10 - Treatment
Review articleOpen access
2011/01/01 Chapter DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385079-9.00010-2
Publisher SummaryBehavioral health care from a biopsychosocial perspective is an involved, complicated process. Not only do psychologists need to address patients' presenting problems, but they might intervene regarding multiple biopsychosocial problem areas and build strengths in still other areas as part of a comprehensive, holistic approach to addressing problems and promoting biopsychosocial functioning in general. Broadening the focus of treatment to include functioning across the biopsychosocial domains means that treatment can be significantly more complicated than some traditional approaches that focus on offering a specific type of therapy for a proscribed set of issues, and largely leave other issues alone. The main issues examined in this chapter follow from the health care emphasis of the biopsychosocial approach to behavioral health care. Before providing behavioral health care to patients, one needs to be able to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the interventions that one might use with patients. This is required for practicing in an evidence-based manner and to meet the ethical obligations of nonmaleficence and beneficence.
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