Grace Under Fire: Skills to Calm and De-escalate Aggressive & Mentally Ill Individuals (For Those in Social Services or Helping Professions Kindle Edition
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I bought the book thinking that it might have a few useful nuggets tucked away here or there. Instead, I found one of the most useful books of this type that I've run across. Amdur has divided the book into sections based on symptoms rather than mental illness, with chapters describing the characteristics ranging from those suffering from hallucinations and delusions to predatory sociopaths. This is incredibly helpful for me-- as an attorney, I really don't need to know whether the man in my office is hallucinating due to drug use, schizophrenia, or some other condition-- I just need to know how to safely de-escalate a tense encounter with a hallucinating client. Amdur provides that information, explaining how people suffering from various symptoms perceive the world around them, the things that are likely to be a source of anger for them, and how to safely manage a situation in which mentally ill persons of various kinds exhibit anger, rage, and violence. Throughout the book Amdur maintains a solid, no-nonsense approach to maintain personal safety, and he peppers his work with useful and instructive real-life examples taken from his own practice.
As I read the book I could easily identify people that I had worked with in the past, and Amdur's writing gave me lots of food for thought on how to deal with them more effectively in the future. I feel that this book had done a great deal to make my practice safer, and I have recommended it without hesitation to the attorneys and social workers that I work with.
I have found this book easy to use, highly accessible, and an excellent resource to have on hand.