Clinician's Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports / Edition 6

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Now in a revised and expanded sixth edition, this perennially popular resource provides quick and handy access to the entire language of the mental health professions. More than a giant collection of synonyms, the book includes thousands of useful words, phrases, clinical tips, and interview questions to help practitioners conduct thorough assessments, accurately describe nearly any clinical situation, and shape raw data into effective reports. Updated for compliance with HIPAA privacy regulations, the sixth edition features easier-to-navigate, reorganized contents; numerous additional terms; matched listings for DSM-IV-TR and ICD-9 diagnostic criteria; many helpful website addresses; and much more.
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This resource for conducting clinical interviews and writing psychological reports includes helpful hints and phrases, and walks one through a complete mental health evaluation. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: According to the author, "this book is more than a giant collection of synonyms; it is a treasury of the terms, standard phrasings, common concepts, and practical information clinicians use in their daily work. In breadth and in depth, this book covers the language of American mental health. It is organized to help you, first, collect the client information you need; second, organize those findings into a high-quality report; third, find the most precise terms to express your findings; and fourth, develop appropriate diagnoses, treatment plans, and recommendations."
Audience: As the title says, the book is written for clinicians. In addition, the author encourages clinicians to use this book when teaching and supervising students or less experienced professionals. The author provides a caveat for using the book: "The author and publisher presume (1) that the users of this book are qualified by education and/or training to employ it ethically and legally, and (2) that users will not exceed the limits of documentable competence in their disciplines as indicated by their codes of ethical practice." I agree with that the target audience is clinicians and students, especially those in psychology, psychiatry, and social work.
Features: The book is divided into three parts covering Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation, Standard Terms and Statements for Wording Psychological Reports, and Useful Resources. One of the highlights of the book is that it provides everything you need to produce useful documents, whether a one-page progress note or a lengthy report. The author provides handy phrases, pertinent questions, and wonderful synonyms, challenging the reader to produce better descriptions of behavior. It is almost like a supervisor is at your side, guiding you through the process. This is a book where every single chapter is useful. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on treatment planning and treatment plan formats that includes a sample treatment plan. You can use this information immediately in a clinical setting.
Assessment: This is a must-have book for clinicians and students alike. I try to stretch myself by applying this information instead of getting in a report writing rut. The book is easy to read and it is one of the few books in which every chapter is good. There is no fluff here. The sixth edition is justified because it includes HIPAA privacy regulations and updated information from DSM-IV-TR and ICD-9 diagnostic criteria.
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: 9781572304376
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2005
  • Series: The Clinician's Toolbox Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward L. Zuckerman received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and remained 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, a daughter, 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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    Me as a student in Psychology I do recommend this book a lot! It was recommended by one of my supervisors and since then I do not stop using it at the moment to write my intakes and case conceptualizations. Very essential tool for the student and also for Psychologist or other mental health professionals. This is a very complete book that will sharp your reports and for students it will teach you how to create outstanding ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    Useful tool for new counselor

    Useful tool for new counselor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    I use it once a week minimum

    As a mental health counselor I write many psychological reports for attorneys, judges,and schools. This book is very helful, especially when you are having trouble the patient's motivaton and/or specific behaviors.

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