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Mental Health Practice

A guide to compassionate care

"Mental Health Practice: a guide to compassionate care" examines the relationship between mental health professionals and people using services during the recovery process. The disabling distress experienced by many people with mental health problems is viewed from a holistic, person-centred perspective with the road to recovery being seen as the result of true collaboration between professionals and service users.

Mental Health Nurses


Published: August 2008

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4080-1


  • Part 1 Meaning and Behaviour

    1 The nature of human distress
    2 Social exclusion in the experience of distress
    3 Transcultural issues and the experience of distress
    4 Gender issues and the experience of distress
    5 Creative solutions to crises
    6 Working with risk
    7 A person-centred approach to assessment
    8 Creating pathways to recovery
    9 Humanistic approaches to helping and healing

    Part 2 The working alliance

    10 Beginnings and the working alliance
    11 A framework for the working alliance
    12 The working alliance as an enabling relationship
    13 The working alliance with families and carers
    14 Reluctance, resistance and disengagement
    15 Endings and the working alliance

    Part 3 The therapeutic use of self

    16 Dynamics of therapeutic care
    17 Intentional use of self in developmentally needed or reparative relationships
    18 Person to person relationships
    19 Spiritual dimensions of therapeutic care
    20 The shadow side of helping

    Part 4 Personal management

    21 Personal development in professional education
    22 Taking care of ourselves
    23 Being a reflective practitioner


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