Practicing Psychiatry in the Community: A Manual

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Clinically active psychiatrists will find this manual invaluable as they adopt new roles in this dynamic and exciting field. This work by leading experts in the field addresses the major issues currently facing community psychiatrists. It even includes a user-friendly guide to the development of a research program in a community setting.

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Today's rapidly changing mental health care environment has created both complex challenges and unique opportunities for the community psychiatrist. Practicing Psychiatry in the Community: A Manual is an indispensable resource for practitioners and psychiatric residents. Clinically active psychiatrists will find this manual invaluable as they adopt new roles in this dynamic and exciting field.

This comprehensive work by leading experts in the field addresses the major issues currently facing community psychiatrists. It even includes a user-friendly guide to the development of a research program in a community setting.

Organized into three main sections, this manual provides essential information on treatment settings, target populations, and special topics in the community psychiatry domain. The Treatment Continuum explores the varied environments in which community psychiatric services may be offered, including outpatient treatment, crisis resolution services, and psychiatric rehabilitation programs. Populations such as mentally disordered children, adolescents, and the elderly; HIV-infected patients; the homeless mentally ill; the developmentally disabled; chemically dependent patients; dually diagnosed patients; violent patients; and the chronically mentally ill have unique needs requiring skilled clinical care. The Target Populations section provides the community psychiatrist with useful and practical guidelines for the treatment of each of these patient groups. The Special Topics section ushers the community psychiatrist into the era of contemporary community psychiatric practice with vital information on emerging issues like cultural diversity, the principles of effective collaboration with advocacy and family/self-help groups, the role of the multidisciplinary team, and legal and training issues.

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Jerome V. Vaccaro, M.D., is the Director of Community Psychiatry Programs and the Schizophrenia Clinical program at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry in Los Angeles, California. In that role he oversees all clinical, training and research activities in the Department's community psychiatry programs, and serves as the Medical Director for the Santa Monica West Mental Health Center and Chief of Community and Rehabilitative Psychiatry at the West Los Angles VA Medial Center.

Gordon H. Clark, Jr., M.D., M.Div., F.A.P.A., is currently President and the Medical Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Services, Portland, Maine. He is also Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Network of Maine, Medical Director of the Augusta Mental Health Institute, Associate Medical Director for the Maine Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Founding President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

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