Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice eBook : 9780133753677

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice eBook

Sheperis,D et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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About the book: For courses in clinical mental health counseling: Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Introduction to Mental Health Counseling. Secondary courses in Orientation to Counseling.

In this authoritative new text, students get a foundation in the theory and practice of clinical mental health counseling from experienced counselors. The materials are organised in order to match students’ developmental understanding of the profession, and divided into three sections providing an introduction, a look at the practice, and contemporary trends in clinical mental health counseling. Each chapter is designed to meet learning outcomes associated with the 2009 accreditation standards established by the Council for Accreditation of counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The learning outcomes are based on general core areas of the CACREP standards and those related to the specialisation of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

The underlying emphasis is on clinical mental health counseling as a specialised helping profession. The book’s theme stresses the need to prepare mental health counselors to provide quality services in a variety of settings, and demonstrates that while many different professionals provide mental health services, mental health counselors have the training, knowledge and expertise necessary to treat a broad range of mental health issues.

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Table of contents
  • Part One: Introduction to the Profession of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Chapter 1: What is Clinical Mental Health Counseling? 
  • Chapter 2: Ethical and Legal Issues  
  • Chapter 3: Education, Credentialing, and Professional Development
  • Chapter 4: Employment settings for mental health counselors
  • Part Two: The Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Chapter 5: Professional and Social Advocacy in Clinical Mental Health
  • Chapter 6 Client Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Chapter 7: Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
  • Chapter 8: Working Within the Managed Care System
  • Chapter 9: Consultation and Referrals
  • Chapter 10: Prevention and Crisis Intervention Services     
  • Part Three: Contemporary Trends in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Chapter 11: Psychopharmocology
  • Chapter 12: Forensic Mental Health Counseling
  • Chapter 13: Addictions Counseling
  • Chapter 14 Clinical Supervision
  • Chapter 15: Internet-Based Counseling
Features & benefits
  • Provides a thorough foundation in the theory and practice of clinical mental health:
    • A focus on advocacy in clinical mental health counseling helps students not only learn the foundations of clinical practice, but also learn the larger social responsibility associated with advocacy for clients, the community, and the profession. (Ch. 5)
    • Included is coverage of the development of clinical mental health counseling as a profession, ethical and legal issues in clinical mental health counseling, education and credentialing, employment settings, advocacy; assessment and diagnosis, case conceptualization and treatment planning, managed care, consultation, prevention and crisis intervention psychopharmacology, forensic mental health, addictions, clinical supervision, Internet based counseling.
  • Gives students an authoritative look at mental health counseling in action: Voices from the Field features provide real-world context, and leading professionals speak on their areas of specialization.
    • Voices from the Field features in each chapter show students the real world practice of clinical mental health counseling.
    • Leading professionals in counselor education present information from their various areas of specialization, giving students the opportunity to hear various voices on clinical mental health training and get exposure to the professional work of leaders in the field, for example:
      • Students get an overview of the diagnostic process based on the most current diagnostic manual. (Ch. 7, coauthored by the head of the ACA DSM-V task force)
      • The most current credentialing issues are presented by an author who headed national efforts on testing for the American Association of State Licensing Boards and a member of the testing panel for NBCC. (Ch. 3)
      • Ethical and legal issues are addressed by a past chair of the ACA ethics committee. (Ch. 2)
  • Includes full chapters covering topics critical to a developing a sound understanding of the profession and the standards of excellence that lead the practice.
    • A chapter on crisis intervention and prevention (Ch. 10) introduces readers to the life and death decisions involved in daily practice.
    • A chapter on psychopharmacology (Ch. 11) helps readers learn to integrate their practice with the medical community by providing a foundational knowledge of psychopharmacology–while helping faculty meet on the CACREP standards for CMHC.
    • A chapter on forensic mental health counseling (Ch. 12) provides an overview of the types of activities related to forensic mental health that counselors may experience, and provides an understanding of an area that may lead to additional employment opportunities.
    • A chapter on technology and counseling practice (Ch. 15) looks at the growing phenomenon of distance counseling, providing students with a foundational base in technology related to counseling and the basic principles of distance counseling. The chapter also provides guidance on credentialing in internet-based counseling.
    • A chapter on clinical supervision (Ch. 14) helps prepare students for the process involved in their field experience and eventual clinical practice, and guides them for advancement in their professional development.
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