Mental Health in Social Work: A Casebook on Diagnosis and Strengths Based Assessment, 3rd Edition

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Mental Health in Social Work: A Casebook on Diagnosis and Strengths Based Assessment, 3rd Edition

By Jacqueline Corcoran, Joseph M. Walsh
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For courses in mental health and direct or clinical social work practice.

A case-based approach to learning essential, evidence-based clinical assessment and intervention skills Mental Health in Social Work: A Casebook on Diagnosis and Strengths-Based Assessment emphasises gaining competency in the DSM-5 diagnoses of mental disorders that are commonly seen in clinical and social service settings. Using a case-based approach, students and professionals learn to understand clients holistically as they proceed with the assessment and intervention process.

The 3rd Edition includes new chapters on obsessive-compulsive disorder (Ch. 9), post-traumatic stress disorder (Ch.10), and gender dysphoria (Ch. 14) It also includes additional content on socially diverse populations throughout the text, and new “Questions to Consider” for making a DSM diagnosis are included with each case study.
  • The case-based approach asks students to apply evidence-based information to the case studies presented in each chapter and use the DSM-5 to complete their diagnoses.
  • Chapter case studies are carefully chosen to represent the diversity of people that students will encounter in their future practice as social workers. Appendix A includes a handy template for formulating diagnoses for the chapter case studies.
  • Reflect and Reply end-of-chapter cases offer more opportunities for students to apply what they have learned.
  • Updated - Appendix C provides an updated template for the multipart diagnosis, assessment, goal setting and treatment planning plan, including updated critiques for the Reflect and Reply cases.
  • New - Questions to Consider for making a DSM diagnosis have been added for each chapter case study. Suggested answers for those questions are provided in Appendix B.
  • Integration of DSM-5 references, research, and language helps familiarise readers with the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). While gaining competence with DSM diagnosis, readers will also be taught to maintain a critical perspective on the various DSM diagnoses and the medical model as shown the DSM.
  • New - New chapters on obsessive-compulsive disorder (Ch. 9) and post-traumatic stress disorder (Ch. 10) have been added to align with the DSM-5.
  • An emphasis on holistic assessment and treatment focuses on the individual as well as vulnerable populations. Biopsychosocial risks and resilience perspective are carefully examined. Each chapter explores the relevant risk and protective influences for each disorder, highlighting some of the particular risks for special populations, including children, women, the elderly, minorities, people with disabilities, gay and lesbian individuals, and those from low socioeconomic strata.
  • New - A new chapter on gender dysphoria has been added (Ch. 14).
  • New - Many chapters now include boxes that discuss how socially diverse populations are affected by the disorders discussed.
  • Updated - Evidence-based treatment guidelines are included for each disorder covered in the book. New research, references, and studies have been integrated where applicable.
Table of contents
  • 1. Diagnosis and the Social Work Profession
  • 2. Biopsychosocial Risk and Resilience and Strengths Assessment
  • 3. Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • 5. Schizophrenia
  • 6. Bipolar Disorder
  • 7. Major Depressive Disorder
  • 8. The Anxiety Disorders
  • 9. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • 10. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • 11. Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder
  • 12. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
  • 13. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
  • 14. Gender Dysphoria
  • 15. Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 16. Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Appendix A: Template for Preparing Diagnosis for Chapter Case Study
  • Appendix B: Suggested Answers to “Questions to Consider”
  • Appendix C: Directions and Template for “Reflect and Reply” Cases