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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jenny H. Conviser, PsyD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book describes structured and solution-focused psychological intervention models designed for implementation by the physical rehabilitation professional.
Purpose: This book underscores the importance of psychological rehabilitation as a natural and integral component of a comprehensive physical rehabilitation program. The text endeavors to improve the physical rehabilitation professional's awareness of the patient's psychologically related needs and issues; improve communication between the physical rehabilitation professional and the patient; and optimize comprehensive physical rehabilitation treatment and outcome by incorporating psychological rehabilitation.
Audience: Physical rehabilitation professionals, especially students of physical therapy or athletic training, will use this text to stimulate and organize their thinking and planning around psychological interventions. Rehabilitation specialists working with athletes or those individuals particularly interested in optimal recovery will find this an invaluable resource.
Features: Tables and exhibits provide much useful information and help to organize a large volume of information. The table of contents, references, and overall appearance of book are adequate. Individual chapter summaries conveniently highlight the most salient points.
Assessment: This is an excellent and necessary resource for students of physical rehabilitation or those professionals working in physical rehabilitation who do not currently incorporate psychological interventions or address psychological issues in their work. Those students intending to work with athletes will have an important framework for understanding and organizing much of their future work, study, and experience in psychological rehabilitation. However, the text could be strengthened by the inclusion of provisions for managing the patient who does not respond adequately to the prescribed psychological rehabilitation program as described.