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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 very interesting idea, but one that is too culture specific to America in terms of it's choice of charaters

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
September 23, 2013

This book creatively brings diagnosis, treatment planning, the DSM into an exciting analysis of 30 case examples. The basing of these on characters from popular culture not only brings a new approach, but really connects theory to application. The choice of characters cleverly incorporates diversity, and for many students this will stimulate productive engagement in the subject, and therefore useful insight into the realities of practice. The planning elements help the reader to integrate the necessary skills into activities to embed learning. A really engaging and accessible text in this subject area.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
June 27, 2013

Genius! A book I wish I'd written

Mrs Rebecca Southall
Counselling Training, GB Prohealth Ltd
May 14, 2013

Although this book would be a great supplement to our Diagnosis and Theory Class, it does not contain theory in the ways necessary. And, unfortunately, it is simply too expensive for a supplemental text.

Mr Sean Camp
Sociology Soc Work Anthro Dept, Utah State University
March 6, 2013

Getting students involved in diagnosis and conceptualization can be a difficult task. Sometimes we lack details in cases or can't always share information for a complete diagnosis.
This book has really helped with that process and opened the doors to working popular culture cases that we can all be familiar with. In particular, the inverted pyramid model has helped my students apply their case conceptualizations with a more determined purpose and a deeper comprehension of clients problems.
A fantastic resource that will be of great help in our courses beyond this semester.

Professor Daniel Velazquez
Escuela de Psicología , Cetys Universidad
November 4, 2012

It is a great and innovative text which meets all of my needs for this course and its requirements.

Dr Tara Hill
Counseling and Human Services, Old Dominion University
August 1, 2012

Excellent if you are teaching various ways to treat mental health with psychology concepts.
The way the book is laid out using fictional characters makes it fun to teach from and very accessible. Great book, A++

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
April 7, 2012

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning is an essential skills fo workplace counselor. A proper plan counseling and intervention sessions will benefit not only the client but also the organization. This book can assist my students in preparing a well balance treatment plan.

Mr Zaliridzal Zakaria
Faculty of Leadership and Management, Islamic Science University of Malaysia
March 28, 2012

This is a highly original and creative textbook which engages readers with theoretical material in a unique way. It will be added as a recommended reading text for the Media Depictions of mental health module.

Gary Morris
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
February 13, 2012

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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