For many people presenting with mental illness, trauma is the primary problem. Humanising Mental Health Care in Australia outlines the trauma-informed approaches in mental health care that help bring a humanistic attitude towards mental illness and those who suffer from it.
The perspective of trauma-informed care transforms our understanding that those with severe mental illness may be significantly affected by abuse and trauma. The book is organised into four sections. The first outlines theory, constructs and effects of abuse and trauma. The second section addresses the effects of abuse and trauma on specific populations. The third section outlines a diverse range of individual treatment approaches. The final section offers a broader perspective and examines the organisation and delivery of services.
Written for mental health professionals, Humanising Mental Health Care in Australia represents a cross-section of experts, including senior clinicians, therapists, academics, theorists, researchers, consumer advocates and system managers, all working at the forefront of the field. This book is an essential resource to help the field find the way back to a more humane model of care
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 424
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
The learning from this book will also enable others to develop a greater understanding of the appropriate approach to the treatment of people suffering complex trauma.
The Honourable Peter McClellan, AM, QC, Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Every mental health clinician and health policy maker and administrator in the country should read Humanising Mental Health Care in Australia. Set out in four sections, it is an easy to read, informative and important text about the impact of trauma on mental health, and why it is important to recognise it and respond appropriately, at both an individual level and a systems level. No matter what your background, if you are interested in how to improve the delivery of compassionate mental health care, I guarantee you will find true `pearls of wisdom' in this book.
Dr Peggy Brown, AO, Former Chief Executive Officer, National Mental Health Commission
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