This text provides a framework for handling tough clinical situations as they arise. It includes both the complexities of assessment issues that arise in special circumstances with a variety of clients as well as a number of general interventions that are relevant to all clients. The book provides a theory-free conceptual super-structure that can guide and ground readers in difficult situations regardless of theoretical beliefs. The author's underlying philosophy reflects the importance of taking a contextual approach with clients, viewing clients as collaborators in the therapeutic process, and recognizing that the client needs strategies other than the provider-client relationship that he/she can implement independently.
Offers a source of practical strategies, safe interventions, and creative solutions to common challenges faced by mental health professionals in their day-to-day practice. Presents a conceptual framework for working with tough clinical and counseling situations, allowing practitioners of all theoretical orientations to deal with meeting new clients, issues of substance abuse and medical concerns, threats of suicide and violence, and child abuse. Includes checklists and guidelines, and details on documentation and record keeping. A concluding chapter is devoted to preventing burnout and assuring professional and personal growth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)