Clinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health: Toward Evidence-Based Practice by Roberta G. SandsClinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health: Toward Evidence-Based Practice by Roberta G. Sands

Clinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health: Toward Evidence-Based Practice

byRoberta G. Sands, Zvi D. Gellis

Paperback | December 27, 2010

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Clinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health, 3/e uses evidence-based practice to provide in-depth coverage of clinical social work practice with clients in mental health settings. The authors show the social worker as the critical link between the client, the agency, the family, and the community.


Organized around 2 parts: PART I: A Framework for Practice (History, Culturally Competency, Legal and Ethical Issues, Biopsychosocial framework and assessment and Feminist Practice) and PART II: Intervention (Evidence Based Practice with clients with: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Serious Mental Illness, Severe Mental Illness in Community Context and with their Families, and Co-occuring Substance Abuse and Serious Mental Illness)

Roberta G. Sands is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she teaches MSW and doctoral level students.  Her primary teaching areas are clinical social work practice, qualitative research, and practice theory.  She began her career as a clinical social worker ...
Title:Clinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health: Toward Evidence-Based PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 0.8 inPublished:December 27, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205820166

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Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with “Summary and Deconstruction.”

1. Getting Oriented:  Themes and Contexts

Community Mental Health

Behavioral Health under Managed Care

Scientific Knowledge and Evidence-Based Practice

Definitional Issues

Postmodernism as a Critical Framework


I. A Framework for Practice


2. Historical Context: Changes in Mental Health Policies and Social Work Practice


The Beginnings of Psychiatry in the United States

Nineteenth Century

The Early Years of the Twentieth Century

World War I and its Aftermath

World War II and its Aftermath

Changing Approaches to Mental Health Treatment: 1950—1980

Changes in Mental Health Policies: 1981-2010

Summary and Deconstruction


3. Biopsychosocial Conceptual Framework


Biological Knowledge

Psychological and Psychosocial Knowledge: Theories, Frameworks, and Therapies

Integrating Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors

Summary and Deconstruction


4. The Biopsychosocial Assessment


Components of a Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Assessment

Assessing the Client’s Psychiatric Symptoms

Components of a Written Biopsychosocial Assessment

The Written Biopsychosocial Assessment

Case Review with an Interdisciplinary Planning Team

Summary and Deconstruction


5. Legal and Ethical Issues


Ethical Theories

Involuntary Civil Commitment

Least Restrictive Alternative

Clients’ Rights and Protections

Confidentiality and the Duty to Protect

Documentation and Record Keeping

Summary and Deconstruction


6. Culturally Competent Mental Health Practice



Context-Related Concepts 

Cultural Disparities in Mental Health

Cultural Dimensions of Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment

Culturally Competent Practice with Specific Cultural Groups

Evidence-Based Practice with Persons of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

Summary and Deconstruction


7.  Feminist Social Work Practice


Feminist Theoretical Perspectives

Feminist Critique of Psychological Theories

Epidemiological Findings on Gender and Mental Illness

Violence Perpetrated against Women

Summary and Deconstruction


II. Intervention


8. Evidence-Based Practice with Depressed Clients


Major Depressive Disorder

Dysthymic Disorder

Depression in Older Adults

Multiple Risks and Associated Factors

Evidence-Based Practice: Cognitive or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Evidence-Based Practice: Interpersonal Therapy

Evidence-Based Practice: Problem Solving Therapy


Instruments Used to Assess and Monitor Depression

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Summary and Deconstruction


9. Evidence-Based Practice for Clients with Anxiety Disorders


Anxiety Disorders and Older Adults

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Explanatory Theories

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Evidence-Based Practice: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Panic Disorder

Case Example: Integrated Methods

Reliable Instruments Used to Assess and Monitor Anxiety

Other Ways of Healing

Medications Used to Treat Anxiety Disorders

Summary and Deconstruction


10. A Framework For Intervention with Persons with Serious Mental Illness


Defining Severe Mental Illness

Relevant Perspectives, Concepts, and Models

Evidence-Based and Empirically Supported Practices

Instruments Used to Assess and Monitor Severe Mental Illness

Summary and Deconstruction


11. Evidence-Based and Best Practices With Adults with Severe Mental Illness in a Community Context


Case Scenario

Recovery Orientation

Case Management and Community-Based Care

Community Support Services and Resources

Summary and Deconstruction


12. Evidence-Based Interventions for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and Their Families


Evidence-Based Practice: Illness Management and Recovery

Evidence-Based Practice with Family Caregivers

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Summary and Deconstruction


13. Clinical Practice with Persons with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Serious Mental Illness




Conceptualization, Assessment and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

Evidence-Based Practices with Clients with Dual Disorders