Psychopathology: A Competency-Based Treatment Model for Social Workers / Edition 1

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This ground-breaking text features information outlining the competency-based model for psychopathology, including cases illustrating the model in action. It also presents strategies for building on clients' strengths and resilience and offers insights to social workers regarding their role in working with the mentally ill. The text's ecological perspective approach captures a holistic perspective on the factors that impact behavior. The text also features appropriate treatment techniques that reflect social work values and ethics. Finally, this treatment book takes on a theme of professional competency, focusing on measurable outcomes in managed care settings—showing how a practitioner's intervention has been effective and efficient.

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"A well referenced, case- based guide to using a competency based approach to clinical work. The cases are excellent and serve to illustrate the various approaches one can use to apply this model. Each chapter provides a balanced approach to the utility of the Competency Based Model; its advantages, disadvantages, and cultural and community considerations. The writing style is reader friendly, the cases are poignant and described with sensitivity yet candid disclosure. The use of Practitioner Reflections at the end of each chapter are thoughtful and provide useful approaches to exploring the model. I liked the insertion of additional readings and websites - very helpful."

"This book integrates practice theories and some of the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories. The book gives clear, concise overviews of DSM-IV-TR disorders and background information important to understanding the disorders. There are detailed case examples for each class of disorders. There is a practice reflections section at the end of each chapter that is quite helpful in mastering the chapter content. The references are extensive, current and reflect the latest knowledge and research related to the disorders discussed. There is a listing of relevant internet sites. There is a good introductory chapter that summarizes relevant practice theories and gives interesting information about the history of the theories."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534542108
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Psychopathology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan W. Gray has been a member of the Barry University faculty since 1980. She earned a BA from Caldwell College for Women, an MSW at Rutgers University, an Ed.D. at Nova Southeastern University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Barry University. Dr. Gray is a licensed clinical social worker and brings to Barry a diverse clinical practice background. Her professional interests include clinical supervision, licensure and professional regulation, community mental health, and professional practice in rural areas.

Marilyn Zide was a professor at Barry University, where she taught full time. In addition, she maintained a private practice and also provided agency-based consultation and training workshops in her areas of expertise which included solution-focused therapy, cultural diversity/sensitivity, and bereavement group-work.

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Competency-Based Model. 2. Counseling and Social Work Theories and Methods Supporting Competency-Based Practice. 3. Cognitive Disorders: Delirium and Dementia. 4. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders. 5. Mood Disorders. 6. Anxiety Disorders. 7. Somatoform, Factitious, and Malingering Disorders. 8. Dissociative Disorders. 9. Eating Disorders. 10. The Personality Disorders. 11. Substance-related Disorders.

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