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Now in its revised and expanded fifth edition, the Clinician's Thesaurus makes constructing meaningful reports easier than ever before. This popular guidebook provides quick and handy access to the entire language of the mental health professions. More than a giant collection of synonyms, the Thesaurus offers practical guidelines for how to shape raw data into a cogent report. Thousands of useful words, phrases, and interview questions are provided to help practitioners collect the client information they need and accurately describe almost any clinical situation. New features of the fifth edition include numerous additional terms; an integrative introduction and overview; reproducible forms for documenting client mental status and producing a managed-care compatible treatment plan; updated listings of psychiatric medications; and suggested readings on assessment and report writing. The book is designed for maximum ease of use with a large format and lay-flat binding. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the Clinician's Thesaurus is an indispensable tool for professionals who wish to streamline their reporting tasks.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doreen Salina
This book is written in easy-to-read language for all levels of mental health professionals and is designed to enhance the writing techniques of a clinician preparing psychological reports. There are multiple methods of describing clients' responses in a report presented in each chapter. The book consists of 39 short, discrete chapters that might have been more efficiently combined to follow the integration necessary for creating psychological reports that are comprehensive, yet succinct. This book is described by the author as a psychological thesaurus for experienced clinicians to improve the quality of their psychological reports. It is logically divided into pertinent areas regarding a comprehensive psychological evaluation, beginning with relevant and important questions to ask during the clinical interview and culminating with suggested treatment recommendations. The intended audience for this book is the experienced clinician, but the format and content would serve as a good introductory tool for first year clinical psychology students who are being introduced to psychological report writing. The book features areas to be assessed, followed by easy to understand descriptive terms for the clinicians' observations. It also includes questions the clinician should address to ensure comprehensiveness of the area assessed as well as lists other ethical signs or risk factors that might impact on the expression of symptoms or clarify the appropriate diagnosis. The concept of this thesaurus is needed and the book itself is comprehensive. Unfortunately, some of the sections are confusing and not as well researched and developed as others. For example, while the mental status chapteris quite comprehensive for mental health professionals who do not routinely include neurological screening during their evaluation, other sections such as the development of gay and lesbian identity uses outdated references with a poorly developed theory that might be misleading to the reader. In addition, many of the words on the descriptive lists can be inferred to be patronizing, judgmental, and imprecise, i.e., the continuum of self presentation ranges from filthy, smelly clothing to dandified. The beginning report chapter is comprehensive, as are treatment plan recommendations, as is the listing of psychoactive medications. Although the book includes a significant amount of clinical information, it varies significantly in quality and comprehensiveness throughout the various subjects.
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Reviewer:Doreen Salina, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description:This book is written in easy-to-read language for all levels of mental health professionals and is designed to enhance the writing techniques of a clinician preparing psychological reports. There are multiple methods of describing clients' responses in a report presented in each chapter. The book consists of 39 short, discrete chapters that might have been more efficiently combined to follow the integration necessary for creating psychological reports that are comprehensive, yet succinct.
Purpose:This book is described by the author as a psychological thesaurus for experienced clinicians to improve the quality of their psychological reports. It is logically divided into pertinent areas regarding a comprehensive psychological evaluation, beginning with relevant and important questions to ask during the clinical interview and culminating with suggested treatment recommendations.
Audience:The intended audience for this book is the experienced clinician, but the format and content would serve as a good introductory tool for first year clinical psychology students who are being introduced to psychological report writing.
Features:The book features areas to be assessed, followed by easy to understand descriptive terms for the clinicians' observations. It also includes questions the clinician should address to ensure comprehensiveness of the area assessed as well as lists other ethical signs or risk factors that might impact on the expression of symptoms or clarify the appropriate diagnosis.
Assessment:The concept ofthis thesaurus is needed and the book itself is comprehensive. Unfortunately, some of the sections are confusing and not as well researched and developed as others. For example, while the mental status chapter is quite comprehensive for mental health professionals who do not routinely include neurological screening during their evaluation, other sections such as the development of gay and lesbian identity uses outdated references with a poorly developed theory that might be misleading to the reader. In addition, many of the words on the descriptive lists can be inferred to be patronizing, judgmental, and imprecise, i.e., the continuum of self presentation ranges from ""filthy, smelly clothing"" to ""dandified."" The beginning report chapter is comprehensive, as are treatment plan recommendations, as is the listing of psychoactive medications. Although the book includes a significant amount of clinical information, it varies significantly in quality and comprehensiveness throughout the various subjects.
Booknews
Provides easy access to the language of the mental health professions and offers guidelines for shaping raw data into a cogent report. New features of this fifth edition include additional terms and interview questions, an integrative introduction and overview, reproducible forms for documenting client mental status and producing a managed-care-compatible treatment plan, and updated listings of psychiatric medications. Also new is a lay-flat binding for ease of use. The author is a consultant to the Social Security Disability Determination Division. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898628425
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/14/1995
  • Series: Clinician's Toolbox, The
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward L. Zuckerman, PhD, clinical psychologist, has been in independent practice for more than 15 years in medical and office settings. He serves as a consultant to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and to the Social Security Disability Determination Division, and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and an Invitation ix
Getting Oriented to the Clinician's Thesaurus 1
What Is the Clinician's Thesaurus and What Does It Do? 1
How This Book Is Organized--Its Structure 2
Understanding the Style and Format of the Chapters 3
A Functional Guide to Report Construction 8
Some Ways to Use the Clinician's Thesaurus 16
A Cautionary Note and Disclaimer 17
Part I. Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation
1. Beginning and Ending the Interview 21
2. Mental Status Evaluation Questions/Tasks 26
3. Questions about Signs, Symptoms, and Other Behavior Patterns 44
Part II. Standard Terms and Statements for Wording Psychological Reports
A. Introducing the Report
4. Beginning the Report: Preliminary Information 79
5. Referral Reasons 87
6. Background Information and History 92
B. The Person in the Evaluation
7. Behavioral Observations 103
8. Responses to Aspects of the Examination 114
9. Presentation of Self 124
10. Emotional/Affective Symptoms and Disorders 129
11. Cognition and Mental Status 143
12. Abnormal Signs, Symptoms, and Syndromes 162
13. Personality Patterns 203
C. The Person in the Environment
14. Activities of Daily Living 235
15. Social/Community Functioning 240
16. Couple and Family Relationships 242
17. Vocational/Academic Skills 249
18. Recreational Functioning 256
19. Other Specialized Evaluations 258
D. Completing the Report
20. Summary of Findings and Conclusions 269
21. Diagnostic Statement/Impression 272
22. Recommendations 290
23. Prognostic Statements 295
24. Closing Statements 297
Part III. Useful Resources
25. Treatment Planning and Treatment Plan Formats 301
26. Formats for Reports, Evaluations, and Summaries 323
27. Listing of Common Psychiatric and Psychoactive Drugs 337
28. Psychiatric Masquerade of Medical Conditions 348
Appendices
A. Abbreviations in Common Use 359
B. Conversions of Scores Based on the Normal Curve of Distribution 364
C. Annotated Readings in Assessment, Interviewing, and Report Writing 365
Feedback Solicitation Form 367
About the Clinician's Electronic Thesaurus, Version 5.0 369
References 371
Index 381
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