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Conceptual Skills for Mental Health Professionals, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Linda W. Seligman

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 29, 2008

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This book is designed to help students in the mental health professions, as well as clinicians, to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to develop competence in the conceptual skills of their profession.  Written by a well-known author who is an educator as well as a practicing clinician, this book teaches the conceptual skills that mental health professionals need to understand their clients; to develop sound ideas about the cause, nature, and purpose of their clients' difficulties; and to craft a treatment plan that is likely to be effective.  Skills are organized into a readily comprehensible structure and are grouped by their primary focus (background, emotions, thoughts, or actions), thus clearly linking theory and practice.  Important skills presented in this book include developing a sound therapeutic alliance, case conceptualization, assessment, becoming competent in diagnosis and treatment planning, and addressing transference and countertransference.  Written exercises, discussion questions, group role-plays, personal journal questions, and many examples facilitate learning and application.

Table of Contents

1.    Establishing the Foundation for Developing Conceptual Skills

Overview of Fundamental and Conceptual Skills

Companion Books on Fundamental and Conceptual Skills

The Beta Format

Organization of This Book

Learning Opportunities          

2.    Using Conceptual Skills to Understand, Assess, and Address Background: Bloom’s Taxonomy, Context, Multiculturalism, and Interpretation

Clarifying Conceptual Skills Using Bloom's Taxonomy

Interpretation and Insight

Applying Conceptual Skills to Context

Multicultural Context and Competencies

Learning Opportunities

3.    Using Conceptual Skills to Understand, Assess, and Address Background: Eliciting Information, Intake Interviews, Transference and Countertransference

Effective Information Gathering

Collecting Background Information/Intake Interviews

Transference and Countertransference

Learning Opportunities

4.    Using Conceptual Skills to Make Positive Use of and Modify Emotions: Therapeutic Alliance, Role Induction, Clinician Self-Disclosure, Clinicians’ Reactions to Clients

The Therapeutic Alliance

Client Characteristics that Enhance Treatment

Role Induction

Clinician Self-Disclosure and Immediacy

Understanding Clinicians' Own Feelings

Learning Opportunities

5.    Using Conceptual Skills to Make Positive Use of and Modify Emotions: Addressing Strong Client Emotions, Variations in Client Readiness for Treatment

Dealing with Strong Negative Client Emotions

Suicidal Ideation

Crisis Intervention

Understanding and Addressing Client Rage, Anger, and Violent Impulses

Variations in Client Readiness for Treatment

Stages of Change

Client Reluctance

Learning Opportunities

6.    Using Conceptual Skills to Enhance Thoughts: Assessment, Mental Status Examination, Defining Memories, Case Conceptualization


Mental Status Examination

Using Tests and Inventories as Part of the Assessment Process

Conceptualizing the Meaning of Defining Memories

Case Conceptualization

Learning Opportunities

7.    Using Conceptual Skills to Facilitate Diagnosis and Treatment Planning


Treatment Planning

Examples of Treatment Plans

Learning Opportunities

8.    Applying Conceptual Skills to Actions for Positive Change: Generating Solutions, Referral and Collaboration, Structuring Treatment, Writing Progress Notes

Generating Solutions to Clients' Problems

Referral and Collaboration

Structuring Interventions, Sessions, and the Overall Treatment Process

Progress Notes

Learning Opportunities

9.    Applying Conceptual Skills to Actions for Positive Change: Assessing and Terminating Sessions and Treatment, Using Research to Enhance Practice

Assessing and Terminating Sessions and Treatment

Using Research to Enhance Your Practice and Your Professional Development

Learning Opportunities

10.  Solidifying Conceptual Skills: Reviewing, Integrating, and Reinforcing Learning

Intake Interview with Summer Harris

Learning Opportunities

Comprehensive Self-Evaluation

Personal Journal Questions



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