This text equips future mental health practitioners with a model and theory for case management with those with mental illness. The author helps readers feel more competent working with the these clients, giving readers skills that establish and sustain clinical relationships over months or years. The author provides intervention techniques for clients with a variety of mental illnesses (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, schizotypal personality, paraid ideation). This text differs from other texts by applying the theory of symbolic interactionism, emphasizing the need for establishing a productive relationship with clients as a prerequisite to any other intervention.
Joseph Walsh received his MSW and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is Associate Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches courses in generalist practice, clinical practice, research, and mental and emotional disorders. He has been a direct services practitioner in the field of mental health since 1974, first in a psychiatric hospital and later in community mental health center settings. Joe has provided services to older adult and general outpatient populations, but he specializes in services to people with serious mental illness and their families. He is the author of two other Brooks/Cole texts, CLINICAL CASE MANAGEMENT WITH PERSONS HAVING MENTAL ILLNESS and THEORIES FOR DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.