Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Contemporary Issues

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SAGE Publications, Jan 23, 2019 - Education - 480 pages
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling presents a broad overview of the field of clinical mental health and provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully put theory into practice in real-world settings. Drawing from their experience as clinicians, authors Joshua C. Watson and Michael K. Schmit cover the foundations of clinical mental health counseling along with current issues, trends, and population-specific considerations. The text introduces students to emerging paradigms in the field such as mindfulness, behavioral medicine, neuroscience, recovery-oriented care, provider care, person-centered treatment planning, and holistic wellness, while emphasizing the importance of selecting evidence-based practices appropriate for specific clients, issues, and settings. Aligned with 2016 CACREP Standards and offering practical activities and case examples, the text will prepare future counselors for the realities of clinical practice.


Section I Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Evolution of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Policies Laws and Regulatory Issues Relevant to the Practice
Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Settings
Confidentiality and Privileged Communication
Documentation and Record Keeping in Clinical Settings
Managing Mental and Behavioral Issues in Medical Clients
System of Care
Psychopharmacology for the Nonmedical Mental Health
What Mental Health Counselors
Key Terms
Clinically Based Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment
Strategies for Working With Specific Client Populations

Models of Clinical Supervision
Section II Current and Emerging Trends in Clinical Mental Health

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Joshua C. Watson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS is a professor and chair in the department of counseling and educational psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Watson has over 18 years of clinical experience working in a variety of community mental health and private practice settings and has been active in various professional organizations. In addition to being a Past-President of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and former member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Governing Council, he currently serves as Editor for the Journal of College Counseling and is an elected member of the Texas Counseling Association Board of Directors. A renowned scholar, Dr. Watson has authored over 90 publications and presented at state, national, and international professional counseling conferences. In recognition of his contributions to the profession, Dr. Watson has received numerous awards including the David K. Brooks Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award, Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, American College Counseling Association (ACCA) Outstanding Contribution to Professional Knowledge Award, and the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award. In 2018 he was named an ACA Fellow, an honor bestowed upon less than one percent of the ACA membership. Dr. Watson currently resides in Corpus Christi, TX.

Michael K. Schmit, PhD, LPC is an assistant professor in the department of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Schmit has over six years of clinical experience working with persons across the lifespan in a variety of clinical mental health settings. Prior to his current role as a counselor educator, Dr. Schmit was a program administrator at an integrated community mental health center. As an active member of numerous national, state, and local professional counseling organizations, Dr. Schmit is most proud of his service to the Journal of College Counseling as an associate editor and the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal of the counseling profession, as a reviewer. In recognition of his contributions to the profession, Dr. Schmit was recently identified as an emerging leader in the field by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the recipient of two national awards, the Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award, in 2016, and the Best Practices Research Award, in 2018, provided by the American Counseling Association for his research on integrated care treatment.

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