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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This book addresses the core issues of effective and evidence-based treatments applied to real-world situations. It is an ambitious attempt to bring together various therapeutic approaches as well as a multicultural perspective on clinical work.
Purpose: According to the authors, this is meant as a reference on cutting-edge clinical approaches. It is a highly applied book, containing a significant number of real-life case examples, making it a very useful guide for students as well as beginning and more seasoned clinicians. The book is very accessible and comfortably combines theory and practice.
Audience: It is written with mental health professionals in various fields in mind: clinical psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychiatry, etc. It also would be helpful for students in graduate programs preparing to do clinical work. The authors come from different backgrounds, and are experts in their respective fields.
Features: The book is structured as a guide for clinical work. The authors take readers through the most important stages of clinical processes: joining, psychoeducation, interviewing, and risk assessment, as well as interventions including cognitive-behavioral and family therapy approaches as well as more cutting-edge modalities such as mindfulness, multisystem models, or responses to crises and violence in schools. All of these aspects are abundantly and masterfully illustrated with vignettes that help ground theoretical approaches in the real world of clinical practice. Special attention is given to multicultural aspects and to work with marginalized populations, a very important aspect of working in the real world.
Assessment: Compared with other books in the field, I appreciate the pragmatism of this work, the structure around clinical processes, and the emphasis on diversity issues as well as work with disadvantaged populations. Also, the discussion of self-care of therapists and supervision is a welcome one. These aspects are very important in clinical practice, but are not necessarily addressed in textbooks. The authors' clinical expertise is apparent from the depth and breadth of the practical vignettes they present.