The First Session with Substance Abusers: A Step-By-Step Guide
The First Session with Substance Abusers: A Step-By-Step Guide  -     By: Nicholas A. Cummings, Janet L. Cummings
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9.22 X 6.22 X 0.93 (inches)
ISBN: 0787949337
ISBN-13: 9780787949334

Publisher's Description

It is during the critical first session with substance abusers that clinicians have the first, and all too often the last, opportunity to break through the wall of denial and create an atmosphere of trust that is so crucial to changing behavior. Written by a father-daughter team of clinical psychologists, The First Session with Substance Abusers outlines a proven plan for conducting an initial session that can uncover substance abuse problems with clients no matter how resistant or manipulative they may be. Applying the methods outlined in this book, psychologists and health professionals can use the first session to assess and evaluate the depth and duration of the substance abuse problem and motivate the client to begin the most appropriate form of treatment.

Author Bio

NICHOLAS A. CUMMINGS is the president of the Foundation for Behavioral Health and Distinguished Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the former president of the American Psychological Association, founder of California School of Professional Psychology, and founding CEO of American Biodyne.

JANET L. CUMMINGS is president of The Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation and in the indepAndent practice of psychotherapy in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was formerly a staff psychologist at American Biodyne.

Series Editor, Jeanne Heaton, author of Building Basic Therapeutic Skills, is a psychologist at Ohio University's Counseling and Psychology Services and is in private practice in Athens, Ohio.

Editorial Reviews

"Therapists may have failed to detect underlying addictions becausethey had no compelling model for assessment and treatment. Cummingsand Cummings illuminate this previously murky area and provide aneasy-to-follow beacon for clinicians of all persuasions. My highestrecommAndation." (Jeffrey K. Zeig, director, The Milton H. EricksonFoundation)
"Full of insights and pearls of clinical wisdom. The Cummings'experience spans over five decades-they have seen trAnds come andgo, and as a result they have rather solid information as to whattruly works. Also, since a substantial number of clients seen inpsychotherapy settings have substance abuse problems unknown to thetherapist, the effective and modern clinician cannot afford not tohave this book nearby." (J. Lawrence Thomas, neuropsychologist, NewYork University Medical Center, and author of Do You Have AttentionDeficit Disorder?)
"The First Session with Substance Abusers is a book built on theauthors' combined 50 years of rich clinical experience. Thefather-daughter team of Drs. Nick and Janet Cummings have written abook full of practical suggestions, anecdotes, stories, and sageperceptions. For all of those working in the field of substanceabuse treatment, this book provides a clear point of view andspecific ideas about ways to carry out the challenging task oftreating substance abuse." (Simon H. Budman, president, InnovativeTraining Systems, Inc., and assistant professor, Harvard MedicalSchool and staff, Children's Hospital, Boston)
"Drs. Cummings skillfully describe the biopsychosocialramifications of substance abuse. Anyone who treats substanceabusers but is not fully familiar with the facts that this book soeloquently documents is bound to bypass significantassessment-treatment processes-to the detriment of their patientsand themselves." (Arnold A. Lazarus, distinguished professoremeritus of psychology, Rutgers University)
"This book is a worthwhile addition to the book shelves ofaddiction counsellors and health professionals in general."(Addiction Today, September 2001)

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