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Empowering people with severe mental illness [electronic resource] : a practical guide /
Donald M. Linhorst.
imprint
Oxford : New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
description
xii, 353 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
019517187X (alk. paper), 9780195171877 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Oxford : New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
isbn
019517187X (alk. paper)
9780195171877 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Conceptualizing empowerment -- A history of powerlessness -- Individual rights, coercion, and empowerment -- Conditions for empowerment -- Empowerment through treatment planning -- Empowerment through housing -- Empowerment through organizational decision making -- Empowerment through planning and policy making -- Empowerment through employment -- Empowerment through research -- Empowerment through service provision -- Creating and living empowered lives.
abstract
"Presents a model of empowerment and then applies it to seven areas that the have potential to empower people with severe mental illness, including treatment planning, housing, employment, and others. Provides practitioners, administrators, and policymakers with specific guidelines and actions to promote empowerment"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
7904793
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-344) and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-07-01:
This practical manual is intended to help social workers and mental health professionals foster the cultural and social conditions conducive to empowering people with severe mental illness in institutional settings, as well as those who live independently. Linhorst (social work, Saint Louis Univ.) defines empowerment as the capacity to act with agency in making important decisions in one's life. Chapters survey the history of the institutional treatment of the mentally ill from Colonial times to the present and recent legislation and case law that protects the disabled and the mentally ill, guaranteeing patients procedural rights and a humane standard of care. Given the history of powerlessness and legal coercion, under what conditions can people with severe mental illness be empowered? Linhorst formulates nine conditions for empowering people: managing psychiatric symptoms, participation skills, psychological readiness to engage others, mutual respect and trust, reciprocal concrete incentives, availability of choices, participation structures and processes, access to resources, and supportive culture. He then applies this rubric to chapters devoted to patient empowerment in treatment planning, housing, organizational decision making, employment, research, and service provision. This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators, students, and service providers. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. H. Rubin St. Joseph College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the concept andparameters of empowerment and how it can be achieved by a historically powerlesspopulation. Dr. Linhorst provides practical strategies and techniques foractivities in all the social and functional domains that can be empowering toadults with severe mental illness. An added bonus is a comprehensive review ofrelevant mental health policies. This is a must read for policymakers, planners,mental health administrators, providers, researchers, students, as well asconsumers, and family members." --Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., University ofPennsylvania School of Social Work
"An invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the concept and parameters of empowerment and how it can be achieved by a historically powerless population. Dr. Linhorst provides practical strategies and techniques for activities in all the social and functional domains that can beempowering to adults with severe mental illness. An added bonus is a comprehensive review of relevant mental health policies. This is a must read for policymakers, planners, mental health administrators, providers, researchers, students, as well as consumers, and family members." --Phyllis Solomon,Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work
"Bravo to Dr. Linhorst! Rarely has a text documented what has long beenknown by consumers and family members-the history of powerlessness experiencedby people with severe mental illness that has served to keep them the mostdisenfranchised of all the disability groups. The books unique and mostsignificant contribution is its presentation on the extent to which empowermentof people with mental illness is possible and what needs to happen to make it areality. Cleverly organized and integrated, this book is packed with all theinformation most relevant to understanding and shaping policy and practice forsevere mental illness."--Carol T. Mowbray, Ph.D., University of Michigan Schoolof Social Work
"Bravo to Dr. Linhorst! Rarely has a text documented what has long been known by consumers and family members-the history of powerlessness experienced by people with severe mental illness that has served to keep them the most disenfranchised of all the disability groups. The books unique andmost significant contribution is its presentation on the extent to which empowerment of people with mental illness is possible and what needs to happen to make it a reality. Cleverly organized and integrated, this book is packed with all the information most relevant to understanding and shapingpolicy and practice for severe mental illness."--Carol T. Mowbray, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Social Work
"Bravo to Dr. Linhorst! Rarely has a text documented what has long been known by consumers and family members-the history of powerlessness experienced by people with severe mental illness that has served to keep them the most disenfranchised of all the disability groups. The books unique and most significant contribution is its presentation on the extent to which empowerment of people with mental illness is possible and what needs to happen to make it a reality. Cleverly organized and integrated, this book is packed with all the information most relevant to understanding and shaping policy and practice for severe mental illness."--Carol T. Mowbray, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Social Work "This book should be required reading for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and service providers!" --Joseph A. Rogers, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania "An invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the concept and parameters of empowerment and how it can be achieved by a historically powerless population. Dr. Linhorst provides practical strategies and techniques for activities in all the social and functional domains that can be empowering to adults with severe mental illness. An added bonus is a comprehensive review of relevant mental health policies. This is a must read for policymakers, planners, mental health administrators, providers, researchers, students, as well as consumers, and family members." --Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work This is a very practical and useful book, which challenges many traditional mental health values, practices, and policies. --LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D., Executive Publisher,Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal "This book is inspiring...I work with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder and realize how difficult the work really is. But the book gives hope that change is possible for some individuals. Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."-- Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.,Doody's "This book is inspiring...Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."--Doody's "This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators, students, and service providers."-J.H. Rubin, St. Joseph College, in Choice Reviews "...to my knowledge Donald Linhorst's new and wonderful volume is the first which examines [empowerment] exclusively and comprehensively in the context of how it applies to people with serious and persistent mental illness ...In examining this complex phenomenon of empowerment, he leaves no stone unturned, and despite the daunting nature of his task, maintains an optimistic view of how people and cultures can change. This book is incredibly useful ... It can serve as the basis of a graduate course in numerous disciplines in mental health, and it can be used as a blueprint for state mental health systems preparing to transform." -- Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP Clinical and Community Psychologist in Independent Practice,Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
"Overall, this is a must-read publication and addition to any workingresource library for those interested in empowerment and self-determination forpeople with mental illness. As an educational resource, this book should beintroduced in at least one core course at graduate and undergraduate mentalhealth professional levels and used as mandatory reading for doctoral andmedical professionals who will enter the mental health field of practice. Beprepared to have difficulty putting this book down once started."--CarolynRussell, National Foundation for Self-Directed Care, Inc., in Research in SocialWork Practice
"Overall, this is a must-read publication and addition to any working resource library for those interested in empowerment and self-determination for people with mental illness. As an educational resource, this book should be introduced in at least one core course at graduate andundergraduate mental health professional levels and used as mandatory reading for doctoral and medical professionals who will enter the mental health field of practice. Be prepared to have difficulty putting this book down once started."--Carolyn Russell, National Foundation for Self-Directed Care,Inc., in Research in Social Work Practice
"This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators,students, and service providers."-J.H. Rubin, St. Joseph College, in ChoiceReviews
"This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators, students, and service providers."-J.H. Rubin, St. Joseph College, in Choice Reviews
"This book is inspiring...Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."--Doody's
"This book is inspiring...I work with individuals suffering fromschizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder and realize howdifficult the work really is. But the book gives hope that change is possiblefor some individuals. Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide totreatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about theirlives."-- Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D., Doody's
"This book is inspiring...I work with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder and realize how difficult the work really is. But the book gives hope that change is possible for some individuals. Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guideto treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."-- Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D., Doody's
"This book should be required reading for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and service providers!" --Joseph A. Rogers, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
"This is a very practical and useful book, which challenges manytraditional mental health values, practices, and policies." --LeRoy Spaniol,Ph.D., Executive Publisher, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
"This is a very practical and useful book, which challenges many traditional mental health values, practices, and policies." --LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D., Executive Publisher, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
"...to my knowledge Donald Linhorst's new and wonderful volume is thefirst which examines [empowerment] exclusively and comprehensively in thecontext of how it applies to people with serious and persistent mental illness...In examining this complex phenomenon of empowerment, he leaves no stoneunturned, and despite the daunting nature of his task, maintains an optimisticview of how people and cultures can change. This book is incredibly useful ...It can serve as the basis of a graduate course in numerous disciplines in mentalhealth, and it can be used as a blueprint for state mental health systemspreparing to transform." -- Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP Clinical and CommunityPsychologist in Independent Practice, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
"...to my knowledge Donald Linhorst's new and wonderful volume is the first which examines [empowerment] exclusively and comprehensively in the context of how it applies to people with serious and persistent mental illness ...In examining this complex phenomenon of empowerment, he leaves nostone unturned, and despite the daunting nature of his task, maintains an optimistic view of how people and cultures can change. This book is incredibly useful ... It can serve as the basis of a graduate course in numerous disciplines in mental health, and it can be used as a blueprint for statemental health systems preparing to transform." -- Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP Clinical and Community Psychologist in Independent Practice, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
"This book should be required reading for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and service providers!" --Joseph A. Rogers, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania"An invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the concept and parameters of empowerment and how it can be achieved by a historically powerless population. Dr. Linhorst provides practical strategies and techniques for activities in all the social and functional domains that can be empowering to adults with severe mental illness. An added bonus is a comprehensive review of relevant mental health policies. This is a must read for policymakers, planners,mental health administrators, providers, researchers, students, as well as consumers, and family members." --Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work"This is a very practical and useful book, which challenges many traditional mental health values, practices, and policies." --LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D., Executive Publisher, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal"Bravo to Dr. Linhorst! Rarely has a text documented what has long been known by consumers and family members-the history of powerlessness experienced by people with severe mental illness that has served to keep them the most disenfranchised of all the disability groups. The books unique and most significant contribution is its presentation on the extent to which empowerment of people with mental illness is possible and what needs to happen to make it areality. Cleverly organized and integrated, this book is packed with all the information most relevant to understanding and shaping policy and practice for severe mental illness."--Carol T. Mowbray, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Social Work"This book is inspiring...I work with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder and realize how difficult the work really is. But the book gives hope that change is possible for some individuals. Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."-- Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D., Doody's"This book is inspiring...Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."--Doody's"Overall, this is a must-read publication and addition to any working resource library for those interested in empowerment and self-determination for people with mental illness. As an educational resource, this book should be introduced in at least one core course at graduate and undergraduate mental health professional levels and used as mandatory reading for doctoral and medical professionals who will enter the mental health field of practice. Be preparedto have difficulty putting this book down once started."--Carolyn Russell, National Foundation for Self-Directed Care, Inc., in Research in Social Work Practice"This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators, students, and service providers."-J.H. Rubin, St. Joseph College, in Choice Reviews"...to my knowledge Donald Linhorst's new and wonderful volume is the first which examines [empowerment] exclusively and comprehensively in the context of how it applies to people with serious and persistent mental illness ...In examining this complex phenomenon of empowerment, he leaves no stone unturned, and despite the daunting nature of his task, maintains an optimistic view of how people and cultures can change. This book is incredibly useful ... It canserve as the basis of a graduate course in numerous disciplines in mental health, and it can be used as a blueprint for state mental health systems preparing to transform." -- Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP Clinical and Community Psychologist in Independent Practice, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
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Donald Linhorst presents a model of empowerment and then applies it to seven areas that the have potential to empower people with severe mental illness, including treatment planning, housing, employment and organisational decision making.
Main Description
The concept of empowerment has become increasingly popular with mental health professionals. But while it is a frequently cited goal in the helping professions, empowerment is often nothing more than a buzzword that lacks specificity and grounding in real-world applications. Consequently,little practical guidance exists demonstrating how to achieve it in specific instances with specific groups of people. This book is the first professional guide that operationalizes the theory of empowerment, outlines the conditions under which it is likely to occur, and applies a practical modelfor working with people with severe mental illness. In this unique and thoroughly researched volume, Donald Linhorst analyzes the conditions that facilitate empowerment and provides the framework necessary to bolster this historically powerless population's access to the material and cultural resources they need to regain control of their lives.Chapters illustrate how to foster empowerment in treatment planning, housing selection, organizational decision making, mental health service planning and policy making, employment, participation in research and evaluation, and consumer provision of mental health and support services. Case studiesfrom a public psychiatric hospital and a community mental health agency illustrate each of the seven areas and present evidence of the model's efficacy. Finally, the book maps out the roles that service providers, administrators, policy makers, advocacy groups, researchers, and clients can play inthe empowerment process. Checklists, step-by-step instructions, historical overviews, and vivid examples make this a valuable teaching tool, planning guide, and everyday reference for mental health professionals seeking an innovative and evidence-based approach to working with their clients with severe mentalillness.
Table of Contents
Conceptualizing Empowerment
A History of Powerlessness
Individual Rights, Coercion, and Empowerment
Conditions for Empowerment
Empowerment through Treatment Planning
Empowerment through Housing
Empowerment through Organizational Decision Making
Empowerment through Planning and Policy Making
Empowerment through Employment
Empowerment through Research
Empowerment through Service Provision
Creating and Living Empowered Lives
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