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Prepares students for field placement in mental health settings by providing a wide range of both practical and theoretical information. In conversational, accessible language, Matthews & Walker equip students with the knowledge needed to anticipate, prevent, and resolve common difficulties that may arise in practicum placement. Readers will find helpful background material such as basic psychopathology, introduction to psychotropic medication, and coverage of ethical issues, as well as illustrations of common situations they may face and guidance about how to behave in settings. Numerous vignettes and case examples help readers to understand basic concepts. This book is essential reading for students who want to best prepare for this fundamental and formative educational experience.