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Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, Second Edition

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Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826110008

A How-To Guide for Evidence-Based Practice


  • Kathleen Wheeler PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, FAAN
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Dr. Wheeler has skillfully crafted a text that covers basic psychiatric principles and skills from developing a therapeutic relationship and assessing and diagnosing the client to providing evidence-based psychotherapy for a variety of patient populations... This text is an excellent primer for teaching therapy skills and, although targeting graduate psychiatric nursing students, would prove equally valuable for students of any mental health discipline. It is also a resource for experienced clinicians wanting to expand their understanding of trauma and how adaptive information processing might be used as an organizing framework for all psychotherapy.

--Linda Mabey, Journal of EMDR Practice and Research


This is a how-to compendium of evidence-based approaches to practicing psychotherapy for both the experienced and neophyte advanced practice psychiatric nurse. This book integrates neuroscience with relationship science and unites disparate psychotherapeutic approaches into a model that is concise and straightforward, yet sufficiently comprehensive to provide a framework for practice. The most useful therapeutic models are highlighted with principles, and techniques of treatment for nurse psychotherapists and those with prescriptive authority. This second edition expands the award-winning first edition, providing guidelines, forms, and case studies to assist APPNs in deciding which treatment to use based on psychotherapy outcome studies and practice guidelines.

New Chapters in the Second Edition:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Therapeutic Approaches for Addictions
  • New CPT Codes & Reimbursement

Awards and Reviews for the First Edition:

APNA Media Award
AJN Book of the Year Award
5 Star Amazon Reviews
4 Star Doody Review

Lays out a holistic paradigm for advanced psychiatric nursing (APN) practice by drawing upon a neuroscience of information processing, human development, attachment theory, and trauma. . . (and) explains the essentials of psychotherapy by melding principles underlying the therapeutic alliance, adaptive information processing (AIP), change, and a hierarchically arranged treatment format that fosters healing through the resolution of dysfunctional memory this important text holds true to the historical basis for psychiatric nursing being organized around phases and principles of the nurse-patient relationship.
Margaret England, PhD, RN, CNS, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Wheeler offers the field a scholarly training manual. . . grounded in Shapiro's (2001) adaptive information processing paradigm . . .(where) the brain is viewed as an information processing system with innate self-healing mechanisms that regulate its internal environment to survive and to maintain a stable, constant condition through dynamic regulation.
Robert M. Greenfield, PhD, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 11, 2013
  • Page Count 752
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110008
  • EISBN 9780826110084

Table of Contents 

Foreword Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN xi

Foreword Jeanne A. Clement, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

Part I. Getting Started

1. The Nurse Psychotherapist and a Framework for Practice 3

Kathleen Wheeler

2. The Neurophysiology of Trauma and Psychotherapy 53

Kathleen Wheeler

3. Assessment and Diagnosis 95

Pamela Bjorklund

4. The Initial Contact and Maintaining the Frame 169

Kathleen Wheeler

Part II. Psychotherapy Approaches

5. Supportive and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 225

Kathleen Wheeler

6. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy 261

Kathleen Wheeler

7. Motivational Interviewing 299

Edna Hamera

8. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 313

Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger

9. Interpersonal Psychotherapy 347

Patricia D. Barry and Kathleen Wheeler

10. Humanistic–Existential and Solution-Focused Approaches to Psychotherapy 369

Candice Knight

11. Group Therapy 407

Richard Pessagno

12. Family Therapy 429

Candice Knight

Part III. Psychotherapy With Special Populations

13. Stabilization for Trauma and Dissociation 469

Kathleen Wheeler

14. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Complex Trauma 509

Barbara J. Limandri

15. Psychopharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy 529

Lisabeth Johnston

16. Psychotherapeutic Approaches for Addictions and Related Disorders 565

Susie Adams and Deborah Antai-Otong

17. Psychotherapy With Children 597

Kathleen R. Delaney with Janiece DeSocio and Julie A. Carbray

18. Psychotherapy With Older Adults 625

Georgia L. Stevens, Merrie J. Kaas, and Kristin Hjartardottir

Part IV. Documentation, Evaluation, and Termination

19. Reimbursement and Documentation 661

Mary Moller

20. Termination and Outcome Evaluation 693

Kathleen Wheeler

Afterword 717

Index 719

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