The Elements of Managed Care: A Guide for Helping Professionals / Edition 1

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This concise, user-friendly book offers straightforward information describing exactly what managed care is, how it affects counseling professionals, and the best practices for working within its structure. Essential reading for anyone beginning a career in the helping professions, THE ELEMENTS OF MANAGED CARE explores the historical development of managed care, the parameters it imposes on counselors, changes in client/therapist interactions, ways to improve managed care, and other key topics.

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"An exciting, new text that 'tells it like it is' in managed care…should be required reading for anyone planning to work in the mental health professions."

"Good, practical information for beginning therapists."

"Very practical and useful for opening the door of managed care to the graduate student who has no in-depth experience in the field."

A concise, user-friendly guide, offering straightforward information on what managed care is, how it affects counseling professionals, and best practices for working within its structure. Explores the historical development of managed care, the parameters it imposes on counselors, changes in client/therapist interactions, and ways to improve managed care. Includes many real-life examples of managed care's impact on clients and the counseling process, plus a glossary and thematic guide to managed care terminology, and useful Web sites. Davis is in private practice. Meier is affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534549749
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/20/2000
  • Series: Managed Care Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ph.D., SIU, Carbondale

Scott T. Meier is a licensed psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is associate professor and co-director of training for the Program in Counseling and Educational Psychology, SUNY Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

1. The Causes and Consequences of Managed Care. 2. The Parameters of Managed Mental Health Care. 3. Managed Care and the Counseling Process. 4. Outcome Assessment and Evaluation in Managed Care. 5. Can Managed Care be Improved? Appendix A. Introduction to Managed Care Terms. Glossary. References. Index.

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