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The Psychotherapy Documentation Primer, Fourth Edition
Donald E. Wiger
Wiley / Softcover / 2020-12-01 / 1119709849
Practice Planners / Psychotherapy
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288 pages
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Fully updated to include diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5, The Psychotherapy Documentation Primer, 4th Edition is designed to teach documental skills for the course of psychotherapy from the initial interview to the discharge. The documentation principles discussed in the text satisfy the often-rigid requirements of third-party insurance companies, regulating agencies, mental health licensing boards, and federal HIPAA regulations. More importantly, it provides students and professionals with the empirical and succinct documentation techniques and skills that will allow them to provide clear evidence of the effects of mental health treatment while also reducing the amount of their time spent on paperwork.

Table of Contents:


How This Book Came Into Being: A Lesson in Making a Really Bad Negative into a Really Good Positive

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The Art and Science of Psychological Assessment and Treatment

Chapter 3 Overview of Current Documentation Procedures and Third-Party Requirements

Chapter 4 Ethical Considerations in Documentation

Chapter 5 The Biopsychosocial Assessment

Chapter 6 The Clinical Interview: Mental Status Exam

Chapter 7 The Clinical Interview: Validating a Diagnosis

Chapter 8 Formulating a Treatment Plan

Chapter 9 Writing Progress Notes

Chapter 10 Documenting the Need for Additional Services

Chapter 11 Documenting Mental Health Treatment Outcomes for Individuals

Appendix A Putting it all Together: Documented Chart for Mental Health Services

Appendix B Overview of HIPAA Guidelines in Mental Health Settings

Appendix C Example of Results of a Recent Mental Health Boards Action Due to a Therapist’s Documentation Issues

Appendix D Documenting Suicidality


Bibliography and Suggested Readings


About the Author:

Donald E. Wiger, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist in St. Paul, MN, specializing in conducting psychological evaluations for a variety of purposes. He has taught graduate courses in psychological assessment for over 30 years. He has written several texts in areas of documentation, clinical forms, interviewing, outcomes, and crisis intervention. He conducts seminars, nationally, in areas such as documentation, interviewing, and private practice.

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