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Best Practices in Community Mental Health

A Pocket Guide

Edited by Vikki L. Vandiver

Publication Date - 01 July 2013

ISBN: 9780190615239

280 pages
6 x 9 inches

In Stock


Best Practices in Community Mental Health: A Pocket Guide is a quick reference guide to best practices that are essential for providing comprehensive, holistic care. Intended for use across a wide range of disciplines within mental health-social work, counseling, psychiatric nursing and rehabilitation, public psychiatry-the pocket guide offers a well-rounded foundation of services that can be adapted to each practice setting. This comprehensive but compact overview lends itself well to in-service trainings and makes an ideal companion for students in mental health internships and practicums. The accessible, actionable format spares busy professionals the need to hunt through long textbooks and articles for the information they need right away.
This pocket guide is the first book of its kind to compile such a diverse set of practices, providing essential theory and background for each one, along with a review of available evidence, steps for implementation, and strategies for assessment and evaluation. Each chapter opens with a case study that provides an insider's perspective and closes with a glossary and links to online resources.


  • Review of evidence for each intervention
  • Case examples in each chapter provide an insider's perspective on each practice
  • Glossary, links to online resources, and further reading at the end of each chapter

About the Author(s)

Vikki L. Vandiver (Dr.P.H. University of Texas, Houston, MSW, University of Houston) is professor of social work at Portland State University and affiliate professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University.

Table of Contents

    Introduction - What are Best Practices and Why Should We Care? (Vikki L. Vandiver)
    Part I Behavioral Healthcare Oriented Best Practices
    1. Integrated Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder (Madeleine S. Rafferty & Robert Drake)
    2. Nonmedical Roles in Psychopharmacotherapy (Kia J. Bentley & Joseph Walsh)
    3. Illness Management and Recovery (Kim T. Mueser & Susan Gingerich)
    4. Best Practices for Improving the Health of Persons with Serious Mental Illness and Comorbid Physical Conditions (Sara Bressi Nath)
    5. Harm Reduction in Mental Health Practice (Katie Witkiewitz, Justin Walthers, & G. Alan Marlatt)
    Part II Community Oriented Best Practices
    6. Tribal Best Practices: A Native American Horsemanship Program for Indian Youth (John Spence & Vikki L. Vandiver)
    7. Assertive Community Treatment and Recovery (Michelle P. Salyers, Sam Tsemberis, & Laura Stull)
    8. Supported Housing (Yin-Ling Irene Wong & Sungkyu Lee)
    9. Housing First: Homelessness, Recovery, and Community Integration (Sam Tsemberis & Benjamin Henwood)
    10. Supported Employment (Marina Kukla & Gary R. Bond)
    Part III Empowerment Oriented Best Practices
    11. Spirituality and Mental Health (David Derezotes)
    12. Recovery Oriented Services (Victoria Stanhope & Phyllis Solomon)
    13. Motivational Interviewing (Alan B. McGuire & Tim D. Gearhart)
    14. Best Practices for Family Caregivers of People with Severe Mental Illness (Susan E. Mason)
    Part IV Educationally Oriented Best Practices
    15. Psychiatric Rehabilitation (William Anthony, Rick Forbess, & Kathleen Furlong-Norman)
    16. Supported Education (Karen V. Unger)
    17. Psychoeducation (Joseph Walsh)
    Part V Children and Youth Oriented Best Practices
    18. Early Intervention for Youth Psychosis: The Australian Model (Patrick McGorry & Sherilyn Goldstone)
    19. Best Practices in Children's Mental Health (Peter Nguyen)
    Part VI Organizationally Oriented Best Practices: Pulling It All Together
    20. The Sanctuary Model: A Best-Practices Approach to Organizational Change (Sandra Bloom)
    Concluding Remarks
    Are We There Yet? Ensuring Quality Best Practices (Vikki L. Vandiver)

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