The book is co–authored by a range of carers and service users, alongside a number of professionals in different roles, including service managers, Mental Health Trust directors, nurses and psychologists. This collaborative approach captures the benefits of a true alliance between the service user and/or carer, and the professional with whom they are working. This book is testimony to the healing properties which emerge when professional skills and private insight and suffering combine to create an inspired holism .
The contributors detail the skills and knowledge bases needed for interventions in a variety of settings, including outreach work, group work and family work, as well as treatment on acute wards. Each chapter examines its implications for mental health practice and policy, and editorial introductions and conclusions draw together the main themes of the book
Foreword: Lu Duhig, Laurie Bryant and Professor Antony Sheehan.
Preface: Richard Velleman, Gina Smith, Michael Drage and Eric Davis.
1 Psychosocial Developments: Towards a Model of Recovery: Eric Davis, Richard Velleman, Gina Smith and Michael Drage.
2 Shared Caring for a First Episode of Psychosis: An Opportunity to Promote Hope and Recovery: Mandy Reed and Caroline Stevens.
3 Integrating Family and Individual Approaches with People Who Experience Bipolar Disorder: Annie Higgs and Roger Thompson.
4 Positive Risk–taking within Family Intervention: Gina Smith, Alison Drage, Emily Drage, James Drage and Michael Drage.
5 Assertive Outreach and Family Work: Frank Burbach, John Carter, Jane Carter and Matthew Carter.
6 Relapse Prevention in Bipolar Disorder with Staff Who Are also Service Users: Eric Davis, Guy Undrill and Lauren Samuels.
7 Women s Experiences of Psychosis: Recognition of Gendered Difference: Vicky MacDougall, Karen Luckett and Megan Jones.
8 Advance Agreements, Advanced Directives and Pre–emptive Care–planning: Steve Brooks, Jo Denney and John Mikeson.
9 Recovery from Voice–hearing through Groupwork: Keith Coupland and Tim Cuss.
10 Recovery through Sports in First–episode Psychosis: Sean Adams, Lydia Bishop and Jane Bellinger.
11 Employment, Mental Health and PSI: Occupation is Everyone s Job: Sarah–joy Boldison, Rosie Davies, Hilary Hawkes, Christine Pacé and Ruth Sayers.
12 Using Effective Management Strategies to Facilitate the Delivery of PSI: Debbie Furniss and Eric Davis.
13 Carer Practitioner Collaboration in Research and Evaluation: Willm Mistral, Michael Drage, Gina Smith, Siobhan Floyd and Nicola Cocks.
14 Changing Practice: Gina Smith, Michael Drage, Eric Davis and Richard Velleman.
Eric Davis is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of West of England (UWE) and a consultant clinical psychologist with the Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust. He is the Trust lead, and the National Institute for Mental Health, England (NIMHE) southwest associate, for early intervention in psychosis and helped to set up the Integrated Approaches to Serious Mental Illness course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Gina Smith is a consultant nurse with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and is the Trust lead for psychosocial interventions. She is a co–facilitator on the Integrated Approaches to Serious Mental Illness course at the University of Gloucestershire and is the Clinical Director of Studies for the postgraduate programme in mental health practice at the University of Bath.
Michael Drage is a carer who has been involved with the Family Work for Psychosis service in the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for many years, both as someone receiving help from the service, and as a key participant in training and information courses about the family work service. He is now a lead carer–researcher with the AWP s Family Work for Psychosis service.