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Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Contemporary Issues



February 2019 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling presents a broad overview of the field of clinical mental health and provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully put theory into practice in real-world settings. Drawing from their experience as clinicians, authors Joshua C. Watson and Michael K. Schmit cover the foundations of clinical mental health counseling along with current issues, trends, and population-specific considerations. The text introduces students to emerging paradigms in the field such as mindfulness, behavioral medicine, neuroscience, recovery-oriented care, provider care, person-centered treatment planning, and holistic wellness, while emphasizing the importance of selecting evidence-based practices appropriate for specific clients, issues, and settings. Aligned with 2016 CACREP Standards and offering practical activities and case examples, the text will prepare future counselors for the realities of clinical practice.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
SECTION I. FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
 
Chapter 1. Becoming a Clinical Mental Health Counselor: Professional Identity Issues
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Defined

 
Origins of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 
Educational Requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counselors

 
Mental Health Counselor Credentialing

 
Clinical Mental Health Counselors and Other Mental Health Providers

 
Workplace Settings for Clinical Mental Health Counselors

 
Professional Identity

 
Professional Advocacy

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 2. Evolution of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Counseling: Past, Present, and Future

 
Pioneers in the Profession

 
Influential Professional Organizations and Associations

 
Counseling Profession Today

 
Emerging Professional Trends

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 3. Contemporary Theories and Models of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Cognitive-Behavioral-Based Models

 
Biopsychosocial Model

 
Collaborative (Integrated) Care Models

 
Population-Based Prevention Approach

 
Recovery Model

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Julia Whisenhunt, Michelle Wade
Chapter 5: Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Settings
Web Resources

 
Joshua Watson, Caroline Norris
Chapter 6: Documentation and Record Keeping in Clinical Settings
References

 
 
Chapter 4. Policies, Laws, and Regulatory Issues Relevant to the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Policies, Laws, and Regulations

 
Professional Identity

 
Mental Health Parity

 
Licensure Portability

 
Working With Military Personnel

 
Employment Within the Department of Veterans Affairs

 
Medicare Reimbursement for Licensed Professional Counselors

 
Becoming Involved—Advocating for the Profession

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

Rochelle Cade
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 5. Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Settings
Codes of Ethics

 
Ethical Decision-Making Model

 
Common Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 6. Documentation and Record Keeping in Clinical Settings
Purpose and Role of Clinical Documentation

 
Types of Documentation Found in Clinical Records

 
Elements of Good Clinical Documentation

 
Maintaining and Securing Clinical Records and Documentation

 
Electronic Digital Record Keeping

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 7. Working With Managed Care and Third-Party Reimbursement Agencies
HMOs, PPOs, POS, and EPOs

 
Clinical Mental Health Counselors and Provider Panel Status

 
Selecting Covered Treatment Approaches

 
Filing Claims and Documenting Treatment Efforts

 
Managed Care Disputes and Appeals Process

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 8. Models of Clinical Supervision
Nature and Purpose of Clinical Supervision

 
Lori Russell-Chapin, Ted Chapin
Chapter 12: Neuroscience and the Brain: What Mental Health Counselors Need to Know
Supervision Models, Practices, and Processes

 
Qualities of Effective Supervisors

 
Supervision Techniques and Interventions

 
Technology-Assisted Supervision

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
SECTION II. CURRENT AND EMERGING TRENDS IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Karisse Callender, Samantha Klassen, Erika Schmit
Chapter 13: Traumatology, Bereavement, and Crisis Intervention Training
 
Chapter 9. Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices in the Treatment of Mental Disorders
Evidence-Based Practice Defined

 
Importance of Evidence-Based Practice to Contemporary Counseling Practice

 
Identifying Empirically Supported Treatments Supporting Evidence-Based Practice

 
Evaluation Standards

 
Implementing Empirically Supported Treatments in Clinical Settings

 
Identifying Empirically Supported Treatments Practiced in Clinical Mental Health Settings

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 10. Behavioral Medicine: A Holistic Look at Health and Illness
Behavioral Medicine Approach

 
Managing Mental and Behavioral Issues in Medical Clients

 
Communicating With Clients and Providers

 
Conducting Client Interviews

 
Motivating Behavior Change in Medical Clients

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 11. Psychopharmacology for the Nonmedical Mental Health Professional
How the Brain Works: Nerve Cells and Neurotransmitters

 
Chemical Neurotransmission Process

 
Pharmacokinetics: Introducing Drugs Into the Body

 
Pharmacodynamics: How Drugs Affect the Body

 
Psychotropic Drugs and Mental Illness

 
Talking Medication With Clients

 
Addressing Drug Usage for Members of Special Groups

 
Talking Medication With Other Treatment Providers

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 12. Neuroscience and the Brain: What Mental Health Counselors Need to Know
Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis

 
The Neuroscience of Wellness and Its Imperative as the Behavioral Foundation for Positive Neuroplasticity

 
Working With Clients to Develop an Effective Wellness Plan: An Overview

 
Chapter Summary

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 13. Traumatology, Bereavement, and Crisis Intervention
Impact of Crises on Individuals With Mental Health Diagnoses

 
Trauma-Informed Counseling Models

 
Counseling Survivors From Intervention Through Recovery

 
Impact of Disasters on Individuals and Communities

 
Effective Counseling Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 14. Clinically Based Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
Assessment in Clinical Mental Health Settings

 
Formal and Informal Assessment Strategies

 
Common Tests, Assessments, and Rating Scales Used by Clinical Mental Health Counselors

 
Diagnosing Clients Using Current Diagnostic Systems

 
Integrating Assessment Data Into the Treatment Planning Process

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 15. Strategies for Working With Specific Client Populations
Children and Adolescent Clients

 
Active and Veteran Military Personnel and Their Families

 
Clients of Color

 
Adjudicated, Involuntary, and Incarcerated Clients

 
Aging Clients

 
Immigrant Clients

 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients

 
Clients in Rural Settings

 
Keystones

 
Key Terms

 
Web Resources

 
References

 
 
Glossary
 
Index

Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling covers a wide range of important issues to practice as a clinical mental health counselor. It provides foundational information to provide a good introduction to the material and has numerous case examples and questions to help dig deeper into the material. This will provide students with a solid background on many topics that are important in clinical practice.”

Ben T. Willis
University of Scranton

“This book covers an impressive scope of material! Comprehensive, well-written, and with helpful examples of real-world situations, I think this book lays a solid foundation of professional knowledge and identity as a mental health counselor.”

Arie T. Greenleaf
Seattle University

“This text is timely, relevant, and provides practical examples that students can directly apply into their field placement settings.”

Melissa A. Odegard-Koester
Southeast Missouri State University

“This text would be an excellent resource for the clinical mental health class. Each chapter offers case studies and practice exercises that serve as great teaching tools. Overall, it is a comprehensive textbook that students will refer to beyond the course.”

Jenny Wagstaff
Campbell University

“A great book that really goes into detail about the field of mental health counseling and that discusses current controversial topics like the ethical concerns related to social media."

Kathryn Dziekan
New Mexico Highlands University
Key features

 KEY FEATURES:

  •  Learning objectives outline what readers will be able to accomplish after reading each chapter.
  • Case illustrations and guided practice exercises help readers see the application and utility of content with all types of clients.
  • Discussions of current and emerging professional trends including mindfulness, behavioral medicine, neuroscience, recovery-oriented care, per provider care, person-centered treatment planning, and holistic wellness gives readers the knowledge and skills needed to practice in current clinical settings.
  • Keystone boxes at the conclusion of chapters provide bullets of key takeaways for readers to review to reinforce concepts.
  • A list of online resources at the end of chapters include websites to expand upon the material presented and direct student to opportunities for greater involvement. 
 

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