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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  
Web Resources  
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  
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
 
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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