On Being and Having a Case Manager: A Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health by Jeffrey LonghoferOn Being and Having a Case Manager: A Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health by Jeffrey Longhofer

On Being and Having a Case Manager: A Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health

byJeffrey Longhofer, Paul Kubek, Jerry Floersch

Paperback | April 5, 2010

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On Being and Having a Case Manager stresses the importance of the process of building relationships in helping clients realize independent lives. Based on a two-year study of Marilyn and her case managers, this book emphasizes the intentional exchange of attention and information between case managers, clients, and others within the caring network and clearly outlines a practical method for all service providers, clients, family members, and close friends to follow.

Throughout the day, from moment to moment, relationships fluctuate among doing for, doing with, standing by for support, and doing for oneself. By observing Marilyn and her case manager, the authors prove the value of mutually and continuously monitoring these fluctuations within three primary domains-feeling, thinking, and acting-while carrying out daily activities. These findings show that managers are often stuck in doing-for modes of relating. Indeed, this may be one of the factors that contribute most to case manager and client burnout. While some clients with severe and persistent symptoms may, in fact, frequently require others to do-for, some like Marilyn may not require as much. They may need more doing-with and standing-by to encourage mastery and the internalization of confidence.
Jeffrey Longhofer is an associate professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and has served as editor and associate editor of journals for the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.Paul M. Kubek is director of communications at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Wester...
Title:On Being and Having a Case Manager: A Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:April 5, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231132662

ISBN - 13:9780231132664

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Relational Method for Recovery
1. Culinary Arts
2. An Apartment of Her Own
3. Disappearance
4. Realizing the Promise of Case Management: A Relational Approach to Recovery
Appendix 1. Research Methods
Appendix 2. Relational Case Management Form

Editorial Reviews

As the former Commissioner of Human Services for the State of New Jersey, as the former Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association, and as an individual with over forty years of experience in the field, I have come to realize the vital contributions of professional case management services to the health and well-being of individuals affected by mental illness and other life challenges. These authors define and explicate an approach I believe will result in better life outcomes for those served, as well as strengthen the policy and practice of 'de-institutionalization' for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. They create a template for case management services that directly contribute to empowerment, recovery, and wellness.