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date: 13 October 2019

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Oxford University Press for inviting me to edit this handbook in their Oxford Library of Psychology series. It has been an opportunity to present the most comprehensive coverage, to date, of the area of psychological practice known as behavioral emergencies and crises.

As in all of my work in this area of practice, I am grateful to two groups in particular, the veterans who have sought emotional and mental assistance in the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System during times of great personal turmoil and the psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows whom I’ve had the privilege to train in emergency room and urgent care settings. As a clinical psychologist in public service, I have had the opportunity to work clinically with men and women in the VA Boston who have served their country, often at great cost to themselves, and who do not have the resources and support that many of us take for granted. I have learned to be a better clinician from observing and attempting to assist them in their struggles to obtain help, stabilize, and rehabilitate themselves. I have also learned a great deal from the questions and issues raised by the interns and fellows whom I have trained that became the impetus for my efforts to improve training in this area of practice.

I am, of course, indebted to the many authors and co-authors who have contributed chapters to this book. Evaluating and managing behavioral emergencies is a complicated and often anxiety-arousing area of service. It warrants having input from a range of mental health professionals who have specialized knowledge and skill in different facets of this work. I feel fortunate to have been able to assemble an outstanding group of contributors with expertise in this field. I am also grateful to the multidisciplinary staff from nursing, psychiatry, medicine, and social work who, over the years, have been good colleagues in emergency and urgent care services at VA Boston. Training interns and fellows in work with high-risk cases can put demands on the healthcare system. I wish to thank the staff for their patience and assistance in making this training possible.Finally, I would like to thank my family, particularly my wife, Penelope, for her patience and support during the long hours required to write and edit this book; and thanks as well to my two grandsons, Declan and Otto, who lifted my spirits during times of stress. (p. x)