Book: Building Motivational Interviewing Skills

Book Title:

Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook.

Author(s): David B. Rosengren.

Year: 2017.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: The Guildford Press.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Many tens of thousands of mental health and health care professionals have used this essential book – now significantly revised with 70% new content reflecting important advances in the field – to develop and sharpen their skills in motivational interviewing (MI).

Clear explanations of core MI concepts are accompanied by carefully crafted sample dialogues, exercises, and practice opportunities. Readers build proficiency for moving through the four processes of MI – engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning – using open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summaries (OARS), plus information exchange.

In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the volume includes more than 80 reproducible worksheets. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

  • Fully revised and restructured around the new four-process model of MI.
  • Chapters on exploring values and goals and “finding the horizon.”
  • Additional exercises, now with downloadable worksheets.
  • Teaches how to tailor OARS skills for each MI process.
  • Integrates key ideas from positive psychology.

Book: Man Down: A Guide for Men on Mental Health

Book Title:

Man Down: A Guide for Men on Mental Health.

Author(s): Charlie Hoare.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Vie.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.


How often do you put on a ‘coping’ front, when in reality you are troubled with insecurities and anxieties?

Do you find it difficult to open up about how you’re feeling?

You might be surprised to learn that you are not alone, and that many men find it challenging to talk about their worries.

From tips on how to reach out, to advice on navigating mental health issues, this volume is full of guidance on how to look out for your well-being. Topics covered include:

  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Stress.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Dealing with traditional gender expectations.
  • Self-care and mindfulness methods.
  • How to open up and communicate.
  • Where to seek help.

With personal experiences and insights, this book will improve your awareness of mental health, offer tools and techniques to enable you to manage it better, and help you to live a happier, healthier life.

Book: Coping Skills for Teens Workbook

Book Title:

Coping Skills for Teens Workbook – 60 Helpful Ways to Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger.

Author(s): Janine Halloran (Author), Amy Maranville (Editor), and Meg Garcia (Illustrator).

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Encourage Play, LLC.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


A teen version of the #1 Bestselling Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, this version is written specifically with a tween/teen audience (age 11+) in mind.

There are 60 coping strategies included in the book, and it is divided into Coping Styles to make searching for a coping skill easier.

This book also includes several pages to support teens as they work on their coping skills, including: Feelings Tracker Worksheet Identifying Triggers and Making a Plan Positive to Negative Thoughts Worksheet Journal Pages Wellness Worksheets, including a Self-Care PlanThere’s also a rich resource section full of apps, books, card decks, and other resources to help teens deal with stress, anxiety and anger.

What are the Psychological Factors Associated with Financial Hardship & Mental Health?

Research Paper Title

Psychological factors associated with financial hardship and mental health: A systematic review.


A review of the literature investigating the role of psychological factors in the relationship between financial hardship and mental health was completed.


The review sought to identify which factors have been most consistently and reliably indicated, and the mechanisms by which these factors are proposed to contribute to the association between hardship and mental health.


Although the review identified that a broad variety of factors have been investigated, skills related to personal agency, self-esteem and coping were most frequently and reliably associated with the relationship between financial hardship and mental health outcomes.

Just over half of the studies reviewed concluded that the psychological factor investigated was either eroded by financial hardship, increasing vulnerability to mental health difficulties, or protected mental health by remaining intact despite the effects of financial hardship.

The remaining studies found no such effect or did not analyse their data in a manner in which a mechanism of action could be identified.


The methodological quality of the research included in the review was variable.

The valid and reliable measurement of financial hardship, and conclusions regarding causation due to the use of predominantly cross-sectional design were areas of particular weakness.


Frankham, C., Richardson, T. & Maguire, N. (2020) Psychological factors associated with financial hardship and mental health: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2020.101832. Epub 2020 Feb 11.

Book: The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood

Book Title:

The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood.

Part of the Oxford Library of Psychology.

Author(s): Paul Verhaegen and Christopher Hertzog (Editors).

Year: 2014.

Edition: First.

Publisher: Oxford University Press.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.


Over the last decade, the field of socio-emotional development and ageing has rapidly expanded, with many new theories and empirical findings emerging. This trend is consistent with the broader movement in psychology to consider social, motivational, and emotional influences on cognition and behaviour.

The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood provides the first overview of a new field of adult development that has emerged out of conceptualisations and research at the intersections between socio-emotional development, social cognition, emotion, coping, and everyday problem solving.

This field roundly rejects a universal deficit model of ageing, highlighting instead the dynamic nature of socio-emotional development and the differentiation of individual trajectories of development as a function of variation in contextual and experiential influences.

It emphasises the need for a cross-level examination (from biology and neuroscience to cognitive and social psychology) of the determinants of emotional and socio-emotional behaviour.

This volume also serves as a tribute to the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields, whose thinking and empirical research contributed extensively to a life-span developmental view of emotion, problem solving, and social cognition.

Its chapters cover multiple aspects of adulthood and ageing, presenting developmental perspectives on emotion; antecedents and consequences of emotion in context; everyday problem solving; social cognition; goals and goal-related behaviours; and wisdom.

The landmark volume in this new field, The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood is an important resource for cognitive, developmental, and social psychologists, as well as researchers and graduate students in the field of ageing, emotion studies, and social psychology.

Strategies used by Families to Cope with Chronic Mental Illnesses

Research Paper Title

Strategies used by families to cope with chronic mental illnesses: Psychometric properties of the family crisis oriented personal evaluation scale.


This study was aimed at investigating the psychometric properties of the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scale (F-COPES) for Turkish society, which assesses the coping skills of caregivers of individuals with chronic mental illnesses.


The study was conducted with 153 family caregivers of patients with a chronic mental illness admitted to the inpatient and outpatient units of two university hospitals and İzmir Schizophrenia Solidarity Association.

For the language validity, the translation-back translation method was performed, for the content validity, expert opinions were obtained, for the construct validity, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis was performed.

For the reliability analysis, Cronbach α reliability coefficient was calculated and the test-retest reliability analysis was performed.


The content validity index of the scale was 0.96.

The Cronbach’s α reliability coefficient for the overall scale was .80. Factor loadings of the subscales ranged between 0.56 and 0.69 for the Acquiring Social Support subscale, between 0.43 and 0.74 for the Reframing subscale, between 0.53 and 0.74 for the Seeking Spiritual Support subscale.

The model fit indexes were as follows: χ2  = 176.369, df = 116, χ2 /df = 1.52, RMSEA = 0.059, CFI = 0.90, IFI = 0.91, GFI = 0.88.


The results of the present study show that the levels of psychometric properties of F-COPES in Turkish society are acceptable.

It is thought that it would be useful to use the F-COPES in the assessment of coping behaviours of individuals who give care to patients with a chronic mental illness and that it can be used as measurement tool in studies to be conducted with caregivers of patients with a chronic mental illness to assess their coping skills.


Sari, A. & Çetinkaya Duman, Z. (2019) Strategies used by families to cope with chronic mental illnesses: Psychometric properties of the family crisis oriented personal evaluation scale. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12457. [Epub ahead of print].

Resilience Training: Guided Self-reflection as an Alternative to Coping Skills in Military Officer Cadets

Research Paper Title

Strengthening resilience in military officer cadets: A group-randomized controlled trial of coping and emotion regulatory self-reflection training.


This group-randomised control trial examined the efficacy of guided coping and emotion regulatory self-reflection as a means to strengthen resilience by testing the effects of the training on anxiety and depression symptoms and perceived stressor frequency after an intensive stressor period.


The sample was 226 officer cadets training at the Royal Military College, Australia. Cadets were randomised by platoon to the self-reflection (n = 130) or coping skills training (n = 96). Surveys occurred at 3 time points: baseline, immediately following the final reflective session (4-weeks post-baseline), and longer-term follow-up (3-months post-initial follow-up).


There were no significant baseline differences in demographic or outcome variables between the intervention groups. On average, cadets commenced the resilience training with mild depression and anxiety symptoms. Analyses were conducted at the individual-level after exploring group-level effects.

No between-groups differences were observed at initial follow-up. At longer-term follow-up, improvements in mental health outcomes were observed for the self-reflection group, compared with the coping skills group, on depression (Cohen’s d = 0.55; 95% CI [0.24, 0.86]), anxiety symptoms (Cohen’s d = 0.69; 95% CI [0.37, 1.00]), and perceived stressor frequency (Cohen’s d = 0.46; 95% CI [0.15, 0.77]).

Longitudinal models demonstrated a time by condition interaction for depression and anxiety, but there was only an effect of condition for perceived stressor frequency. Mediation analyses supported an indirect effect of the intervention on both anxiety and depression via perceived stressor frequency.


Findings provide initial support for the use of guided self-reflection as an alternative to coping skills approaches to resilience training.


Crane, M.F., Boga, D., Karin, E., Gucciardi, D.F., Rapport, F., Callen, J. & Sinclair, L. (2019) Strengthening resilience in military officer cadets: A group-randomized controlled trial of coping and emotion regulatory self-reflection training. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 87(2), pp.125-140. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000356. Epub 2018 Nov 29.