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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book delves into an all too common occurrence in clinical practice — the dependent personality. As the environment is ever-changing, the clinician needs to have the needed skills and resources to effectively treat and manage these unique clinical challenges.
Purpose: This book is about working effectively with dependent patients as dependency is an important factor in clinical practice. It is also about building up one's armamentarium of knowledge and skills to effectively and individualistically adapt to various patients and situations. The book meets the author's objectives as well as the needs of the field itself.
Audience: Clearly, seasoned clinicians will benefit the most, along with those in graduate level training. The book has the ability to cross over disciplines such as medicine, social work, and nursing. The author is credible, and the reader can easily note the amount of clinical knowledge the author brings forth in his writing.
Features: One would expect nothing less than a detailed discussion of theories, assessment methods, and useful treatment approaches; however, the author gives the reader the clinical edge in understanding and acknowledging the presence and prevalence of the dependent personality. Highlights include chapters on Dependency Across the Life Span, Diagnosis, Assessment, and Approaches to Treatment. The author has a good writing style and is able to convey multiple messages well.
Assessment: This book has such a utility for the field that it deserves to be read and placed on all clinicians' shelves! Strongly recommended.