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Handbook of Person-Centered Mental Health Care
Nosheen Akhtar, Cheryl Forchuk, Katherine McKay, Sandra Fisman,and Abraham Rudnick
Hogrefe Publishing / Softcover / 2020-07-01 / 0889375682
Person-Centered and Experiential Therapy & Counsel
price: $58.95
190 pages
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A valuable resource for psychiatrists and other mental health service providers wanting to use person-centered approaches
• Holistic approach to mental health care
• Practical tools for service users and providers
• Illustrated with case examples
• Full of printable handouts

Person-centered mental health care is essential for keeping service users at the center of care. This handbook uses practical examples across clinical care, research, education, and healthcare administration to illustrate how to implement person-centered approaches for clients with serious mental health challenges. Looking at the different service points that this growing population of clients encounter enables service providers to see how to implement holistic person-centered care in an effective manner.

Each chapter follows a concrete case example exploring different techniques, tools, and resources that can be used by service users and service providers. An appendix provides the handouts in printable form. Written by experts in person-centered care with diverse experiences with mental health-related practices and policies, this comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners, researchers, educators, and policy makers who work with people with serious mental health challenges.


“This is a ground-breaking volume that goes beyond the standard set of well-accepted principles for person-centered mental health care to (finally) operationalizing these principles in terms of concrete practice. Extensively referenced and including an array of tools that can be used by service providers and service users and supporters alike, this is an extremely useful and practical guide that can be used by both seasoned clinical professionals and persons who are brand new to the mental health arena. It is a much welcomed resource for an evolving field that promises to push practice into freshly explored territories that will benefit all parties.”
Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health of the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

“Person-centered mental health care is imperative, yet evidence-informed practical tools and examples to guide its implementation are lacking. The authors fill this gap with a comprehensive resource for providing such guidance for all stakeholders involved in mental health services.
David Roe, PhD, Department of Community Mental Health, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel

“This innovative book applies person-centered approaches to mental health practice, research, education, and leadership. It is rich with informative examples of person-centered care in action, with clinical examples spanning co-occurring substance abuse, cognitive disability, and forensic populations, and a wide developmental focus from adolescents to older adults. This book will advance the field and inform mental health practice, education, and research.”
Mike Slade, PhD, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

Table of Contents:

1 Foundations
Mental Health Challenges and the Person-Centered Approach
Benefits and Challenges of the Person-
Centered Approach
Person-Centered Approach Applications
Chapter Conclusion
2 A Person-Centered Approach to Clinical
Care for Mental Health Challenges
Clinical Relationships
Clinical Communication
Cultural Care
Family-Centered Care
Co-Occurring (Concurrent) Disorders
Dual Diagnosis
Forensic Care
Older Adults
Chapter Conclusion
3 A Person-Centered Approach to Research
on Mental Health Challenges
Research - What Is the Problem?
Research Relationships
Collaborative Roles in Research
Planning and Implementing Research
Research Communication
Why Should People and Agencies Participate
in Research?
Chapter Conclusion
4 A Person-Centered Approach to Education
on Mental Health Challenges
Shared Decision Making
Family Education
Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and
Continuing Health Care Education
Public Education
Chapter Conclusion
5 A Person-Centered Approach to Mental
Health Care Leadership
What Is Person-Centered Leadership?
Becoming a Reflective Leader
Developing and Leading Service User-
Centered Teams
Emotional Intelligence
Generative Relationships
Leading Person-Centered Change
Shifting to Strength-Based Models for
The Challenge of Large-Scale System
Chapter Conclusion
6 Conclusion
Clinical Care
Health Care Administration
Appendix: Tools and Resources

About the Authors:

Nosheen Akhtar, MSc, Corrections Psychological Health Unit, Ontario Public Service, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Cheryl Forchuk, PhD; Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London, ON, Canada.
Katherine McKay, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
Sandra Fisman, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Western University, London, ON, Canada.
Abraham Rudnick, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.

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