Clinician's Thesaurus, 7th Edition; The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports

Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-08-09
Publisher(s): The Guilford Press
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It was very easy to order. The book arrived in good condition and even though I bought it as used, it was almost new. The textbook itself is very informative. It offers concise, descriptive information on the symptoms, and enhance accurate report writing. Highly recommended for anyone who has to write reports on the wellbeing of clients. I'm really glad I spent the money on this textbook.

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With over 340,000 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/m-/all in a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding. New to This Edition: references, resources, and diagnostic and treatment information are thoroughly updated additional clinical problems: reactive attachment disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and violent behaviors sections on strengths assessment and ethical considerations in report writing more online resources, including where to obtain free assessment measures and scales.

Author Biography

Edward L. Zuckerman received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and continued there as an adjunct teacher of personality psychology and human sexuality for 14 years. He taught abnormal psychology at Carnegie Mellon University for 9 years and now consults to the Social Security Disability Determination Division. He was in the independent general practice of clinical psychology for more than 15 years and has worked in state hospitals and community mental health centers. He lives on a small farm in Pennsylvania with his wife and their horses, chickens, dogs, cats, geese, and ducks.

Table of Contents

Getting Oriented to the Clinician's Thesaurus I. Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation 1. Beginning and Ending the Interview 2. Mental Status Evaluation Questions/Tasks 3. Questions about Signs, Symptoms, and Other Behavior Patterns II. Standard Terms and Statements for Wording Psychological Reports A. Introducing the Report 4. Beginning the Report: Preliminary Information 5. Referral Reasons 6. Background Information and History B. The Person in the Evaluation 7. Behavioral Observations 8. Responses to Aspects of the Examination 9. Presentation of Self 10. Emotional/Affective Symptoms and Disorders 11. Cognition and Mental Status 12. Abnormal Signs, Symptoms, and Syndromes 13. Personality Patterns C. The Person in the Environment 14. Activities of Daily Living 15. Social/Community Functioning 16. Couple and Family Relationships 17. Vocational/Academic Skills 18. Recreational Functioning 19. Other Specialized Evaluations D. Completing the Report 20. Summary of Findings and Conclusions 21. Diagnostic Statement/Impression 22. Recommendations 23. Prognostic Statements 24. Closing Statements III. Useful Resources 25. Treatment Planning and Treatment Plan Formats 26. Formats for Reports, Evaluations, and Summaries 27. Treatments for Specific Disorders and Concerns 28. Listing of Common Psychiatric and Psychoactive Drugs 29. Psychiatric Masquerade of Medical Conditions Appendices: A. Abbreviations in Common Use B. Annotated Readings in Assessment, Interviewing, and Report Writing

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