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The Employee Assistance Treatment PlannerReview - The Employee Assistance Treatment Planner
(Practice Planners Series)
by James M. Oher, Daniel J. Conti, and Arthur E. Jongsma
John Wiley & Sons, 1998
Review by Su Hunter
Nov 30th 1999 (Volume 3, Issue 48)

This is one in a series of planners. The title of this planner is a little misleading and has the potential to be dangerous if misused. The authors do warn people who are not in the professional field not to use this planner. Unfortunately, it is in the introduction, and often people choose to skip over this part. The section is titled in big bold letters, "A word of Caution". As with the other planners, most of them can be very helpful to the professional trying to write up a treatment plan.

Again, in the introduction, the authors do an exceptional job on explaining how to go about outlining and setting up a treatment plan. Step one is to select the problem. Step two is to define the problem. In step three, you would develop goals, and in step four you would do objective construction of the goals determined in step three. Step five would suggest intervention creation and finally in step six you would determine the diagnosis.

Step six is the section that maybe should have been left out of this particular planner, or maybe should have been put in an appendix. Under the section of "How to use this planner", it states, "When appropriate…". This is where I see some potential for danger. Unless one is a mental health professional, one should not in any way be attempting to diagnose DSM-IV statuses. I worry that if someone is having difficulty at work, then a senior try to use this planning in the hope that it will be helpful in assisting them with problem. But this is not the case. This planner is for mental health professionals, and professionals only. Misuse of this book could lead to legal difficulties on the employers part.

As for being a guide for a practitioner writing a treatment plan for a metal illness client who is having difficulties at work, it is an exceptional tool.  The planner takes the professional through a series of prewritten suggestions. It is difficult to think up all the different options, and this book does a wonderful job at giving options to clinicians. This could be a real time saver if a clinician does many treatment plans with people who are having difficulties at work and or keeping a job.

The planner is broken up into 28 different sections that are most common for people in their work.  In each section there is sub-section. These are: behavioral definitions, long-term goals, short-term objectives, therapeutic interventions, and diagnostic suggestions. There is also space left in each sub-section to write your own paragraph in. Again, a very well laid out planner for the professional to use, but a potentially dangerous tool for an employer or a senior employee to use.

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