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Return to Community: Building Support Systems for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
     

Return to Community: Building Support Systems for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

by Paul J. Carling
 

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Provides a comprehensive, practical approach to fully integrating people with serious mental illnesses into the community. Drawing from a range of resources, including mental health consumers and their families, this pathbreaking work lays the groundwork for a critical rethinking of how we view people labeled "mentally ill".

Defining "community integration," the

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Provides a comprehensive, practical approach to fully integrating people with serious mental illnesses into the community. Drawing from a range of resources, including mental health consumers and their families, this pathbreaking work lays the groundwork for a critical rethinking of how we view people labeled "mentally ill".

Defining "community integration," the author examines current and past approaches to meeting the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities, demonstrating how they have been inadequate. Carling then maps out a pioneering paradigm for community integration, which consists of an active partnership among mental health professionals, community leaders, policy makers, families, neighbors, employers, and realtors. Describing ways to prepare the community to organize for change, the book discusses the need to first address the pervasive nature of stigma, which is reflected at every level of society.

Drawing from his own extensive experience, as well as from firsthand observations of model programs in place throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, the author offers detailed guidance for organizing a program of action in mental health systems and in local communities.

Editorial Reviews

Psychiatric Services
"An important and timely book....This book provides a wealth of suggestions and examples that mental health professionals from all disciplines will find helpful and enlightening."—Psychiatric Services
Contemporary Psychology
"Well-constructed and easy to read it is a primary resource on the consumer movement and on models of contemporary mental health service delivery. Psychologists, especially those who work with persons with major mental illnesses, will be enlightened by its empirical examples of the power of dignity and choice and its refreshingly operational approaches to solving the basic pragmatic (and therapeutic) issues of community living."—Contemporary Psychology
Reviewer: John S. Lyons, PhD (Northwestern University Medical School)
Description: This book offers a consumer-based approach to planning and implementing community support services for persons with psychiatric disabilities. The focus of services is on achieving independent living and full employment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide specific strategies, based on an approach evolved from community integration philosophy and the consumer empowerment movement. Therefore, in addition to planning approaches, a significant portion of the book is dedicated to breaking down stigmas and myths regarding persons with psychiatric disabilities.
Audience: The primary audience consists of mental health professionals engaged in planning, administering, or researching community-based mental health services. A secondary audience for this book is all mental health professionals who provide services for persons with severe and/or persistent mental illness.
Features: The book uses frequent quotations from persons with psychiatric disabilities to maintain their voice throughout. This feature is consistent with the empowerment theme of the book and helps it achieve this aim.
Assessment: This is a potentially important book that describes specific strategies toward the goals of community integration and empowerment for persons with psychiatric disabilities. It is important reading for anyone engaged in community mental health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898622997
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/30/1994
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Carling, PhD, formerly director of the Center for Community Change at Trinity College of Vermont, is currently on the faculty of the Program in Community Mental Health at Southern New Hampshire University. He is Senior Consultant of the Centre for Community Change International.

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