One of the major challenges for mental health professionals today is to successfully treat violent patients. The mental health professional is obligated to go beyond containment and control to provide understanding, complete assessment and accurate diagnosis, and humane and effective treatment.Understanding and Treating Violent Psychiatric Patients is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive guide to assessment, management, understanding, and treatment of violent patients. The first section encompasses practical guides to treatment for both children and adults. It discusses commonly encountered problems in the treatment of violent adult inpatients and includes a brief guide to pharmacological treatments. A chapter is devoted to the treatment of abnormal aggression in children and adolescents. The second section delves into a more conceptual and broadly focused approach to understanding violent patients. It covers the relationship between dissociation and violence, as well as the relationship between psychiatric disorders and violence, and addresses impulse control and the treatment of impulsive patients.Heavily researched and clinically focused, this new title is a "must read" for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, or any mental health professional needing a better approach to understanding and treating violent patients.
Martha L. Crowner, M.D., is Supervising Psychiatrist in the Secure Care Unit at Manhattan Psychiatric Center Ward's Island, New York, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York.
ContributorsIntroduction to the Progress in Psychiatry SeriesIntroductionSection I: Treatment Strategies for Violent PatientsChapter 1. A brief guide to the assessment and pharmacological treatment of violent adult psychiatric inpatientsChapter 2. Assessment and treatment of abnormal aggression in children and adolescentsChapter 3. Managing acutely violent inpatientsChapter 4. Behavior therapy for aggressive psychiatric patientsChapter 5. A social-learning approach to reducing aggressive behavior among chronically hospitalized psychiatric patientsSection II: Approaches to Understanding Violent PatientsChapter 6. Videotape recording of assaults on a secure unit of a large state psychiatric hospitalChapter 7. Violence and dissociationChapter 8. Impulse control: integrative aspectsChapter 9. Violence and mental disorders: recent researchIndex