Professor of Psychology
PhD, Oklahoma State University; MS, Oklahoma State University; BA, Oklahoma State University
Brems is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in
play therapy, adult psychology, and psychological assessment. She is one
of only three Alaskans to be Board Certified as a clinical psychologist
by the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been actively
involved with the Alaska Psychology Association, recently as President.
Dr. Brems' research focuses on psychological assessment, substance use,
and psychotherapy with with relevance to gender and cross cultural
issues. She has been published extensively in a variety of professional
journals and has written several books, including the best selling
"Comprehensive Guide to Child Psychotherapy" and most recently
"Psychotherapy: Processes and Techniques." She has received various
honors and awards, including the Chancellor's Outstanding Service Award
for Research and awards for the Alaska Psychological Association and the
University of Oklahoma.
| ||Between Two People: Exercises Toward Intimacy|
**out of print**
| ||A Comprehensive Guide to Child Psychotherapy|
This text for graduate students and professionals discusses the basic and practical principles of direct clinical work with children. The text is organized into sections on the clinical environment, intake and assessment, the therapeutic process, and termination issues. A sampling of topics includes the physical layout of the clinic, legal and ethical issues, cross-cultural child therapy, treatment planning, play therapy, art therapy, and parent education.
| ||The Child Therapist: Personal Traits and Markers of Effectiveness|
this work encourages the reader to engage in professional and personal self-exploration before making a commitment to working with children. The text covers potentially problematic situations and the ideal educational background and personality traits of an effective child therapist. The different requirements placed on a therapist working with adults are also examined. **out of print**
| ||Psychotherapy: Process & Techniques|
Brems explains the full spectrum of situations trainees are likely to encounter, ranging from client assessment to crisis management, basic skills to treatment planning, all within a context of ethical, legal, and cultural issues. This book is an excellent introduction to the complex and subtle skills usually taught only through practicum and internship courses. **out of print**
| ||Dealing with Challenges in Psychotherapy & Counseling|
a source of practical strategies, safe interventions, and creative
solutions to common challenges faced by mental health professionals in
their day-to-day practice. Presents a conceptual framework for working
with tough clinical and counseling situations, allowing practitioners of
all theoretical orientations to deal with meeting new clients, issues
of substance abuse and medical concerns, threats of suicide and
violence, and child abuse.
| ||Basic Skills in Psychotherapy & Counseling|
Overview essentials of counseling and psychotherapy, and provides skills for working with clients. Outlines traits of successful counselors and therapists, then discusses self-awareness and self-care skills for potential therapists, including values clarification, cultural awareness, meditation and relaxation, and health personal habits. Describes skills to facilitate communication in psychotherapy and counseling, such as nonverbal and listening skills, verbal skills, and empathy.