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Here is the revised and expanded edition of the indispensable companion for every mental health practitioner. Improved over the first edition by feedback from both practitioners and training directors, this second edition of the Psychologists' Desk Reference presents an even larger variety of information required in daily practice in an easy-to-use format. This peerless reference gives fingertip access to the entire range of current knowledge. The Desk Reference covers assessment and diagnosis, psychological testing, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, self-help resources, child and adolescent treatment, ethical and legal issues, forensic matters, practice management, and professional resources. Chapters have been crisply written by master clinicians and include easy-to-read checklists and valuable Internet sites, as well as practical advice. A special Web site features more than 65 additional resources-practice guidelines, clinical strategies, charts, and figures. Filled with information psychologists use every day, the second edition of the Psychologists' Desk Reference will be the most widely used volume in the library of psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers everywhere.

"...includes all the essential checklists, guidelines, and summaries in one authoritative resource...covers assessment and diagnosis, testing and psychometrics, treatment and psychotherapy, ethical and legal issues, and more."

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers 140 different topics that practicing psychologists may encounter in the course of their work. Each author provides concise information regarding the topic and gives helpful references, readings, and Web sites. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: According to the editors, the reference "is intended as an authoritative and indispensable companion of mental health practitioners of all theoretical orientations and professional disciplines. This volume compiles, organizes, and presents key guides and essential information that clinicians, from practicum students to seasoned practitioners, want on their desks. It contains diagnostic codes, test information, report checklists, practice guidelines, treatment principles, ethics refreshers, legal regulations, special-population materials, professional resources, practice management tips, and related data that all clinicians need at their fingertips." (p. vii). These are worthy objectives that the book meets.
Audience: According to the editors, "when asked who should purchase it, we reply: "Every clinician." However, they also state that graduate psychology students would be well served by this book as well. The authors and contributors are credible authorities. The list is a virtual who's who in the field of clinical psychology and includes Arnold Lazarus, James Butcher, John Graham, Roger Greene, Theodore Millon, and Irving Weiner, just to name a few.
Features: The book contains articles on various aspects of clinical psychology —140 articles to be exact. Each chapter is fairly succinct but gives enough information to sufficiently whet the appetite, with references, readings, and Web sites to search for more. The value of this book lies in its coverage of so many areas with contributions by authors, many well known, who have much experience in the clinical realm. Of course, when you try to cover so many different topics, you can only cover them briefly, which is a minor drawback. However, for blossoming students, this book has everything they need to begin with under one cover. There are wonderful tables, chock full of information. This book is easy to read and is a resource you will turn to, time and time again.
Assessment: I really enjoyed this book. It covers so much and is very readable. Of course, one important question is that of price, especially if you are a student. With the Internet, one can get the same information on many of the same topics the book covers. The difference is that the book has contributors who are the movers and shakers in clinical psychology. It is also nice to have everything contained in one book. The second edition justifies replacing the first because of all the new research, as well as the continuing experience of the authors.
From the Publisher
"This volume provides just what any practicing psychologist needs: easily accessible, current information on almost any topic by some of the leading thinkers and innovators in the field. The editors are to be commended for creating a truly helpful resource, one of those 'do-not-do-without-this' books." —Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. ABPP, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Seattle, Washington

"The advent of the Psychologist's Desk Reference signifies that clinical and applied psychology has become a genuine profession—one with a consistent and reliable body of knowledge, treatments, and standards. This practical compendium of clinical wisdom truly belongs on every practitioner's desk." —Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., ABPP, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, and author of Brief but Comprehensive Psychotherapy: The Multimodal Way

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199845491
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/4/2013
  • Edition description: Desk
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, is Professor and Dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College (Boston). From 1971 through 2001 he served successively as an intern, post-doctoral fellow, and ultimately as Chief of Psychology at Boston's Children't Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center. During this period he also served as a full time faculty member (Associate Professor) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Koocher is a fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the only psychologist to have earned five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child/Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology). He is currently Editor of the journal Ethics and Behavior and previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 150 articles and book chapters and authored or edited eight books.

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Table of Contents

1 Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders in the general population 3
2 Mental status examination 7
3 Improving diagnostic and clinical interviewing 13
4 The multimodal life history inventory 16
5 Increasing the accuracy of clinical judgment (and thereby treatment effectiveness) 23
6 Developmental neuropsychological assessment 28
7 Adult neuropsychological assessment 33
8 Assessment and intervention for executive dysfunction 38
9 Child and adolescent diagnosis with DSM-IV 41
10 Formulating diagnostic impressions with ethnic and racial minority children using the DSM-IV-TR 45
11 Medical evaluation of children with behavioral or developmental disorders 50
12 Interviewing parents 55
13 Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder through the life span 60
14 Assessment of suicidal risk 63
15 Assessment of malingering on psychological measures 67
16 Identification and assessment of alcohol abuse 71
17 Measures of acculturation 77
18 DSM-IV-TR classification system 80
19 A practical guide for the use of the global assessment of functioning (GAF) scale of the DSM-IV-TR 91
20 Assessment of character strengths 93
21 50 widely used psychological tests 101
22 Sources of information about psychological tests 105
23 Publishers of psychological and psychoeducational tests 108
24 Types of test scores and their percentile equivalents 111
25 Assessing the quality of a psychological testing report 117
26 Child behavior observations 119
27 Measures of children's psychological development 124
28 Assessing MMPI-2 profile validity 128
29 Clinical scales of the MMPI-2 132
30 Supplementary scales of the MMPI-2 137
31 Characteristics of high and low scores on the MMPI-2 clinical scales 141
32 Empirical interpretation of the MMPI-2 codetypes 149
33 Millon clinical multiaxial inventory (MCMI-III) 153
34 Millon adolescent clinical inventory (MACI) 159
35 Thumbnail guide to the Rorschach method 166
36 Rorschach assessment : questions and reservations 169
37 Rorschach assessment : scientific status and clinical utility 173
38 Patients' rights in psychotherapy 181
39 Compendium of empirically supported therapies 183
40 Compendium of psychotherapy treatment manuals 192
41 Compendium of empirically supported therapy relationships 202
42 Enhancing adherence 208
43 Methods to reduce and counter resistance in psychotherapy 212
44 Repairing ruptures in the therapeutic alliance 216
45 Systematic assessment and treatment matching 220
46 Stages of change : prescriptive guidelines 226
47 Psychotherapy treatment plan writing 232
48 Key principles in the assessment of psychotherapy outcome 236
49 Treatment and management of the suicidal patient 240
50 Crisis intervention 245
51 Impact of disasters 249
52 Principles in the treatment of borderline personality disorder 255
53 Psychotherapy with reluctant and involuntary clients 257
54 Treatment matching in substance abuse 263
55 Motivational interviewing 267
56 Anxiety/anger management training 271
57 Psychological interventions in adult disease management 274
58 Assessing and treating normative male alexithymia 278
59 Assessing and treating male sexual dysfunction 282
60 Assessing and treating female sexual dysfunction 286
61 Assessing and reducing risk of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus 291
62 Guidelines for treating women in psychotherapy 295
63 Assessment and treatment of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals 299
64 Psychotherapy with older adults 305
65 Refusal skills training 308
66 Sexual feelings, actions, and dilemmas in psychotherapy 313
67 Six steps to improve psychotherapy homework compliance 319
68 Stimulus control instructions for the treatment of insomnia 325
69 Parent management training for childhood behavior disorders 327
70 Hypnosis and relaxation scripting 332
71 Working with the religiously committed client 338
72 Psychotherapy with cognitively impaired adults 342
73 Early termination and referral of clients in psychotherapy 346
74 Guidelines for relapse prevention 350
75 Guidelines for terminating psychotherapy 354
76 Choice of treatment format 363
77 Genograms in assessment and therapy 366
78 Guidelines for conducting couple and family therapy 373
79 Treating high-conflict couples 378
80 Treatment of marital infidelity 384
81 Group psychotherapy : an interpersonal approach 388
82 Psychoeducational group treatment 393
83 Principles of treatment with the behaviorally disordered child 401
84 Psychological interventions in childhood chronic illness 406
85 Methods to engage the reluctant adolescent 410
86 The APSAC study guides 416
87 Interviewing children when sexual abuse is suspected 423
88 Treatment of child sexual abuse 430
89 Normal medical laboratory values and measurement conversions 439
90 Use of height and weight assessment tools 445
91 Medical conditions that may present as psychological disorders 447
92 Adult psychopharmacology 1 : common usage 454
93 Adult psychopharmacology 2 : side effects and warnings 460
94 Pediatric psychopharmacology 466
95 Dietary supplements and psychological functioning 476
96 Common drugs of abuse 481
97 Top Internet sites for psychologists and their clients 491
98 Highly rated self-help books and autobiographies 494
99 Popular films portraying mental disorders 497
100 Facilitating client involvement in self-help groups 502
101 Notional self-help groups and organizations 506
102 Known and unproven herbal treatments for psychological disorders 517
103 Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (2002) 525
104 Privacy, confidentiality, and privilege 545
105 Involuntary psychiatric hospitalization (civil commitment) : adult and child 548
106 Physical restraint and seclusion : regulations and standards 553
107 Basic principles for dealing with legal liability risk situations 558
108 Defending against legal complaints 560
109 Dealing with licensing board and ethics complaints 566
110 Dealing with subpoenas 570
111 Glossary of legal terms of special interest in mental health practice 572
112 Fifteen hints on money matters and related ethical issues 577
113 How to confront an unethical colleague 579
114 Confidentiality and the duty to protect 584
115 Forensic evaluations and testimony 591
116 Forensic evaluation outline 593
117 Forensic referrals checklist 595
118 Expert testimony in depositions 599
119 Forensic assessment instruments 603
120 Evaluation of competency to stand trial 607
121 A model for clinical decision making with dangerous patients 612
122 Principles for conducting a comprehensive child custody evaluation 615
123 Recognizing, assisting, and reporting the impaired psychologist 620
124 Essential features of professional liability insurance 625
125 Sample psychotherapist-patient contract 635
126 Fundamentals of the HIPAA privacy rule 640
127 Basic elements of consent 645
128 Basic elements of release forms 647
129 Prototype mental health records 649
130 Utilization review checklist 652
131 Contracting with managed care organizations 653
132 Billing issues 657
133 Psychologists' fees and incomes 662
134 Establishing a consultation agreement 666
135 Computerized billing and office management programs 670
136 Therapist self-care checklist 677
137 Conducting effective clinical supervision 682
138 Guide to interacting with the media 686
139 Common clinical abbreviations and symbols 691
140 Major professional associations 697
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