Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This user-friendly textbook not only guides social workers in developing competence in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) system of diagnosis, it also assists them in staying attuned during client assessment to social workvalues and principles: a focus on client strengths, concern for the worth and dignity of individuals, appreciation of environmental influences on behavior, and a reliance on evidence-based approaches.The authors, seasoned practitioner-scholars, provide an in-depth exploration of fourteen major mental disorders that social workers commonly see in practice, integrating several perspectives in order to meet the challenges social workers face in client assessment. A risk and resilience frameworkhelps social workers understand environmental influences on the emergence of mental disorders and the strengths that clients already possess. Social workers will also learn to apply critical thinking to the DSM when it is inconsistent with social work values and principles. Finally, the authorscatalog evidence-based assessment instruments and treatments so that social workers can intervene efficiently and effectively, using the best resources available.Students and practitioners alike will appreciate the wealth of case examples, evidence-based assessment instruments, and treatment plans that make this an essential guide to the assessment and diagnostic processes in social work practice.

Author Biography

Joseph Walsh is Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University school of Social Work.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
Social Work and the DSM
Disorders with Onset in Childhood
Mental Retardation
Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Disorders with Onset in Adolescence
Eating Disorders
Substance Use Disorders
Sexual Disorders - Pedophilia
Disorders with Onset in Adulthood
Bipolar Disorder
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Personality Disorders - Borderline Personality Disorder
Disorders with Onset in the Elderly
Cognitive Disorders
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