1st Edition

Two Minute Talks to Improve Psychological and Behavioral Health

By John F. Clabby Copyright 2011

    'There are important books that focus a full effort on a painful emotion such as depression or panic. Frankly, many troubled people do not directly present with such complaints. Instead, they speak about marital stress, upset about making an oral presentation, dealing with a mean-spirited co-worker, poor nutritional habits, handling uncooperative children or early adolescents, and domestic violence. They want practical guidance about those content areas as well.'- John F Clabby. Health professionals confronted with symptoms of mental and emotional distress often lack knowledge of how to respond to the situations that underlie them, or feel unable to address them in time-limited consultations. This can lead many to either adopt an empathetic listening approach which fails to address underlying causes effectively, or avoid asking their patients and clients about their psychosocial lives at all. Two Minute Talks to Improve Psychological and Behavioral Health takes a unique approach to this common dilemma. It provides concise, pragmatic and matter-of-fact advice which health professionals can use to effectively address the most common underlying causes of distress, such as work, family or relationship difficulties, poor nutritional habits, domestic violence and grief. Although firmly evidence-based, it avoids unnecessary detail to provide a practical reference which can either be read in its entirety or used as a quick reference of clear, accessible advice and strategies that patients can put into use. It is an essential addition to the toolbox of all health professionals who want to provide effective, responsive and empathetic care to their clients in time-limited situations. 'This book will reveal to you talents and results you did not believe possible. It will re-energize your approach to care, and make it fun to talk with and get to know your patients'. - from the Foreword by Kenneth Faistl.

    Practical strategies from powerful psychotherapies. Eating, sleeping, smoking, and drinking. Managing stress, panic, and depression. Marriages, relationships, children and teens. Bad news, violence, and grieving. Thriving at work.


    John F. Clabby

    "…a concise, practical no-nonsense guide to providing effective advice and empathetic care in time-limited situations… The book is divided into six sections based on the problems which commonly present to family doctors …[the author] describes strategies to alter behaviour patterns related to: eating, sleeping, smoking and drinking; managing stress, panic and depression; marriages, relationships, children and teens; bad news, violence and grieving and thriving at work."
    Occupational Medicine

    "[The author’s] recommendations are based on empirically supported theoretical frameworks such as cognitive behavioral, motivational enhancement, solution focused, and problem solving therapies. Two Minute Talks is appropriate for a variety of levels of advisors, including medical students, residents, and practicing physicians who want to add to their "toolkit" for helping patients with psychosocial issues."
    —Linda Myerholtz, PhD, in Family Medicine

    "Behavioral science clinical interventions are essential if our patients are to achieve their highest level of well-being … Dr. Clabby’s book can serve as an introductory textbook that can help students become comfortable and competent with two-minute "procedures" to improve psychological and behavioral health within the time constraints of clinical medicine."
    —Barbara Gastel, MD, in Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

    "With so many books for students and qualified practitioners to choose from, I would suggest this book would sit well in a school/college of nursing library."
    —Nigel P. Short, MSc (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), BSc (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), BSc (Nursing), in Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing