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Learning About Mental Health Practice




Learning About Mental Health Practice

Theo Stickley (Editor), Thurstine Bassett (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-51226-5 March 2008 640 Pages

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This textbook outlines the key areas of mental health practice for those in the early stages of their training, who may not necessarily come from psychology backgrounds.
  • Accompanies the lecturer’s book ‘Teaching Mental Health’ 
  • Focuses on the 'Ten Essential Shared Capabilities' that have been developed by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
  • In partnership with the BABCP, Lord Layard is recommending that more mental health graduates be trained in order to meet demand for mental health services in the UK
About the Editors.




Introduction (Theo Stickley and Thurstine Basset).

Part I: Foundations For Mental Health Practice - The ten Essential Shared Capabilities.

1. The ten essential shared capabilities: their background, development and implementation (Roslyn Hope).

2. The ten essential shared capabilities in practice (Ian McGonagle, Ian Baguley, Sara Owen and Sarah Lewis).

3. Working in Partnership (Anne Beales and Gary Platz).

4. Respecting diversity through acknowledging, valuing and using diversity and challenging inequalities (AVUDCI) (Premila Trivedi).

5. Practising ethically: values-based practice and ethics - working together to support person-centred and multidisciplinary mental health care (Bill Fulford and Kim Woodbridge).

6. Challenging inequality (David Pilgrim).

7. Promoting recovery (Daniel B. Fisher).

8. Identifying people's needs and strengths (Lesley Warner).

9. Providing service user centred care (Laura Lea).

10. Making a difference (Norman Young, Madeline O'Carroll and Lorraine Rayner).

11. Positive risk taking: a framework for practice (Anne Felton and Gemma Stacey).

12. Personal development and learning (Sharon Lee Cuthbert and Thurstine Basset).

Part II: Issues For Mental Health Practice.

13. Social perspectives on mental distress (Jerry Tew).

14. Socially inclusive practice (Peter Bates and Joanne Seddon).

15. Equality and rights: Overcoming Social exclusion and discrimination (Liz Sayce).

16. Service user involvement (Peter Campbell).

17. Connecting the parts to the whole: Achieving effective teamwork in complex systems (Steve Onyett).

18. Problems associated with the use of the concept mental illness' (Anne Cooke).

19. Drugs, alcohol and mental health (Tabitha Lewis and Alison Cameron).

20. Gender inequality and the mental health of women and men (Jennie Williams and Joe Miller).

21. The trauma model of psychosis (Paul Hammersley, Peter Bullimore, Magdalen Fiddler and John Read).

Part III: Approaches for Mental Health Practice.

22. Carers' experiences of mental health services views about assessments: Lessons from the Partnership in Carer Assessments Project (PICAP) (Julie Repper, Gordon Grant, Mike Nolan and Pam Enderby).

23. Therapeutic relationships (Theo Stickley and Dawn Freshwater).

24. Psychological approaches to mental health (Rufus May, Anne Cooke and Anthony Cotton)

25. Employment: What you should know and what you should do (Bob Grove).

26. Treating creatively: the challenge of treating the creative mind (Peter Amsel).

27. Social inclusion and psychosocial interventions: Clash, compromise or coherence (Peter Bates and Julie Cullen).

28. Spirituality and mental health (Peter Gilbert).

29. Holistic approaches in mental health (Jan Wallcraft).

30. The capable practitioner of the future (Theo Stickley and Thurstine Basset).


“This is a good introduction to mental health practice for students and first time employees in the field.” (Doody’s, 2009)

"This is not a handbook for medical treatment but is intended to encourage students of mental health to consider broader perspectives than are offered by the medical model, including patients’ psychological, social and spiritual needs." (Journal of Analytical Psychology, February 2009)

"This book is a collection of well-structured chapters by contributors who are well known in the field of mental health. One of its strengths is the strong focus on work generated by experts by experience, supported by a variety of academics and professionals working in the field. In addition, the book acknowledges a range of different disciplines that it might appeal to, fitting in with the wider multifactorial nature of health, and the increasing move towards partnership education and practice." (Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2011)

"...the strong ethical and political dimensions of the book result in a compelling and unified message. Indeed, the reviewer has already found several occasions to refer to the work." British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2010

"Not only is the book very in-depth but it is also extremely well presented – so much so that it is truly a joy to read. You can flick open at any page and be guaranteed a wealth of insight and information ready for you to digest. Diagrams, case-studies, activities and more are employed throughout to keep the reading easy and exciting. This is not a book you simply pick-up and read, you really get into it and enjoy doing so, whilst gaining valuable insight into mental health practice." British Psychological Society, Clinical Psychology Forum