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Clinician's Thesaurus
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With over 350,000 in print, the "Clinician's Thesaurus" is an indispensable practitioner resource and course text. It presents tens of thousands of standard words, phrases, clinical tips, and interview questions to help practitioners conduct thorough assessments, accurately describe nearly any clinical situation, and shape clinical observations into effective reports. Finding exactly the right terminology can save hours of paperwork time and improve the quality of documentation. Structured to follow the sequence of a mental health evaluation, the book includes report formats, treatment planning pointers, all DSM-IV-TR and ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes, and much more - all in a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding. New to this edition are references, resources, and diagnostic and treatment information that are thoroughly updated in additional clinical problems: reactive attachment disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and violent behaviors sections on strengths assessment and ethical considerations in report writing. It offers more online resources, including where to obtain free assessment measures and scales.
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Getting Oriented to the Clinician's ThesaurusI. Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation1. Beginning and Ending the Interview2. Mental Status Evaluation Questions/Tasks3. Questions about Signs, Symptoms, and Other Behavior PatternsII. Standard Terms and Statements for Wording Psychological ReportsA. Introducing the Report4. Beginning the Report: Preliminary Information5. Referral Reasons6. Background Information and HistoryB. The Person in the Evaluation7. Behavioral Observations8. Responses to Aspects of the Examination9. Presentation of Self10. Emotional/Affective Symptoms and Disorders11. Cognition and Mental Status12. Abnormal Signs, Symptoms, and Syndromes13. Personality PatternsC. The Person in the Environment14. Activities of Daily Living15. Social/Community Functioning16. Couple and Family Relationships17. Vocational/Academic Skills18. Recreational Functioning19. Other Specialized EvaluationsD. Completing the Report20. Summary of Findings and Conclusions21. Diagnostic Statement/Impression22. Recommendations23. Prognostic Statements24. Closing StatementsIII. Useful Resources25. Treatment Planning and Treatment Plan Formats26. Formats for Reports, Evaluations, and Summaries27. Treatments for Specific Disorders and Concerns28. Listing of Common Psychiatric and Psychoactive Drugs29. Psychiatric Masquerade of Medical ConditionsAppendices: A. Abbreviations in Common UseB. Annotated Readings in Assessment, Interviewing, and Report Writing

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Edward L. Zuckerman, PhD, Armbrust, PA, USA

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"Therapists from multiple mental health disciplines will find the Clinician's Thesaurus a useful resource in their practice. The book's value extends beyond helping you write professional reports - it will also guide you in providing a more precise and thorough assessment of your clients. In the classroom, the Clinician's Thesaurus would make a good adjunct text for a psychopathology course. The 7th edition makes greater use of Internet resources, among other nice additions." - Lee Williams, Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego, USA "This comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide provides the ABCs of conducting interviews and report writing in the mental health field. The 7th edition contains updated information, relevant websites, and many additional resources for both novices and senior clinicians. I plan to make this book required reading for all my practicum and intern students." - Dorothy Preston, psychologist, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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