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An Integrated Approach to Family Work for Psychosis: A Manual for Family Workers Paperback – 15 Mar 2007


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' There is much to commend the value of this clear and concise book to all social work practitioners. It is written by health workers who highlight outcome-based research (from 1958) and identify a correlation between the 'recovery' of patients who had been hospitalised with psychosis and the culture of the family they return to.' Professional Social Work ' This book is written by experienced clinicians with a genuine passion, enthusiasm and commitment to working with families. It is clear that they have been attempting for years to implement a family approach to care. Their attitude to families is without fault - emphatic, humble, respectful of their feelings, experiences, and strengths. It is confirmed by glowing testimonials from family members who have benefited from their help. Their book advocates a non-prescriptive, non-formulaic approach to family work that is individualised and flexible.' -- The British Journal of Psychiatry 'It covers the what, why, who, where and how of family work. Appendices give useful examples of information sheets, assessment formats and a glossary...This is an excellent addition to any mental health practitioner's library and one I will be recommending to colleagues.' -- Nursing Standard, Vol.21, No.39, June 6-12 2007 'This is a practical manual for family work in psychosis designed for professionals with interest but limited experience in the area. Drawing on their own extensive experience, the authors provide a clear and well-structured guide to implementing their approach.' -- The Psychologist 'This manual provides a clear account of the process of family work in psychosis. It is written by three nurses with extensive experience of working with families affected by psychosis and training other healthcare professionals to do so. It is a practical guide which describes how these practitioners have translated this evidence-based approach into routine practice...The primary strength of the manual is its attention to the practitioners of undertaking family work. It will be an extremely useful resource for nurses and other mental health professionals; particularly those who are completing training in family work. It will be an extremely useful resource for nurses and other mental health professionals; particularly those who are completing training in family intervention. I am sure it will become recommended reading for psychological intervention training courses...This is a very good introduction to family work which should enhance the potential of mental health staff to help families affected by psychosis.' -- Mental Health Practice, Vol.10, July 2007 The authors admirably achieve their stated aim of covering the what, why, when, who, where and how of family work with service users experiencing psychosis and their families. They provide a book that would be a really useful aid to any practitioner involved with service users who are experiencing psychosis. It presents up to date information in a readily accessible manner and guides the worker through the therapy process with a service user and their family -- Clinical Psychology Forum

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Gina Smith, RMN, RGN, Dip Thorn, MSc is a consultant nurse in the Avon and Wilshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. She is a co-facilitator on the Integrated Approaches to Serious Mental Illness Course at the University of Gloucestershire, a Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England and the Clinical Director of Studies for the postgraduate mental health practice programme at the University of Bath. Karl Gregory has worked as a psychiatric nurse with people with severe and enduring mental illness for over 20 years, both ward and community based. He has an MSc in counselling and now works freelance in counselling, as well as coordinating a diploma in counselling at the University of Bristol. Annie Higgs holds a BSc in community studies and a postgraduate diploma certificate in education. She is an honorary tutor at the Institute of Psychiatry in London

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