Medical and Psychiatric Issues for Counsellors (Professional Skills for Counsellors series)

Medical and Psychiatric Issues for Counsellors (Professional Skills for Counsellors series)

by Mr Brian Daines (Author), Dr Linda Gask (Author), ProfessorTimPUsherwood (Author)

Synopsis

'An interesting overview of medical and psychiatric issues that may arise for counsellors...readable, lucid and free of jargon. The issues addressed include referral and assessment, ongoing counselling and supervision, medical conditions and their treatment, psychiatric conditions and their treatment, and ethical and legal issues...it raises awareness of some important issues to consider when working with clients with medical and psychiatric conditions' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling Counsellors often encounter situations where clients' medical or psychiatric conditions - and their treatment - affect the assessment of, or work with, clients. This comprehensive overview highlights key concerns and offers practical advice for judging when a situation may be beyond the counsellor's skills.Topics covered include: how to recognize serious medical or mental health problems and guidelines on referral; information on the effects and possible side-effects of certain drug treatments; how to deal with a medical emergency should it arise within a session; how to help clients deal with medical dilemmas such as HIV testing; and which psychiatric conditions can be exacerbated by counselling.

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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Published: 06 Dec 1996

ISBN 10: 0803975074
ISBN 13: 9780803975071

Media Reviews
`An interesting overview of medical and psychiatric issues that may arise for counsellors... readable, lucid and free of jargon. The issues addressed include referral and assessment, ongoing counselling and supervision, medical conditions and their treatment, psychiatric conditions and their treatment, and ethical and legal issues... it raises awareness of some important issues to consider when working with clients with medical and psychiatric conditions' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

`Such a broad focus for a small book... and how efficiently covered! [It] is relevant and thought-provoking all the way... This book raises the [medical and psychiatric] issues and makes constructive suggestions for resolution of them... Boxes of helpful checklists... pop up at relevant points throughout the text for handy reference... for practising counsellors and those in the latter part of training, it can certainly be regarded as essential reading' - Counselling News

Author Bio
Linda Gask is Reader in Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for ten years.