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Drugs and Clients
What Every Psychotherapist Needs to Know
2nd Edtion
by Padma Catell, PhD

drugsFinally, a Practical Psychopharmacology Textbook — from Alcohol to Zoloft

Drugs and Clients is written for people who are studying or practicing the art of psychotherapy, particularly Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, nurses, graduate students, school counselors, and psychologists, all of whom have a need to know how prescription psychoactive medications and other mind-altering drugs, both legal and illegal, affect their clients.

Dr. Catell, who is a psychologist and a therapist with an MA in biology with a specialization in pharmacology, addresses the most common pharmacological situations facing clinical therapists in a clear and objective style. The focus is on how to recognize when a medication evaluation might be needed, and how the various psychotropic substances might effect the therapeutic process. She believes that it is vital for psychotherapists to be able to discuss with their clients, in a knowledgeable and unbiased way, the clients' options for taking medications and the affects of any non-prescription psychoactive drugs that a client may be taking. She has been teaching psychopharmacology to graduate students for many years, and has written Drugs and Clients, not only as a guide to practicing therapists, but also as a textbook for her own classes and for other educators who are teaching this increasingly important subject.

Editorial Reviews of the First Edition:

This work is very well researched, based on information as current as a book can provide. Amazingly, in just over 200 pages, Dr. Catell manages to provide all the essential information a psychotherapist might need to address a myriad of questions or situations arising in a session. She also includes a concise review of brain structure and function. A unique aspect of this book is Catell's inclusion of alternative medicines like supplements and aromatherapy which give it a balanced appeal.

The Therapist, Journal of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, (May-June 2005)

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"Catell's excellent book stands as evidence that psychologists could bring an important perspective to the dispensing of drugs that most physicians lack: mental health expertise."

ForeWord Magazine (September-October, 2004)

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"Written in no-nonsense, unbiased terms, it describes the effects of drugs, how they are viewed by the modern American legal system, health risks, results of statistical studies, and more. A superb resource manual for anyone needing to acquaint themselves with the basics of common psychoactive chemicals."

MidWest Book Review (October, 2004)

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Reader Reviews:

"...a lucidly written, well-researched, fully updated survey of the field of psychopharmacology….concise, eminently readable, thoroughly referenced, this gem of a book includes a tour d'horizon of various mental health problems-from sleep disorders to psychotic episodes. Each chapter reviews relevant medications and drugs, their effects, benefits, and dangers, as well as practical advice on how to administer and handle them. The clean and intuitive illustrations and tables enhance this tome's allure….Drugs and Clients is a must reference for anyone who deals with human suffering and the human mind."

Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited.

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"This is a fine resource for the psychotherapy student or practitioner, offering the basics necessary to understand the action and effects of the most common psychoactive and psychedelic drugs, in a clear and well-organized presentation."

Ralph Metzner, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and the author of many books, including Birth of a Psychedelic Culture: Conversations About Leary, the Harvard Experiments, Millbrook and the Sixties, Ayahuasca, Teonanácatl, Green Psychology, Know Your Type, and The Unfolding Self.

"A wonderful book from a great professor. I was a student of Padma Catell's and found her dynamic teaching style, echoed in this book, to be straightforward and digestible. She used this text in our class, and it helped me to break down the wealth of the material and learn it with ease. As a result of her text, I am able to assist my clients in their understanding around meds, drugs, alternatives, and addiction. Very helpful book for students and practitioners alike - highly recommended!"

C. Roskelley, MFT.

"Drugs and Clients is a user-friendly guide to this crucial subject for therapists, social workers, and anyone whose friends, colleagues, clients or relatives use or are in need of psycho-therapeutic drugs. In other words, just about everybody!"

David Harp, MA, is the author of The Three Minute Meditator.

"Here is a book that provides just the right amount of technical information about the biochemistry. Not only has the text been of constant use to me in my own treatment of patients, but I recommend it as a 'must read' resource in my supervision of interns and trainees."

Robert H. Hopcke, MFT, is the author of A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung and There are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives.

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Drugs and Clients - by Padma Catell, PhD

This book is for anyone who is studying or practicing the art of psychotherapy, particularly Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, nurses, graduate students, school counselors, and psychologists-all of whom have a need to know how prescription medications and other psychoactive drugs affect their clients.
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Drugs & Clients
Second Edition
ISBN 978-0929150-8789
284 pages • 6"x9"
Trade Paperback $39.95

Psychoactive Substances and Aromatherapy
8.5"x11" reference card

Common Psychiatric Medications
& Nonprescription Drugs

This invaluable resource lists the most common psychoactive substances by type (BzRAs, MAOIs, opioids, etc.) and the average daily dose range.
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Essential Oils & Their Uses
for Psychiatric Medications

This table lists the most common essential oils (bergamot, lavender, mint, sage, thyme, ylang ylang etc.) being used as aromatherapy for psychological purposes.
Click here for a free downloadable version!

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