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Luciano L'Abate - Author

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Books by Luciano L'Abate

Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology Evaluations and Interventions

Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology Evaluations and Interventions

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

This provocative volume updates L' Abate's signature ideas, focusing in particular on the concepts of concreteness and specificity as basic tenets of evaluation and therapy. Noting society's growing familiarity with technology, current concerns about treatment accessibility, and widespread interest in wellness promotion, he argues for remote-writing exercises targeted to specific client issues and monitored by the clinician instead of relying on traditional talk-based therapy. This attention to concreteness and specificity in baseline evaluation, post-treatment evaluation, and follow-up, the author asserts, is central to making treatment replicable, less subject to impasses or missteps, and more professional, with the potential of changing how therapy is conducted as well as how clinicians are trained and practice. The book's framework includes rationales, models, empirical data, and examples of prescriptive remote-writing exercises. Featured in the coverage: Online interventions: here to stay and to grow. Verifiability in clinical psychology practices. Present status and future perspectives for personality and family assessment. Practice without theory/combining theory with practice. Toward a unifying framework of human relationships PIPES: Programmed Interactive Practice Exercise and Prescriptions. Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology will bring a new level of discussion and debate among clinical psychology practitioners and practicing psychotherapists in private practice and the public sector.

Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology Evaluations and Interventions

Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology Evaluations and Interventions

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2015

This provocative volume updates L' Abate's signature ideas, focusing in particular on the concepts of concreteness and specificity as basic tenets of evaluation and therapy. Noting society's growing familiarity with technology, current concerns about treatment accessibility, and widespread interest in wellness promotion, he argues for remote-writing exercises targeted to specific client issues and monitored by the clinician instead of relying on traditional talk-based therapy. This attention to concreteness and specificity in baseline evaluation, post-treatment evaluation, and follow-up, the author asserts, is central to making treatment replicable, less subject to impasses or missteps, and more professional, with the potential of changing how therapy is conducted as well as how clinicians are trained and practice. The book's framework includes rationales, models, empirical data, and examples of prescriptive remote-writing exercises. Featured in the coverage: Online interventions: here to stay and to grow. Verifiability in clinical psychology practices. Present status and future perspectives for personality and family assessment. Practice without theory/combining theory with practice. Toward a unifying framework of human relationships PIPES: Programmed Interactive Practice Exercise and Prescriptions. Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology will bring a new level of discussion and debate among clinical psychology practitioners and practicing psychotherapists in private practice and the public sector.

Research on Online / Offline Interventions in Mental Health A Critical Review

Research on Online / Offline Interventions in Mental Health A Critical Review

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2014

This is a follow-up to the 2007 review of the literature on online / offline interventions done by Marks, Cavanagh, & Gega (Psychology Press). Consequently, this review includes summaries of research published since 2006 to date. Since publication of that original work, the number of references about online / offline interventions has mushroomed greatly, to the point that many more chapters were added to cover as many references as possible. None are included in the previous literature review. This book covers research summaries with separate chapters ranging from internalisations (anxiety, depression) to addictions, externalisations, and children and their families, physical illnesses, severe mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsive disorders, with one entire chapter dedicated to where most of the research has occurred in the last decade, and that is -- Post-traumatic Stress Disorders. A whole section is dedicated to separate chapters on Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Training. A final chapter covers many controversial issues in online / offline interventions, including cost-effectiveness, extra-channel non-verbal behaviour, the place of theory in online/offline interventions, and the now-predictably positive future of online interventions as the major approach to deal with most mental illnesses in the 21st century.

Relational Competence Theory Research and Mental Health Applications

Relational Competence Theory Research and Mental Health Applications

Author: Luciano L'Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2014

Relational competence-the set of traits that allow people to interact with each other effectively-enjoys a long history of being recorded, studied, and analyzed. Accordingly, Relational Competence Theory (RCT) complements theories that treat individuals' personality and functioning individually by placing the individual into full family and social context. The ambitious volume Relational Competence Theory: Research and Mental Health Applications opens out the RCT literature with emphasis on its applicability to interventions, and updates the state of research on RCT, examining what is robust and verifiable both in the lab and the clinic. The authors begin with the conceptual and empirical bases for the theory, and sixteen models demonstrate the range of RCT concerns and their clinical relevance, including: - Socialization settings for relational competence. - The ability to control and regulate the self. - Relationship styles. - Intimacy and negotiation. - The use of practice exercises in prevention and treatment of pathology. - Appendices featuring the Relational Answers Questionnaire and other helpful tools. Relational Competence Theory both challenges and confirms much of what we know about the range of human relationships, and is important reading for researchers, scholars, and students in personality and social psychology, psychotherapy, and couple and family counseling.

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as a Science An Iconoclastic Perspective

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as a Science An Iconoclastic Perspective

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2014

This book demonstrates how clinical psychology and psychotherapy practices may reach a scientific level provided they change the three basic paradigms that have controlled those practices in the last century. These three, now outdated, paradigms, are: (1) one-on-one (2) personal contacts (3) through talk. These paradigms have served well in the past but they are no less helpful in the current digitally focused world.

Paradigms in Theory Construction

Paradigms in Theory Construction

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2014

Within the field of psychology there is a proliferation of paradigms, theories, models, and dimensions without an underlying conceptual framework or theory. This conclusion has been reached by representatives of many different psychological specialties. In response to this inconsistency this book presents a hierarchical framework about important theoretical issues that are present in psychological thinking. These issues concern definitions of three major theoretical concepts in theory and practice: (a) paradigms, (b) theories, and (c) models. It focuses on defining, comparing, and contrasting these three conceptual terms. This framework clarifies differences among paradigms, theories, and models, terms which have become increasingly confused in the psychological literature. Paradigms are usually confused with theories or with models while theories are confused with models. Examples of misuses of these terms suggest the need for a hierarchical structure that views paradigms as conceptual constructions overseeing a variety of psychological theories and verifiable models.

Research on Pre-Para-Post-Therapeutic Activities in Mental Health Prevention, Promotion, Psychotherapy & Rehabilitation

Research on Pre-Para-Post-Therapeutic Activities in Mental Health Prevention, Promotion, Psychotherapy & Rehabilitation

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/06/2013

In the past 25 years, the field of psychotherapy has made tremendous leaps and bounds with regard to the efficacy of psychotherapeutic interventions. The entire evidence-based treatment movement has no doubt revolutionised the manner in which psychotherapy is delivered and, according to many, has served to assure the consumer that they are receiving treatment that falls in line with best practices. As part of this movement, treatment has focused on not only recipients of serious mental illness, but also on individuals who simply need assistance with improving personal and social impairments and developing life coping skills. Unfortunately, much of the service delivery in the past has involved very expensive and time consuming modes of individual, couple, and family therapy that have often extended outside the range of feasibility for many. Consequently, alternative methods of intervention have been explored with the aim of providing less expensive forms of intervention. This unique and timely volume addresses the use of both pre- and para-therapeutic activities, which can be administered prior to the onset of treatment. This may be considered a solid forerunner to the delivery of full fledged psychotherapy which, in some cases, may relinquish the need for the individual to embark on formal treatment.

Beyond the Systems Paradigm Emerging Constructs in Family and Personality Psychology

Beyond the Systems Paradigm Emerging Constructs in Family and Personality Psychology

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2013

This monograph owes its origins to the decades-old proposal by David Bakan (1968) about the duality of human experience. He proposed that community and agency would be two necessary and sufficient constructs to classify and to encompass most human relationships. This dichotomy has been found to be valid by a variety of contributions over the last half a century (L'Abate, 2009; L'Abate, Cusinato, Maino, Colesso, & Scilletta, 2010). Additionally, the purpose of this book is to argue and assert that two important fields of psychology, family and personality psychologies, if not already dead are conceptually, empirically, and practically moribund. They are being superseded respectively by perhaps more appropriate, perhaps more specific, and more likely verifiable concepts and constructs, such as intimacy and identity. The traditional family still conceived as composed by two parents and two children of different gender is esponsible for only one fourth of all domiciles in USA. Singles, same-sex couples, and completely different family organization complete the remaining 100%. Difficulties in defining what is personality require a change in perspective and advance toward a comprehensive theory of human relationships that can and should fulfill requirements necessary to achieve an undoubtedly grandiose and ambitious universal status.

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as a Science An Iconoclastic Perspective

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as a Science An Iconoclastic Perspective

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2012

This book demonstrates how clinical psychology and psychotherapy practices may reach a scientific level provided they change the three basic paradigms that have controlled those practices in the last century. These three, now outdated, paradigms, are: (1) one-on-one (2) personal contacts (3) through talk. These paradigms have served well in the past but they are no less helpful in the current digitally focused world.

Paradigms in Theory Construction

Paradigms in Theory Construction

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2011

Within the field of psychology there is a proliferation of paradigms, theories, models, and dimensions without an underlying conceptual framework or theory. This conclusion has been reached by representatives of many different psychological specialties. In response to this inconsistency this book presents a hierarchical framework about important theoretical issues that are present in psychological thinking. These issues concern definitions of three major theoretical concepts in theory and practice: (a) paradigms, (b) theories, and (c) models. It focuses on defining, comparing, and contrasting these three conceptual terms. This framework clarifies differences among paradigms, theories, and models, terms which have become increasingly confused in the psychological literature. Paradigms are usually confused with theories or with models while theories are confused with models. Examples of misuses of these terms suggest the need for a hierarchical structure that views paradigms as conceptual constructions overseeing a variety of psychological theories and verifiable models.

Handbook of Technology in Psychology, Psychiatry & Neurology Theory, Research & Practice

Handbook of Technology in Psychology, Psychiatry & Neurology Theory, Research & Practice

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Our world is changing and changing quickly. One can be certain that the impact of technology will only become more pervasive in the decades to come and we cannot ignore how it will impact our profession. The juggernaut of technological development has and will continue to dramatically alter how we as health professionals in the neurosciences pursue our efforts in research, training and treatment. This book provides a rare and needed analysis of the history of technology in our field, the current state-of-the-art as well as a vision for the future. The contributors of this book critically examine how recent technological developments can contribute to advances in a range of topics including educational technology, assessment and treatment. These advances include a wide range of new approaches to communication and extend to advances in clinical care such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic and Deep-brain stimulation.

Hurt Feelings Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships

Hurt Feelings Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2011

Hurt feelings are universal and are present in human beings as well as in animals. These feelings are usually avoided by human beings and overlooked by the scientific and professional mental health communities. Yet, if unresolved and not shared with loved ones and professionals, they tend to fester in our bodies and effect our functioning. If not expressed and shared with caring others, anger, sadness and fear are at the bottom of mental illness. Developmentally, each of these feelings respectively gives rise to antisocial acts, depression and severe mental illness. This book suggests that instead of traditional one-on-one, face-to-face, conversation-based interventions, distance writing will allow mental health professionals to assign interactive practice exercises specifically focused on hurt feelings.

Hurt Feelings Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships

Hurt Feelings Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2011

Hurt feelings are universal and are present in human beings as well as in animals. These feelings are usually avoided by human beings and overlooked by the scientific and professional mental health communities. Yet, if unresolved and not shared with loved ones and professionals, they tend to fester in our bodies and effect our functioning. If not expressed and shared with caring others, anger, sadness and fear are at the bottom of mental illness. Developmentally, each of these feelings respectively gives rise to antisocial acts, depression and severe mental illness. This book suggests that instead of traditional one-on-one, face-to-face, conversation-based interventions, distance writing will allow mental health professionals to assign interactive practice exercises specifically focused on hurt feelings.

The Seven Sources of Pleasure in Life Making Way for the Upside in the Midst of Modern Demands

The Seven Sources of Pleasure in Life Making Way for the Upside in the Midst of Modern Demands

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2011

This book examines a seemingly simple and absolutely essential topic: learning how to enjoy every aspect of your life on a daily basis. All of us look for happiness, well-being, and positivity throughout our lives, but for most people these goals are abstract and the processes established to achieve them ambiguous. The Seven Sources of Pleasure in Life: Making Way for the Upside in the Midst of Modern Demands focuses attention upon the concrete, specific, and everyday sources of pleasure that are within the grasp of almost everyone. Prolific author Luciano L'Abate, PhD, ABEPP, examines at all kinds of pleasures, investigating where we find them, why they appeal to us, and what benefits they provide in terms of both mental and physical health. He explains how to increase our sensitivity to everyday opportunities for pleasure, and then gives tangible techniques to focus upon these moments in order to fully experience them. The author employs personal memories from his childhood in Italy, more recent stories from his travels abroad, and the findings of most recent scientific research on the benefits of pleasure-seeking to further illustrate his points. * A great variety of references, ranging from The New Yorker to The Economist * Exercises within some chapters and at the end of every chapter guide readers towards greater understanding * Five tables provide valuable supplemental information * Bibliographic notes are supplied with every chapter

Sourcebook of Interactive Practice Exercises in Mental Health

Sourcebook of Interactive Practice Exercises in Mental Health

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2011

As a primary or an adjunct mental health therapy, written practice exercises have proven an effective, low-cost way for clients to transfer gains made in therapy to the challenges of daily life and relationships. These interactive workbooks expand on earlier self-help and distance writing methods along a continuum of healing approaches, from the proactive and preventive to the therapeutic and rehabilitative. But despite their appeal, large-scale access to high-quality materials hasn't always been readily available-until now. The Sourcebook of Interactive Practice Exercises in Mental Health gives professionals a library of replicable, evidence-based, clinically robust protocols and workbooks for a broad range of clinical and non-clinical conditions, suitable for individuals, couples, and families. Luciano L'Abate places practice exercises in the context of current mental health and technological advances, offering guidelines for administration, helpful case studies, and caveats for those new to this type of intervention, and features a wealth of complete protocols in these major areas: psychological disorders from the DSM-IV, including depression, anxiety, phobias, and PTSD, couple and family concerns, from intimacy to domestic violence to children's adjustment to divorce, lifelong learning: assertiveness, emotional competence, social skills, and more, family support skills: preparation for marriage, parenthood, and adoption, plus exercises derived from widely-used psychological tests (e.g., the Beck Depression Inventory, the MMPI), behavior lists, and others. Clinical psychologists, mental health professionals, and psychotherapists will find the Sourcebook of Interactive Practice Exercises in Mental Health a therapeutic treasure chest filled with new approaches to intractable issues or unreachable clients, new means of viewing typical problems, even new ways for talk therapy to work with words.

Personality in Intimate Relationships Socialization and Psychopathology

Personality in Intimate Relationships Socialization and Psychopathology

Author: Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2010

Four decades of contributions to personality theory and family practice have earned Luciano L'Abate a worldwide reputation for therapeutic insights. Now he expands on his pathbreaking relational theory of personality to apply it to the twenty-first-century family in all its configurations. Personality in Intimate Relationships showcases L'Abate's trademark elegant style and provocative ideas in his most accessible work to date. Based on Axes I and II of the DSM-IV, the book describes relationships along a readily identifiable continuum ranging from optimal functionality to severe pathology, linking the author's conceptual framework to specific diagnostic strategies, therapeutic interventions, and prevention programs. L'Abate's theory not only integrates individual and family theories and seemingly disparate schools of thought, but is also inclusive of nontraditional relationships-grandparent/grandchild dyads, adoptive families, same-sex couples, and others-that are often left out of the family literature. Among the key areas explored in the book: * Selfhood and self-differentiation * Confrontation and sharing of hurt feelings * Negotiating, bargaining, and problem-solving * Dealing with distance and closeness * Intimacy and the ability to love In addition, the reader is referred to complementary online appendices that supply helpful questionnaires, workbooks, and ideas for further applications. Personality in Intimate Relationships offers fresh perspective to all frontline practitioners as well as investigators in this area. It is also ideal for graduate courses in abnormal psychology and personal development.