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Models of Mental Health (Foundations of Mental Health Practice)

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    Gavin Davidson(Author) Jim Campbell(Author) Ciaran Shannon(Author) Ciaran Mulholland(Author)&1more

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This book presents a critical overview of the main theoretical perspectives relevant to mental health practice. The book argues that no one theory provides a comprehensive framework for practice and in turn it examines traditional models of mental health as well as new and challenging ideas in the field.

This is a one-stop shop for topics often overlooked in the field of mental health. I will be recommending it to my own students. - --Bob Tummey, Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Mental Health Nursing, Coventry University, UK.

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  • By Guest on 5 May 2017

    No book is perfect but this one trumps most others - whether it gets promoted by those who influence training is another matter

  • By Sean Gilligan on 11 April 2016

    I found this a very good overview of both traditional and new conceptual models by which to understand the various forms of distress and disruption that, faute de mieux, we classify as 'mental disorder'. The book is well-structured, and mostly even-handed in its treatment of the various perspectives, though I detect a slight biomedical bias, which surprised me a little as only one of the four is a psychiatrist, and two are social workers. The chapter on critical psychiatry was good, and that on religion and spirituality particularly impressive, considering it's a topic that gets pretty short shrift from the mental health mainstream; here the authors acknowledge that, for good and ill, it plays an important part in the lives of many service users, which should be no surprise to anyone who conceives of these states of mind as often originating in a crisis of and search for meaning. There were a few weaknesses, hence my depriving its rating of one star: the concepts of 'recovery' and 'the biopsychosocial' model were not very critically examined; I thought there was much more to say about the social dimensions of mental health; and, as I said, there was a slight bias towards 'illness' and 'medication' templates (at one point the statement that antipsychotics were helpful to many was made without qualification, although later some of their limitations were explored). All in all, though, a concise, accessible introduction which largely succeeds in bringing together the various strands of an increasingly complex tapestry together; and a must for beginning practitioners, new service users and carers in trying to make sense of some of these complexities.

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