful transformation.

Book Details

Paperback: 221 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1885679211

ISBN-13: 978-1885679215

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Reviews for Opportunity's Shadow and the Bee Moth Effect

“This is a wonderful manuscript in its uniqueness and beautiful writing.” 
From Dr. Barbara Tedlock, anthropologist and author.

“My goal was to wed the fields of psychology and sociology toward a deeper study of the black condition, and it would come to light in time that Prof. Morgan’s work was already anticipating the emerging fields of clinical sociology and practical sociology as a part of his many visions for incorporation into the field of psychology.”
From Dr. Nathan Hare, author and founder of The Black Scholar and the Black Think Tank.

“This book is a delight. It is an incredible history of a renaissance psychologist reviewing his experience over his entire career; applying it to the most essential area of our work: the understanding and healing our communities. His approach applies at all levels of complexity: the individual and his system, the family, the tribe, the region, the nation, and even the world. Read it and see that this is justified. The lessons are valuable for all specialties of applied work in the helping professions. This is a work of the history of our time and of our field: a condensation of the lessons to be learned. A beautiful memoir of the personal discovery of meaning by one of our own.”
From Dr. Stephen M. Johnson, personality theorist and author.

“When reading the book, I could not put it down. It read like a gripping British Mystery, bringing disparate clues together to form unforgettable resolutions.”  From Dr. Bertram Karon, author and winner of the first American Psychological Association Best Teacher Award.

Unfortunate Baby Names: Slattery's Complete Collection, the Most Notable Thousands for Dramatic & Other Usage(2005 New Expanded Edition)

Uncas Slattery

Book Description

Most notable thousands of unfortunate baby names. A new expanded edition.

"They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps." William Shakespeare

Note: These names are not recommended for children or for anyone who has ever been a child or ever planned on being one.

Book Details

Paperback: 383 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1885679084

ISBN-13: 978-1885679086

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Reviews of Unfortunate Baby Names

“Unfortunate Baby Names was the hit of my party. Some friends of mine are expecting a baby, and as we read through the names in this volume we had a room full of people laughing until it hurt. A little twisted: Woody Allen meets Robert Anton Wilson. Thankfully, it does carry a warning that the names are for theatrical use only.” 
From Cinnamon Camo Morgan, musician.

Back cover comments:

“Funniest book in a long time. Funniest reference book ever.”

“I kept pacing across the theater stage reading the pages out loud to everybody until my throat, legs, and eyes hurt. I didn’t know whether to sit or go blind.”

“I will use this book.”

“I don’t know if I should be appalled or delighted. Both I guess.”

“Too much fun. I should NOT be enjoying this so. I can’t stop laughing. It touches the essence of our humanity is a good way.”

“If I can ever put it down, it will take up permanent residence on my bookshelf. What a find!”

“Oh the Humanity!!”

“This is not a knockoff book for quick sale in airports. This will be a reference book for all time.”
From the publisher’s wife. (Publisher says he hopes the fine people in airports will also buy the book.)