This ground-breaking volume provides an encompassing and detailed account of clinical psychologists' highly varied work on the psychiatric ward in mental health inpatient settings. An international collection of clinical psychologists describe challenges and achievements inherent to their work, illustrating application of established, state-of-the-art, and cutting-edge methods and modes of intervention, assessment, therapeutic work, training, and leadership roles currently practiced in these settings.
Chapters present numerous examples of psychologists' ability to contribute in multiple ways, benefiting patients, staff, and the overall functioning of the ward. Each of the book’s four sections is dedicated to a specific domain of the clinical psychologist’s work within the psychiatric inpatient setting. These include systemic modes of intervention; psychotherapeutic interventions; assessment and psychodiagnosis; and internship and supervision.
From novice to experienced practitioners, psychologists will gain insight from the innovative and creative ideas this book brings to the practice of clinical psychology as well as the practical suggestions that will enhance the varied interventions and therapeutic work they do in such settings.
"In today’s world of managed care and psychiatric institutions, one wonders what the role of clinical psychologists is in inpatient settings. This much-needed book answers this question by bringing together a collection of chapters written by international experts with years of inpatient experience. We learn that psychologists bring their special understanding of the unconscious and their ability to navigate interdisciplinary teams and to help assuage the anxiety faced when working with serious mental illness. Psychological treatment, supervision, testing, and team work are all discussed in this book, which I recommend to beginners and experienced clinicians alike."
Danielle Knafo, Ph.D., Professor, Long Island University, and author of Living with Terror, Working with Trauma: A Clinician’s Handbook
"This book presents the many ways in which psychologists in inpatient settings serve as leaders in promoting recovery. The focus on developing rich, person-centered formulations and partnering with individuals served makes this text a useful resource for psychologists from all theoretical backgrounds. For the experienced CBT clinician, you’ll find familiar concepts of collaboration, empathy, and understanding as they present in the unique context of inpatient care, and you will also see where these approaches overlap in many ways with those of our psychodynamic and attachment-oriented colleagues. This book is written for those like me who have a passion for providing recovery-oriented and formulation-driven treatment."
Ellen Inverso, PsyD, co-author of the forthcoming book Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia
"Thoughtful clinical psychologists, from six countries and a multitude of perspectives, offer their reflections and practical suggestions, all based on real experiences, and a clear commitment to humanizing an often dehumanizing setting. This will be invaluable for clinical psychologists all over the world."
Professor John Read, University of East London, editor of ‘Models of Madness’
Foreword Acknowledgments About the Editors & Contributors Introduction Section 1: Systemic Multiple Modes and Levels of Intervention Introduction to Section 1 Chapter 1: Therapy Beyond Walls: The Clinical Psychologist's Multi-level Work in the Psychiatric Ward Chapter 2: The Clinical Psychologist in an Open Inpatient Setting:A Psychoanalytic Perspective Chapter 3: Clinical Psychologists in Australian Inpatient Mental Health Units: Enhancing Effectiveness and Relevance with a Human Rights Focus Chapter 4: Ethical Challenges for Psychologists Providing Inpatient Mental Health Care Chapter 5: The Benefit of Behavior Support Plans in Psychiatric Inpatient Settings Chapter 6: Three Dynamic Roles of the Clinical Psychologist on the Acute Closed Psychiatric Ward Chapter 7: The Development of a Recovery-oriented Tool for Work with Patients in the Closed Forensic Ward Chapter 8: On Trying to Stay Sane in Insane Places: A Personal Account of a Clinical Psychologist's Challenges on the Psychiatric Inpatient Ward Chapter 9: A Path Taken: A Psychologist's Professional Journey within the Psychiatric Inpatient SystemSection 2: Psychotherapeutic Interventions in the Mental Health Inpatient Setting Introduction to Section 2 Chapter 10: All Brief Therapy is not Created Equal: The Contribution of Psychology to Short-stay Mental Health Inpatient Admissions Chapter 11: Continuity Model of Care: Working Across Acute Inpatient to Community-based Clinical Psychology Chapter 12: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis on the Inpatient Unit: The Role of the Clinical Psychologist Chapter 13: Psychotherapy in an Inpatient Ward: A Clinical Psychologist’s Use of Psychoanalytic Informed Work with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Chapter 14: Mentalization and Psychotherapy: A Way to Understand Patient Violence on the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit Chapter 15: The Clinical Psychologist’s Work in a Forensic Psychiatry Ward: Building a Transitional Space for Individuals with Mental Disorders who Committed Crimes Section 3: Assessment and Psychodiagnosis in Mental Health Inpatient Settings Introduction to Section 3 Chapter 16: Psychodynamic Psychological Testing in the Mental Health Inpatient Setting: A Way of Listening, Learning, and Holding Patients and Psychotherapists Chapter 17: "Listening to the Music of the Mind": The Uses of Psychological Assessment in the Diagnosis of Psychotic Disorders in a State Psychiatric Center Chapter 18: The Role of Psychological Testing in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting: A Mentalizing Approach Section 4: Clinical Psychology Internship and Supervision in the Mental Health Inpatient Setting Introduction to Section 4 Chapter 19: A Clinical Psychology Intern's Experience of Training in an Inpatient Unit: No Training Wheels Chapter 20: The Benefits and Challenges of Clinical Psychology Internships in Psychiatric Inpatient Settings Chapter 21: The Most Difficult Lesson: The Impact of Patient Suicide on Training in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital Chapter 22: An Intern's Experience on an Acute Closed Ward: "From a Shadow to a Bird": The Psychotherapeutic Process of Berry Editors’ Perspectives and Closing Remarks Chapter 23: Weaving with a Relational Thread: The Clinical Psychologist’s Uof Empathy in Work in the Mental Health Inpatient Setting Chapter 24: Concluding Thoughts: Past and Present Trends, Future Directions