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Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist

1st Edition

By Max Heinrich

Routledge

192 pages

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Description

Presenting first-hand accounts from the ‘front line’, Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist provides the reader with a participant experience of the daily ups and downs of a US mental health professional. Vividly describing actual clinical events ranging from tragic to comedic, this book calls attention to the human realities of the system’s dysfunction.

Illustrated throughout by anecdotes based on the author’s 50 years’ experience and observations in the field, the book focuses on ‘the system’ as the problem, identifying the limitations in current mental health policy with the emphasis misplaced onto profit rather than optimal patient care. These anecdotes are organized by themes such as the harsh treatment of patients by staff; loss in the workplace; anomalous staff behavior; problems with the legal system; and clinically unexpected and bizarre episodes.

The value of humor as a stress reducer, social leveler and a means to make incisive points, is highlighted throughout. This is important reading for mental health professionals, policy makers and those interested in humanizing social policy.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

INSTITUTIONS

  1. GRADUATE SCHOOL
  2. THE CITY HOSPITAL
  3. THE STATE HOSPITAL
  4. THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
  5. CHALLENGING CLINICAL CIRCUMSTANCES

  6. COMPROMISED PATIENT CARE
  7. PATIENT DEATHS
  8. STAFF PARTINGS
  9. PSYCHOTHERAPY
  10. WWII HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
  11. TESTIFYING IN COURT
  12. SCREENING OF POLICE APPLICANTS
  13. CLINICIANS IN HARM’S WAY
  14. CURIOUS AND TROUBLESOME CLINICAL EXPERIENCES
  15. ABSURD STAFF BEHAVIOR
  16. AWKWARD MOMENTS
  17. PRACTICING WHEN OUT OF THE OFFICE
  18. A CHALLENGING SYSTEM

  19. MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY
  20. THE APPEAL OF PRESCRIPTION ‘PRIVILEGES’
  21. HEALTH INSURANCE ABUSES
  22. MONEY INEVITABLY DRIVES POLICY
  23. ESCALATING ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL
  24. MOSTLY BUSINESS, MOST OF THE TIME
  25. ADMINISTRATIVE ABUSES OF POWER

AFTERWARD

About the Author

Max Heinrich is a clinical psychologist who earned his PhD from Cornell University in 1968. He has worked primarily with the seriously and persistently mentally ill in hospital settings. For most of that time he directed various inpatient and outpatient services. He has won local, state and national awards for public advocacy on behalf of his profession. Currently his week is divided between treating patients and teaching students on a psychiatric inpatient unit in a public hospital, as well as maintaining an extensive private practice.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY007000
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSY010000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling