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Contemporary Mental Health : Theory, Policy and Practice - Barbara Fawcett

Contemporary Mental Health

Theory, Policy and Practice

Hardcover Published: 16th June 2005
ISBN: 9780415328456
Number Of Pages: 150

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How do we define mental health and ill-health? Who decides what evidence indicates mental ill-health and which evidence is used to inform policy and practice? At the beginning of the twenty-first century, mental health services in England and Wales are at a critical point in terms of their development. This book considers a number of key themes and tensions in relation to theory, policy, practice and research, emphasizing the complex relationships between these four areas and exploring the impact of service user, carer and professional perspectives. Contemporary Mental Health Policy and Practice examines the tensions between different professional models, varying "social" perspectives and political imperatives and explores how these tensions are manifested in practice. Topics covered include: the emphasis on risk as opposed to citizenship and entitlement; social exclusion and inclusion; professional and user perspectives; the "territories" of health and social care and their respective roles and relationships. An important theme running throughout is the critical appraisal of perspectives concerning gender, ethnicity and sexuality, drawing out wider issues of power and inequality. "Contemporary Mental Health Policy and Practice" makes ideas and theoretical policy material accessible and applicable, and is a key text for students and practitioners in mental health, social work and social care.

Introductionp. 1
Theoretical underpinningsp. 11
The historical policy frameworkp. 25
Inclusiveness and exclusivenessp. 39
Contemporary policy : tension, paradox and inconsistencyp. 54
User/survivor involvement and 'carers'p. 67
Experts and allies - workers, professionals, service users and carersp. 88
Change, collaboration and multi-agency workingp. 103
Conclusionp. 119
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ISBN: 9780415328456
ISBN-10: 0415328454
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 16th June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1