ISSN 1535-7821 Vol. 31 No. 2 2015
As incoming Chair, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kay Hogan Smith, 2014-2015 Chair, for her guidance through the transition from Chair-elect to Chair. As coordinating program planning is the primary responsibility of the Chair-Elect, Kay provided a wealth of knowledge which enabled me to ensure the 2015 CAPHIS sponsored programs were successful.
I would like to thank Kelli Ham and Mary Grace Flaherty for volunteering to moderate the CAPHIS Pets & People and Ethnicity Culture & Consumer Health programs respectively. From introductions through concluding discussions, Kelli and Mary Grace conducted the programs by ensuring the presenters were comfortable and audience members were encouraged to ask questions or briefly share experiences. Kelli and Mary Grace thank you for volunteering!
As CAPHIS Chair, I would like share with you, our members and prospective members, the exciting opportunities that our section has to offer during 2015-2016! First and foremost is the upcoming migration of the MLA web site to the Socious platform. With the CAPHIS information scheduled to transition later this year, we have the opportunity to review and evaluate our section's content prior to the migration. Please consider taking a few minutes to check the current CAPHIS web pages and share your comments with us. Your feedback is imperative in ensuring CAPHIS continues to support the efforts of professional librarians in providing health information to our patients and consumers within our communities. To engage members throughout the year, we are looking forward to utilizing the interactive resources available via the Socious platform.
As Chair, I would like to encourage all members and prospective members to participate in CAPHIS projects and programs.
Mary Katherine Haver, 2015-2016 Chair
Consumer and Patient Health Information Section
Kay Hogan Smith presenting the Consumer Health Librarian of the year award to Terri Ottosen
From left to right: Kathy East (Recipient of the CAPHIS Professional Development Award), Kay Hogan Smith, Terri Ottosen
A member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA, Mary Beth Riedner, participated in the acceptance of the 2014 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in the Creative Expression category. The award was given to the Tales and Travel Memories program currently being implemented at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL. The $20,000 award goes to imaginative and creative programs supporting persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias or their caregivers. The award was presented at the American Society on Aging Conference in Chicago, IL on March 25, 2015 at a reception hosted by the Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving.
The Tales and Travel Memories program takes diagnosed persons on monthly imaginary excursions to locations across the globe using library resources. Participants are invited to read aloud from a folktale or story, as well as five interesting facts, related to the destination. They then browse through books about the location from both the adult and juvenile collections that are richly illustrated with color photographs. Library staff and volunteers circulate among the participants engaging them in conversation about what they are seeing. Participants move through the books at their own pace and frequently browse through several books. The programs are often enhanced with music, songs, souvenirs and even food from the destination making the program a multi-sensory experience.
A Tales and Travel Memories Web page has been created that offers a free toolkit to libraries who are interested in replicating the program in their own communities. The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association, has established an Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) that encourages librarians from across the country to pool their knowledge and experience to better serve this often forgotten population. IGARD is also in the process of writing standards for library services to persons with dementia and is collecting best practices through a SurveyMonkey link. Libraries offering programs directly to diagnosed persons as asked to self-identify using the link.
From left to right: Mary Beth Riedner, Karen Maki and Sean Ostrovsky, Senior Program Officer, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) maintains a database of patient education materials approved to be used in our health system. The database is available for free on the Internet and requires no registration or login. The URL is: http://careguides.med.umich.edu/
The site includes over 900 materials that have been created by U-M Health System experts on many difficult-to-find topics, rare conditions and state-of-the-art therapies. UMHS-created materials are written in plain language to ensure they can be used by people with all levels of health literacy.
The site also includes over 900 materials from other organizations, such as NIH institutions and medical and nursing associations, which have been reviewed and approved by UMHS experts. Websites, print materials, videos and apps are included.
The Care Guides site enables patients, families and the general public to access the same database our clinicians use to provide patient-education at the bedside or the exam-room, including patient instructions used in our Electronic Medical Record System. This system ensures consistency of patient education across the continuum of care.
Some highlights of UMHS original content include:
These are just a few examples of unique materials available on the Care Guides Site. University of Michigan Health System Patient Education is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Use and/or adaptation of our content is allowed with appropriate attribution, as long as the use in not commercial. (this license applied only to UMHS created content and does not cover external content used by UMHS with permission).
Feel free to link http://careguides.med.umich.edu/ to your library’s website and help your patrons access clinician-vetted, current and accurate patient-education materials.
After almost 30 years as a reference and collection development librarian/Consumer Health Information Specialist at the Oakland Public Library, Barbara Bibel is retiring. She has a level 2 certification as an MLA CHIS and has served as President of CAPHIS and Book Review Editor for Consumer Connections.
She will continue to review books and do some training and consulting, but will now also have time to enjoy travel, cooking, singing in a chorus, and attending concerts.
Thank you for your extensive involvement in CAPHIS, Barbara! We wish you well in retirement.
This book is part of the Instant Help Solutions series from New Harbinger Publications, the goal of which is to provide “fun and easy-to-use workbooks to teach children and teens effective skills for dealing with a variety of mental health issues and life challenges.” The publisher offers an array of books on mental health conditions, with titles available for both providers and patients.
Shannon is a marriage and family therapist (California license 30265), co-founder of the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. With the same publisher, she authored a workbook for shyness and social anxiety for teens. The book has 12 chapters, connected by the analogy of the anxious mind being like a monkey – “a relentless stream of scary thoughts.” Later chapters describe different kinds of anxiety, and each follows a general pattern of identifying anxiety-provoking thoughts, recognizing the cognitive processes causing such thoughts, and outlining strategies to modify behavior in a way that improves coping. These skills are hallmarks of CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). (Librarians unfamiliar with CBT and ACT will find good overviews on reputable health sites, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness website.)
The uncorrected proof reviewed here did not have an index, but a self-help workbook may not need one. The appendix is brief and seems to end abruptly. There is a disclaimer on the title page verso about the use of prescription medicines and the accuracy of the information provided. The illustrations have a unique cartoon-like quality that is more engaging than stock photography of mental health providers. Chapters are 10-20 pages and include exercises, and sometimes link to the publisher website for additional content (not reviewed here). The writing style is informal, but not unprofessional.
This type of self-help workbook could be a valuable addition to a child and adolescent mental health collection. Adolescents who have the attention span to complete some or all of these exercises might find them useful for their health, or a useful companion to psychotherapy. High school counselors, social workers and secondary school teachers might also find value in this workbook, particularly the exercises it suggests.
Reviewed by: Will Olmstadt, Health Sciences Library, LSU Health Shreveport
McHenry, Irene Ph.D. and Carol Moog, Ph.D. The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence and Connect with Others. New Harbinger, 2014. 139p. ISBN 1-62625-010-9.
Adolescence can be a challenging time even for the most self-confident teen. Navigating the stresses of school, figuring out relationships, and surviving the changes your body goes through is really hard. Imagine how much harder it is if you’re different, can’t figure out how to fit in, and may be the object of bullying. This can be the reality for teens on the autism spectrum. Licensed psychologists, McHenry and Moog have created an accessible, fun, self-help book written for teens on the autism spectrum which shows them how to create a life that has less stress, more positive relationships, and more independence.
The authors combine their extensive years of experience in counseling, education, mindfulness training, and autism to create a skill-building guide that teens can use on their own, or with a friend or family member. The book is divided into three sections which are to be used sequentially. Part one teaches mindfulness meditation, a practice teens can use to gain control of their emotions and avoid meltdowns. Parts two and three encourage teens to use acting techniques in activities designed to foster independence, help them connect to others, and help them write their own life script.
Scientific studies have demonstrated many health benefits to meditation. It can increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological balance, and promote overall well-being. Classroom teachers are using mindfulness meditation with good results. A quick search of Amazon yielded 130 books about mindfuness meditation for teens. The “Autism Playbook” is the only meditation title in Amazon for autistic teens. McHenry and Moog’s book is a recommended for public, school, and academic library collections.
Reviewed by: Wendy Urciuoli, UConn Health, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library
Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: 9 lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest (2008; 2012), is back with more emotional stories and examples from the world’s five hot spots, or Blue Zones, of longevity. Can American cities embrace the secrets shared by centenarians about food, rituals, family and community and become Blue Zones? He thinks so and has proof from several pilot projects started in the Midwest. As America is plagued with obesity and high health care costs, initiatives to rethink the way we eat and live are vital. He has witnessed that people are likely to choose healthy options when it is easy and convenient, so it is prudent to redesign communities in a way that encourages healthy living. The recipe for longevity includes what and when we eat, but also a shift in culture and mindset. Small changes like replacing sugary beverages from store checkout lines, and only eating until 80% full are simple, yet powerful steps. Buettner’s extensive travel and research with National Geographic has led to this new compilation of must read recipes, checklists, and steps to makeover family homes into Blue Zones. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Nancy O’Brien, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Emily Roberts, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist, parenting consultant, educational speaker, and contributor to HLN's Dr. Drew on Call. She created TheGuidanceGirl.com, a site for young women and parents. Her book’s subtitle indicates that the guide is for teen girls, but the “how-to” manual appeals to all adolescents, teachers, and parents. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills help readers become assertive, respectful communicators by improving electronic and face-to-face interpersonal communication.
Roberts’ prose embraces teenage vernacular. Her first-person writing style creates a comfortable, empowering space. The prose is suitable for an 8-10th grade reading level. Use of acronyms, bullets, italicized scenarios and personal stories make the pages visually interesting and concepts easy to follow. Stories from real girls and women provide support for the author’s strategies. Inspirational quotes are sprinkled throughout chapters emphasizing the positive message of asserting oneself in difficult situations. Online resources providing inspirational, by-girls-for-girls, and mental health sites are shared.
Comparing life to a movie, Roberts encourages readers to become the directors of their movies/lives. She likens friends to a cast of characters, family to producers, and social media to “the press.” Her approach is effective as she coaches teens to keep a journal, set scenes, write scripts and get in touch with their emotions. Teens are encouraged to think before speaking, thereby, better controlling strong emotions and enhancing communication. Chapters emphasize showing mutual respect when communicating with parents, peers, teachers, friends, and romantic interests. Social media and digital communication chapters are extremely relevant.
Reviewed by: Debra J. Kakuk Smith, MLIS, MA, College of DuPage Library, Glen Ellyn, IL
Marsh, Sarahjoy. Hunger, Hope and Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food. Shambhala Productions, Inc., 2015. 298 p. (includes index). ISBN 978-1-61180-193-4. $17.95.
The book Hunger, Hope and Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food offers yoga as a treatment approach for individuals with eating disorders. The book guides the reader through three stages: self-nurturing discipline, self-empathy, and forgiveness and freedom, using yoga in a therapeutic way to address and cope with addictive behaviors. The author is an art therapist and long-time yoga practitioner who writes in an engaging way with an authentic voice, accessible style and conversational tone. Easy to follow steps for exercises are enhanced with black and white photographs, which are used effectively throughout to illustrate poses, and include “chair versions” for individuals who may have difficulty with the floor poses. Guidelines, proactive steps, figures (e.g. the stages of recovery, vitality fuel tank) and items such as inspiring poems are also interspersed throughout. A list of resources, including books, treatment centers, an app for the book and online support are included. This book is appropriate for consumer health collections where there is an interest in yoga and will likely appeal to patrons who are geared toward self-help manuals.
Reviewed by: Mary Grace Flaherty, School of Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Renner, Rona. Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2014. 214 p. ISBN 978-1-60882-907-1. 16.95 USD.
There is no shortage of guides to help parents raise their children. Renner’s book covers material found in many of these other books but accomplishes what not all of them do. Renner’s writing style is easy to read and conversational – you feel like you are listening to someone talking directly to you rather than at you, a common issue in parenting guides.
Rona Renner is a registered nurse and temperament specialist who consults and teaches classes. Her compassion and desire to help the parents who read this book comes across throughout the book. Renner approaches the problem of yelling, holistically and from multiple perspectives, including offering methods for identifying your own triggers and a guide to determining how to parent to your child’s temperament. Every chapter includes exercises (often with checklists) to allow the reader to actively engage in the suggestions that Renner is putting forward. This hands-on approach is a useful method for attempting to create change within a family and is a useful addition to the content.
Another aspect of this book that helps make the advice feel authentic is the use of case studies to illustrate the points being made, including examples from the author’s own experience with her family. The latter creates camaraderie between the reader and the author. In the final paragraph of the book the author requests that readers contact her through her website, www.nurserona.com, to let her know what aspects of the book are meaningful to them and what questions they may have. This adds to the sense of the author as approachable, someone who really seems to want to help the reader address family issues around yelling. It should be noted that her website does not match the tone of the book as it has a more corporate, less intimate/friendly feel. Ultimately, despite the website, it is this sense of approachability and caring, combined with practical doable advice that makes this book a powerful addition to the array of parenting guides that already exist on the market.
Reviewed by: Mindy Thuna, University of Toronto Mississauga Library, Mississauga, ON, Canada.
The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time is a sweet little book in the Instant Help Solutions series. Publisher New Harbinger created this series to provide young people with clear and user-friendly books on mental health. Author Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital. A student of Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Vo created this engaging guide to mindfulness meditation for teenagers. Mindfulness is defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Dr. Vo hopes to help teenagers stay healthy, be safe and have a positive future through stress reduction. The chapters include snippets of teenagers’ experience with mindfulness meditation practice, lending credibility for the young reader.
The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time is based upon the Mindfulness Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents (MARS-A) course created by Dr. Vo and Dr. Jake Locke, also of British Columbia Children’s Hospital. MARS-A is just one of many evidence-based stress reduction courses that is currently populating the health care landscape. The book addresses issues pertinent to teens: school stress, friendships, romantic and family relationships. One chapter explains the power of mindfulness in sports, music and the arts. “Try This!” suggestions are interspersed throughout each chapter. The book concludes with a listing of online resources, including downloadable guided meditations. A welcomed addition to any consumer health collection serving teens.
Reviewed by: Margot Malachowski, MLS, Baystate Health, Health Sciences Library, Springfield, MA
Van Dijk, Sheri. Relationship Skills 101 for Teens: Your Guide to Dealing with Daily Drama, Stress & Difficult Emotions Using DBT. New Harbinger, Instant Help Books, 2015. 194 p. ISBN: 9781626250529. $16.95.
Relationship Skills 101 for Teens is one in a series of self-help books and workbooks about a variety of mental health and psychological issues. Written by a social worker who is a practicing psychotherapist, this book is intended for teens having difficulty with their relationships with friends and/or family. Van Dijk is an expert in dialectical behavior therapy and the information in this book is presented in that approach. Chapter 1 begins with an explanation of mindfulness, examples of how to be more mindful and a breathing exercise for practice. She refers back to mindfulness, incorporating this concept throughout the other chapters in the book. She analyzes issues that teens may be having in their relationships, pointing out how emotions and judgments influence the ways teens communicate and their behavior. The author provides suggestions for change going forward, as well as advice and exercises that can be used by the reader to address issues in their lives. There are case studies in the various chapters illustrating the key points of each one, however many examples seem to be drawn from a middle class life style that may not resonate with teens from other economic or from more diverse cultural backgrounds.
While this book provides much educational information, it is written in a style that would not interest most teens. Introspective adolescents reading at a high school level might find it helpful, however most teens would not find it engaging. Relationship Skills 101 would be an appropriate purchase for consumer health libraries with large self-help collections or in organizations providing mental health services to teens; otherwise it would be an optional purchase for most consumer health libraries.
Reviewed by: Deborah Magnan, Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Fox, Marci G. & Sokol, Leslie. Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens: A Cognitive Therapy Guide to Overcoming Self-doubt and Creating Unshakable Self-esteem. New Harbinger Publications, 2011. 184p. ISBN: 978-1-60882-113-6.
Dr. Fox and Dr. Sokol are faculty members at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Dr. Aaron Beck, “father of cognitive therapy,” and his daughter and fellow therapist, Dr. Judith Beck, wrote the foreword, so there can be no doubt that this work will faithfully follow cognitive behavior therapy methods.
Cognitive behavior therapy “is based on this basic rule: how we think influences how we feel, how we behave, and even how our bodies react to our circumstances.” It’s the individual’s interpretation of a situation that results in how they feel or act about it.
In this well-written and highly readable entry in the New Harbinger Publications’ “Instant Help Books,” teens have an excellent guide to help them successfully maneuver the unchartered waters of adolescence by giving them clearly understandable methods of overcoming self-doubt by rejecting what the authors refer to as “give-up thoughts” and learning, instead, to successfully substitute positive “go-to thoughts” As the authors state, “Confidence is one of the keys to success,” and certainly adolescence is a time when self-doubt often overshadows self-confidence which can be extremely difficult to create or maintain.
In the first three chapters, Fox & Sokol act as the readers’ “personal confidence building coaches, helping to retrain your brain to move from doubt to confidence.” These three chapters cover “understanding self-doubt and the confidence mindset,” “capturing and analyzing the thoughts that bring you down,” and “turning sound thinking into confident action.”
Chapters 4—7 offer stories from teens about situations that cause self-doubt. Situations cover “social life, friendship and romance,” “school, sports, the arts, and on the job,” “home life and family relationships,” and “tough stuff—peer pressure, trouble, and tragedy.” In each case a teen’s story is related, followed by their “doubt path” with charts that include “give-up thoughts” and alternative replacement “go-to thoughts” followed by their “confidence path.” In the final chapter Fox and Sokol discuss how to build “unshakeable self-confidence” using exercises that require the reader to write down their own confidence paths, give-up thoughts, and go-to thoughts.
This is an invaluable tool for teens that can help now and in building a firm foundation for the future.
Reviewed by: Claire B. Joseph, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY.
How have over-consumption, stress, debt and other unhealthy behaviors become habit to Western culture? What are the consequences of this behavior? Calling on his experience as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist Whybrow sets out to explain how this evolution has occurred. Using neurobiology and personal antidotes the author places this evolution in context. In the process he looks at such topics as habit and intuition and how they play a role in our daily lives. The second half of the book offers suggestions on how we can begin to make changes that will lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Laced with history, philosophy, economics, and sociology this thought provoking book is not a light read but it is well worth the effort.
Psychiatrist Peter Whybrow is an international authority on the effect of thyroid hormones on the brain and how this affects mood disorders. He is also the Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los Angeles. His other books include A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self and American Mania: When More is Not Enough.
Reviewed by: Angela Tucker, MLIS, Memorial Health System, Marietta, Ohio
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