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Is Long-Term Psychotherapy Unethical: Toward a Social Ethic in an Era of Managed Care
     

Is Long-Term Psychotherapy Unethical: Toward a Social Ethic in an Era of Managed Care

by Carol Shaw Austad, Austad
 

Filled with solid research, clinical examples, and interviews, Is Long-Term Psychotherapy Unethical? makes a persuasive case for the cost-saving, practical, and goal-oriented use of short-term therapy. It challenges the profession to provide behavioral health care that is widely accessible, responsible, and ethical.

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Filled with solid research, clinical examples, and interviews, Is Long-Term Psychotherapy Unethical? makes a persuasive case for the cost-saving, practical, and goal-oriented use of short-term therapy. It challenges the profession to provide behavioral health care that is widely accessible, responsible, and ethical.

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"In an era of managed care delivery systems which focus on both clinical quality and cost effectiveness, Austad has sought to examine the efficacy and ethics of long-term psychotherapy. She has succeeded in writing a book which will be a worthwhile resource for all current practitioners, regardless of their theoretical orientation and practice patterns." —Jeffrey I. Bragman, CEO, Health Marketing and Management, Healthcare Consultant

"Should be required reading for everyone who practices psychotherapy in the 1990s. Of all active professionals in the field today, Carol Shaw Austad alone can lay claim to such fearless clarity of vision and old-fashioned common sense." —Steven E. Salmony, psychological consultant, Department of Social Services, State of North Carolina

"Carol Shaw Austad has written a truly provocative book for the modern mental health practitioner attempting to survive in the rapidly changing world of mental health care reimbursement. Austad 'jars' the reader out of firmly held preconceptions to allow them to 'see' the opportunities in a more flexible view of mental health treatment. Yet, she also is not 'blind' to the pitfalls of many of the new mental health managed care systems." —Louis J. DeStefano, mental health director, Community Health Center, Inc., Middletown, CT

"Is Long-Term Psychotherapy Unethical? raises some of the most crucial questions confronting psychology today." —William H. Berman, associate professor of psychology, Fordham University, and president of BHOS, Inc.

Booknews
The author is a psychologist who has been studying the interaction between health care delivery systems, psychotherapy, and professional development for ten years. She discusses such issues as whether or not traditional psychotherapy contributes to inequity in the distribution of mental health care, how profit affects the practice of psychotherapy, and the benefits of long-term therapy, which she believes are questionable. She challenges the profession to provide mental health care that is widely available, responsible, and ethical, and advocates short-term therapy as the means. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787902186
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/12/1996
Series:
Psychology Series
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
0.81(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

CAROL SHAW AUSTAD is associate professor of psychology at Central Connecticut State University and clinical psychologist at the Community Health Care Plan in Wallingford, Connecticut. She is the coeditor of Psychotherapy in Managed Health Care and author of numerous book chapters and journal articles on psychotherapy and managed care.

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