Clinician's Thesaurus

Clinician's Thesaurus : The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports


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With over 350,000 in print, the Clinician's Thesaurus is an indispensable practitioner resource and course text. It presents 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 *References, resources, and diagnostic and treatment information are thoroughly updated. *Additional clinical problems: reactive attachment disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and varieties of violent behaviors. *Sections on strengths assessment and ethical considerations in report writing. *More online resources, including where to obtain free assessment measures and scales.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 395 pages
  • 203.2 x 264.16 x 25.4mm | 839.14g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 7th Revised edition
  • 1606238744
  • 9781606238745
  • 28,107

About Edward L. Zuckerman

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

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Review quote

"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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Table of contents

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

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