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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John Rolfe Stutesman, AM, PsyD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a new book that comprehensively describes the application of cognitive-behavioral methods in crisis treatment.
Purpose: The goal is to demonstrate the efficacy of cognitive behavioral strategies as the method of choice in crisis intervention treatment. This is a worthy goal that is a timely (in terms of managed care and health reform) and valuable topic. The book meets its overall objective.
Audience: The book is especially useful for practitioners who provide mental health care in crisis settings. Additionally, clinicians who provide mental health services in managed care, employee assistant, or hospital environments will find the book valuable. The contributors seem well versed in cognitive-behavioral models, crisis theory, and clinical populations.
Features: The index and table of contents are useful, organized guides. Most chapters have up-to-date and pertinent references. However, a few chapters rely upon limited perspectives for crisis theory as well as references pertinent to the particular clinical syndrome under discussion.
Assessment: As is true in any contributed book, the quality of the chapters is uneven, but overall this is a valuable, well-written, and user-friendly book that effectively illustrates the use of cognitive-behavioral methods in crisis situations and provides useful descriptions of clinical phenomena and numerous case examples. Furthermore, many of the authors address the need for integrated treatment plans and recognize that crisis intervention is often a preliminary treatment. However, a broader appreciation for the complexity of human motivation and the curative imperative of the mourning process as an essential feature of any crisis resolution would enhance the value of the book. These drawbacks notwithstanding, this book will be rewarding for both students and practitioners interested in crisis intervention.