Monthly Archives: July 2014

Does Getting Tough on Crime Work

Abstract The main purpose of this paper is to examine whether harsher sentences reduce crime rates, as the 2004 US incarceration rate was far higher than any other country. First, it is important to briefly explain the history of prisons and the theories of crime and incarceration: These explanations facilitate[…] Read More →

Public Notification

Abstract Public notification laws were enacted in response to horrific crimes and in hopes to prevent future recidivism. One purpose of this paper is to examine the literature regarding whether public notification serves its intended purposes of reduced recidivism, motivating community members to report sex offenders’ suspicious behavior, and to[…] Read More →

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Abstract People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have a variety of pervasive physical, structural, neuropsychological, and behavioral abnormalities that create lifelong challenges. The purpose of this paper is to describe the history, diagnosis, prevalence rates, and effects of and interventions for people with FASD. Common difficulties experienced by people[…] Read More →

Adult ADHD

Abstract Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) involves problems with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and can occur in genetically predisposed people who are affected by environmental, neurobiological, and neuropsychological contributing factors. Some symptoms of ADHD are due to weak prefrontal cortical circuits that do not regulate attention and behavior adequately. Psychostimulants[…] Read More →

What is SAD?

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to describe what SAD is, what causes it, available treatments and why these treatments are effective. It appears that the decreased amount of sunlight occurring in the fall and winter months probably affects some genetically predisposed people to delay sleep and wake cycles[…] Read More →

Borderline Personality Disorder

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss diagnostic issues regarding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and a biopsychosocial perspective of it. Also the purposes are to list risk factors, commonly co-occurring disorders, and differential diagnoses. Lastly, evidence-based therapies are described. BPD involves a variety of extreme emotional, cognitive, and[…] Read More →

Effect of Therapist Self Disclosure on Therapeutic Alliance and Drop Out

The following research was conducted and presented by Dr. Reeh at the Canadian Psychological Association’s annual conference in 2011, Toronto, Canada Abstract This study investigated whether or not therapist self-disclosure (TSD) moderated the relationship between perceived therapeutic alliance (TA) and dropout from residential substance abuse treatment. The research participants were[…] Read More →

Why We Need a Journal of Non Significant Findings

This article was published in the BC Psychological Association’s journal. Why We Need a Journal of Non Significant Findings Sometimes we stumble across an idea that seems to be very logical. For example, when I formulated my dissertation topic, it seemed logical to me that if substance abuse therapists disclosed[…] Read More →

The Relapse 2nd Article

This article was published in the BC Psychological Association’s journal. The Relapse James Ligertwood, ICADC, ICCS & Dr. H. Elise Reeh, Registered Psychologist It was all quite familiar. Jeff* was in a hotel room with a prostitute to use some crack cocaine. He laid out his drugs and stuffed steel[…] Read More →

The Relapse

This article was published in the BC Psychological Association’s journal. The Relapse James Ligertwood, ICADC, ICCS & Dr. H. Elise Reeh, Registered Psychologist It was all quite familiar. Jeff* was in a hotel room with a prostitute to use some crack cocaine. He laid out his drugs and stuffed steel[…] Read More →