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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Approved Mental Health Practice

Essential Themes for Students and Practitioners

ISBN 9781137000132
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Drawing on a wealth of experience from both current and past practitioners in mental health, this book is a handbook for Approved Mental Health Practitioners at a time of uncertainty and change. The book considers the themes and issues relating to the role, the present day challenges and future directions for the profession.

Sarah Matthews is Staff Tutor in Social Work at The Open University in the North West, UK.

Phil O'Hare is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Jill Hemmington is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Introduction; S.Matthews and P.O'Hare
1. Underpinning Themes, Theories and Research; S.Matthews
2. UK-Wide Perspectives: England and Wales; T.Spencer-Lane
3. UK Wide Perspectives: Scotland and Northern Ireland; J.Gordon and R.Davis
4. 'Mental Health Law' and 'Mental Health Policy' in the UK; D.Pilgrim
5. The Problem of Psychiatric Diagnosis; H.Spandler
6. Ethics and Values; D.Bogg
7. Diversity in Mental Health Assessment; A.Taylor and J.Hemmington
8. The Impact of Space and Place; A.Murr and T.Waterhouse
9. The Experiences of Service Users; J.Ridley
10. The Role of the Nearest Relative; P.O'Hare and G.Davidson
11. Evidence Based Practice; P.O'Hare
12. Managing Uncertainty and Developing Practice Wisdom; J.Hemmington
Conclusion: Old Values, New Problems? J.Hemmington, P.O'Hare and S.Matthews.


A unique contribution to the world of AMHP practice. It is both timely and relevant to practitioners, educators and trainees. It manages to succinctly merge the world of theory alongside practice in a meaningful way.' – Jacob Daly, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of West London, UK
'This is an excellent book. A 'must-read' for students and experienced practitioners alike, it encourages critical reflection and offers fresh insight in to this complex area of practice.' – Pearse McCusker, Programme Lead for the BA (Hons) in Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
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