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Brooklyn zoo : the education of a psychotherapist
Darcy Lockman
Adult Nonfiction RC438.6.L63 A3 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Clinical psychologist and journalist Lockman writes about her intern year at Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital, detailing her rotations in forensic psychology, the psych. emergency room, an inpatient unit, and as a "consultation liaison" with medical staff. She captures the hopeless dreariness of the place-the inpatient unit is "a large stale-smelling place with... cold white concrete floors and rusty-paned windows that did not open." Above all, Lockman illustrates how difficult it is to engage patients with serious psychiatric illnesses. She asks one patient about her sleep and appetite-possible signs of mental disorder-and the patient responds, "You're a nosy one, aren't you?" Lockman is candid about her frustrations (and all too occasional small triumphs) with patients, as well as with absent or burned-out supervisors. She says that psychological insights were often trumped by psychiatry's biomedical model. Although crisply written, there are too many brief interactions with too many patients, perhaps reflecting the nature of the work. Exemplified by a reference to "my masochistic defenses," she sometimes alludes to her own psychological dynamics without adequately explaining her personal interactions. Still, this is a useful, sometimes memorable, look at the vagaries of a psychologist's training and role in an overwhelming institutional setting. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In 2007, psychologist and freelance magazine writer Lockman began her yearlong internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, barely a month after the New York Post broke a story about the hospital's "Dickensian" conditions. In this debut memoir about her training there, she marvels at the counterintuitive practices in place in the G Building, Kings's inpatient adult psychiatric center, where a lack of supervision, resources, and even working elevator call buttons are a matter of course. Readers follow Lockman's rotations through inpatient, psych ER, forensic psychology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Though lively details do emerge-a female patient, hiding in a restroom garbage pail, terrifies a male patient who sees "her intense little eyes peering over the top"-Lockman's tone is grudging. She's more animated when railing against the hospital's "strong ambivalence about psychology," psychoanalysis in particular, than its "culture of offhand neglect." VERDICT Neither a moving personal history nor a crusading insider's look into a broken system, Lockman's book lacks that certain storyteller's spark. In the end, her patients spin better tales.-Molly McArdle, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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