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Presenting material within a contemporary framework of "partnership" practice that is rich with case examples, this up-to-date primer on psychopharmacology and psychosocial interventions serves as a useful resource for social work students and practitioners as they expand their daily roles in psychiatric medication management. Bentley and Walsh present all the facts, myths, and relevant information about psychotropic medication in an easy-to-access manner. Content on a variety of topics, including expanded coverage of children and adolescents, helps readers become more responsive to the medication-related concerns of mental health clients and work more collaboratively on these issues with families and other mental health care providers. Data from the authors' national survey of randomly selected NASW members provides readers with the information they need to be aware, articulate, and active with respect to clients' medication-related dilemmas, but also mindful of the sociopolitical context of prescription practice in psychiatry.
"Strengths: incredibly well-researched, well-written, info on children and adolescents throughout is very much appreciated. This book offers a very academic discussion with a reasonable tone that is moderate, thoughtful, and appropriate to the topic. I really cannot say how much I appreciate the balance between the ideological poles in social work that say we must either reject all pharmacotherapy/medical approaches, or else, on the other end of the spectrum, completely ally ourselves with the medical profession. This book never talks down to the reader. It offers an excellent inclusion of consumer perspectives, consumer-strengths focus, and skillfully integrates social work values into the discussion."
"The text is amazingly reader friendly and balanced in its perspectives on the role of medications in the life of clients, family members and their relationship with providers. The authors have done a superb job of infusing the third edition with updated information on psychotropic medications with special populations and data from a national survey of social workers and their changing roles in medication management."
Drawing from research and authors' own experiences, this book offers social workers information and guidance for addressing medication- related issues with clients, family members, and other mental health care workers. Information is included on all classes of medication and specific drugs, with special consideration to the use of psychiatric medication in treating children and adolescents. This edition includes a new section on the use of herbs and vitamins, and an appendix of all currently available prescription medications. Bentley and Walsh teach at Virginia Commonwealth University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Dr. Kia J. Bentley is a licensed clinical social worker, tenured professor, and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has taught since 1989. Her current teaching focuses on mental health and mental illness, psychopharmacotherapy and social work, clinical theory, and research. She is consulting editor for The Journal of Social Work Education and chapter member of the editorial board of Best Practices in Mental Health. In Virginia, she is the chair of the Human Rights Committee of Central State Hospital. She is the author of another Cengage Brooks/Cole text, SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH: CONTEMPORARY ROLES, TASKS, AND TECHNIQUES AND PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION ISSUES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS, as well as COUNSELORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (2003, HAWORTH).
Joseph Walsh received his MSW and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is Associate Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches courses in generalist practice, clinical practice, research, and mental and emotional disorders. He has been a direct services practitioner in the field of mental health since 1974, first in a psychiatric hospital and later in community mental health center settings. Joe has provided services to older adult and general outpatient populations, but he specializes in services to people with serious mental illness and their families. He is the author of two other Brooks/Cole texts, CLINICAL CASE MANAGEMENT WITH PERSONS HAVING MENTAL ILLNESS and THEORIES FOR DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.
List of Tables. PART I. SOCIAL WORK ROLES IN MEDICATION MANAGEMENT. 1. History and Overview of Social Work Roles. 2. Defining Effective Collaboration. PART II. A PRIMER ON PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY. 3. Basic Principles: Neurotransmission, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics. 4. Specific Medications for Specific Disorders. 5. Intervention Concerns with Special Populations. PART III. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS. 6. Medication Education for Clients and Families. 7. Medication Adherence and Refusal. 8. Medication Monitoring and Management. PART IV. FUTURE DIRECTIONS. 9. Future Directions in Psychopharmacology: Implications for Social Workers. References. Alphabetical Listing of Currently Available Prescriptions Described in This Book. Glossary.