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A practical, easy-to-use, and comprehensive reference for mental health professionals

The Mental Health Desk Reference is the ultimate guide to effective and responsible mental health practice. It provides authoritative, concise, and up-to-date information from more than seventy experts regarding diagnosis, treatment, and ethics of practice. Each entry summarizes key constructs and terminology associated with the topic, major findings from research, and specific recommendations on theory and practice. Important topics covered include:
* Adjustment disorders and life stress
* Diagnosis and treatment of adults
* Diagnosis and treatment of children
* Crisis intervention
* Diverse populations
* Group and family interventions
* Practice management
* Professional issues
* Ethical and legal issues
* Professional resources

These detailed, readable entries-based on the most extensive and reliable research available-form a comprehensive, straightforward, and quick-reference resource applicable to practitioners across every field in mental health. The Mental Health Desk Reference is the single resource no mental health professional can afford to be without.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A wide range of practice-based topics are addressed in this fact-packed reference book for mental health professionals. Divided into nine major sections, it covers both practical and ethical concerns. The first section focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of common mental illnesses through the life cycle and includes issues relating to specific groups, crisis interventions, and practice management concerns. This is followed by discussions of legal/ethical issues and how mental health workers can cope with the formidable demands and stresses (e.g., compassion fatigue and burnout) of their occupations. The chapters are succinct, typically including statistics, current research, statements of the "best practice," and notable bibliographies. The editors, both professors of counseling at Cleveland State University, have done an admirable job of assembling into a coherent whole contributions from more than 70 experts from a variety of fields. The result is a wealth of useful information handily packaged for the working professional. The practical, direct, and authoritative tone of the book makes it suitable for a diverse audience needing a bridge between the divergent worlds of practice and multidisciplinary research in the field. Recommended for specialized collections serving mental healthcare providers. Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Providing information concerning diagnosis, treatment, and ethics, entries summarize key constructs and terminology, present major research findings, and offer practical recommendations. Seventy-two chapters are grouped into nine sections, covering: counseling for adjustment disorder and life stress, diagnosis and treatment of adults with mental and emotional disorders, diagnosis and treatment of children, crisis intervention, counseling divers populations, group and familiar interventions, practice management, personal care and interpersonal relations, and ethical and legal issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471652960
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 529
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH REYNOLDS WELFEL, PhD, is Professor of Counseling at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

R. ELLIOTT INGERSOLL, PhD, is Associate Professor of Counseling at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Table of Contents




1. Prevalence of Adult Disorders (R. Ingersoll & L. Burns).

2. Counseling Clients with Underlying Medical Problems (C. Brems).

3. Counseling with Unemployed and Underemployed Clients (E. Lent).

4. Effective College Counseling (N. Lipsitz).

5. Divorce Counseling (K. Kitzmann & N. Gaylord).

6. Death and Bereavement (S. Freeman).

7. Stress, Coping, and Well-Being: Applications of Theory to Practice (J. Romano).

8. The Fat Client (J. Melcher & G. Bostwick).

9. Guidelines for Counseling Clients with HIV Spectrum Disorders (P. Britton).


10. Effective Use of the DSM from a Developmental/Wellness Perspective (E. Ginter & A. Glauser).

11. Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing (T. Lane & D. Fleming).

12. Effective Treatment Planning (C. Faiver).

13. The Nonmedical Therapist's Role in Pharmacological Interventions with Adults (R. Ingersoll). <

Guidelines for Counseling Mandated and Nonvoluntary Clients (R. Rooney).

14. Guidelines for Cousneling Mandated and Nonvoluntary Clients (R. Rooney).

15. Using Test Data in Counseling and Clinical Practice (K. Maccluskie).

16. Treating Anxiety Disorders in Adults (P. Granello & D. Granello).

17. Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Depressive Disorders (G. Gintner).

18. Eating Disorders: Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Referral (C. Kalodner & J. Van Lone).

19. Clinical Practice Issues in Assessing for Adult Substance Use Disorders (B. Pidcock & J. Polansky).

20. Management of Personality Disorders (D. Granello & P. Granello).

21. Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness: Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Referral (S. Bichsel).


22. Prevalence of Childhood Disorders (R. Ingersoll & S. Previts).

23. Diagnostic Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Disorders of Childhood (T. Swales).

24. Child Maltreatrnent: Treatment of Child and Adolescent Victims (C. Miller-Perrin).

25. Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children (C. Kearney & L. Linning).

26. Interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (J. Nigg & M. Rappley).

27. Bullying: Counseling Perpetrators and Victims (R. Hazler).

28. Assessment and Treatment Recommendations for Children and Adolescents with Depression (B. McWhirter & J. Burrow).

29. Counseling Interventions for Children with Disruptive Behaviors (J. Sommers-Flanagan, et al.).

30. Effective Use of DSM-IV with Children (A. House).

31. Enlisting Appropriate Parental Cooperation and Involvement in Children's Mental Health Treatment (L. Taylor & H. Adelman).

32. Understanding and Promoting Resilience with Our Clients (C. Rak).

33. Substance Abuse among Children and Adolescents (M. Windle).


34. Responding to a Community Crisis: Frontline Counseling (A. Bauer).

35. Treatment for Violent Children and Adolescents (T. Crespi).

36. Responding to Survivors of Sexual Assault (P. Frazier, et al.).

37. Suicide Risk Assessment (J. Rogers).

38. Counseling Interventions with Suicidal Clients (R. Sommers-Flanagan, et al.).

39. Responding to Dangerous Clients (D. Truscott & J. Evans).


40. Multicultural Assessment ( L. Suzuki & J. Kugler).

41. Counseling African Americans Clients (L. Wicker, et al.).

42. Counseling Asian American Clients (D. Sue).

43. Counseling Latino Clients (R. Quinonesdelvalle).

44. Counseling American Indian/Alaskan Native Clients (J. Peregoy).

45. Disability and Rehabilitation Counseling (E. Martin & G. Gandy).

46. Counseling Older Adults (V. Schwiebert & J. Myers).

47. Counseling Older Adults in Institutional Settings (N. Orel).

48. Affirmative Assessment and Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients (T. Palma).

49. Counseling Women from a Feminist Perspective (P. Remer, et al.).


50. Using Brief Groups Effectively (D. Coe).

51. Exploring Diversity in Therapeutic Groups (R. Conyne, et al.).

52. Solution-Focused Family Counseling (C. Osborn, et al.).

53. Assessment in Couple and Family Counseling (M. Sporakowski, et al.).

54. Family Counseling Competencies (M. Warnke).


55. Practicing Evidence-Based Mental Health: Using Research and Measuring Outcomes (T. Sexton & M. Liddle).

56. Advertising, Marketing, and Financing a Mental Health Practice (H. Smith).

57. Counselors: Dealing with the Media (J. DeTrude).

58. Counselors as Expert Witnesses (L. Stokes & T. Remley).


59. Impairment in the Mental Health Professions (H. Stadler).

60. Ethical Issues Related to Interprofessional Communication (H. Glosoff).

61. When Therapists Face Stress and Crisis: Self-Initiated Coping Strategies (J. Kottler & M. Schofield).

62. Treatment Failures: Opportunities for Learning (L. Veach).


63. Ethics Complaints: Procedures for Filing and Responding (C. Williams).

64. Protecting Client's Rights to Privacy (E. Welfel).

65. Accurate and Effective Informed Consent (M. Handelsman).

66. Responsible Documentation (K. Maccluskie).

67. Managing Boundaries (B. Herlihy).

68. Reporting Suspected Child Abuse (S. Kalichman ).

69. Defining and Recognizing Elder Abuse (P. Danzinger).

70. The Responsible Use of Technology in Mental Health Practice (E. Welfel & K. Heinlen).

71. Counseling Supervision: Essential Concepts and Practices (R. Goodyear, et al.).

72. Responsible Interactions with Managed Care Organizations (E. Welfel).

Appendix: Ethics Codes and Guidelines in Mental Health Disciplines.

Author Index.

Subject Index.?

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