Mental Health Practice

2nd Edition

A guide to compassionate care


  • Peter Watkins
    • Electronic ISBN 9780702040801

    Key Features

    • The first in-depth exploration of the intentional use of self in mental health care and its significance in the recovery journey, extensively updated
    • New content on action research, eco-psychology and organisational culture
    • Story boxes illustrating key themes in compassionate care
    • Self-enquiry boxes engaging readers in reflective practice
    • A primer on humanistic psychology and its relevance to mental health care

    Table of Contents

    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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