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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marcella McGuire, MS, RN, CSADC (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the stages of change as they apply to clients with substance abuse disorders. It provides a clinical framework for each stage of change and suggestions for the clinician to use to motivate the client during each stage.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinicians with a better understanding of their clients' perspective, since the initial assessment is usually arranged by someone other than the client. How to develop a therapeutic alliance is discussed in detail.
Audience: The audience for the book would include mental health professions students, mental health professionals, clinicians, and teachers.
Features: There is a generous reference list, each chapter has a crisp summary, and a fresh discussion of denial. The authors describe various facets of denial which help develop a better understanding of how to engage the client.
Assessment: Although the subject matter is not new, the presentation is well organized. The case studies are useful, but unfortunately they are geared toward an older group.