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The Mental Health Desk Reference: A Practice-Based Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Professional Ethics 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471395720
ISBN-10: 0471395722
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A wide range of practice-based topics are addressed in this fact-packed reference book for mental health professionals. Divided into nine major sections, it covers both practical and ethical concerns. The first section focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of common mental illnesses through the life cycle and includes issues relating to specific groups, crisis interventions, and practice management concerns. This is followed by discussions of legal/ethical issues and how mental health workers can cope with the formidable demands and stresses (e.g., compassion fatigue and burnout) of their occupations. The chapters are succinct, typically including statistics, current research, statements of the "best practice," and notable bibliographies. The editors, both professors of counseling at Cleveland State University, have done an admirable job of assembling into a coherent whole contributions from more than 70 experts from a variety of fields. The result is a wealth of useful information handily packaged for the working professional. The practical, direct, and authoritative tone of the book makes it suitable for a diverse audience needing a bridge between the divergent worlds of practice and multidisciplinary research in the field. Recommended for specialized collections serving mental healthcare providers. Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN
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A wide range of practice-based topics are addressed in this fact-packed reference book for mental health professionals. Divided into nine major sections, it covers both practical and ethical concerns. The first section focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of common mental illnesses through the life cycle and includes issues relating to specific groups, crisis interventions, and practice management concerns. This is followed by discussions of legal/ethical issues and how mental health workers can cope with the formidable demands and stresses (e.g., compassion fatigue and burnout) of their occupations. The chapters are succinct, typically including statistics, current research, statements of the "best practice," and notable bibliographies. The editors, both professors of counseling at Cleveland State University, have done an admirable job of assembling into a coherent whole contributions from more than 70 experts from a variety of fields. The result is a wealth of useful information handily packaged for the working professional. The practical, direct, and authoritative tone of the book makes it suitable for a diverse audience needing a bridge between the divergent worlds of practice and multidisciplinary research in the field. Recommended for specialized collections serving mental healthcare providers. —Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN (Library Journal, December 2001)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 529 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (August 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471395722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471395720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensive, scholarly, research based, current, a cutting-edge reference; I could go on, and on.
This resource contains entries on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and ethics from more than seventy experts in the mental health field. A veritable graduate-level course right at your fingertips!
Ideal for students like myself, who are just entering the field.
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For any practitioner in the health-care field, particularly in the area of mental health, this is a top-notch reference book. The book is well-organized and presented in a comprehensive manner. From diagnosis and treatment to crisis intervention and practice management, the reference book will provide a welcome addition to the professional library in your office or clinic. The book does not serve as a classic text book, we probably have enough of those around, but for the price, it does make a great addition to a reference library.
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The book covers pertinent information that is mental health professionals can apply to their work. The chapters are short, with tools, learning, and practical in the mental health field.
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Excellent compilation of articles that educate on all topics counseling related. I decided against selling it back as this is one I want to keep handy. Very informative and interesting.
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Book had general statistics on data about functionality of generalized pathology. As a preference I would have like more detailed examples of ways to address identified issues rather than generalized information. However, it can serve useful for beginners needing a starting reference on ways to conduct counseling.
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