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Social Work Practice and Psychopharmacology, Second Edition

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Social Work Practice and Psychopharmacology, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826102171

A Person-in-Environment Approach

Author: Sophia Dziegielewski PhD, LCSW


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  • Why do social workers need to know about mental health medications?
  • How can social workers best assist clients who are taking medications?
  • What is the social worker's role as part of the interdisciplinary health care team?

Answering these questions and more, this comprehensive text discusses the major medications used to treat common mental health conditions and offers guidelines on how to best serve clients who are using them. This new edition provides guidance on many issues that social workers will encounter in practice, including identifying potentially dangerous drug interactions and adverse side effects; improving medication compliance; recognizing the warning signs of drug dependence; and understanding how psychopharmacology can work in conjunction with psychosocial interventions.

Complete with case examples, assessment tools, and treatment plans, this book offers practical insight for social work students and social workers serving clients with mental health conditions. New to this edition are expanded discussions of child and adolescent disorders, engaging discussions of how new drugs are created, approved, and marketed, and a new glossary describing over 150 common medications and herbal remedies.

Important Topics Discussed:

  • Treatment of common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia
  • Taking a comprehensive medication history
  • Understanding medical terminology
  • Avoiding drug misuse, dependence, and overdose

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 07, 2009
  • Page Count 552
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102171
  • EISBN 9780826103468

About The Author(s) 

Sophia F. Dziegielewski, PhD, LCSW, is Professor, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. She is also Editor of the Journal of Social Service Research and has written over 145 publications, including eight textbooks, over 90 articles, and numerous book chapters. Dr. Dziegielewski is the recipient of several awards and has presented at numerous professional workshops and trainings on health, mental health, and preparation for social work licensing across the country. Throughout her academic, administrative, and practice career, she has been active in research and the protection of human subjects, specializing in the area of health and mental health. She has also been active in clinical practice, maintaining a current license in her field as well as serving as an expert witness in the courts. She has authored and contributed to a number of texts in the social work program at UCF, including DSM-5 in Action, now in its third edition (2015).

Table of Contents 

Part I -Mental Health Medications: What Every Social Worker Needs to Know
Chapter 1: Medication Use as Part of Health and Mental Health Practice
Chapter 2: Understanding How Medications Work: The Human Brain
Chapter 3: Practice Tips and Helping the Client
Chapter 4: Taking a Medication History, Documentation and Treatment Planning

Part II: Prescription and Non-prescription Medications, Herbal Preparations, and Special Populations
Chapter 5: Prescription And Non-Prescription Medication: What Every Social Worker Should Know
Chapter 6: Complementary Therapies Herbal Healing: An Introduction for Social Work Professionals
Chapter 7: Medications with Children and Older Adults: Specific Concerns

Part III: Mental Health Conditions, and Social Work Practice
Chapter 8: Treatment of Major Depression: Social Work Intervention
Chapter 9: Treatment of the Bipolar Disorders in Adults and Children
Chapter 10: Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 11: Schizophrenia and the Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 12: Conclusion: Proactive Professionals