What is the best way to provide mental health care within the community? How can these services be provided in a way that is easy to access and offer treatments that really work? Community mental health care has evolved as a discipline over the past 50 years, and within the past 20 years, there have been major developments across the world. The Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health is the most comprehensive and authoritative review published in the field. It looks at how the field has evolved, the current approaches, and combines more established concepts, such as community-based interventions and an epidemiological perspective, with newer concepts, such the recovery approach, evidence-based practices, and implementation science, which are the most powerful ideas shaping this field. . Like community mental health care itself, the book is multidisciplinary and pluralistic. Thoughout, it addresses controversies and also emphasizes areas of convergence, where social values, medical science, and policy show increasing synergy.
The book will be an essential reference source for both trainee and qualified psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and occupational therapist involved in providing community mental health care, as well as other related healthcare professionals and students, mental health service planners and commissioners, and service user and carer groups.
Robert E. Drake, is the Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and the Director of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. He was educated at Princeton, Duke, and Harvard Universities; he has been Dartmouth for over 26 years. He continues to work actively as a community mental health doctor. He supervises a large number of students, post-doctoral trainees, and junior faculty. His research focuses on people with serious mental illnesses and services that help their recovery, primarily in the areas of co-occurring disorders, vocational rehabilitation, health services research, and evidence-based practices. Current projects include developing and studying electronic decision support systems to enhance communications and shared decision making between clients and clinicians; randomized controlled trials of services for clients with first psychotic episodes and for clients with co-occurring substance use disorders.
INTRODUCTION; ORIGINS OF 'COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRY'; NEEDS: PERSPECTIVES AND ASSESSMENT; SERVICE COMPONENTS; ETHICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS; STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION; POLICIES AND THE FUNDING; ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE FOR EFFECTIVENESS; METHODS FOR INSURING THAT EFFECTIVE CARE IS PROVIDED; LOOKING TO THE FUTURE