First published in 1989 when the plight of children of alcoholics was initially brought to public attention, Working with Children of Alcoholics remains an essential tool for professionals that specifically addresses the needs of children growing up in alcoholic families. Expanding from the original highly successful handbook, the Second Edition incorporates the latest research, including Rubin's pivotal work on transcendent children, Robinson and Rhoden place alcoholism in a larger North American cultural context. They examine the effects of alcoholism in four essential family tasks: creating an identity, setting boundaries, providing for physical needs, and managing the family's emotional climate. Further,

Understanding Psychiatric and Medical Assessments

Understanding psychiatric and medical assessments
BerniCurwen and PeterRuddell

Counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists arrive at their professions from a wide range of backgrounds and receive widely differing knowledge consistent with their chosen therapeutic orientation and rigour of training. Only some will have had training in medicine and psychiatry (see Curwen and Ruddell, 1997; Ruddell, 1997). This chapter therefore outlines the major components of psychiatric and medical assessment, knowledge of which might benefit the above practitioners. It is important that practitioners do not attempt to practise beyond their training and competence. For example, the majority of counsellors and psychotherapists would not undertake a comprehensive mental state examination but knowledge of the process may widen their understanding (see Curwen, 1997; Lukas, 1993; Morrison, 1995). ...

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