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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John S. Lyons, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This edited book provides a series of contributions on the role of various types of psychotherapeutic styles and techniques in the identification and treatment of substance abuse. The book is broken into three basic sections: Basic Issues and Perspectives, Clinical Strategies and Techniques, and Special Populations and Consideration.
Purpose: The book is intended to provide mental health practitioners in various clinical settings with sufficient information to detect, refer, and possibly treat individuals with substance-related disorders. Many individuals who seek mental health services have problems with substances, and a working knowledge of this area is an important skill for all mental health practitioners.
Audience: It is aimed at mental health practitioners with a limited knowledge about the nature and treatment of substance-related disorders.
Features: The book has many practical suggestions for assessment, including a standard assessment form, and provides many examples of clinical strategies using case vignettes.
Assessment: This is a very well written book that, through its many contributors, provides a fairly substantial and comprehensive discussion of the complexities of using psychotherapeutic strategies with persons with substance-related disorders. The book makes a consistent and outstanding effort to integrate psychotherapeutic strategies into other common services (i.e., 12-step) for this population. This book achieves its goals of providing practitioners with useful information to improve their ability to treat individuals with substance-related disorders.