What's the Therapist's Toolkit?
The Therapist's Toolkit
includes hundreds of pages of state-of-the-art assessment and treatment tools
for the mental health professional. Additional clinicians can be licensed to share
purchase the Therapist's Toolkit?
Many popular tests for common disorders such as depression must be purchased for approximately $1 per copy, or more. If you have a busy practice or clinic, royalty fees can run into the thousands of dollars per year—and you own nothing at the end of the year.
In contrast, when you obtain the Therapist's Toolkit, you become licensed to reproduce large numbers of superb assessment and treatment tools in your clinical practice for your entire career, so you will not have to pay royalties each time you administer a psychological test. Multi-user site licenses are also available for group practices and institutions, providing additional savings.
do these tools compare with other instruments?
widely used assessment tests for depression, anxiety, and other disorders were
created decades ago. Often, they are not user-friendly and do not have
outstanding psychometric properties. The wording is frequently unclear and the
response options may be frustrating as well. Sometimes, the symptom choices are
inappropriate. In contrast, the instruments in the Therapist's
exceptionally user-friendly for the clinician and patient alike, and have superb
psychometric properties. Most have reliabilities above 90%, with many above 95%,
and are highly correlated with other, well-established instruments.
The Toolkit also includes large numbers of incredibly useful treatment tools that will enhance your work with individuals and groups, regardless of your therapeutic orientation.
If you order the Toolkit now, you will be
entitled to a free 2009 Upgrade. All you have to do is email me once you've
received your Toolkit in the mail. Your free upgrade will come as
a series of massive email
attachments that you can download for easy printing. I will send them out within
two weeks of hearing from you. You must order the upgrade
within one month of receiving your Toolkit.
This is a time-limited offer, so request
the order form fairly soon if you think you might be interested.
the EASY Diagnostic System?
mental health professionals, we have a medical / legal obligation to screen all
new patients systematically and accurately for a broad range of Axis I and II
disorders, to assign the diagnoses according to DSM-IV criteria, and to record
the diagnoses in the chart. But everyone knows that this is virtually impossible
from a practical perspective. For example, one of the most widely used
structured diagnostic interviews for Axis I and II disorders can take up to
three or four hours, or more. In addition, structured interviews can be
exceptionally frustrating due to the dichotomous, non-intuitive nature of the
DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. And the diagnoses may not be reliable due to the
subjective nature of the criteria and the arbitrary cut-off points described in
DSM-IV for the various “disorders.”
a result, most therapists simply ignore the diagnosis step and scribble some
plausible diagnosis in the chart, such as “Adjustment Disorder with
depression.” Sometimes you can get away with this, but you may set yourself up
for legal or clinical problems down the road if you don’t do a comprehensive
diagnostic assessment and document your findings in the chart. For example,
patients with Axis II diagnoses, such as Borderline, Narcissistic, or Paranoid
PD, may be clinically challenging or litigious, and many patients may have
violent or suicidal urges you are not aware of, to say nothing of the
predictable clinical problems associated with undiagnosed alcohol or drug abuse,
or the patient’s hidden desires to maintain symptoms in order to obtain
disability or win a lawsuit.
the solution to this problem?
the past ten years, I have been developing, refining, and validating the EASY
Diagnostic System for Axis I and Axis II. Patients can complete the Diagnostic
Survey on their own at home between sessions or in the waiting room. Most patients can easily complete the survey in 30 to 45 minutes, or less.
Then you can quickly review the answers during a therapy session and tick off
the pre-coded diagnoses on the Diagnostic Summary Sheet in one of three
categories: Unlikely, Possible, or Probable. In addition, you will automatically
document the severity of the symptoms, since all disorders are assessed with
highly reliable, dimensional scales.
diagnostic system is comprehensive, quick and easy, and will provide you with a
wealth of interesting and vitally important information, much of which you would
not otherwise be aware of. The Diagnostic Survey includes highly reliable screening instruments for 67 of the most common Axis I and II
relational Disorders: plus Anger Toward Self, Anger Toward Others, Violent
Urges, and the powerful Relationship Satisfaction Scale
Major Depression, Suicidal Urges, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar I and II Disorder,
Disorders: GAD, Panic, Agoraphobia, Phobias, five types of Social Anxiety, OCD
Trauma-Related Disorders: Adjustment Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD
Disorders: Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hypochondriasis, Chronic Pain Disorder
Addictions: Gambling, Drug Abuse / Dependence, Alcohol Abuse / Dependence, plus
the new Cravings and Urges to Use scale
Disorders: Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia (Purging and Restricting types),
Disorders and Schizophrenia
All 10 Axis II
Personality Disorders: including Clusters A, B, and C by specific disorder
You’ll also find a number of interesting subscales. For example, the
screening for Dependent PD includes subscales for Neediness, Conflict Phobia,
and the Fear of Being Alone. The Diagnostic Survey includes a superb
motivational assessment instrument and screening for suicidal and violent urges,
along with an assessment of the patient’s honesty and openness in filling out
the survey. You’ll also receive EASY
Diagnostic Guidebook with tips on how to assign diagnoses according to
formal DSM-IV criteria, along with a table listing the reliabilities of all the
screening instruments, and other useful tools such as the Suicidal Urges
the Therapist’s Toolkit and
EASY Diagnostic System, and you can't beat the price. These tools will
professionalize your practice, enhance your understanding of your patients, and
boost your clinical effectiveness. Purchase of either includes a lifetime
license for unlimited photocopying to use in your clinical work. No
royalty fees! Additional details and pricing information can be found on the
Therapist's Toolkit and EASY