Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice

Hardcover | November 12, 2013

byAlan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, Kenneth Dudek

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Often people with mental illness feel alone in society, with no place to go and little hope. Their isolation can be further perpetuated through typical approaches to treatment, such as case management and psychotherapy.

Since 1948, the Fountain House "working community" has worked to address the isolation and social stigmatization faced by people with mental illness. This volume describes in detail its evidence-based, cost-effective, and replicable model, which produces substantive outcomes in employment, schooling, housing, and general wellness. Through an emphasis on personal choice, professional and patient collaboration, and, most important, "the need to be needed," Fountain House demonstrates that people with serious mental illness can not only live but also contribute and thrive in society.

The authors also explore the evolution of Fountain House practice, which is grounded in social work and psychiatry and informs current strength-based and recovery methodologies. Its inherent humanity, social inclusivity, message of personal empowerment, and innovation-a unique approach on behalf of people suffering from mental illness-have led to the paradigm's worldwide adoption.

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Often people with mental illness feel alone in society, with no place to go and little hope. Their isolation can be further perpetuated through typical approaches to treatment, such as case management and psychotherapy.Since 1948, the Fountain House "working community" has worked to address the isolation and social stigmatization face...

Alan Doyle is the director of the Fountain House Institute. He is a former assistant director for occupational education for a regional school system on Long Island, has served as the federal liaison for the Massachusetts State Education Commissioner, and attended Fordham University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Julius ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023115710X

ISBN - 13:9780231157100

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Foreword by Ezra S. SusserIntroductionPart I. Working Community1. Insights from Activity Group Therapy2. Reinventing Fountain House3. Core Principles of a Working Community Part II. Social Practice4. Defining Social Practice 5. Transformational Design6. Motivational Coaching7. Issues in Relationships Afterword: A Place for Recovery in the CommunityAcknowledgmentsChronologyGlossaryReferencesIndex

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