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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Psychopathology: A Competency-Based Assessment Model for Social Workers 3rd Edition

Susan W. Gray, Marilyn R. Zide

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2008, 2001
  • 480 Pages


Written by social workers, PSYCHOPATHOLOGY views mental disorders through the strengths-perspective. It is unique in its ability to summarize the current state of knowledge about mental disorders and applies a competency-based assessment model for understanding psychopathology. Complete with detailed and realistic vignettes that are unavailable in other texts for the course, PSYCHOPATHOLOGY presents strategies for building on clients' strengths and resilience and offers insights to social workers regarding their role in working with the mentally ill. Additional resources available to package with the text, including a DVD and CourseMate, further enhance the text with such helpful material as video illustrating clinician/client interaction, and study tools that reinforce learning. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the third edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Susan W. Gray, Barry University

Susan W. Gray has been a member of the Barry University faculty since 1980. She earned a BA from Caldwell College for Women, an MSW at Rutgers University, an Ed.D. at Nova Southeastern University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Barry University. Dr. Gray is a licensed clinical social worker and brings to Barry a diverse clinical practice background. Her professional interests include clinical supervision, licensure and professional regulation, community mental health, and professional practice in rural areas.

Marilyn R. Zide, Late of Barry University

Marilyn Zide was a professor at Barry University, where she taught full time. In addition, she maintained a private practice and also provided agency-based consultation and training workshops in her areas of expertise which included solution-focused therapy, cultural diversity/sensitivity, and bereavement group-work.
  • NEW This edition is thoroughly up to date with the most recent EPAS requirements. NEW Helping Hands icons within the chapters and end-of-chapter Competency Notes spotlight text coverage of the required Core Competencies and recommended Practice Behaviors detailed by CSWE's new EPAS 2008.
  • NEW The reorganized Table of Contents now parallels that of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  • NEW The Strengths Perspective and The Social Worker's Role have been addressed in more depth.
  • NEW An entirely new Chapter 2 focuses on disorders of infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
  • NEW The text now includes additional material on medications commonly associated with mood disorders.
  • Assessment questions give readers a place to start, while "practitioner reflections" introduce experiential activities aimed at fostering a deeper level of understanding client disorders.
  • Figures are included to clarify the diagnoses presented and highlight the competency-based assessment.
  • The DVD, available for packaging with the text, features interviews with real people talking about what it's like for them to live with a particular disorder. This serves to make the text's clinical case studies come to life even further.
  • Each major diagnostic category is introduced by an in-depth discussion that delineates essential features as well as course and prognosis. This is followed by an illustrative vignette and a differential assessment further distinguishing the essential features of a diagnosis.
  • The authors draw on their practice experience by providing case vignettes social workers commonly encounter in clinical practice. Client stories are told in a style that helps social workers understand each client's unique experience with psychopathology.
  • Cases focus on issues around cultural diversity, ethical issues, and model standards of practice. They serve as a vehicle to look beyond signs and symptoms to understand human behavior in terms of biological, psychological, and social influences.
1. An Introduction to the Competency-Based Assessment Model.
2. Disorders of Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence.
3. Cognitive Disorders: Delirium and Dementia.
4. Substance-Related Disorders.
5. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.
6. Mood Disorders.
7. Anxiety Disorders.
8. Somatoform, Factitious, and Malingering Disorders.
9. Dissociative Disorders.
10. Eating Disorders.
11. The Personality Disorders.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285245989
  • ISBN-13: 9781285245980
  • STARTING AT $20.49

  • ISBN-10: 0840029152
  • ISBN-13: 9780840029157
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $179.50
  • RETAIL $238.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305660946
The Test Bank offers many essay and multiple-choice questions.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305660977
Written by the author, this online teaching companion includes suggested activities for use in the classroom that build on the material presented in the text.