The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies [NOOK Book]


In this reader-friendly handbook, five experts with complementary backgrounds offer solid information to guide mental health professionals through all the practical, financial, ethical and legal questions that arise as under pressure from patients and th
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The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies

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In this reader-friendly handbook, five experts with complementary backgrounds offer solid information to guide mental health professionals through all the practical, financial, ethical and legal questions that arise as under pressure from patients and th
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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a new and timely book covering how the new digital communicative technologies affect mental health clinicians in their daily practice. Written and edited by a group of clinicians - users of technology in mental health clinical practice — this book is a valuable contribution to the field
Purpose: The purpose of the book, according to the editors, is "to systematically describe how to expand the reach and quality of mental health services by integrating technology into everyday practice, and (to) use case examples for demonstration." Further, their goal is to present "the nuts and bolts of how and when to consider using the new, rapidly proliferating specialized technologies for behavioral and mental health." Indeed, this is a comprehensive guide to learning more about this obligatory technology.
Audience: The intended audiences are mental health clinicians, including psychologists and psychiatrists.
Features: The book features 539 pages divided into 15 chapters. Also included are 4 appendices. The chapter topics include telecommunication technologies, text-based communications, web-sites, telephonic and videoconferencing technologies, computer-aided assessment, computer-aided psychotherapy, electronic practice management and electronic patient records, legal and regulatory issues, standards and guidelines, training and support issues regarding online clinical practice management, referrals and client education and consent with online clinical practice management and the near and distant future of these technologies. The reference section is at the back of the book. The appendices contain useful information on comparative studies of psychotechnologies; sample listserv guidelines; addendum to patient consent agreement; and a draft of the international convention on telemedicine and telehealth. There are also helpful subject and author indices.
Assessment: This is an excellent new book on this emerging technology. All clinicians will eventually need to learn the material presented in this very interesting book.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410611444
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Telecommunication Technicalities. E-Mail, Chat Rooms, and Other Text-Based Environments. Professional Web Site Considerations. Telephonic and Videoconferencing Technologies. Computer-Aided Assessment. Computer-Aided Psychotherapy. Electronic Practice Management and the Computer-Based Patient Record. Legal and Regulatory Issues. Standards and Guidelines. Online Clinical Practice Management (OCPM): Training and Support. Online Clinical Practice Management (OCPM): Referrals, Client Education, and Consent. Online Clinical Practice Management (OCPM): Delivering Clinical Care. The Near Future. The Distant Future. Epilogue: Immediate Steps--A Checklist. Appendices: Comparative Studies of Psychotechnologies. Sample Listserv Guidelines. Addendum to Patient Consent Agreement. Draft International Convention on Telemedicine and Telehealth.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    The real missing manual

    Dr. Maheu and her co-authors have done an astounding job in putting together this reference/guide/manual to the application of electronic technology in mental health. I cannot think of any issue that is not addressed. Topics range from voice recognition software to electronic record keeping, email to video conferencing, web-based client education to online clinical practice. Two chapters offer an extensive discussion of ethics and legal issues with cautions as well as guidelines for professionals who would venture in this area of behavioral health. Three chapters are devoted to managing a clinical practice incorporating the new technologies. Real-life vignettes scattered throughout the book give us glimpses into what our colleagues are doing. We are even pointed toward a site where someone has set up a chat room where professionals curious about but weary of this medium can try it out. The authors¿ approach is balance in not just touting the benefits of these new technologies, but also pointing out risks, barriers and the need for research. If you have developed a professional website or thought about doing so, communicated with a client by email, or mused about monitoring client progress via a computer you need to add this book to your reference library.

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