Psychosocial Elements of Physical Therapy: The Connection of Body to Mind

Hannah Johnson, PT, DPT, GCS
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Physical therapists know that their patients are more than just a list of symptoms. They are people first, often with a complex mix of medical and psychiatric circumstances, who may receive a wide range of care from a team of professionals. Keeping this in mind, Psychosocial Elements of Physical Therapy: The Connection of Body to Mind is both a textbook and a clinical resource for physical therapist students and clinicians practicing in any patient population with psychological concerns or disorders.
Inside, Dr. Hannah Johnson provides an essential introduction of psychosocial concepts, general treatment approaches for culturally sensitive care, and selected classes of mental illness as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). A complete review of the current research and evidence base provides students a strong foundation to build their careers on, but can also act as a crash-course in the most recent literature for the busy clinician.
  • Clear, concise language and layout for efficient learning
  • Application-based review questions
  • Real world case studies to apply critical thinking skills
  • Evidence-based practical tests and measures
  • Vocabulary terms that facilitate interdisciplinary teamwork
Psychosocial Elements of Physical Therapy: The Connection of Body to Mind provides physical therapist students and clinicians with an efficient yet comprehensive guide to helping patients with psychological concerns or disorders.

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Chapter 1           Maintaining the Clinician’s Therapeutic Presence


Chapter 2           The Interdisciplinary Team/Interprofessional Team


Chapter 3           Cultural Competence

Chapter 4           General Treatment Information and Resources

Chapter 5           Background Information on Mental Illness

Chapter 6           Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 7           Depressive Disorders

Chapter 8           Bipolar Disorders

Chapter 9           Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Chapter 10        Personality Disorders

Chapter 11        Dementias: Neurocognitive Disorders

Chapter 12        Substance Use Disorders

Chapter 13        Chronic Pain and Illness

Chapter 14        Caregiving, Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Neglect

Appendix A: Acronyms

Appendix B: Glossary

Appendix C: Tests and Measures



“This is an excellent resource and a comprehensive guide for physical therapy students as well as practicing physical therapists. The author meets the objective of compiling the available information regarding multiple separate but related topics into a single user-friendly book. This book is an efficient resource and concise delivery method for the vast amount of information that is needed to complete a student physical therapist's education.”

               - Amanda M. Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT, Doody's Review Service

About the Editors

Hannah Johnson, PT, DPT, GCS is a practicing physical therapist in a skilled nursing facility setting in Wisconsin. Along with patient care focused on geriatric clients and persons with psychological conditions, she enjoys teaching and writing to help the next generation of physical therapy students. She earned her BS in biology and her DPT from Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, Wisconsin). Additionally, she has clinical board specialist certification in geriatric physical therapy. Currently, she is working on her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, with a focus on carryover of exercise programs for long-term residents of skilled nursing facilities.