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The Psychotherapist's Guide to Cost Containment
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The Psychotherapist's Guide to Cost Containment
How To Survive and Thrive in an Age of Managed Care


February 1998 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Psychotherapists have recently been driven out of their offices away from theory and technique to confront a new, powerful economic change-managed care. More accurately described as cost containment, managed care's major purpose is to reduce the escalation in medical care costs. In The Psychotherapist's Guide to Cost Containment, author Bernard D. Beitman helps those in the mental health arena recognize major themes in the new economic order and offer outlines for potential solutions. This volume will allow the reader to recognize the issues embedded in the superficial descriptions found in professional and popular media, to plot trends more confidently, and to take action with more certainty. It presents a comprehensible historical context, workforce and population issues, and ethical problems as they relate to psychotherapy practice. Providing a foundation on which action and reaction can be effectively based, The Psychotherapist's Guide to Cost Containment is ideal for those in the fields of psychiatry, clinical/counseling psychology, social work, and psychiatric nursing. "Practicing therapists clearly do not need to have anyone tell them about the devastating impact that managed health care has had on their practice. What they do need, however, are guidelines for how to deal with it. This well-written and timely book by Bernard D. Beitman fulfills this need. In it, Beitman describes how the system operates, and then clearly spells out creative solutions for how to cope with the ethical, practical, clinical, financial, and political issues likely to confront the practicing clinician. Given the fact that most therapists are being called on to function in ways they never learned in their professional training, this invaluable book provides them with essential continuing education." --Marvin R. Goldfried, State University of New York, Stony Brook

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: COST CONTAINMENT
 
Tools of Cost Containment
 
Mental Health Inc
A Fictional Behavioral Healthcare Company

 
 
Payers, Providers and the Evolution of Managed Care
 
PART TWO: THE CLASH BETWEEN COST CONTAINMENT AND CLIENT CARE
 
Ethics of Client Care under Cost Containment
 
Effects of Cost Containment on Therapists, Practice and Training
 
PART THREE: WHAT THERAPISTS CAN DO FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CLIENTS
 
Confront Key Problems for Psychotherapy
 
Participation in Systems outside of Psychotherapy
 
Reinvent Yourself, Again
 
Psychotherapy in the 21st Century

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