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Entering the Behavioral Health Field

A Guide for New Clinicians, 1st Edition

By Diane Suffridge


258 pages

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This text provides new clinicians with an overview of the tasks involved in behavioral health treatment as it is practiced in community-based training organizations. The text’s specific focus is on the application of theoretical and academic knowledge to clinical work as a psychotherapist or case manager, with a case example that follows treatment from the first session through termination. It contains an overview of all aspects of treatment that are required in these organizations, which are the primary settings for practicum, internship, and post-graduate training.


“Psychotherapists work with case management in a variety of settings and provide services that are invaluable. Dr. Suffridge has developed a model treatment plan for graduate students and their post-graduate training. Her experience as an expert clinical psychologist, educator, and supervisor uniquely positions her to present this material in an easily understood manner. This is a must read for both students and professionals.”—Mark Kamena, PhD, ABPP, Co-author of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know

“This wise, readable book is invaluable well beyond its intended audience of beginning therapists, for whom it covers everything of importance that their graduate training left out. For supervisors, it identifies areas of needed clinical focus; for educators, it organizes applied clinical knowledge into teachable units; for patients, it demystifies the psychotherapy process. No other hands-on guide that I know of addresses so well the realities of clinical practice in our current era.”—Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, Visiting Full Professor, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Personal Preparation Chapter 2: Professional Preparation Chapter 3: First Session Chapter 4: Cultural Considerations Chapter 5: Diagnosis Chapter 6: Assessment Chapter 7: Assessment: Special Situations Chapter 8: Case Formulation Chapter 9: Treatment Planning Chapter 10: Clinical Documentation Chapter 11: Unfolding of the Therapeutic Relationship Chapter 12: Case Management and Coordination of Care Chapter 13: Termination—Planned and Unplanned Chapter 14: Development of Professional Identity

About the Author

Diane A. Suffridge, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Dominican University of California (tenure track) and has provided training and supervision to many students, post-graduates, and licensed clinicians for many years. She has served as Clinical Director at several behavioral health centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has over 25 years of experience as a psychologist.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Education & Training