This informative book gives mental health professionals who are not child abuse specialists knowledge and skills that are especially relevant to their direct service role and practice context. It introduces to these practitioners a conceptual bridge between biomedical and psychosocial understandings of mental disorder, providing a multidimensional approach that allows professionals to think holistically and connect clients' abusive pasts with their present-day symptoms and behaviors. It includes reviews of the most up-to-date findings with direct practice guides in helping clients.

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the signs and symptoms

Over the years, psychiatry has been vigorously criticized for its neglect of the whole social being of the patient (e.g., Breggin, 1991; Chesler, 1972; Penfold & Walker, 1983). A diagnosis of mental illness can stand in isolation from its social context, which means, in practical terms, that clients' past lives ...

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