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“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.
"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.
“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
A useful book to supplement Masters practical training.
The text used DSM IV TR references. Waiting for DSM5 version. However, I liked the text except it was outdated.
This book is a delight. Very clever use of popular culture to both illustrate and explore issues of assessment, case formulation and intervention.
it is a fascinating text with great utility in helping students use the DSM and do treatment planning.
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.
Too advanced for students
A very interesting idea, but one that is too culture specific to America in terms of it's choice of charaters
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.
Genius! A book I wish I'd written
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.
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.
It is a great and innovative text which meets all of my needs for this course and its requirements.
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++
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.
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.