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Overview

No matter how well prepared and trained in theoretical aspects of psychotherapy, nascent clinicians experience considerable uncertainty in conceptualizing their cases and developing effective treatment regimens. Very often, they feel overwhelmed by clients who do not present symptoms that are described in standard textbook fashion. Indeed, they find that inevitably there are concurrent diagnoses and treatments and numerous unanticipated treatment issues. Students also quickly learn in this era of accountability and managed care that time efficiency in dealing with clients is an imperative. Through the presentation of comprehensive information drawn from interactions with clinical students in practice, field placements, internships and residencies over several decades, Effective Brief Therapies: A Clinician's Guide is devoted to facilitating the understanding of strategies for approaching cases, conducting viable assessments, and implementing contemporary therapies.

Audience: Clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, clinical social workers, graduate students, psychiatrists, and managed care professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book attempts to fulfill the ambitious goal of serving as a guide to facilitate understanding of strategies for approaching cases and conceptualizing treatment strategies, with a strong emphasis on the use of brief, time-limited therapies.
Purpose: Given the time constraints and realities of today's practice environment, a primer on the use of brief therapies for various types of psychopathology is the aim of this guidebook. As well, it seeks to introduce the use of these treatment strategies in certain special patient populations.
Audience: The book is clearly targeted at the nascent clinician who requires guidance in the initiation and maintenance of brief therapy. Such a clinician may be a beginning social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or student of these respective disciplines.
Features: In presenting an overview of brief therapy this book attempts to introduce treatment strategies for a wide variety of psychopathologies including depression, anxiety disorders, and Axis II conditions as well as their comorbidities. It also introduces issues of treatment in areas not often covered in books this size, specifically paraphilias, pathological gambling, and gay/lesbian/bisexual patients.
Assessment: Although the goal for this work is ambitious, its size unfortunately precludes anything more than a most cursory overview of brief therapy strategies for various psychiatric conditions. Some serious omissions include the lack of even introductory information about the integration of psychopharmacological strategies into these therapeutic efforts, as well as a disappointing paucity of practical, "how-to" instruction in the application of these brief therapies. This latter omission is particularly problematic considering the target audience of trainee-type clinicians. Other, more comprehensive and larger texts would likely serve the purpose better.
From the Publisher
"...a good overview to treatment issues for many specific and common DSM-IV diagnoses..."
—PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS (Volume 89, Number 209-210, 2001)
Booknews
Explains strategies for approaching cases, conducting viable assessments, and implementing contemporary therapies, in the context of realistic cases that do not always present in textbook fashion. Part I broadly considers assessment in effective brief therapy, and Part II discusses clinical approaches to treatment for 18 specific disorders. Chapters in this section cover case description, treatment conceptualization, assessment, treatment implementation, concurrent diagnoses and treatment, complications and treatment implications, dealing with managed care, and dealing with recidivism. Part III looks at special issues such as gay and lesbian clients and older adults. The editors are affiliated with Pacific University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

2 Stars from Doody
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Meet the Author

Michel Hersen (Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1966) is Professor and Dean, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. He is Past President of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He has written 4 books, co-authored and co-edited 126 books, including the Handbook of Prescriptive Treatments for Adults and Single Case Experimental Designs. He has also published more than 220 scientific journal articles and is co-editor of several psychological journals, including Behavior Modification, Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, and Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. With Alan S. Bellack, he is co-editor of the recently published 11 volume work entitled Comprehensive Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hersen has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Distinguished Practitioner and Member of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, and recipient of the Distinguished Career Achievement Award in 1996 from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians. Dr. Hersen has written and edited numerous articles, chapters and books on clinical assessment.

Maryka Biaggio (Ph.D., Utah State University, 1977) is Professor and Coordinator of Admissions at the School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. She is the Chair of the Governing Board of the Association for Women in Psychology, and has also served as an officer of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology. Her scholarly interests and publications and presentations are primarily in the area of psychology of women and dual relationship ethical issues. She is a fellow of Division 35 of the American Psychological Association and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Violence, Clinical Psychology Review and Journal of Personality Assessment.

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Table of Contents

Preface.
Contributors.
Introduction:
J. Lane, Overview of Assessment and Treatment Issues.
Treatment of Specific Disorders (DSM-IV Diagnoses):
D.O. Antonuccio, P.M. Lewinsohn, M. Piasecki, and R. Ferguson, Major Depressive Episode.
D.C. Hodgins, Alcohol Abuse.
J.C.I. Tsao and M.G. Craske, Panic Disorder.
F.D. McGlynn and S.R. Lawyer, Specific Phobia.
R.A. Kleinknecht, Social Phobia.
R.M. Turner, B.E. Barnett, and K.E. Korslund, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
T.M. Keane, A.E. Street, and H.K. Orcutt, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
M.G. Newman, Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
G. Asaad, Somatization Disorder.
R.M. Masheb and R.D. Kerns, Pain Disorder.
N. McConaghy and M. Lowy, Sexual Dysfunction.
B.M. Maletzky, Exhibitionism.
J.S. Mizes and D.Z. Bonifazi, Bulimia Nervosa.
K.L. Lichstein and D.L. Van Brunt, Primary Insomnia.
R. Ladouceur, C. Sylvain, and C. Boutin, Pathological Gambling.
R.M.T. Stemberger, A. McCombs-Thomas, S.G. MacGlashan, and C.S. Mansueto, Trichotillomania.
S.A. Kim and B.C. Goff, Borderline Personality Disorder.
W.I. Dorfman, Histrionic Personality Disorder.
Special Issues:
S.J. Coffman and G. Dorsey Green, Considerations for Gay and Lesbian Clients.
G.R. Birchler and W. Fals-Stewart, Considerations for Clients with Marital Dysfunction.
D.S. McKitrick and S.Y. Jenkins, Considerations for Ethnically Diverse Clients.
B.A. Edelstein, R.R. Martin, and J.L. Goodie, Considerations for Older Adults.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

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