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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book considers the present state of knowledge and experience providing various outreach programs for the mentally ill in North America and Europe.
Purpose: It is designed to discuss a wide range of topics related to the delivery of assertive outreach services which previously have received limited attention.
Audience: It is intended as a manual, with lessons learned from other teams for clinicians, who provide outreach services. It can be useful to trainees in the community mental health field as well as policymakers who may influence the availability of services.
Features: The book begins by reviewing the present state of research on assertive outreach and other outreach systems, as well as evaluations of treatment outcomes. The preponderance of chapters address clinical, social, logistical, and legal issues related to providing assertive outreach to the mentally ill. They outline a hands-on approach to assertive outreach teams, addressing issues such as how different professionals work together, cognitive behavior therapy in this setting, treating individuals with co-occurring addictions, collaborating with family members, fostering autonomy, the experience of the treatment providers, and special concerns regarding ethnic minorities.
Assessment: In addition to providing information for individuals providing assertive outreach services or interested in the nature of these services, how these services are delivered, and their outcomes, this book also looks at a variety of ways to conceptualize the goals of these services and the perspectives of those who receive them.