Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice

Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice

by Jacqueline Corcoran, Joseph Walsh

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This revolutionary, user-friendly textbook not only guides social workers in developing competence in the DSM system of diagnosis, it also assists them in staying attuned during client assessment to social work values and principles: a focus on client strengths, concern for the worth and dignity of individuals, appreciation of environmental influences on behavior, and commitment to evidence-informed practice. The authors, seasoned practitioner-scholars, provide an in-depth exploration of fourteen major mental disorders that social workers commonly see in practice, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. They skillfully integrate several perspectives in order to help practitioners meet the challenges they will face in client assessment. A risk and resilience framework helps 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 authors catalog the latest evidence-based assessment instruments and treatments for each disorder 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, treatment plans, and new social diversity sections that make this an essential guide to the assessment and diagnostic processes in social work practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199889662
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 916,824
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD, is Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Joseph Walsh, PhD, is Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Social Work and the DSM: Person-in-Environment Versus the Medical Model I. Disorders with Onset in Childhood 3. Intellectual Disabilities 4. Pervasive Developmental Disorders with Amy Wooley 5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder 6. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 7. Anxiety Disorders II. Disorders with Onset in Adolescence 8. Eating Disorders 9. Depression 10. Substance Use Disorders 11. Sexual Disorders: Pedophilia III. Disorders with Onset in Adulthood 12. Bipolar Disorder 13. Personality Disorders 14. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders IV. Disorders with Onset in the Elderly 15. Cognitive Disorders Index

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