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Clinician's Thesaurus


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Part I. Orientation To This Thesaurus. Introduction. Table of Contents. Acknowledgements and an Invitation. How to use this Book and a Cautionary Note. Understanding the Format of the Thesaurus. Part II. Questions to Ask When Conducting a Psychological Evaluation. Beginning the Interview. Mental Status Examination Questions. Questions for Symptomatic Behaviors. Part III. Standard Statements for Wording the Psychological Report. For the Introduction to the Report. Identifying Information. Background Information and Genogram. Reason for the Referral. The Person in the Evaluation. Behavioral Observations-Appearance, Behaviors and Speech. Responses to Aspects of the Examination. Presentation of Self to the Examiner. Emotions and Affective Disorders. Normal and Abnormal Mental Status Statements. Abnormal Signs, Symptoms, and Syndromes. Personality Disorders and Patterns. The Person in the Environment. Activities of Daily Living ADL's. Social/Community Functioning. Evaluations of Relationships, Marriages, and Families. Vocational and Academic Skills and Disability Evaluations. Recreational Functioning. Other Specialized Evaluations. For Ending The Report. Diagnosis Statements and DSM III R Diagnoses. Summary, Recommendations and Prognosis. Closing the Report and Confidentiality Notice. Part IV. Useful Resources and References. Treatment Planning Formats. Templates for Reports and Summaries. Listing of Common Psychotropic Medications.


"The Clinician's Thesaurus is a very readable reference, with practical utility for beginning clinicians. My students valued the easy access to professional nomenclature, and credited the Thesaurus with helping them produce informed, useful reports." --James C. Thompson, Ed.D., University of Louisville, Dept of Educational and Counseling Psychology; Book used for Individual Assessment course
"The Clinician's Thesaurus has proven useful in preparing students for internship. Students say they refer to it during internship, finding it helpful as they develop skills in clinical documentation." --Christine Turner, M.S., L.P.C., ATR-BC, NCC, Marylhurst College, Graduate Program in Art Therapy; Book used for: Pre-Internship Seminar
"The text is a very handy reference for psychologists in training. It is quite comprehensive. I am using it for two different courses, as an adjunct to standard texts." --Brooke J. Cannon, Ph.D., Marywood College, Scranton, PA; Courses: Introduction to Psych Testing and Introduction to Ind. Psychotherapy; Graduate level
"Personal use a clinical supervisor and therapist--it is the best resource!" --William R. Olcott, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI; Course: Assessment and Diagnosis; Undergraduate level, 25 students
"Excellent resource book for students in a class that is geared to prepare for practicum in their following semester." --Steve Dubbin, Ph.D., Miami Institute of Psychology; Course: Core Conceptualization Seminar, graduate level
"This is my most valuable professional book out of many that I own--it's my clinical companion!" --Ms. Dee Lafitte, BCSW
"I've been using the Clinician's Thesaurus since the first one came out. It has been such a fantastic tool that I purchased several for other clinicians. It's good for more than writing reports--one can learn a great deal in one's clinical work. I have recently left a community mental health center where I worked for nine years doing intakes, assessments, and diagnoses. I can't tell you how valuable your book has been to me." --Sister Dorothy Maloney, RSM, DMin
"I wish I'd had this book when I was in graduate school. It would have made my life a lot easier, made my reports better, and speeded my development as a clinician." --Paul Loera, Ph.D.
"An excellent and valuable reference to make life simpler and easier." --Arthur Freeman, Ed.D.

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