Person-centered mental health care is essential for keeping service users at the center of care. This handbook uses practical examples across health care, research, education, and leadership to illustrate how to implement person-centered approaches for and with the growing population of service users who have mental health challenges. Looking at the different service user encounters enables service providers to envision the effective, comprehensive implementation of person-centered care.
Each chapter follows a concrete example exploring different techniques, tools, and resources that can be used with service users who have mental health challenges. An appendix provides the handouts in online, printable form. Written by experts in person-centered care who have diverse experiences with mental health-related practices, policies, research, and education, this comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners,researchers, educators, and policy makers who work with people who have mental health challenges as well as for service users and their families.
“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