Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy for Adjustment Disorders: A Guide for Providers under Managed Care

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy for Adjustment Disorders: A Guide for Providers under Managed Care

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Araoz, D L., & Carrese, M. A. ( 1996). Solution-oriented brief therapy for adjustment disorders: A guide for providers under managed care. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 174 pp., $21.95 (pbk).

Araoz and Carrese offer helpful and practical guidelines for the effective diagnosis and treatment of adjustment disorders (ADs) within the eight sessions allowed by most managed care organizations. A detailed session-by-session outline provides objectives, strategies, and prescriptions for each of the eight sessions, as well as guidelines for intervention if the client does not respond as expected. This book also gives an accurate and detailed description of how people with ADs think, feel, and behave. In addition, clinical vignettes allow the reader to practice accurate diagnosis of ADs, and a case example is presented and referred to throughout the book to illustrate diagnostic and treatment issues. After completion of this book, the reader should be competent in the differential diagnosis of ADs and have a clear sense of how treatment should progress.

Many clinicians are disgruntled about managed care, but Araoz and Carrese take a more pragmatic approach. They provide reasonable and specific suggestions for ways to collaborate with managed care, including how to identify functional impairment, write treatment plans, and request authorization to prolong treatment if necessary. …

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