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From The CriticsReviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This psychotherapy treatment planner offers prewritten behavioral definitions, long-term goals, short-term objectives, and specific interventions for 29 child and adolescent disorders, e.g., depression, chemical dependence, school refusal, peer/sibling conflict. This step-by-step guidebook provides a comprehensive list of measurable interventions that are eclectic in origin (i.e., cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, familial, pharmacological, educational, and didactic) and can be used to chart client progress.
Purpose: The purposes of this guide are to (1) streamline treatment planning, (2) enhance the quality of clinical documentation, and (3) help clinicians develop concise effective treatment plans that satisfy the demands of managed care reviewers, HMOs, third-party payors, and other review agencies. The planner was designed to serve as a consultant as clinicians tailor specific plans to individual clients. The authors' objectives are important, and this planner accomplishes its goals.
Audience: This guidebook is written for child and adolescent mental health practitioners from diverse disciplines (e.g., psychiatry, social work) and theoretical models (e.g., cognitive, psychodynamic). The planner can be applied in a variety of healthcare settings to guide and simplify treatment planning. The authors developed the planner from years of experience working with diverse client populations.
Features: Each chapter covers a specific problem area and is divided into six sections: problem selection, problem definition, goal development, objective construction, intervention creation, and diagnosis determination. An extensive bibliographic reference list is provided. There is no subject or author index.
Assessment: This easy-to-use psychotherapy planner covers a range of child and adolescent problems and addresses an important need for practicing clinicians. Interventions are thoughtful and well-defined, although no empirical data are presented to support their efficacy. This guidebook stands to save clinicians valuable time; offer clients focused, comprehensive, and individualized treatment plans; and provide insurers and HMOs with the information they need.