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Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long Term Clients in Mental Health Services: I Am More Than My Label
     

Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long Term Clients in Mental Health Services: I Am More Than My Label

by Joel K. Simon, Thorana S. Nelson, Joel Simon
 

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ISBN-10: 0789027941

ISBN-13: 9780789027948

Pub. Date: 12/07/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Valuable patient-centered ideas for treating mental illness

Traditional forms of mental health care can often center more on simply avoiding hospitalization than on promoting wellness by focusing on a patient's personal feelings and hopes. In fact, these established methods can even have a dehumanizing and devaluing effect on a patient. Solution-Focused Brief

Overview

Valuable patient-centered ideas for treating mental illness

Traditional forms of mental health care can often center more on simply avoiding hospitalization than on promoting wellness by focusing on a patient's personal feelings and hopes. In fact, these established methods can even have a dehumanizing and devaluing effect on a patient. Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services is a practical introduction and guide that provides practitioners an alternative way of thinking about and working with individuals who have been long-term users of the mental health system. Through interviews, case studies, and actual client testimony, this valuable text demonstrates the most effective ways to establish patient-centered conversations that forge collaborative relationships, realize strengths, and use them to move toward healing.

Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services is a strength-based approach that utilizes a client's personal and social resources to help them find a satisfactory solution to the sources of their need for professional help. This book offers a unique approach that can be applied to those who have been in the mental health system for many years and may remain so. Accessible and useable, this guide explores the meaning of conventional diagnosis and treatment and how both can actually reinforce the client's disability, chronicity, and sense of helplessness as a person.

Topics Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services covers include:

• The tools of solution-focused brief practice
• Working with borderline personality disorder
• Adaptability and application to different contexts
• "Reading" the client during discussion sessions
• Emphasizing an individual's healthy parts
• The role of community support
• Rethinking the medical model
• Implementing solution-focused practices in agencies and hospitals
• Poststructuralism, social constructionism, and language games
• And many more!

Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services is extensively referenced with a detailed bibliography. It is an essential resource for psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, family therapists, counselors, nurse practitioners, and schools of social work and family therapy training programs. Staff of inpatient psychiatric hospitals, psycho-social clubs, and community mental health clinics will also benefit from this indispensable text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789027948
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/07/2007
Series:
Haworth Series in Brief and Solution-Focused Therapies Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (Yvonne Dolan)
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Tools of Solution-Focused Brief Practice
Stance
Assumptions and Concepts
Practices

Chapter 3. Mary, the "Borderline"
Case Study: "I'm a Borderline, You Know"
What Do You Want to Be Different?
A New Beginning

Chapter 4. "I Have More of a Sound Mind Now"
Appreciating the Ordinary
Community Supports
Between-Sessions Focus
I'd Be More Normal
I Wouldn't Need to Ever Go to a Hospital Again
Course of Treatment
"I Have More of a Sound Mind Now"
Life Happens
It's Not a Problem; It's a Solution
Conversations That Make a Difference: Nadine
A Difference That Makes a Difference: Stephen

Chapter 5. "Agoraphobia" and "Me" Are Not Synonymous
Deconstruction and Reconstruction
Case Study: David
It Would Mean I Have Confidence in My Future
I've Been Up to a Seven Before
Emotions in Therapy
I'm Ready for Things to Happen
It Doesn't Have to Be the Central Part of My Life
I've Never Had a Chance to Talk Myself into Anything Worse
Conclusion

Chapter 6. Rethinking the Medical Model
A Different Language Game
Solution-Building Conversations
What Does the Patient Say?
Psychiatric Medications

Chapter 7. "Psychiatry Should Be a Parenthesis in People's Lives"
Harry Korman
Alasdair Macdonald
Ralph Dahle
Sophie Duriez
Conclusion

Chapter 8. Metasystemic Considerations of SFBP: Using the Ideas to Implement Solution-Focused Practices in Agencies and Hospitals
Joel's Experiences
Comparative Data
Fairview Psychiatric Hospital
Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment
University of Colorado Hospital
Commonalities

Chapter 9. Philosophies That Inform SFBP: Poststructuralism, Social Constructionism, and Language Games
Philosophy
Structuralism
Poststructuralism
Constructivism/Social Constructionism
Language Games
Epilogue
References
Index

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