Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse / Edition 1

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Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse provides the nurse psychotherapist with a useful “how-to” primer that contains practical techniques and interventions without a lot of theoretical jargon. Topics include the basics of psychotherapy, from how to respond to a patient’s initial call to termination of care. Selected approaches, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic psychotherapy are highlighted with discussion of evidence-base research. Specific techniques for working with commonly seen patient populations that require special consideration: those who have experienced trauma, children, and older adults are included. In addition, how to integrate psychopharmacology and psychotherapy is discussed in detail.
  • A straightforward approach to psychotherapy using a holistic nursing framework.
  • Latest findings on the neurophysiology of psychotherapy including research on attachment, therapeutic relationships, and trauma.
  • Evidence-based research for all approaches and populations discussed.
  • Provides treatment hierarchy for decision making in selecting strategies for treatment from the initial contact and assessment to termination.
  • Step-by-step guide to building the nurse-patient relationship in order to achieve quality outcomes. Includes detailed instructions on therapeutic communication techniques.
  • Detailed instructions teach you how to use the latest therapeutic communication techniques.
  • Includes all patient populations from children to the older adult with special emphasis on working with traumatized patients.
  • Comprehensive appendices provide quick access to helpful forms and diagnostic tools specific to psychotherapy nursing practice.
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Description: This is a much needed introduction to the "how to" of psychotherapy for beginning advanced practice psychiatric nurses, including those nurses who have prescriptive authority. This easy to read book is like having a mentor ready at all times to prepare and assist the advanced practice psychiatric nurse for competent practice based in knowledge and wisdom.
Purpose: The author meets her objectives of presenting a primer for beginning advanced practice psychiatric nurses.
Features: Although the book is intended for beginning advanced practice psychiatric nurses, it is written so that advanced practice nurses in any specialty can review the material and gain a deeper understanding of their patients as well as an appreciation of the work of their colleagues. I have practiced psychiatric nursing in its many facets for over 40 years and have grown with the specialty. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well researched and written chapters. The author holds the appropriate credentials and has the experience to make her a very credible authority.
Assessment: The author provides a comprehensive framework for advanced practice psychiatric nurses to use in their work throughout the nurse-patient relationship. The many examples and case studies provide pragmatic assistance and helpful strategies. Some issues that are addressed include what to do about "no-shows" and how to work with resistance. The book is not meant to be a comprehensive textbook of all possible situations. Additional information can be obtained through other works dealing with such topics as working with groups and families and with special populations such as returning veterans, adolescents, and substance abusers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323045223
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents


1. The Nurse Psychotherapist and a Framework for Practice

2. The Neurophysiology of Psychotherapy

3. The Initial Contact and Therapeutic Communication

4. Assessment and Diagnosis

5. The Frame and Working Toward Change


6. Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy

7. Interpersonal Psychotherapy

8. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

9. Psychopharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy


10. Stabilization for Trauma and Dissociation

11. Processing Trauma

12. Psychotherapy with Children

13. Psychotherapy with Older Adults


14. Termination and Outcome Evaluation

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