Clinician's Thesaurus, 7th Edition

Clinician's Thesaurus, 7th Edition : 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 x 267 x 23.11mm | 884g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 7th New edition
  • 1606238744
  • 9781606238745
  • 47,747

Table of contents

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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"This book's title doesn't do it justice: in addition to offering lists of synonyms, the book provides a vast smorgasbord of the materials that mental health clinicians need to evaluate patients, write reports, and navigate the often confusing nuances of nomenclature. I value it especially because its reach extends far beyond the confines of the DSM to address the countless questions and procedures not covered by official diagnostic manuals. This reference is indispensable for any clinician whose work depends heavily on language--in other words, all of us. It richly deserves its honored place on my desk."--James Morrison, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University

"I find the Thesaurus particularly useful for constructing forensic reports, in that it enhances the precision of the language used. Precisely written reports are much less subject to litigious misinterpretation."--Edward B. Heyden, EdD, Psychology Master's Program, Carlos Albizu University, Miami, Florida

"The Clinician's Thesaurus is a comprehensive reference for anyone working in the field of mental health: the student preparing for a clinical career, the seasoned professional fulfilling the myriad demands of the field, or the supervisor overseeing the performance of a broad range of professionals. Not only does the Thesaurus offer detailed guidelines for conducting mental health evaluations, it also offers practical advice on writing up and presenting evaluation findings. The flow of the chapters provides a convenient, comprehensive approach to interviewing, report writing, and their relationship to treatment. The book includes concise descriptions of all major mental health diagnoses and their behavioral nuances, and clearly illustrates the relationship among assessment, diagnosis, and intervention. This clear, user-friendly work is designed to help the clinician successfully tackle one of the most challenging aspects of clinical work, the skillful documentation of evaluation and treatment."--Ann A. Abbott, PhD, LCSW, Graduate Social Work Department, West Chester University

"This comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide provides the ABCs of conducting interviews and writing reports 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, PhD, psychologist, Phoenix, Arizona

"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, PhD, Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego
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About Edward L. Zuckerman

Edward L. Zuckerman, PhD, found his life's passion while working as a psychiatric aide at New York's Bellevue Hospital in the 1960s. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and worked in community mental health while gaining his license. He has worked with adults with developmental disabilities as well as those with severe alcohol addiction, acted as liaison with state hospitals, and taught undergraduates, as well as maintaining an independent practice in general clinical psychology for many years. He now lives with his family in rural western Pennsylvania, with horses, ducks, geese, chickens, and lots of mud and trees. There, he consults and creates worthwhile practice tools for clinicians.
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