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Reviews the book, "Clinical handbook of co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol problems" by Amanda Baker and Richard Velleman (see record 2007-01081-000). The text editors, Baker and Velleman, propose to present "practical descriptions of assessments and interventions for coexisting problems, with a view to enhancing motivation, confidence and competence to do so". Not only do the chapters succinctly address expert views on assessment, but they also thoughtfully explain intervention approaches with coexisting issues, specific populations, and further training and supervision needs in the treatment of coexisting disorders. The editors use European spelling and an approach that is a "symptom-focused and largely psychological view of" treatment issues (e.g., using terms such as co-existing as opposed to comorbid or dual diagnosis, and drug misuse as opposed to drug abuse). This 400+-page handbook is a collection of writings from 40 leading clinicians from England, Australia, and the United States. This handbook will be a well-used primer for conscientious seasoned therapists and clinical training programs, and it is a valuable investment for those just beginning to work in the field of drug and alcohol misuse.


Originally published by PsycCritiques