9780195171877

Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness A Practical Guide

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195171877

  • ISBN10:

    019517187X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-09-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Donald M. Linhorst is Associate Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Service at Saint Louis University.

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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Excerpts

"In this 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 studies from 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, policymakers, advocacy groups, researchers, and clients, can play in the 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 mental illness."--BOOK JACKET.

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