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Behavioral Health Specialist in Primary Care : Skills for Integrated Practice (Paperback)

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This textbook is for graduate students training to become behavioral health specialists, and for health professionals in medicine, nursing, social work, mental health, and clinical and health psychology. The text focuses on the counseling and health promotion skills that professionals will use as part of a patient-centered, integrated primary care team. Contributors include US practitioners and scholars in social work, primary care research, family medicine, pharmacy, health science, and addiction studies. The first three chapters introduce the rationale and roles of the behavioral health specialist in the integrated primary care team, chart the development of evidence for the value of the biopsychosocial model in primary care, and overview theories of health behavior and behavioral practice models. These first three chapters offer a framework for understanding subsequent chapters on primary care management of various conditions, including diabetes, cardiac disease, chronic pain, sleep disorders, geriatric conditions, cancer, substance abuse, and obesity. The final chapter outlines a systems medicine approach to behavioral health in the era of chronic disease. Summary tables and many case vignettes are included. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Patients with chronic conditions need psychosocial support and counseling to help them make the lifestyle and behavioral changes needed to prevent disease complications. Behavioral Health Specialists on integrated primary care teams need behavioral health promotion skills and counseling skills to help bridge the fragmentation between physical and mental health care, in order to assist and support patients in optimizing their health. Using rich case examples drawn from typical patient presentations of common chronic conditions encountered in primary care, this book gives students the skills needed to step into the role of Behavioral Health Specialist on a primary care team. It is ideal for health care social workers, mental health counselors, and psychologists training to practice in a primary care setting.
Number of Pages: 322
Genre: Medical
Sub-Genre: Health Policy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Springer Pub Co
Language: English
Street Date: September 10, 2015
TCIN: 46761373
UPC: 9780826129871
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7104
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