Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness: A Practical Guide

Hardcover | October 28, 2005

byDonald M. Linhorst

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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.

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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 ...

Donald M. Linhorst is at St. Louis University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:October 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019517187X

ISBN - 13:9780195171877

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Table of Contents

1. Conceptualizing Empowerment2. A History of Powerlessness3. Individual Rights, Coercion, and Empowerment4. Conditions for Empowerment5. Empowerment through Treatment Planning6. Empowerment through Housing7. Empowerment through Organizational Decision Making8. Empowerment through Planning and Policy Making9. Empowerment through Employment10. Empowerment through Research11. Empowerment through Service Provision12. Creating and Living Empowered Lives

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"...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