Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis

by Barbara Probst

Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series Series

Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis Synopsis

This much-needed volume brings to the clinician or student some of the best critical-minded analysis by some of the most insightful thinkers about psychiatric diagnosis today. The thought-provoking questions these essays raise, and the multifaceted and provocative answers they provide, cultivate sensitivity to the nuances of diagnostic assessment that often makes the difference between clinical success and failure. - Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, New York University Silver School of Social Work, New York This transformative resource challenges social workers and mental health professionals to rethink their approaches to assessment and diagnosis from the ground up. Among the book's unique features are its use of diverse lenses to examine a common case and its illustration of how multiple perspectives can be integrated for a richly textured portrait of the individual in context. Equally crucial is the book's commitment to professional development, from exercises to improve case conceptualization to -strategies for teaching and learning. Topics include: The DSM-5 definition of mental disorder: critique and alternatives. Making assessment decisions: macro, mezzo, and micro perspectives. Neuroscience, resilience, and the embodiment of mental disorder. Narrative, psychodynamic, and cultural conceptualizations of disorder. Person-centered and contextualized diagnosis in mental health. Meeting the challenge of teaching integrated assessment. Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis has much to offer professionals, researchers, and educators in the fields of social work and mental health. .

Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis Press Reviews

Barbara Probst's much-needed volume brings to the clinician or student some of the best critical-minded analysis by some of the most insightful thinkers about psychiatric diagnosis today. The authors demonstrate that the complex nature of clinical reality can emerge only through the give and take of critical thinking in the course of assessment. The thought-provoking questions these essays raise, and the multifaceted and provocative answers they provide, cultivate sensitivity to the nuances of diagnostic assessment that often makes the difference between clinical success and failure. - Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, University Professor and Professor of Social Work, New York University Silver School of Social Work; co-author of The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder and All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry's Transformation of Natural Anxieties into Mental Disorders. This book is an absolute gift to the social work profession, especially to social work educators who seek scholarly work that can guide students to think critically about clinical assessment and diagnosis. With this collection by many of the brightest and most articulate voices in social work, students and clinicians are invited to better understand and judiciously apply a wide range of theoretical and empirical lenses. This thought-provoking yet practical text is sure to be required in many social work programs. -Tally Moses, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Book Information

ISBN: 9783319177731
Publication date: 1st May 2015
Author: Barbara Probst
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Psychiatry, Clinical psychology, Medical diagnosis,

About Barbara Probst

Barbara Probst, PhD, LCSW, has taught at Hunter College since 2009. She has also taught Behavior and the Social Environment and Clinical Practice at Fordham University since 2005, as well as doctoral-level qualitative research and family theory at Smith College. Dr. Probst has published numerous articles on child and adolescent mental health in scholarly journals and a full-length book (When the Labels Don't Fit, Random House, 2008) on de-pathologizing difference. Dr. Probst is also a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience working with children and families in schools, mental health agencies, and private practice. Her research focus is on how clinical social ...

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