Advancing Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Practice looks at the contribution that occupational therapists make to the lives of clients living with mental illness. It examines current practice developments and the innovative research that is shaping occupational therapy within the mental health arena, nationally and internationally.
The book employs a distinctive and engaging narrative approach, bringing to life key issues in practice and research. It introduces the reader to the mental health context, opening with a historical overview and then exploration of the current developments in occupational therapy before moving on to discuss the cultural context and the need for cultural sensitivity in practice. Service users and expert clinicians offer their narratives, through which the clinical utility and cultural appropriateness of existing occupational therapy concepts, assessments and outcome measures are discussed and the associated implications for practice highlighted.
Advancing Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Practice introduces and explores a variety of specialised work contexts from practicing in acute inpatient settings to crisis intervention, home treatment, forensic mental health settings and the specialist role of occupational therapy in community mental health and social services. Chapters are enriched with case stories, personal narratives and guided reflection.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introducing the Mental Health Context.
1. What have we been "doing?" - An historical review of occupational
2. The changing face of occupational therapy in mental health.
3. Cultural Sensitivity in Context.
Kee Hean Lim.
Part 2: Exploring Practice Contexts.
4. Engaging the disengaged: Practising in acute inpatient settings.
Samantha Dewis and Michelle Harrison.
5. Broadening horizons: Beyond acute mental health.
Michelle Harrison and Samantha Dewis.
6. "Doing" in Secure Settings.
Elaine Hunter and Elizabeth McKay.
7. Occupational, social and intrapersonal alienation explored in the Community.
8. Strengths and challenges to practice: Reconciling occupational justice issues
as a prerequisite to mental health recovery.
Karen L Rebeiro Gruhl.
9. The Art of Occupation.
10. Vocational rehabilitation in the UK: How occupational therapy can contribute.
Carla van Heerden.
11. Powerful Stories and Challenging Messages.
Part 3: Research and Future Directions.
12. Reviewing consumer-run mental health services.
Samson Tse and Caroline Doughty.
13. Twists and Turns: The development of a clinical-academic career pathway.
14. Researching within mental health: Slow and Steady - A Canadian tour.
15. Future prospects for occupational therapy in mental health.
- Dr Elizabeth McKay is Head of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has published previously on narratives and mental health practice.
- Christine Craikis Director of Occupational Therapy at Brunel University, UK. She has contributed extensively to mental health policy and to the evidence base.
- Kee Hean Lim is Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Brunel University, UK, and Education Officer of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section: Mental Health.
- Gabrielle Richards is Professional Head of Occupational Therapy at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and past Chair of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section: Mental Health.
"The narrative approach of the book can undoubtedly be seen as its strength." Mental Health Occupational Therapy<!--end-->