The Dependent Patient: A Practitioner's Guide

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Virtually every mental health professional has worked with patients who are overly dependent — patients who have trouble asserting themselves within and outside therapy, alienate others with a pervasive pattern of clinging insecurity, and undermine their social and work relationships with frequent requests for help and reassurance. Such patients have always presented unique treatment challenges for therapists, but in today's managed care-driven environment, with its emphasis on time-limited therapy and cost-effective treatment, the overly dependent patient can be even more challenging.

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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591472032
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Conceptualizing dependency 3
Ch. 2 Quantifying dependency 21
Ch. 3 Dependency across the life span 39
Ch. 4 Context-specific deficits and strengths 57
Ch. 5 Healthy and unhealthy dependency 73
Ch. 6 Diagnosis 91
Ch. 7 Assessment 111
Ch. 8 Approaches to treatment 131
Ch. 9 An integrated treatment model 151
Ch. 10 Specialized treatment issues 173
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