Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Hardcover | January 15, 2000

byLarry E. Beutler, John Clarkin, Bruce Bongar

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From initial consultation to termination of treatment, psychologists and other mental health practitioners make a series of crucial decisions to determine the progress and therapy of the patient. These decisions have varied implications such as the clinical course of the patient, the efficacyand efficiency of the treatment, and the cost of the sessions. Thus, the decisions made by mental health professionals need to be accurate and consistent, respecting a series of guidelines that will ultimately benefit the patient. This is the first in a series of guidebooks that is designed to dojust that by providing practitioners with some structure in the development of treatment programs. Previous guidelines have been based on consensus panels of experts or on the opinions of membership groups, causing guidelines to be very far off from the findings of empirical research. Here,guidelines are presented in terms of treatment principles rather than in terms of specific treatment models or theories, and they do not favor one theory of psychotherapy over another. Instead, they define strategies and considerations that can be woven into comprehensive treatment programs. Theentire series of guidebooks will cover numerous topics, including anxiety disorders, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and treatment of serious mental disorders. This volume will cover in detail the nature of depression, issues in treatment research, contemporary treatments, and implications for educationand training. It is ideal for postgraduates and professionals in the mental health field and is intended to provide important background on treatment of non-bipolar depressive disorders.

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From initial consultation to termination of treatment, psychologists and other mental health practitioners make a series of crucial decisions to determine the progress and therapy of the patient. These decisions have varied implications such as the clinical course of the patient, the efficacyand efficiency of the treatment, and the cos...

Larry Beutler is at University of California at Santa Barbara. John Clarkin is at Cornell Medical School.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195105303

ISBN - 13:9780195105308

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Treatment Guidelines1. Essentials of Treatment Guidelines2. Nature of Current Treatment GuidelinesPart II: Guidelines for Treatment-Relevant Assessment3. Identifying Treatment-Relevant Dimensions4. Issues in Treatment-Relevant Assessment5. Integrating and Economizing Treatment-Relevant AssessmentPart III: Guidelines for Management and Treatment6. Reasonable and Basic Treatment Guidelines7. Guidelines for Optimal and Enhanced TreatmentPart IV: The Nature of Depression8. The Significance of the Problem of Depression9. Concepts from Basic Research on DepressionPart V: Contemporary Treatment Models10. Treatment Benefit: Research Issues11. Benefits of Treatment: What Works12. Structuring Treatment: From Managed Care to Treatment Manuals13. Models of Treatment in Clinical PracticePart VI: Implications for Education and Training14. Issues in the Continuing Development of Treatment GuidelinesBibliographyIndex

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"The current volume reflects an extension of the authors' long-standing clinical and research involvement in systematically selecting the optimal treatment for any given patient. This book reflects their firsthand experience with depressed patients, within both clinical research contexts. Inaddition to evaluating the research methodology that has been used to study treatment efficacy, the book also contains an invaluable review of what is known both theoretically and empirically about depression and its treatment. In this book, the authors provide us with a creative blending ofresearch and practice. There is much in this volume to which clinicians can relate. The appeal of this book is very clear: If you are a practitioner who wants to be informed by research or a researcher who wants to stay close to clinical reality, this book deserves a very special place on yourbookshelf." -- Marvin Goldfried, Psychotherapy Research, 11(2) 2001