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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Giridhar G. Reddy, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book deals with innovative approaches for difficult-to-treat populations. The contributors are prominent clinical researchers from various universities in United States.
Purpose: The purpose is to suggest directions for development and dissemination of innovative mental health services, especially for difficult patients like youths with serious behavioral and emotional problems and adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
Audience: The target audience includes clinicians such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and mental health planners.
Features: There are appropriate tables and a summary at the end of each chapter highlighting some of the salient points. The references are adequate and up-to-date.
Assessment: This book gives information on ways to more effectively treat difficult populations, such as children, adolescents, and adults with chronic mental disorders. These individuals consume mental health resources disproportionately, and traditional services have had little established effectiveness. There are two sections, the first dealing with mental health services for children, adolescents and their families and the second dealing with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The emphasis is on a social-ecological model wherein interventions are delivered in the patient's natural environment. The interventions are highly individualized to each patient and comprehensive, with specific goals in mind and clinicians held accountable for these therapeutic goals. This book is essential reading for all mental health professionals.