This text equips future mental health practitioners with a model and theory for case management with those with mental illness. The author helps readers feel more competent working with the these clients, giving readers skills that establish and sustain clinical relationships over months or years. The author provides intervention techniques for clients with a variety of mental illnesses (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, schizotypal personality, paranoid ideation). This text differs from other texts by applying the theory of symbolic interactionism, emphasizing the need for establishing a productive relationship with clients as a prerequisite to any other intervention.
Offers graduate students and practitioners a practical and theoretical resource on establishing positive, long-term relationships with mentally ill clients. Combines theoretical coverage with case examples, in separate chapters on working with clients affected by schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, schizotypal personality disorder, and paranoia. Contains four chapters on working with families of clients, and discusses working with gay and lesbian clients. The author is a professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has 25 years of experience working with mentally ill clients. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)