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From The CriticsReviewer: Donna Costa, DHS (Touro University Nevada)
Description: This update of a 2005 book on psychosocial occupational therapy practice incorporates some important developments, specifically the recovery perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is best captured by the subtitle of "An Evolving Practice," reflecting the dramatic changes that have occurred in mental health practice. The recovery perspective is prominent throughout, as is a strengths-based perspective.
Audience: The authors note that the book is written largely for occupational therapy students, but would be helpful for occupational therapy practitioners as well.
Features: This book provides an overview of the current mental health system, both from a recovery perspective and a theoretical perspective. It also covers the history of psychosocial practice. Major diagnostic categories are covered in sufficient detail, while the authors acknowledge that this book was published before the release of the new DSM-5 diagnostic classification system. Chapters describe specialty areas of practice such as children's mental health services and the criminal justice system, which reflect current emerging areas of practice within OT. A unique chapter that doesn't appear in other books covers fieldwork supervision in mental health practice. The glossary is quite helpful. The only shortcoming of the book, although acknowledged by the authors, is the timing of its publication just prior to the new DSM-5. To be sure, there are no occupational therapy books that do incorporate DSM-5 currently.
Assessment: The major competitor to this book is Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, Brown & Stoffel (F. A. Davis, 2010). The books are similar in their coverage of the topic, although this book has some additional chapters that are important — namely a chapter on research and a chapter on fieldwork supervision. It also has numerous case illustrations, detailed program descriptions, learning activities, and web links, all of which make it an ideal choice for students who want to see examples. This edition is a significant expansion of the previous one, reflecting changes in the mental health service delivery system.