Managing Mental Health in the Community: Chaos and Containment

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Managing Mental Health in the Community is a guide to best practice in the management of community care for people with mental health problems.
A major theme is how to balance the 'triangle of care' that represents the needs and concerns of the user, carer (professional or family) and community. Rather than focusing on the mechanics of the task, this book aims to encourage reflective practice amongst staff, managers and policy-makers.
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Overview

Managing Mental Health in the Community is a guide to best practice in the management of community care for people with mental health problems.
A major theme is how to balance the 'triangle of care' that represents the needs and concerns of the user, carer (professional or family) and community. Rather than focusing on the mechanics of the task, this book aims to encourage reflective practice amongst staff, managers and policy-makers.
The experienced practitioners who contribute not only challenge some of the assumptions prevalent in the field, but also present some tried and tested interventions used to enable users, staff and managers to function more effectively in community settings.
They consider:

• how community care has developed

• the fundamental concepts of community care

• how management is affected by practice

• how care systems are designed.
Managing Mental Health in the Community should be essential reading for Mental Health Practitioners, Managers, Social Workers, Policy-Makers, Organizational Consultants and all those professionals who are committed to improving the quality of mental health services provided in the community.

Disc. systems of care, dependence, community disturbance; dilemmas, multidisciplinary teamwork; political issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415167970
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/16/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction to the theoretical basis of this book 1
1 Creatures of each other: some historical considerations of responsibility and care, and some present undercurrents 15
2 'Not in my backyard': the psychosocial reality of community care 27
3 When dreams become nightmares 38
4 Is authority a dirty word? Changing attitudes to care and control 49
5 Psychotic processes and community care: the difficulty in finding the third position 61
6 The psychic organization of community care 73
7 Thinking about risk 84
8 The pain of managing: some dynamics of the purchaser/provider split 95
9 Carers, clients and workers: on the relationship between policy and collusion 106
10 The hospital in the community 116
11 Integration or fragmentation: the challenge facing community mental health teams 131
12 Beyond keyworking 143
13 Help to do the ordinary: the place of counselling in community care 153
14 Community, care and quality: a lesson from group psychotherapy 164
15 A potential for partnership? Consulting with users of mental health services 177
16 Learning to keep one's head: analysis of a training workshop 188
17 Space to play 203
18 From understanding to action 215
Index 229
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