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The Social Worker and Psychotropic Medication: Toward Effective Collaboration with Clients, Families, and Providers, 4th Edition

  • Kia J. Bentley
  • Joseph Walsh
  • ISBN-10: 1285419006
  • ISBN-13: 9781285419008
  • 368 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2001, 1996
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

This up-to-date primer on psychopharmacology and psychosocial interventions serves as a useful resource for social work students and practitioners as they expand their daily roles in psychiatric medication management. Presenting material within a contemporary framework of "partnership" practice that is rich with case examples, Bentley and Walsh offer all the facts, myths, and relevant information about psychotropic medication in an easy-to-access manner. Content on a variety of topics, including coverage of children and adolescents, helps readers become more responsive to the medication-related concerns of mental health clients--and work more collaboratively on these issues with families and other mental health care providers. Data from the authors' national survey of randomly selected NASW members provides information that helps readers be aware and active with respect to clients' medication-related dilemmas, but also mindful of the sociopolitical context of prescription practice in psychiatry.


  • The authors stress the historical, political, and ethical context of psychopharmacological practice and consider the implications of future developments for social work. They also emphasize the need for social workers' critical perspective on psychiatric medications.

  • Using a minimum amount of jargon, the authors offer a clear presentation of psychopharmacology, and connect the material to the broader context of medication management in the interdisciplinary world of mental health service delivery.

  • To help students understand and apply the material, each theory chapter contains an applications section that discusses a problem, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up--and offers a case example that addresses a real-life situation that a social worker may encounter.

  • The text includes content on implications of managed care for psychopharmacology as well as coverage of the history of drug development and drug research. There's also a discussion of measurement instruments that can be used to monitor the effects of medications. Other topics include the use of herbs and vitamins and how they relate to mental health treatment, and psychostimulants and other drugs used to treat ADHD.

  • An extensive and detailed glossary provides students with a convenient reference guide to the topics and terminology discussed in the book.

About the Author

Kia J. Bentley

Dr. Kia J. Bentley is a licensed clinical social worker, tenured professor, and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has taught since 1989. Her current teaching focuses on mental health and mental illness, psychopharmacotherapy and social work, clinical theory, and research. She is consulting editor for The Journal of Social Work Education and chapter member of the editorial board of Best Practices in Mental Health. In Virginia, she is the chair of the Human Rights Committee of Central State Hospital. She is the author of another Cengage Brooks/Cole text, SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH: CONTEMPORARY ROLES, TASKS, AND TECHNIQUES AND PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION ISSUES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS, as well as COUNSELORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (2003, HAWORTH).

Joseph Walsh

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.

Table of Contents

1. The Larger Context of Psychopharmacology and Social Work.
2. Overview of Social Work Roles in Medication Management Across Settings.
3. Basic Psychopharmacology.
4. The Five Classes of Medication.
5. Intervention Concerns with Special Populations.
6. Referrals, Decision-Making, and the Meaning of Psychiatric Medication.
7. Medication Education for Clients and Families.
8. Medication Monitoring and Management.
9. Medication Adherence.
10. Future Directions in Psychopharmacology: Implications for Social Workers.
Alphabetical Listing of Currently Available Prescriptions Described in This Book.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter, "Referrals, Decision-Making, and the Meaning of Psychiatric Medication," provides extended coverage of material on interprofessional relationships and physician referral, including a scholarly discussion of the topics as well as specific "how-to" considerations.
  • Each chapter includes new objectives, end-of-chapter questions, and class activities to promote and reinforce learning.
  • The book has been revised throughout to reflect current thinking and practice. In particular, the main section on classes and types of medication is thoroughly updated to incorporate new discoveries of medications and new uses of medications across diagnostic categories.