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The mental health desk reference
Welfel, Elizabeth Reynolds, 1949-
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [2001]

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xix, 529 pages ; 26 cm
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A practical, easy-to-use, and comprehensive reference for mental health professionals

The Mental Health Desk Reference is the ultimate guide to effective and responsible mental health practice. It provides authoritative, concise, and up-to-date information from more than seventy experts regarding diagnosis, treatment, and ethics of practice. Each entry summarizes key constructs and terminology associated with the topic, major findings from research, and specific recommendations on theory and practice. Important topics covered include:
* Adjustment disorders and life stress
* Diagnosis and treatment of adults
* Diagnosis and treatment of children
* Crisis intervention
* Diverse populations
* Group and family interventions
* Practice management
* Professional issues
* Ethical and legal issues
* Professional resources

These detailed, readable entries-based on the most extensive and reliable research available-form a comprehensive, straightforward, and quick-reference resource applicable to practitioners across every field in mental health. The Mental Health Desk Reference is the single resource no mental health professional can afford to be without.

Author Notes

ELIZABETH R. WELFEL , PhD, is Professor of Counseling at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

R. ELLIOTT INGERSOLL , PhD, is Associate Professor of Counseling at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

R. Elliott Ingersoll and Laura BurnsChristiane BremsEllen B. LentNeal E. LipsitzKatherine M. Kitzmann and Noni K. GaylordStephen J. FreemanJohn L. RomanoJanet Melcher and Gerald J. Bostwick Jr.Paula J. BrittonEarl J. Ginter and Ann GlauserTimothy M. Lane and Donna L. FlemingChristopher M. FaiverR. Elliott IngersollRonald H. RooneyKathryn C. MaccluskiePaul F. Granello and Darcy Haag GranelloGary G. GintnerCynthia R. Kalodner and Jeffrey S. Van LoneBoyd W. Pidcock and Joan PolanskyDarcy Haag Granello and Paul F. GranelloSusan BichselR. Elliott Ingersoll and Susan B. PrevitsThomas P. SwalesCindy L. Miller-PerrinChristopher A. Kearney and Lisa M. LinningJoel T. Nigg and Marsha D. RappleyRichard J. HazlerBenedict T. McWhirter and Jason J. BurrowJohn Sommers-Flanagan and Rita Sommers-Flanagan and Charles PalmerAlvin E. HouseLinda Taylor and Howard S. AdelmanCarl F. RakMichael WindleAnn BauerTony D. CrespiPatricia Frazier and Jason Steward and Ty Tashiro and Susan RosenbergerJames R. RogersRita Sommers-Flanagan and John Sommers-Flanagan and Katy L. LynchDerek Truscott and Jim EvansLisa A. Suzuki and John F. KuglerLori R. Wicker and Robert E. Brodie II and Donald R. AtkinsonDavid SueRose M. QuinonesdelvalleJohn Joseph PeregoyE. Davis Martin Jr. and Gerald L. GandyValerie L. Schwiebert and Jane E. MyersNancy A. OrelThomas V. PalmaPam Remer and Sharon Rostosky and Margaret Laurie Comer WrightDavid Michael CoeRobert K. Conyne and Mei Tang and Albert L. WatsonCynthia J. Osborn and John D. West and Megan L. PetruzziMichael J. Sporakowski and Anne M. Prouty and Christopher HabbenMelanie A. WarnkeThomas L. Sexton and Monique C. LiddleHoward B. SmithJudith A. DetrudeLarry S. Stokes and Theodore P. Remley Jr.Holly A. StadlerHarriet L. GlosoffJeffrey A. Kottler and Margot SchofieldLaura J. VeachCarmen Braun WilliamsElizabeth Reynolds WelfelMitchell M. HandelsmanKathryn C. MaccluskieBarbara HerlihySeth C. KalichmanPaula R. DanzingerElizabeth Reynolds Welfel and Kathleen T. HeinlenRodney K. Goodyear and Ferdinand Arcinue and Michele GetzelmanElizabeth Reynolds Welfel
Editorsp. xiii
Contributorsp. xv
Part I Counseling For Adjustment Disorders And Life Stress
1 Prevalence of Adult Disordersp. 3
2 Counseling Clients with Underlying Medical Problemsp. 10
3 Counseling with Unemployed and Underemployed Clientsp. 18
4 Effective College Counselingp. 25
5 Divorce Counselingp. 32
6 Death and Bereavementp. 38
7 Stress, Coping, and Well-Being: Applications of Theory to Practicep. 44
8 The Fat Clientp. 51
9 Guidelines for Counseling Clients with HIV Spectrum Disordersp. 60
Part II Diagnosis And Treatment Of Adults With Mental And Emotional Disorders
10 Effective Use of the DSM from a Developmental/Wellness Perspectivep. 69
11 Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewingp. 77
12 Effective Treatment Planningp. 83
13 The Nonmedical Therapist's Role in Pharmacological Interventions with Adultsp. 88
14 Guidelines for Counseling Mandated and Nonvoluntary Clientsp. 94
15 Using Test Data in Counseling and Clinical Practicep. 99
16 Treating Anxiety Disorders in Adultsp. 106
17 Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Depressive Disordersp. 112
18 Eating Disorders: Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Referralp. 119
19 Clinical Practice Issues in Assessing for Adult Substance Use Disordersp. 128
20 Management of Personality Disordersp. 135
21 Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness: Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Referralp. 142
Part III Diagnosis And Treatment Of Children With Mental And Emotional Disorders
22 Prevalence of Childhood Disordersp. 155
23 Diagnostic Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Disorders of Childhoodp. 162
24 Child Maltreatment: Treatment of Child and Adolescent Victimsp. 169
25 Treating Anxiety Disorders in Childrenp. 177
26 Interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorderp. 183
27 Bullying: Counseling Perpetrators and Victimsp. 191
28 Assessment and Treatment Recommendations for Children and Adolescents with Depressionp. 199
29 Counseling Interventions for Children with Disruptive Behaviorsp. 205
30 Effective Use of DSM-IV with Childrenp. 213
31 Enlisting Appropriate Parental Cooperation and Involvement in Children's Mental Health Treatmentp. 219
32 Understanding and Promoting Resilience with Our Clientsp. 225
33 Substance Abuse among Children and Adolescentsp. 231
Part IV Crisis Intervention Issues
34 Responding to a Community Crisis: Frontline Counselingp. 239
35 Treatment for Violent Children and Adolescentsp. 245
36 Responding to Survivors of Sexual Assaultp. 252
37 Suicide Risk Assessmentp. 259
38 Counseling Interventions with Suicidal Clientsp. 264
39 Responding to Dangerous Clientsp. 271
Part V Counseling Diverse Populations
40 Multicultural Assessmentp. 279
41 Counseling African American Clientsp. 286
42 Counseling Asian American Clientsp. 292
43 Counseling Latino Clientsp. 298
44 Counseling American Indian/Alaskan Native Clientsp. 306
45 Disability and Rehabilitation Counselingp. 314
46 Counseling Older Adultsp. 320
47 Counseling Older Adults in Institutional Settingsp. 326
48 Affirmative Assessment and Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clientsp. 333
49 Counseling Women from a Feminist Perspectivep. 341
Part VI Group And Family Interventions
50 Using Brief Groups Effectivelyp. 351
51 Exploring Diversity in Therapeutic Groupsp. 358
52 Solution-Focused Family Counselingp. 365
53 Assessment in Couple and Family Counselingp. 372
54 Family Counseling Competenciesp. 379
Part VII Practice Management
55 Practicing Evidence-Based Mental Health: Using Research and Measuring Outcomesp. 387
56 Advertising, Marketing, and Financing a Mental Health Practicep. 393
57 Counselors Dealing with the Mediap. 398
58 Counselors as Expert Witnessesp. 404
Part VIII Personal Care And Interprofessional Relations: Coping With The Demands Of The Profession
59 Impairment in the Mental Health Professionsp. 413
60 Ethical Issues Related to Interprofessional Communicationp. 419
61 When Therapists Face Stress and Crisis: Self-Initiated Coping Strategiesp. 426
62 Treatment Failures: Opportunities for Learningp. 432
Part IX Ethical And Legal Issues
63 Ethics Complaints: Procedures for Filing and Respondingp. 441
64 Protecting Clients' Rights to Privacyp. 447
65 Accurate and Effective Informed Consentp. 453
66 Responsible Documentationp. 459
67 Managing Boundariesp. 465
68 Reporting Suspected Child Abusep. 471
69 Defining and Recognizing Elder Abusep. 478
70 The Responsible Use of Technology in Mental Health Practicep. 484
71 Counseling Supervision: Essential Concepts and Practicesp. 490
72 Responsible Interactions with Managed Care Organizationsp. 496
Appendix Ethics Codes and Guidelines in Mental Health Disciplinesp. 503
Author Indexp. 505
Subject Indexp. 521