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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 (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The role of the approved mental health professional requires the ability to make sound and ethical decisions based on knowledge of mental health issues, psychiatry and the law. Critical thinking and analysis are integral to the role, and practitioners need to be able to balance technical knowledge with the ability to reflect on their own, and the professional, value base.
This much-needed text not only covers the core themes and issues pertaining to approved mental health practice, but also encourages readers to critically reflect on what makes best practice. The book begins by examining underpinning frameworks, including law, policy, and ethics, and goes on to assess current issues and challenges such as the experience of service users, the impact of space and place, and the need for evidence based practice.

Drawing on the voices and perspectives of practitioners in the field, this book not only covers what professionals need to know, but also debates responses for an occupation in times of uncertainty and change.

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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