Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice (3rd edition)

Jacqueline Corcoran; Joseph Walsh
Pub date
Jun 2016
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In Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice, seasoned practitioner-scholars Jacqueline Corcoran and Joseph Walsh provide an in-depth exploration of fourteen major mental disorders that social workers commonly see in practice, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. They skillfully integrate several perspectives in order to help practitioners meet the challenges they will face in client assessment, and present a risk and resilience framework that helps social workers understand environmental influences on the emergence of mental disorders and the strengths that clients already possess. The authors also catalog the latest evidence-based assessment instruments and treatments for each disorder so that social workers can intervene efficiently and effectively, using the best resources available. Students and practitioners alike will appreciate the wealth of case examples, evidence-based assessment instruments, treatment plans, and new social diversity sections that make this an essential guide to the assessment and diagnostic processes in social work practice.


1. Introduction
2. Social Work and the DSM: Person-in-Environment Versus the Medical Model

I: Disorders With Onset in Childhood
3. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Intellectual Disability
4. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorder
5. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
6. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
7. Anxiety Disorders

II: Disorders With Onset in Adolescence
8. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ with Lisa Brown
10. Gender Dysphoria
11. Eating Disorders
12. Depression
13. Substance Use Disorders
14. Paraphilic Disorders: Pedophilic Disorder

III: Disorders With Onset in Adulthood
15. Bipolar and Related Disorders
16. Personality Disorders
17. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

IV: Disorders With Onset in the Elderly
18. Neurocognitive Disorders

About the author: 

Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and a licensed clinical social worker. She has written fourteen books for the field, as well as novels. Her website is http://www.jacquelinecorcoran.com/.; Joseph Walsh, PhD, is Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

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