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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a historic, realistic, and informative look into the National Institute of Mental Health. The book delves into the practices and policies of the NIMH from its humble beginnings to its monumental moments.
Purpose: The purpose is to focus in on the issues of mental health policy, support of research through the extensive grants programs, training for research and practice, and the expanded support of mental health services by the federal government. The book is truly a trip down memory lane in some chapters and overall gives the reader various perspectives from those active and retired about the roles psychologists played at the NIMH. These are worthy objectives as they tell a vastly interesting story and make up part of the history of psychology.
Audience: Psychologists and academics will enjoy this book. This would also be a great "breather" book or supplement to a traditionally dry course on Systems and Theories. The book could stand alone for a course or seminar on the history of psychology. The editors and contributors are well-respected and notable members in the field.
Features: The chapters cover a great deal of information but are realistically limited by space. Two notable chapters include Chapter 2 by Schneider who reflects on his time at the NIMH and Chapter 11 by Albee who discusses the prevention of mental disorders through the years. The book is both subjective and objective, is a refreshing change of pace and highly appropriate for this topic.
Assessment: A poignant and proud addition to the field of psychology, this is a book that we, as psychologists and clinicians, can feel proud of and reflect warmly upon.