Learning About Mental Health Practice

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 28, 2008 - Psychology - 614 pages
This key textbook introduces the diverse and vibrant field of mental health practice to students, learners and workers, who are new to the subject.

Written in a lively and engaging style, Learning About Mental Health Practice covers all the essentials of professional practice that students need to master in order to be successful in both their qualification course and their future career.

Illustrated and augmented throughout with case studies, practical examples and interactive exercises, Learning About Mental Health Practice covers all 10 Essential Shared Capabilities – recommended by the Department of Health to be core in the curricula of all pre and post qualification training for professional and non-professionally affiliated staff as well as being embedded in induction and continuing professional/practitioner development. Other topics covered include:

  • Socially inclusive practice
  • Equality and rights
  • Challenges to the concept of ‘mental illness’
  • The Trauma model of psychosis
  • Drugs, alcohol and mental health
  • Service user involvement
  • Working with families and carers
  • Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Approaches for practice – therapeutic relationships, psychological, psychosocial, creative, spiritual and holistic approaches
  • Promoting recovery

Invaluable as a student resource, readers will continue to refer to this book throughout their working lives.


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The ten essential shared capabilities in practice
Working in partnership
Respecting diversity through acknowledging
valuesbased practice
Challenging inequality
Promoting recovery
Identifying peoples needs and strengths
Providing service user centred care
Making a difference
a framework for practice
Personal development and learning
Social perspectives on mental distress
The capable practitioner

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About the author (2008)

Theo Stickley trained in counselling and mental health nursing, and practised in both professions for many years. He now teaches mental health at the University of Nottingham and has published widely in the nursing and mental health press. The focus of his research is mental health and the arts, and he has led on a number of research projects in collaboration with people who use mental health services. Theo is a keen gardener, motorcyclist and artist (but has not yet found a way to combine all three simultaneously).

Thurstine Basset trained as social worker and worked as a community worker and social work practitioner, mostly in the mental health field. he is now an independent training and development consultant and runs his own company, which is based in Brighton. He works for national voluntary agencies, such as Mind, together and the Mental Health Foundation. With the Richmond Fellowship, he is the joint course leader for its Diploma in Community Mental Health, which is accredited by Middlesex  University. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Brighton. He has written mental health learning materials, many of which are published by Pavilion Publishing, with which he works in an advisory role. He likes to walk and watch cricket.

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