Community Psychology and Community Mental Health: Towards Transformative Change

Paperback | September 10, 2014

EditorGeoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, Jose Ornelas

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Mental health practices and programs around the world face growing criticism from policymakers, consumers, and service providers for being ineffective, overly reliant on treatment by professionals, and overly focused on symptoms. Many have called for new paradigms of mental health and newpractices that can better support recovery, community integration, and adaptive functioning for persons diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. While there has recently been much discourse about transformation and recovery, there has yet to be a critical and systematic review that unpacks theconcept of mental health systems transformation or that examines strategies for how to create transformative change in mental health.Community Psychology and Community Mental Health provides empirical justification and a conceptual foundation for transformative change in mental health, based on community psychology values and principles of ecology, collaboration, empowerment, and social justice. Chapters provide strategies formaking changes at the level of society, policy, organizations, community settings, and mental health practices. The editors and authors draw from experience in different countries in recognition of the need to tailor change strategies to different contexts. The common experiences of theinternational perspectives represented underscore the importance and the need for a new paradigm while demonstrating that there are many alternatives and opportunities for pursuing transformative change. This book will be of interest to community mental health professionals, researchers, and students, as well as policymakers, administrators, and those with lived experience of mental health issues.

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Mental health practices and programs around the world face growing criticism from policymakers, consumers, and service providers for being ineffective, overly reliant on treatment by professionals, and overly focused on symptoms. Many have called for new paradigms of mental health and newpractices that can better support recovery, comm...

Geoffrey Nelson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and a faculty member in the graduate program in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. His research and practice has focused on community mental health programs and supports for people with serious mental illness and community-based prevention programs for...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:September 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Julian Rappaport: ForewordPart I. Overview of Community Psychology, Community Mental Health, and Transformative Change1. Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas: Transformative Change in Community Mental Health: A Community Psychology FrameworkPart II. Theoretical Perspectives on Transformative Change2. Bret Kloos, Jose Ornelas, and Geoffrey Nelson: Drawing Upon Community Psychology History and Theory as Resources for Transformative Change in Mental Health3. John Sylvestre: Perspectives on Transformative Change in Community Mental Health4. Marybeth Shinn: The Capabilities Approach to Transformative Change in Mental HealthPart III. Transformative Change and Consumer Participation5. Larry Davidson, Priscilla Ridgway, Maria O'Connell, and Thomas A. Kirk, Jr.: Transforming Mental Health Care through the Participation of the Recovery Community6. Louis D. Brown and Susan Rogers: The Impact of Mental Health Consumer-Run Organizations on Transformative ChangePart IV. Transformative Change in Services and Practices7. Mary Ellen Copeland and Jessica A. Jonikas: Wellness Recovery Action Planning: The Role of Wellness Promotion in a New Paradigm of Community Mental Health8. Tim Aubry and Mary O'Hagan: Defining the Competencies of Different Stakeholders in a Transformed Mental Health System9. Geoffrey Nelson, Hsiao d'Ailly, Joanna Ochocka, Rich Janzen, Sarah Maiter, and Nora Jacobson: Planning Transformative Change for Mental Health Services for Cultural-linguistic CommunitiesPart V. Transformative Community Change10. Bret Kloos, Greg Townley, Victoria Chien, Betsy Davis, Laura Kurzban, and David Asiamah: Recovering Community in Mental Health: The Contributions and Challenges of Community Psychology11. Mark Salzer and Richard C. Baron: Who Is John?: Community Integration as a Paradigm for Transformative Change in Community Mental HealthPart VI. Transformative Change of Social Conditions12. Jose Ornelas, Teresa Duarte, and Maria Fatima Jorge-Monteiro: Transformative Organizational Change in Community Mental Health13. Paula Goering and Sam Tsemberis: Housing First and System/Community Transformation14. Karen Unger: Supported Education as a Vehicle for Transformative Change in Mental Health Treatment PhilosophyPart VII. Transformative Policy Change15. John Trainor and David Reville: Beginning to Take Control: Ontario's Consumer/Survivor Development Initiative16. Myra Piat and Lauren Polvere: Recovery-oriented Mental Health Policies: Implications for Transformative Change in Five NationsPart VIII. Conclusion17. Nev Jones, Lauren Munro, Jay Harrison, Rita Aguiar: Transforming Research for Transformative Change in Mental Health: Towards the Future18. Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas: Transformative Change in Community Mental Health: Future Directions

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"This is an important book--a great collection of ideas and examples about how best to engage in transformative action and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities. From identifying problems in existing paradigms of community mental health, to discussingpotential approaches and solutions, this book is a great resource for everyone interested in action to bring about positive social change." --Vicky Stergiopoulos, MD, Psychiatrist-In-Chief, St. Michael's Hospital, and Associate Professor and Director, Division of Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto