Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

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Book Chapter

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In V. Kress & M. Paylo (Ed.), Treating mental disorders: A strength-based, comprehensive approach to case conceptualization and treatment. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson.

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In this comprehensive, authoritative resource, students and new counselors don’t just learn about the clinical issues, the DSM-5 system of diagnosis, and interventions that can be used in counseling and treating those with mental disorders, they see clearly how to proceed in treatment planning and how to implement treatment approaches and interventions. In it the authors present a conceptual framework model, I CAN START, which consists of case conceptualization components and addresses treatment planning from a strength-based, contextually sensitive perspective. The result is a highly practical resource that empowers counselors to thoughtfully and deliberately help their clients tackle their complex issues and difficulties.