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Drugs and Clients: What Every Psychotherapist Needs to Know Paperback – July, 2004

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Padma Catell, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a licensed Psychologist, and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She also earned a B.A. in Biology from Hunter College and an M.A. in Biology from the City University of New York with a specialization in pharmacology, which she studied at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has been teaching psychopharmacology at CIIS and other graduate schools in the San Francisco Bay area since 1984. Her advanced degrees in both Biology and Psychology, combined with her extensive teaching and clinical experience, make Dr. Catell uniquely qualified to understand and address the problems facing today's psychotherapists in this rapidly changing, highly controversial, and increasingly important area of psychology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Castalia Pubns (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929150767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929150765
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Victoria Sutherland on November 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Drugs and Clients: What Every Psychotherapist Needs to Know

by: Padma Catell

Issue Year: 2004

Category: Psychology

Publisher: Solarium Press

ISBN: 0929150767

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While most experts in psychopharmacology are psychiatrists, they represent less than ten percent of physicians, so most prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written by internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, and gynecologists. At the same time, psychologists, social workers, and counselors provide the most psychotherapy, but they cannot prescribe drugs. This book is intended to help these professionals understand the benefits and hazards of medication, so they can better help their patients and consult more effectively with prescribing doctors. The author, a psychologist with a degree in biology, teaches pharmacology to graduate students; furthermore, she writes clearly and succinctly. Her book, while technically fairly sophisticated, serves a larger audience than the title suggests: patients, their families, physicians, and public health workers will benefit from this text, which deals mainly with treatment of conditions like anxiety, insomnia, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) depression, and psychosis, but includes chapters on alcohol, stimulants, and recreational drugs. Catell explains the effects of caffeine, the use of supplements, herbs, and oils, and pain medication. She goes beyond drugs to discuss ECT (electro-convulsive, or "shock" therapy) and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). She includes six appendices on brain function and mechanisms of action of various substances, about which less is known for certain than most laypersons realize.
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Drugs & Clients: What Every Psychotherapist Needs To Know by Padma Catell (Associate Professor of Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies) is a straightforward reference informing psychotherapists and lay readers alike of the basic facts concerning common psychoactive medications as well as non-prescription psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, antihistamines, nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, marijuana and more. Written in no-nonsense, unbiased terms, it describes the effects of drugs, how they are viewed by the modern American legal system, health risks, results of statistical studies, and more. A superb resource manual for anyone needing to acquaint themselves with the basics of common psychoactive chemicals.
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A lucidly written, well-researched, fully updated survey of the field of psychopharmacology. Concise, eminently readable, thoroughly referenced, this gem of a book includes a tour d'horizon of various mental health problems - from sleep disorders to psychotic episodes. Each chapter reviews relevant medications and drugs, their effects, benefits, and dangers, as well as practical advice on how to administer and handle them. The clean and intuitive illustrations and tables enhance this tome's allure....Drugs and Clients is a must reference for anyone who deals with human suffering and the human mind. Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited.
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A wonderful book from a great professor. I was a student of Padma Catell's and found her dynamic teaching style, echoed in this book, to be straightforward and digestible. She used this text in our class, and it helped me to breakdown the wealth of the material and learn it with ease. As a result of her text, I am able to assist my clients in their understanding around meds, drugs, alternatives, and addiction. Very helpful book for students and practitioners alike - highly recommended! - Cris Walker Roskelley, MFT, Author of "On the Road to Becoming a Successful Marriage and Family Therapist: An Insider's Handbook From Graduate School Through Licensure... and Beyond!"
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