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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills for Mental Health Professionals

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills for Mental Health Professionals
A Popular Culture Casebook Approach

November 2011 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Case Conceptualization, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills: A Popular Cultural Case-based Approach is a text that helps students develop critical skills in diagnosis, case conceptualization and treatment planning by presenting a series of diagnostic cases based on characters from popular culture. The text is a unique and engaging way to help students practice these vital skills on characters that are familiar from the popular media. The characters provide a familiar and fun way to allow students to practice skill development before they actually start working on real client scenarios. This approach has been used by the authors in their classes for years and has been very popular among students. The book is separated into two parts: The first part will contain a separate chapter on diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning, which gives students the important building blocks needed to form diagnosis in all the categories of the DSM. These chapters lay the foundation that will be used in the rest of the book to formulate diagnosis and treatment planning for the characters in the rest of the book. Each case will be presented in an easy-to-read format and the authors will provide an introduction to the character, a basic case summary, case conceptualization, diagnostic impressions, the treatment plan, and pedagogical features such as a summary, study questions, and learning activities.
Part 1- Introduction and Overview
1. Overview of the Book
2. Popular Culture as a Learning Tool in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Part 2- Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning
3. Clinical Thinking Skills
4. Diagnosis
5. Case Conceptualization
6. Treatment Planning
Part 3- Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning: 30 Case Illustrations
7. Child and Video Game Characters
8. Troubled Youth in Film and on Stage
9. Animated Characters
10. Adults in Television Sitcoms and Drama
11. Characters in Music, Musicals, and Advertising
12. Characters in Literature and Comics
Part 4- Epilogue and Media Resources
13. Epilogue
14. Getting to Know the Clients Through Internet Sources, Published Literature, and Film

“A true strength of this book is that the authors are able to describe complex, abstract concepts in a practical, straightforward manner that is highly accessible for students from a variety of mental health professions. The authors should be commended for integrating detailed models for developing diagnostic, case conceptualization, and treatment planning skills into one text. Students often learn these types of clinical thinking skills in separate courses and then experience difficulty in weaving this information together to inform their work with actual clients. The authors of this book succeed in bridging this gap for students. With the use of thirty fascinating case studies drawn from popular culture and from across the spectrum of mental health concerns, students are able to see in vivid detail how diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning skills may be applied in clinical practice. The rich case descriptions help make the material come alive for the reader so that he or she remains actively involved in the learning process. I recommend this extremely practical and engaging tool for all beginning clinicians as a foundation for developing strong clinical thinking skills.”

Laura Choate, Ed.D., LPC, NCC
Associate Professor, Counselor Education, Louisiana State University

"Diagnosis And Treatment Planning Skills For Mental Health Professionals: A Popular Culture Casebook Approach is a hit. We all think about popular culture figures and wonder what they’d be like if they were real. Schwitzer and Rubin carry this concept steps further by imagining 30 pop culture figures as clinical cases, and approaches them as mental health professionals. Using the Inverted Pyramid Method as an organizing structure, the authors walk students through the process of diagnosing clients, conceptualizing cases, and planning treatment. They illustrate this method and the theories and research underpinning it through the cases derived from popular culture figures and in doing so make the material engaging, compelling, and memorable."

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Author, Abnormal Psychology; Editor, Psychology of Superheroes

“If you are interested in finding a text that creatively describes common clinical issues, this is your book! Distinguished pop-culture-in-counseling authors and educators, Schwitzer and Rubin, collaborate on this vast compilation of material to present step by step directions using often poignant vignettes within a DSM counseling paradigm. A must- read for all counselors, psychotherapists and popular culture enthusiasts!” - Thelma Duffey, Editor, The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, University of Texas at San Antonio

Thelma Duffy
University of Texas at San Antonio

A useful book to supplement Masters practical training.

Dr Graham Du Plessis
Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg
June 24, 2014

The text used DSM IV TR references. Waiting for DSM5 version. However, I liked the text except it was outdated.

Dr Scott Nelson
Mental Health Counseling, Argosy University-Schaumburg
March 20, 2014

This book is a delight. Very clever use of popular culture to both illustrate and explore issues of assessment, case formulation and intervention.

Mr Paul Buckley
Nursing , Bradford University
November 21, 2013

it is a fascinating text with great utility in helping students use the DSM and do treatment planning.

Professor Jon Reid
Psychology Counseling Dept, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
November 2, 2013

While the content was good, I did not like the use of popular culture as the only resource for course material. I have not chosen a text for the course yet, but this one did not make the cut.

Dr Jo Hittner
Counselor Education Dept, Winona State University
November 1, 2013

Too advanced for students

Mrs Rebecca Yazzie
Human Services Prog, University of Phoenix - Oregon
October 29, 2013


Dr Joel Carr, Ph.D., LCSW, LPC
Psychology Sociology Dept, Texas A & M University - Kingsville
September 28, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Overview of the Book

Chapter 3: Clinical Thinking Skills

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Alan M. Schwitzer

Alan Schwitzer is a nationally known expert on college counseling and clinical education, bringing a professional writing background of over 40 scholarly journal, magazine, and newspaper articles to the project. He has been Chair of the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Council of Editors, on the Board of ACA Publications, and Editor of the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Journal of College Counseling. Previously, he was Associate Editor of American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Publications. He has received the American Counseling Association's Ralph Berdie Award for Outstanding College Student Development Research... More About Author

Lawrence C. Rubin

Lawrence “Larry” C. Rubin, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S, is a Professor of Counselor Education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, where he directs the Mental Health Counseling Program and is a private practice psychologist, professional counselor, and play therapist. Dr. Rubin, past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Rubin’s research interests and publications lie at the intersection of psychology and popular culture. He is a prolific writer and editor. His book, Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture: Medicine, Mental Health and the... More About Author

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