John D. Preston (Author)
John Preston, PsyD, is a board certified psychologist and the author of ten books including Survivors, You Can Beat Depression, Integrative Brief Therapy, and Life is Hard (audio). He is on the faculty of Alliant University and the University of California, Davis, Medical School. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association's President's Award for contributions to the mental health community. Dr. Preston has lectured widely in North America and abroad.
John O'Neal (Author)
John H. O'Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1977. He is past chief of the department of psychiatry at Sutter Community Hospital in Sacramento, CA. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals, employee assistance programs, and the public. O'Neal received his MS in clinical psychology from Harvard University.
Mary Talaga (Author)
Mary Talaga, RPh, PhD, is administrative services leader for Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Operations in the Northern California region. She has been a pharmacist for more than thirty years, and specializes in psychiatric pharmacy. Talaga has extensive experience in health care and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. She is particularly interested in promoting collaborative care models and developing best-practice guidelines. She provides training and mentoring to health care professionals and general education to patients and consumers.
"Therapists will find this wonderful book helpful in two ways--as both a textbook and a reference book. Read as a textbook, they will learn essentially all they need to know about why patients are taking the meds they are taking, and what the likely next steps in treatment will be. As a reference book, therapists can look up a patient's medication or diagnosis and quickly review dosing, side effects, and rationale for use. As a seasoned psychopharmacologist, I found the information accurate, useful, and presented with a refreshing clarity. It's rare to find a book with so much information that is also a pleasure to read. I recommend it highly to any mental clinician, whether they are a therapist, a prescriber, or both."
--Daniel Carlat, MD, editor-in-chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report
"I'm a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist with no medical training, and I found Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists to be a compelling and stimulating read, as well as a welcome addition to my reference shelf. This text is coherent and user-friendly, and reading it is a surprisingly pleasurable way to expand your knowledge in an area of clinical treatment usually not made this accessible to nonmedical professionals."
--Susan Flynn, PhD
"I recommend Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists to psychotherapists from various clinical trainings and diverse clinical orientations, as well as to nonpsychiatric physicians and their prescribing assistants. One of the most valuable elements of this text is the authors' reminder to consider when and how medication can be appropriate to treatment, and how the clinician is an essential part of the psycho-medical treatment team.
"If you have only one reference book on your shelf addressing the interface between clinical treatment and psychopharmacology, this should be it."
--Marvin B. Berman, PhD
"This book belongs on the desk of every psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, social worker, or anyone who works with clients who are taking psychoactive drugs. Also, anyone teaching or interested in abnormal psychology will find it indispensable. The authors manage, with judicious use of well-designed tables and clear, concise writing, to fill a gap in the current literature. No other book with which I am familiar covers the history of psychiatric medicine as well as both the neurochemistry and clinical use of psychotropics. The authors make excellent use of case histories, which are always to the point. I cannot think of anything that could be added to this text, or any part of it I would want to change."
--Harry Avis, PhD, professor of psychology at Sierra College and author of Drugs and Life
"Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists is a wonderfully useful and comprehensive book. It should be essential reading for all mental health professionals and for others like myself who have family members suffering from mental illness. Its great virtues are its clarity and its humane and informed sense of the diagnosis, treatment, and care of extraordinarily complicated conditions."
--Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert