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The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client / Edition 1

The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client / Edition 1

by Diana L. Guest, Jan ParkerDiana L. Guest


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A comprehensive overview of major 12-step programs, this practical manual also describes the nuances of the various programs that address the same addictive behavior to assist the clinician in assessing and referring clients to any 12-step program. One of the unique features of this book is a description of how 12-step program philosophy aligns with eight major psychotherapy orientations. Another feature is the integration of the client's individual needs and ego structure with the appropriateness and timing of a referral to a 12-step program within the overall therapeutic process.

In this day of managed care, it is essential for clinicians to make informed referrals. This book bridges the gap between the desire to refer and a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of the various programs. Through the use of detailed description, case vignettes, and clinical examples, this book proves an invaluable resource assisting clinicians to guide their clients through the process of integrating psychotherapy with adjunctive 12-step program involvement. Also included is a description of terms used in 12-step programs that allows the clinicians to join the client in a common language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865692787
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

About the Author

JAN PARKER is Assistant Professor and Lead Program Faculty in the Department of Psychology at National University in San Diego, where she has taught for 15 years./e She is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Poway, CA. working with clients with addictive disorders for the past 20 years.

DIANA L. GUEST is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Diego, the Intern Program Coordinator at Center for Community Solutions as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at National University./e

Table of Contents


An Overview of the Structure of 12-Step Programs

Therapeutic Orientation and 12-Step Programs

Choosing the Appropriate 12-Step Program for Your Client

To Refer or Not to Refer: That Is the Question? Who, When, and Why

Educating the Client

Integrating 12-Step Principles into Treatment: Benefits and Difficulties


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