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Endings in Clinical Practice, Second Edition

Endings in Clinical Practice, Second Edition

Joseph Walsh

Publication Date - July 2007

ISBN: 9780190616526

264 pages
6 x 8.8 inches

In Stock


Effective endings ensure that intervention gains continue after the therapeutic relationship ends. Joseph Walsh relates this critical topic to all practitioners through his use of diverse settings, detailed coverage of clinical endings, and extensive case illustrations that make the content concrete, practical, and accessible. Walsh takes a multi-setting and multi-theoretical approach to the often-overlooked topic of endings in clinical practice.

Endings in Clinical Practice is organized into three parts. The first part covers types of endings in clinical practice, both planned and unplanned; the importance of closure; and common endings tasks across fields of practice. Part Two outlines theoretical perspectives on endings especially pertinent to advanced practitioners. The final section considers a variety of specific clinical ending situations and the ways in which clients and practitioners may react to them.

New to this Edition

  • Additional content on endings with families, children, and adolescents, plus a discussion of client suicide
  • More material on the role of agency administrators in maximizing chances to experience positive endings with clients


  • Takes a multi-setting and multi-theoretical approach to both planned and unplanned endings in clinical practice
  • Over 50 case studies that illustrate diverse ways of approaching endings.

About the Author(s)

Joseph Walsh, (PhD, LCSW, Ohio State University) is professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been a direct services practitioner in the field of mental health since 1974, first in a psychiatric hospital and later in community mental health center settings. He continues to provide direct services to clients at the university counseling center and also at area shelters, clubhouses, and group homes. Professor Walsh was the 1998 recipient of the National Mental Health Association's George Goodman Brudney and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award, given annually to recognize significant contributions to the care and treatment of persons with mental illness.

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    Foreword by Thomas M. Meenaghan
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Part 1 An Overview of the Endings Process
    Chapter 1: Types of Endings
    Chapter 2: The Importance of Closure
    Chapter 3: Tasks for Ending
    Part 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Endings
    Chapter 4: Reflective Theories
    Chapter 5: Cognitive-Behavior Theory
    Chapter 6: The Solution-Focused and Narrative Theories
    Chapter 7: Family Theory
    Chapter 8: Group Interventions
    Part 3 Endings Across Service Settings
    Chapter 9: Client Reactions to Endings
    Chapter 10: Practitioner Reactions to Endings
    Chapter 11: Additional Ending Activities