Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice: A Textbook / Edition 1

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The movement to make medicine more scientific has evolved over many decades but the specific term evidence-based medicine was introduced in 1990 to refer to a systematic approach to helping doctors to apply scientific evidence to decision-making at the point of contact with a specific consumer.
As the philosophy, major tenets, and techniques of the movement have evolved, evidence-based medicine has strongly influenced individual health care decision-making, the practices offered in health care programs, and the structure of medical and public health systems. Evidence-based medicine has also begun to influence the field of mental health. As support for evidence-based medicine grows in mental health, the need to clarify its fundamental principles also increases. In dealing with the new era of evidence-based practice, mental health practitioners are now confronted with a sense of obligation to understand these practices and to implement them in order to provide the best available services to consumers. This book explores some of the complex challenges in implementing EBPs, and highlights the meaningful opportunities that are inherent in this paradigm shift. This comprehensive textbook will become an essential primer for all practitioners and students who are grappling with the new age of evidence-based practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704433
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Series: Norton Professional Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 529,749
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., is the Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and the Director of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. He has focused on developing and evaluating innovative community programs for persons with severe mental disorders.

David W. Lynde, M.S.W., LICSW, is the Training Manager for the West Institute at the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and faculty member of Dartmouth Medical School. David provides training and consultation regarding the implementation Evidence-Based Practices.

Matthew R. Merrens, Ph.D., is Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. He has had extensive experience in clinical psychology and community mental health and has authored and edited a number of textbooks in psychology.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : "helpful" mental health services
Ch. 1 What is severe mental illness? 1
Ch. 2 What are community mental health services? 21
Ch. 3 The principles of evidence-based mental health treatment 45
Ch. 4 Evidence-based practice emerges 67
Ch. 5 Clinical decision making and the evidence-based practitioner 95
Ch. 6 The importance of research in mental health service delivery 123
Ch. 7 Evidence in intervention science 141
Ch. 8 Closing the gap between what services are and what they could be 167
Ch. 9 What are the common features of evidence-based practices? 189
Ch. 10 How does a practice become evidence-based? 217
Ch. 11 Developing and sustaining evidence-based systems of mental health services 243
Ch. 12 The interface of cultural competency and evidence-based practices 273
Ch. 13 Recovery perspectives in evidence-based practice 301
Ch. 14 Assertive community treatment 317
Ch. 15 Integrated dual-disorder treatment 349
Ch. 16 Supported employment 367
Ch. 17 Illness management and recovery 395
Ch. 18 Evidence-based practices for families of individuals with severe mental illness 425
Ch. 19 Medications 453
Epilogue : the future of evidence-based practices in mental health 471
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