1st Edition

A Consumer's Guide to Mental Health Services
Unveiling the Mysteries and Secrets of Psychotherapy

ISBN 9780789032676
Published October 10, 2007 by Routledge
218 Pages

USD $25.95

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Book Description

A unique consumer resource for understanding mental health treatment

With over 250 models of counseling and psychotherapy currently used to treat emotional problems and serious mental illness, figuring out where to look for the right services can be a daunting task. A Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health Services offers pragmatic solutions for those considering or already beginning treatment. It helps you to make important decisions regarding whether seeing a psychiatrist, a social worker, a counselor, or a psychologist is best for your particular needs. It also explores health insurance and coverage of treatment as well as how long it may take for you to begin feeling like yourself again. This valuable text looks at the intricacies of the mental health care system and provides a helpful summary that is both accessible and useful.

If you’ve ever tried to find help for a major life transition, depression, or anxiety and have been overwhelmed by the options for mental health treatment, you are not alone. A Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health Services is a unique text that breaks down the vast array of service options with a critical eye so consumers can get the vital information they need in a straightforward and accessible way. This comprehensive text even includes a “Questions to Ask” section that will help you find the right clinician to fit your exact needs.

Some of the topics A Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health Services covers in detail are:

  • causes of mental health problems
  • the three main models of mental health
  • how clinicians who use the different models view mental health
  • types of providers available and the different services they offer
  • talk therapies and medications
  • ethical codes of all professions
  • consumers’ rights
  • the insurance industry, its history and current role
  • matching treatment to the problem
  • alternatives to therapy
  • and much more!
A Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health Services is a valuable and practical resource for anyone considering or beginning mental health treatment or their family and friends. It is also a useful addition for educators or students working through introductory courses in all of the major mental health fields.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Greg Gumbel)
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Medical Model
  • The Biological Medical Model
  • Cultural Bias
  • To Medicate or Not to Medicate
  • Brain and Mind
  • A Brief History
  • Top Ten Problems with the Medical Model
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. The Psychological Models
  • Developmental Theories
  • Behavioral Theory
  • Humanistic Theory
  • Top Five Problems with a Psychological Model
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. The Systems Models
  • What Is a System?
  • Bowen Family Systems Theory
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Postmodern Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Top Six Problems with a Family Systems Model
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. The Providers
  • The Players
  • Addictions, Substance Abuse, Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • Clinical Professional Counselors
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Hypnotists
  • Marriage (Couple) and Family Therapists
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Personal Coaches
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Chapter 5. Talk Therapies: Modes, Models, Processes, and Outcomes
  • Quick Fixes and Fast Cures
  • Modes and Models of Therapy
  • Models, Techniques, and Frameworks
  • Therapy Processes
  • Types of Mental Health Delivery
  • Chapter 6. Biological Treatments
  • Problems with a Biological Model
  • Medications: Pros and Cons
  • Frequently Prescribed Medications
  • Chapter 7. Legal and Ethical Issues: What You Should Expect As a Consumer
  • Informed Consent
  • Confidentiality and Privilege
  • Counseling Approach and Theory
  • Counseling and Financial Records
  • Ethical Guidelines
  • Licensing Regulations
  • Credentials
  • Fees and Charges
  • Disputes and Complaints
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Using Health Insurance to Pay for Mental Health Services
  • A Brief History of the Insurance Industry
  • Health Insurance and the Mind-Body Split
  • How Does the Money Flow?
  • Accessing Behavioral Health Benefits through Health Insurance
  • Tomorrow’s Health Insurance
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. Getting What You Need: The Many Alternatives
  • Spectrum of Services and Products
  • Medication Treatments and Management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Coaching by Professionals
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Health Promotion Programs and Services
  • Peer Sponsors
  • Social Supports
  • Holistic Health Care
  • Psychoeducational Events with Professional Teachers
  • Self-Help Publications and Events
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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