Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists

Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists : A Practical Guide to Better Outcomes

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Here is the new edition of the best-selling handbook Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists: A Practical Guide to Better Outcomes. An ideal tool for clinicians in private practice, this comprehensive guide gives step-by-step instructions for working with patients to craft clear, concise, relevant, and supportable treatment plans. Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists shows you how to assess, diagnose, and formulate plans that make therapy more effective and lead to better outcomes. You'll learn the importance of treatment planning, how to select a treatment method, and how to apply a unique approach involving aim, goals, strategies, and tactics to devise a planned course of treatment. Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists features: * Examples drawn from clinical practice. With the help of case studies drawn from the author's experience with his patients, you'll get a solid understanding of how the treatment planning approach is applied in real therapy situations.* Step-by-step guidance for each phase of treatment planning.
You'll learn how to understand the crisis that motivated the patient to seek treatment, identify the key issues in a case, get a clear idea of the best outcome, set measurable goals, and craft a straightforward treatment plan. * Focus on the mutual effort of patient and therapist to reach a negotiated agreement on the treatment plan. You'll learn strategies for planning with difficult patients, discover the benefits of using a treatment contract, learn how to monitor the progress of treatment, discover how to reformulate a case to get stalled therapy moving, and much more. The new edition has been revised and expanded to help you create plans that satisfy increasing demands from regulatory agencies and payers. It includes new information on how to use the formulation as the basis for successful planning -- and how to use aspects of clinical assessment to develop the formulation. Without a well-defined treatment plan, therapy can quickly become disorganized and ineffective and lead to reimbursement denial. Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists: A Practical Guide to Better Outcomes, Second Edition, helps you create effective plans that benefit both therapists and patients.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 25 line drawings, 4 tables
  • 158562148X
  • 9781585621484
  • 2,612,394

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Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists: A Practical Guide to Better Outcomes, Second Edition, is a book for the beginning therapist and the seasoned clinician, a step-by-step exploration of the planning process. From initial assessment, through diagnosis and formulation, to the critical decisions about objectives, methodology, and technique, the new edition of this best-selling handbook offers clear, concise explanation and clinical case examples of practical treatment plans. An ideal tool for private practitioners, this comprehensive manual provides a sound basis for dealing with the demands of third-party payers and managed care systems. Dr. Makover's unique approach emphasizes the importance of basing supportable treatment decisions on the "aim" -- the desired overall outcome of the therapeutic work.Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists features - Use of top-down planning- Importance of the initial interview- Three critical questions for assessment- Inductive reasoning and the use of hypotheses- The therapeutic alliance- How to determine what the patient is seeking and what the therapist can reasonably provide- The working alliance and the real relationship- How to reach a negotiated consensus- Planning with difficult patients- Monitoring progress- Signposts and benchmarks- How to recognize and deal with a structural impasse- Termination of treatment The new edition has been revised and expanded, with more in-depth focus on the four components of the top-down plan and increased emphasis on the importance of formulation and its role in creating effective treatment plans and workable treatment contracts.
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Table of contents

Preface to the second edition. Preface to the first edition. How important is treatment planning? Treatment selection. The aim. Goals. Strategies. Tactics. Formulation: the critical step in treatment planning. From formulation to treatment plan. Putting it all together. The practice of planned therapy. The structural impasse. Planning with difficult patients. Learning to plan treatment. Index.
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"This is a very timely resource for psychiatry residents starting their outpatient clinic and hoping to make efficient and effective use of their time as well as patients' time. It recognizes the increasing impact of third-party restrictions on clinical practice and offers a practical means of identifying issues contributing to therapeutic impasse."-- "Benjamin Ling, DO, Doody's Book Reviews", "June 2004"
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About Richard B. Makover

Richard B. Makover, M.D., is Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.
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