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The world of mental illness is typically framed around symptoms and cures, where every client is given a label. In this challenging new book, Professor Bernard Guerin provides a fresh alternative to considering these issues, based in interdisciplinary social sciences and discourse analysis rather than medical studies or cognitive metaphors. A timely and articulate challenge to mainstream approaches, Guerin asks the reader to observe the ecological contexts for behavior rather than diagnose symptoms, to find new ways to understand and help those experiencing mental distress. This book shows the reader: how we attribute `mental illness' to someone's behavior why we call some forms of suffering `mental' but not others what Western diagnoses look like when you strip away the theory and categories why psychiatry and psychology appeared for the first time at the start of modernity the relationship between capitalism and modern ideas of `mental illness' why it seems that women, the poor and people of Indigenous and non-Western backgrounds have worse `mental health' how we can rethink the `hearing of voices' more ecologically how self-identity has evolved historically how thinking arises from our social contexts rather than from inside our heads. Offering solutions rather than theory to develop a new `post-internal' psychology, How to Rethink Mental Illness will be essential reading for every mental health professional, as well as anyone who has either experienced a mental illness themselves, or helped a friend or family member who has.
*Highly Commended in the Psychiatry Category of the 2011 BMA Book Awards* Working with Suicidal Individuals provides a comprehensive guide to understanding suicide, the assessment of risk, and the treatment and management of suicidal individuals. It begins by covering the theory behind suicidal behaviour, using Transactional Analysis to explore the personality types of suicidal individuals and to understand their motivations. Factors that contribute to an individual becoming suicidal, such as mental illness, are also explored. A comprehensive system for the assessment of suicide risk is provided, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Finally, the author discusses different ways suicidal and pseudo-suicidal individuals can be managed and treated, including the 'no suicide contract' and redecision therapy. Case studies are included throughout to demonstrate the theory and practice. This book will be essential reading for all those working with a suicidal or at-risk individual, including practitioners in health, social work, psychotherapy, psychology and counselling.
The PICTURE approach to person-centered planning was designed to get people with disabilities out of sterile and impersonal agency settings and into ?real life? settings so they have access and experience with recreation, healthcare, employment, and travel. Through the use of this book, professionals can ensure that intervention and instruction for people with disabilities takes place in the community, rather than in segregated environments such as institutions. Instead of preparing people to live in the community through various professional practices, professionals work with the individuals in community settings. With a strong emphasis on the interaction among agencies, this practical, straightforward book offers forms, checklists, exercises, and a troubleshooting guide as tools for implementing a person-centered approach and increasing its efficacy.
`No I Will' is a father's own story of his experiences raising a special child. It is a searingly honest account of his struggles and the challenges he faced. It is heartfelt and uplifting, incredibly moving and full of laugh out loud humour. "I don't believe any parent, if they had the choice, would choose a physical or mental handicap for their child. No parent want's their child to suffer. But despite my son's limitations, he inspires me every day. He is innocence personified and sees the world as the truly wonderful and magical place that it is. He reminds me how to have fun, to find humour in everything and show kindness to everyone."
This book provides a concise overview of sexuality and gender identity in clients with intellectual disabilities for therapists, social workers, educators, and healthcare providers. It captures the social, political, and legal environment of the late 2010s and bridges the gap between research and practice, with engaging case examples drawn from the author's own practice. Guidance on everyday issues like dating and sex education is juxtaposed with material on complex, current issues in topics like LGBTQ inclusion and sexual offending. User-friendly "toolboxes" provide brief guides to practical issues like using trans-friendly language and providing family interventions. Accessible enough for students and trainees, but thorough enough for veteran clinicians, this book explores issues that professionals face in providing competent care through the lens of justice and inclusion.
Focuses on understanding cultural and psychosocial contexts to promote optimal healing for disaster survivorsThis is the first book for mental health professionals working with survivors of mass trauma to focus on the psychosocial and culture contexts in which these disasters occur. It underscores the importance of understanding these environments in order to provide maximally effective mental health interventions for trauma survivors and their communities. Global in scope, the text addresses the foundations of understanding and responding to the mental health needs of individuals and groups healing from traumas created by a wide range of natural and human-made critical events, including acts of terrorism, armed conflict, genocide, and mass violence by individual perpetrators. Designed for professional training in disaster mental health, and meeting CACREP standards, the text promotes the knowledge and skills needed to work with the psychosocial aspects of individual and group adaptation and adjustment to mass traumatic experience.Reflecting state-of-the-art knowledge, the book offers detailed guidelines in assessment and brief interventions related to survivors' posttraumatic stress symptoms and complex trauma associated with being at the epicenter of extraordinary stressful and traumatic events. In addition, this book also covers critical issues of self-care for the professional. Illustrated with first-person accounts of disaster survivors and case scenarios, this book emphasizes how counselors and other mental health professionals can foster resilience and wellness in individuals and communities affected by all types of disasters.Key Features:Considers disaster and mass trauma response from a culturally and globally relevant perspective-the first book of its kindAddresses CACREP's clinical standards and content areas related to disaster mental health response Covers many types of disasters and categories of survivorsIncludes updated information on PTSD, complex trauma, and self-careAddresses cultivating resiliency in individual and group survivors along with social justice issues
With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, mental health is a more important part of social work training than ever before, and all successful social workers need to understand the core values, skills and knowledge that underpin excellent practice in a modern mental health system. Written as an accessible introduction to the complex issues around mental health, this book has become a classic in its field. Law and policy are clearly outlined while the authors give space to important ethical considerations when working with the most vulnerable in society. There are clear links between policy, legislation and real life practice as well as a wealth of learning features.
Forensic Mental Health: Framing Integrated Solutions describes a criminal justice-mental health nexus that touches every population-juvenile and adult male and female offenders, probationers and parolees, the aging adult prison population, and victims of crime. In the United States today, the criminal justice system functions as a mental health provider, but at great cost to society. The author summarizes the historical roots of this crisis and provides an overview of mental illness and symptoms, using graphics to illustrate the most prevalent disorders encountered by police and other first responders. Bratina demonstrates in detail how the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) supports integration of the U.S. healthcare and justice systems to offer more positive outcomes for offenders with mental illness. This book takes a multidisciplinary approach, addressing social work, psychology, counseling, and special education, and covers developments such as case-law related to the right to treatment and trauma-informed care. Designed for advanced undergraduates, this text also serves as a training resource for practitioners working with the many affected justice-involved individuals with mental illness, including juveniles, veterans, and substance abusers.
Outreach in the community is the treatment of choice for the severely mentally ill in the community. It involves taking services directly to patients rather than requiring them to attend clinics and hospitals. This approach is a significant addition to routine mental health care practice and addresses the needs of marginalized communities and those that struggle to attend appointments. Outreach in Community Mental Health Care: A Manual for Practitioners has been fully updated since the last edition, providing readers with an in-depth, practical guide to mental health care in the community setting today. It addresses the significant changes in mental health service organizations over the years, including the various new teams devised and the importance of central planning and targets. The authors Tom Burns and Mike Firn are pioneers in this field of research and are active in community outreach as practitioners, researchers, and supervisors. In 29 chapters they cover key discussions in conceptual issues, health and social care practice, management and development, which provides readers with an insight into the reality of community outreach work.
With chapters written by leading scholars and researchers, the third edition of A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health provides an updated, comprehensive review of the sociology of mental health. The volume presents an overview of the historical, social, and institutional frameworks for understanding mental health and illness. Part I examines the social factors that shape psychiatric diagnosis and the measurement of mental health and illness, the theories that explain the definition and treatment of mental disorders, and cultural variability in mental health. The section addresses the DSM-5 and its potential influence on diagnosis and research on mental health outcomes. Part II investigates the effects of social context on mental health and illness. Part III focuses on the organization, delivery, and social context of mental health treatment. The chapters in Part III address the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act on mental health care. This volume is a key resource for students, researchers, advocates, and policymakers seeking to understand mental health and mental health delivery systems.
Mental health practices and programs around the world face growing
criticism from policymakers, consumers, and service providers for
being ineffective, overly reliant on treatment by professionals,
and overly focused on symptoms. Many have called for new paradigms
of mental health and new practices that can better support
recovery, community integration, and adaptive functioning for
persons diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. While there has
recently been much discourse about transformation and recovery,
there has yet to be a critical and systematic review that unpacks
the concept of mental health systems transformation or that
examines strategies for how to create transformative change in
Trust is fundamental to everyday interactions and the functioning of society. How trust develops, or fails to develop, within contexts of severe mental illness is a pertinent topic for social scientists and healthcare professionals, not simply because it is an under-researched area but because heightened uncertainty and amplified vulnerability amidst psychosis represent a crucible of the conditions where trust becomes relevant. Grounded in research within this crucible, this book explores a number of questions which are central to contemporary theoretical debates around the nature of trust. The authors link these abstract concerns to empirical analysis, involving interviews with service-users, practitioners and managers. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the concept of trust, including social science researchers and students, as well as practitioners, managers and policy makers working with vulnerable people.
As inpatient psychiatric facilities face bed shortages and increasingly limited insurance coverage for their programs, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs are growing within the mental health treatment community. This book provides clinicians (including social workers, counselors, therapists, and psychiatric nurses) new to partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient practice settings with a conceptual framework and practical skills for effective and efficient practice. It helps clinicians to develop realistic expectations for treatment in a managed care environment with limited time and funding.Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment programs (PHP/IOP) can present particularly stressful environments in which clinicians are typically engaged in multiple treatment processes with groups of diverse patients, all at different points in the treatment process. This book borrows from the ""ecology of games"" concept from political theory to assist clinicians in managing their time to the greatest advantage and providing professional treatment to all patients simultaneously. It describes the key elements of a PHP/IOP program including treatment planning, discharge planning, group therapy, psycho-education, and safety and confidentiality issues. It then addresses challenges unique to specific patient populations in the program-children, adults, older adults, the chronically mentally ill, the chemical dependent, individuals with co-occurring disorders-and offers strategies for coping with the multitude of issues they present.Key Features:Provides practical strategies for handling a variety of clinical issues in the PHP/IOP settingCovers specific problems and treatment planning goals for varied populationsGuides clinicians in developing realistic expectations for treatment in a managed care environment with limited time and fundingIncludes chapters dedicated to coping with a death in the program, the personality-disordered patient, and conflicts among staff
Between 1930 and the mid-1970s, several thousand Canadian-born children were adopted by families in the United States. At times, adopting across the border was a strategy used to deliberately avoid professional oversight and take advantage of varying levels of regulation across states and provinces. The Traffic in Babies traces the efforts of Canadian and American child welfare leaders--with intermittent support from immigration officials, politicians, police, and criminal prosecutors--to build bridges between disconnected jurisdictions and control the flow of babies across the Canada-U.S. border.Karen A. Balcom details the dramatic and sometimes tragic history of cross-border adoptions--from the Ideal Maternity Home case and the Alberta Babies-for-Export scandal to trans-racial adoptions of Aboriginal children. Exploring how and why babies were moved across borders, The Traffic in Babies is a fascinating look at how social workers and other policy makers tried to find the birth mothers, adopted children, and adoptive parents who disappeared into the spaces between child welfare and immigration laws in Canada and the United States.
CBT - what it is, how it works, and how to use it. Cognitive behavioural therapy (or CBT) delivers powerful tools you can put to work to dramatically improve your life. In this book, psychologist Dr Stephen Briers clearly explains how CBT works, gives you plenty of exercises to help put the theory into practice and reveals its effectiveness through stories from people, just like you, who have used CBT to turn their lives around. Understand what CBT is, its methods and models Put CBT to work to improve your mind and your life Build practical, step-by-step strategies for tackling any problem Learn how to overcome addiction and other destructive habits
Evidence-Based Practice and Intellectual Disabilities responds to the recent increased focus on, and need for, the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in treating intellectual disabilities. The first book wholly dedicated to addressing EBP specifically in relation to intellectual disabilities Provides clinical guidelines based on the strength of evidence of treatments for a given problematic behavioral topography or disorder Highly relevant to a wide-ranging audience, including professionals working in community services, clinicians and parents and carers
Life was never meant to be easy, as a famous politician once said, and tragedy and loss can strike at any time. Losing a loved one unexpectedly and without reason, facing family hardship or a crisis at work are events that can touch anyone of us. But, there are ways to be resilient and to overcome adversity and pain and to lesson the impact of depression. In Taming the Black Dog, Kevin Donnelly writes how literature, religious faith and the love and comfort of family and friends can help one to find a safe shore after the storms and the rough seas. While there is no closure - there is hope and a chance to live life to the full. Dr Kevin Donnelly, author of Dumbing Down, Australia's Education Revolution and Educating your Child, is one of Australia's leading education authors and commentators. He taught for 18 years in government and non-government schools and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University.
There is strong scientific evidence that poverty is a cause of mental illness. This book brings together a body of knowledge from biomedical and social science literature that is of importance to both academics and practitioners. It explores a broad range of issues, including stigma, the recovery model and substance misuse. The role of childhood adversity is examined, together with other potential causal mechanisms. The content is accessible and engaging, with numerous references pointing readers to the best resources for further information. Poverty is not inevitable, even in a difficult economic climate. The time is ripe for a scientific consensus to inform realistic, hopeful and optimistic campaigns to reduce inequality in the interests of public health and well being. This book provides an evidence-based resource for mental health professionals, social scientists and their students. It will be of interest far beyond those professionally involved in mental health services and research.
This collection of 149 all-new activities will add both meaning and enjoyment to the activities at adult day centers, home care settings, or residential care facilities. Feedback and insights from individuals with early-stage dementia helped shape this new collection, as well as activity suggestions from national and international dementia programs. New themes to explore in Volume 2 include activities related to the kitchen and food, life story sharing and reminiscence, religious and spiritual traditions, and wellness. Adaptations for people in the early and late stages of Alzheimer's disease, preventive measures to avoid unwanted surprises, and conversation tips make these activities particularly versatile.
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