Clinician's Thesaurus, 7th Edition: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports / Edition 7

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Overview


With over 350,000 in print, the Clinician's Thesaurus is an indispensable practitioner resource and course text. It presents thousands of standard words, phrases, clinical tips, and interview questions to help practitioners conduct thorough assessments, accurately describe nearly any clinical situation, and shape clinical observations into effective reports. Finding exactly the right terminology can save hours of paperwork time and improve the quality of documentation. Structured to follow the sequence of a mental health evaluation, the book includes report formats, treatment planning pointers, all DSM-IV-TR and ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes, and much more--all in a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding.

New to This Edition
*References, resources, and diagnostic and treatment information are thoroughly updated.
*Additional clinical problems: reactive attachment disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and varieties of violent behaviors.
*Sections on strengths assessment and ethical considerations in report writing.
*More online resources, including where to obtain free assessment measures and scales.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Reviews
“No ordinary thesaurus....By presenting the standard language of the mental health field in an organized fashion, this clinical tool allows professionals to concentrate on the nature of the problem by selecting the best descriptors....Essential. Upper-level undergraduate students through professionals/practitioners in mental health."--Choice Reviews
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: The seventh edition of an indispensible reference for busy clinicians, this is a thorough and well-written compendium of the major terminology needed for writing psychological reports and conducting interviews. In keeping with the ever-changing field, the author has updated the references and the diagnostic and treatment information.
Purpose: The purpose is to help those writing mental health evaluations and intakes, psychosocial narratives, testing-based reports, progress notes, managed care treatment plans, and closing summaries of treatments. The terminology enables clinicians to be as objective as possible while maintaining an idiosyncratic presentation of the client.
Audience: Clearly, both new and seasoned clinicians will find this book helpful. Graduate students will be most appreciative of this field guide during training and clinicals. The author's work is well known, and he is one of the foremost authorities on writing in the behavioral health.
Features: This edition provides updated references, resources, additional clinical problems such as reactive attachment disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, as well as sections on ethical considerations in report writing. The appendixes cover the most common abbreviations along with annotated readings in assessment, interviewing, and report writing. Chapter 28 covers the major psychotropic medications, providing not just the trade and generic names but usual adult daily dosages. Chapter 2 provides the essential information for conducting a mental health evaluation.
Assessment: This remains an indispensable tool in the field, and each edition surpasses the previous one.
From the Publisher

"This book's title doesn't do it justice: in addition to offering lists of synonyms, the book provides a vast smorgasbord of the materials that mental health clinicians need to evaluate patients, write reports, and navigate the often confusing nuances of nomenclature. I value it especially because its reach extends far beyond the confines of the DSM to address the countless questions and procedures not covered by official diagnostic manuals. This reference is indispensable for any clinician whose work depends heavily on language--in other words, all of us. It richly deserves its honored place on my desk."--James Morrison, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University 

"I find the Thesaurus particularly useful for constructing forensic reports, in that it enhances the precision of the language used. Precisely written reports are much less subject to litigious misinterpretation."--Edward B. Heyden, EdD, Psychology Master's Program, Carlos Albizu University, Miami, Florida

"The Clinician’s Thesaurus is a comprehensive reference for anyone working in the field of mental health: the student preparing for a clinical career, the seasoned professional fulfilling the myriad demands of the field, or the supervisor overseeing the performance of a broad range of professionals. Not only does the Thesaurus offer detailed guidelines for conducting mental health evaluations, it also offers practical advice on writing up and presenting evaluation findings. The flow of the chapters provides a convenient, comprehensive approach to interviewing, report writing, and their relationship to treatment. The book includes concise descriptions of all major mental health diagnoses and their behavioral nuances, and clearly illustrates the relationship among assessment, diagnosis, and intervention. This clear, user-friendly work is designed to help the clinician successfully tackle one of the most challenging aspects of clinical work, the skillful documentation of evaluation and treatment."--Ann A. Abbott, PhD, LCSW, Graduate Social Work Department, West Chester University

"This comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide provides the ABCs of conducting interviews and writing reports in the mental health field. The 7th edition contains updated information, relevant websites, and many additional resources for both novices and senior clinicians. I plan to make this book required reading for all my practicum and intern students."--Dorothy Preston, PhD, psychologist, Phoenix, Arizona

"Therapists from multiple mental health disciplines will find the Clinician’s Thesaurus a useful resource in their practice. The book’s value extends beyond helping you write professional reports--it will also guide you in providing a more precise and thorough assessment of your clients. In the classroom, the Clinician’s Thesaurus would make a good adjunct text for a psychopathology course. The 7th edition makes greater use of Internet resources, among other nice additions."--Lee Williams, PhD, Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego

Choice

"No ordinary thesaurus....By presenting the standard language of the mental health field in an organized fashion, this clinical tool allows professionals to concentrate on the nature of the problem by selecting the best descriptors....Essential. Upper-level undergraduate students through professionals/practitioners in mental health."--Choice
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

"Dr. Zuckerman could have justifiably entitled this extraordinary book 'The Clinician's Handbook.' The Clinician's Thesaurus is much more than a thesaurus--it's more like a comprehensive guide for client assessment and report writing. Zuckerman has done a remarkable job at creating an extremely valuable and easy-to-use resource for seasoned clinicians and students alike."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

"Dr. Zuckerman could have justifiably entitled this extraordinary book ''The Clinician''s Handbook.'' The Clinician's Thesaurus is much more than a thesaurus--it's more like a comprehensive guide for client assessment and report writing. Zuckerman has done a remarkable job at creating an extremely valuable and easy-to-use resource for seasoned clinicians and students alike."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews (on the prior edition)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

"Dr. Zuckerman could have justifiably entitled this extraordinary book ''The Clinician''s Handbook.'' The Clinician''s Thesaurus is much more than a thesaurus--it''s more like a comprehensive guide for client assessment and report writing. Zuckerman has done a remarkable job at creating an extremely valuable and easy-to-use resource for seasoned clinicians and students alike."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews (on the prior edition)

Choice Reviews

“No ordinary thesaurus....By presenting the standard language of the mental health field in an organized fashion, this clinical tool allows professionals to concentrate on the nature of the problem by selecting the best descriptors....Essential. Upper-level undergraduate students through professionals/practitioners in mental health."--Choice Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606238745
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/25/2010
  • Series: The Clinician's Toolbox Series
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition, (Lay-Flat Paperback)
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 395
  • Sales rank: 122,108
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward L. Zuckerman received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and continued there as an adjunct teacher of personality psychology and human sexuality for 14 years. He taught abnormal psychology at Carnegie Mellon University for 9 years and now consults to the Social Security Disability Determination Division. He was in the independent general practice of clinical psychology for more than 15 years and has worked in state hospitals and community mental health centers. He lives on a small farm in Pennsylvania with his wife and their horses, chickens, dogs, cats, geese, and ducks.

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Table of Contents

Getting Oriented to the Clinician's Thesaurus
I. Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation
1. Beginning and Ending the Interview
2. Mental Status Evaluation Questions/Tasks
3. Questions about Signs, Symptoms, and Other Behavior Patterns
II. Standard Terms and Statements for Wording Psychological Reports
A. Introducing the Report
4. Beginning the Report: Preliminary Information
5. Referral Reasons
6. Background Information and History
B. The Person in the Evaluation
7. Behavioral Observations
8. Responses to Aspects of the Examination
9. Presentation of Self
10. Emotional/Affective Symptoms and Disorders
11. Cognition and Mental Status
12. Abnormal Signs, Symptoms, and Syndromes
13. Personality Patterns
C. The Person in the Environment
14. Activities of Daily Living
15. Social/Community Functioning
16. Couple and Family Relationships
17. Vocational/Academic Skills
18. Recreational Functioning
19. Other Specialized Evaluations
D. Completing the Report
20. Summary of Findings and Conclusions
21. Diagnostic Statement/Impression
22. Recommendations
23. Prognostic Statements
24. Closing Statements
III. Useful Resources
25. Treatment Planning and Treatment Plan Formats
26. Formats for Reports, Evaluations, and Summaries
27. Treatments for Specific Disorders and Concerns
28. Listing of Common Psychiatric and Psychoactive Drugs
29. Psychiatric Masquerade of Medical Conditions
Appendices: A. Abbreviations in Common Use
B. Annotated Readings in Assessment, Interviewing, and Report Writing

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