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First Responder's Guide to Abnormal Psychology
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Main description:

Natural disasters. Hostage situations. Terror attacks. During these and other emergency situations, first responders make split-second judgments: evaluating risks, identifying dangerous conditions, and—often the hardest job of all—attending to those distressed and disturbed by their ordeal.


First Responder's Guide to Abnormal Psychology  gives readers critical insights into the human impact of extreme trauma, and the various levels of mental impairment suffered by both victims and survivors. Renowned trauma experts William Dorfman and Lenore Walker give this book immediate relevance through the use of real-life examples from a wide range of crisis situations. They have also deliberately minimized research citations within the text for greater readability.


Highlights of the coverage:



  • Comprehensive review of the major forms of mental illness and how to recognize them


  • The latest theories of stress, trauma, resilience, and coping



  • Overview of key mental health issues in the law, from competence to the insanity defense



  • Special chapter on emotional and psychological disorders in children and adolescents



  • Introduces the concept of therapeutic justice—an innovative problem-solving court for people with mental illness



  • Intervention strategies for putting psychological knowledge into action


A practice-enhancing seminar in book form, First Responder's Guide to Abnormal Psychology is an essential resource for professionals in the emergency, security, and rescue services, as well as a valuable text for those training to enter these demanding careers. It confirms gut feelings, clarifies judgment calls, and puts into sharp focus the human stories behind critical incidents.


Feature:

First book on abnormal behavior that is directed to police, fire and emergency personnel and other first responders


Theories are illustrated with case studies and summary information in each chapter


Deals directly with trauma and its impact on people’s behavior


Shorter and more readable without sacrificing quality or content of the material


Adaptable for on-line internet teaching in which the authors do teach in their universities


Special chapter on the new problem solving courts for people with mental illnesses, domestic violence and drug abuse problems


Each major group of mental disorders is accompanied by some illustrations of best practices in treatment programs


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Natural disasters. Hostage situations. Terror attacks. During these and other emergency situations, first responders make split-second judgments: evaluating risks, identifying dangerous conditions, and—often the hardest job of all—attending to those distressed and disturbed by their ordeal.


First Responder's Guide to Abnormal Psychology  gives readers critical insights into the human impact of extreme trauma, and the various levels of mental impairment suffered by both victims and survivors. Renowned trauma experts William Dorfman and Lenore Walker give this book immediate relevance through the use of real-life examples from a wide range of crisis situations. They have also deliberately minimized research citations within the text for greater readability.


Highlights of the coverage:



  • Comprehensive review of the major forms of mental illness and how to recognize them


  • The latest theories of stress, trauma, resilience, and coping



  • Overview of key mental health issues in the law, from competence to the insanity defense



  • Special chapter on emotional and psychological disorders in children and adolescents



  • Introduces the concept of therapeutic justice—an innovative problem-solving court for people with mental illness



  • Intervention strategies for putting psychological knowledge into action


A practice-enhancing seminar in book form, First Responder's Guide to Abnormal Psychology is an essential resource for professionals in the emergency, security, and rescue services, as well as a valuable text for those training to enter these demanding careers. It confirms gut feelings, clarifies judgment calls, and puts into sharp focus the human stories behind critical incidents.


Contents:

The Role and Importance of First Responders in Dealing with Psychologically Disordered Individuals.- Normal vs. Abnormal Behavior: A Continuum.- Key Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice and Emergency Medical Systems.- Disorders of the Brain and Central Nervous System.- The Psychotic Disorders.- The Mood Disorders.- The Anxiety, Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders.- The Personality Disorders.- The Substance Use Disorders.- Crisis, Terrorism and Trauma-Based Disorders.- Therapeutic Justice.- Mental Disorders in Youth.


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9780387354651
Publisher: Springer (Springer US)
Publication date: April, 2007
Pages: 243

Subcategories: Accident & Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology

MEET THE AUTHOR


William I. Dorfman, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University.  He was formerly the Executive Director of Nova Southeastern University’s Community Mental Health Center and Chief Psychologist of its APA-approved Internship in Clinical Psychology.  Prior to coming to the Center for Psychological Studies, Dr. Dorfman was Executive Director of the Rockbridge Area Community Mental Health Center in Lexington, Virginia where he also taught at Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.  From 1972-1977, while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, he was Director of Training of an APA-approved community-clinical internship at Fort Ord, California. Dr. Dorfman who attained the rank of Major before leaving reserve duty consulted with several military organizations including the Military Police and post hospital installations. 


Dr. Dorfman received his Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Scranton and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Psychology from the Ohio State University.  He is a licensed psychologist in Florida, a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Dr. Dorfman is active in the education and training of professional psychologists and has published his work in professional journals and books and presented at scientific meetings in the areas of assessment of personality, treatment of the seriously mentally ill and their families, psychopathology, clinical interviewing and the evaluation of trainees’ attitudes toward managed health care systems and brief therapy.  He has served as a consultant to Broward County Florida’ Sheriff’s Department in training detectives on interviewing mentally disturbed subjects and serves as a consultant to the county Crisis Intervention Team. Dr. Dorfman has made numerous radio and television appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, and "360" with Anderson Cooper discussing mental health issues. 


Dr. Lenore E. Walker is a clinical and forensic psychologist who currently is a full time professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University at their Center for Psychological Studies where she coordinates the forensic psychology concentration with the doctoral students. 


She has been in the independent practice of psychology for over 30 years and currently practices forensic psychology on a part-time basis. She pioneered the use of BWS in courts of law, first helping juries understand how a battered woman could fail to leave a battering relationship and then, provided testimony on why a battered woman might be justified in killing her abuser in self-defense. She frequently testifies on the emotional impact of interpersonal violence (physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse) on victims.



Walker received her Ed.D. degree in psychology from Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey in 1972, her MS in psychology from CCNY and AB from Hunter College, both of the City University of New York. She recently earned a MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology from NSU. She has authored 10 books and over 50 professional articles on the topics of trauma from interpersonal violence and gender issues, especially multicultural, feminist and survivor therapy systems.



She is invited by governments and organizations around the world to speak on the topic of domestic violence, and frequently presents workshops on the topic.