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Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention, Third Edition

Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention, Third Edition

by Frank M. Dattilio

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This invaluable practitioner guide and text shows how cognitive-behavioral interventions can help people weather situations of extreme stress and build needed skills for the future. Leading authorities describe effective, time-efficient approaches to managing different types of crises: those related to particular psychological problems, such as panic disorder,


This invaluable practitioner guide and text shows how cognitive-behavioral interventions can help people weather situations of extreme stress and build needed skills for the future. Leading authorities describe effective, time-efficient approaches to managing different types of crises: those related to particular psychological problems, such as panic disorder, suicidal depression, and personality disorders; medical crises; child and family crises; and environmental and situational crises, including large-scale traumatic events. Vivid case material illustrates what the interventions look like in action and how to tailor them to individual clients' needs.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Although mental health professionals may have extensive training in traditional psychotherapeutic interventions, they may be ill equipped to treat a patient in crisis. Consequently, many clinicians are in need of a concise, practical book on crisis intervention. This is just such a reference, updated with this third edition.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is two-fold: to present current research findings regarding cognitive-behavioral interventions for crisis management and to offer a rich clinical perspective to complement the scholarly work.
Audience: Although intended mainly for psychologists and psychiatrists, other healthcare professionals who are involved in crisis interventions will find this useful, such as social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. The book assumes a fairly substantial understanding of psychotherapeutic principles and is not intended as a training manual. The editors and contributing authors are experts in the field.
Features: The four major sections of the book include psychological crises, medically-related crises, child and family crises, and environmental and situational crises. Within each section are several chapters focused on a specific crisis, such as suicide, traumatic brain injury, or child sexual abuse. The book has been reorganized since the second edition and a few new chapters have been added (e.g., terrorism), but at the expense of others (e.g., traumatized psychotherapists). Each chapter is well organized with reviews of the literature on the factors surrounding, leading up to, and maintaining the crisis, as well as the effectiveness of particular interventions. The crisis is often broken down into manageable units. For example, the chapter on suicide is broken down into subsections addressing cognitive models of depression, the role of hopelessness, risk factors, subtypes of motivation for suicide, assessment, and interventions. Throughout the book, readers will find clinical guidelines, suggestions for working with patients, and case examples. The later chapters covering environmental and situational crises are especially pertinent in light of recent terrorist acts and the ongoing military deployment. When appropriate, ethical issues are discussed, as might occur with child or elder abuse, but there is a lengthier discussion of ethical and legal issues in the last chapter. The tables and figures are helpful, and the sample scripts of intervention sessions are illuminating.
Assessment: This book provides a magnificent introduction to crisis intervention, a superb review of the current literature, and a valuable clinical reference through case examples. Practicing clinicians will surely find this indispensable and it is a must-read for students in mental health disciplines.
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"The book is broad enough and deep enough to cover two audiences well. For those who are specifically involved as crisis intervention workers on an, individual, organizational, or community level, the text's expertise will undoubtedly be a resource for some time to come. For the private practitioner the text is not only an expert review of the fundamentals for general stress/trauma theory and intervention, but an invaluable resource to have on the shelf when looking for a reference and guidance on a specific type of crisis. Common and uncommon crises for which the text can be a resource include: Impulsive and dangerous behaviors, acute trauma, medical crisis, marital abuse, childhood abuse, suicide, or on a family or even community level, such as marital separation, school bullying/violence, and natural or man-made disasters. Even if one chooses not to be involved as a crisis intervention worker, this text should be required reading. Every clinician will have to face the inevitable common crises in the lives of average adults and children, not to mention being prepared for the increasingly interesting times into which we seem to be moving."

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Meet the Author

Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, holds faculty positions with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also in the private practice of clinical and forensic psychology and marital and family therapy in Allentown, Pennsylvania. With more than 280 professional publications in the areas of couple and family problems, anxiety and behavioral disorders, and forensic and clinical psychology, Dr. Dattilio has presented extensively on CBT throughout the world. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages and are used in over 80 countries. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Contemporary Family Therapy. Dr. Dattilio is a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, including, most recently, the MFT of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, is Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, and Director of Training at Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation, Chicago. With over 60 publications, including 22 books, Dr. Freeman serves on the editorial boards of several U.S. and international journals. He is a diplomate in behavioral and clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He is past president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy.


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