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Fundamentals of Psychiatric Treatment Planning, Second Edition

James A. Kennedy, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-478-2
  • Item #62478


First published in 1992, Fundamentals of Psychiatric Treatment Planning outlines an approach that quickly became the definitive standard for writing treatment plans. Developed by clinical psychiatrist James A. Kennedy, this practical, intuitive method organizes psychiatric problems into seven categories: psychological impairment, social skills, violence, activities of daily living, substance abuse, medical impairment, and ancillary impairment. Treatment plans are developed using information gathered with the Kennedy Axis V, an instrument that has proven more successful than both the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) in establishing baselines and determining outcome measures.

Fundamentals of Psychiatric Treatment Planning serves as a powerful, highly effective tool that

  • Promotes a cohesive approach. By using a consistent approach to planning, the clinical team works in concert toward uniform goals and outcomes.

  • Helps staff gather critical information to improve outcomes. For establishing baselines and determining outcome measures, the Kennedy Axis V instrument has proven more successful than both the GAF and the BPRS.

  • Includes many examples to help staff write their own plans. Rich with real-life examples to guide staff, including problem names and descriptions, treatment modalities, and samples of individual plans for each of the seven problem categories.

In addition to the Kennedy Axis V questionnaire, Fundamentals of Psychiatric Treatment Planning includes blank forms for treatment planning and tabbed sections to allow for quick reference. New features in the second edition include the integration of nursing care plans into master treatment plans, new systematic steps for building goals and modalities, refinements to the questionnaire, and the introduction of online support via the author’s website.

With its readily adaptable, uniform approach to a complex subject, Fundamentals of Psychiatric Treatment Planning, Second Edition, is a powerful, highly effective planning tool for all members of the clinical staff.


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Identifying Patient Data
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Master treatment plan (Sample)
  • Chapter 2. Psychological impairment
  • Chapter 3. Social skills
  • Chapter 4. Violence
  • Chapter 5. ADL-occupational skills
  • Chapter 6. Substance abuse
  • Chapter 7. Medical impairment
  • Chapter 8. Ancillary impairment
  • Chapter 9. Blank forms
  • Chapter 10. Questionnaires
  • Appendix
  • Index

About the Authors

James A. Kennedy, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, Director of the Demonstration Unit at Westborough State Hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts, and President of KennedyMD Consulting in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

This book will be of use to those who create and implement psychiatric treatment plans and by all levels of mental health providers. Incidentally, JCAHO uses this system as a standard for comparison. All in all, this reference is a must for any mental health collection.—E-Streams, 2/1/2004

This is a worthy successor to Kennedy's first edition. In this world of JCAHO, CMS and other external reviewers, having a modern treatment planning system is essential for a psychiatric hospital. This is the only book available to provide guidance to those designing psychiatric hospital treatment planning systems and to those trying to understand how to implement psychiatric treatment planning in a hospital. This book is the indispensable guide for those who need to design and maintain psychiatric treatment planning systems, for those who train others, and for those who want to implement effective treatment planning in a hospital setting.—Harold Carmel, M.D., Duke University and John Umstead Hospital

Fundamentals of Psychiatric Treatment Planning, Second Edition, by Dr. James Kennedy, is a comprehensive manual which enhances the role of nursing with the multidisciplinary clinical team. His integration of nursing diagnosis and nursing care planning into the Master Treatment Plan encourages and fosters continuous nursing assessment and evaluation throughout the treatment planning process. This manual will be an invaluable reference in the educational preparation of advance practice nurses in psychiatric care as well as in the clinical area.—Kathryn Raymond, M.S. R.N. B.C., Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Worcester State Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts

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