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Community Mental Health

Challenges for the 21st Century, Second Edition

Edited by Samuel J. Rosenberg, Jessica Rosenberg

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344 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The first edition of Community Mental Health quickly established itself as one of the most comprehensive and timely books about mental health practice in community settings. Readers will find that this new edition is also on the leading edge of the field, providing the most up-to-date research and treatment models in the field.

Experts from a wide range of professions – social work, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, public health, sociology, and law – explore the major trends, best practices, and policy issues shaping community mental health services today. Coverage of each topic shifts the focus from management to recovery in the treatment of chronically mentally ill patients. Coverage of organizational and policy issues gives students a head start on mastering the overarching factors that shape their field.

This book offers the greatest breadth of coverage available, including hot-button topics like the following:

  • evidence-based treatments
  • neuropsychiatric perspectives
  • Diversity
  • Substance abuse

New chapters cover a variety of special populations, which ensures students are prepared to work with a wide range of issues, including:

  • returning veterans
  • military families and families of the mentally ill
  • people affected by the "Great Recession"
  • teenagers
  • children
  • the homeless

Students preparing to become mental health professionals, practitioners in community mental health settings, and policy planners and advocates engaged in the evaluation and development of programs in the human services will find this text to be an invaluable resource in their training and work.

A collection of supplemental resources are available online to benefit both instructors and students. Instructors will find PowerPoint slides and test banks to aid in conducting their courses, and students can access a library of helpful learning activities, suggested readings and resources, and a glossary of important terms. These materials can be accessed at


"This outstanding volume represents a comprehensive and scholarly guide for anyone with interests in the evolution of the Community Mental Health movement, its current status, and a vision of what we might expect in the near future. The internationally known authors of this second edition of Community Mental Health offer insightful analyses of challenges we face in our evolving health care landscape and provide innovative and creative solutions that have the capacity to transform the way we extend mental health services." - Leonard A. Jason, Director, Center for Community Research, DePaul University

"In Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century, Jessica Rosenberg and Samuel Rosenberg provide a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date research on best practices in community mental health in today’s culture and political climate. The quality of information that this book provides is strengthened by the unique contributions of experts from numerous mental health-focused disciplines, including social work, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, public health and law. Infused into each chapter is an emphasis on the importance of addressing the stigma associated with mental health concerns and promoting a recovery philosophy that empowers individuals to pursue lives that go beyond simply resigning themselves to living unresponsively with mental illness." - Adam Miller, The Professional Counselor

"The editors have presented a comprehensive view of community mental health in this volume that expands upon the previous edition. The chapters capture an array of timely topics presented by experts. One finds in the pages of this forward looking book that mental health needs and practices are defined for the present and into the future. This is a must read for mental health professionals." - Peter B. Vaughan, PhD, Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University

Table of Contents

Part I: From Stigma to Recovery Corrigan, Lee, Recovery and Stigma in People with Psychiatric Disabilities. Rosenberg, J., Rosenberg, S., Huygen, Klein, Marginal No More: Serious Mental Illness, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Preference. Pulice, Miccio, Where do we go from here? The Mental Health Consumer Movement in the United States. Part II: Emerging Trends in Community Mental Health Flynn, Hassan, West, Emerging Community Mental Health Challenges: Meeting the Needs of Veterans and Families Impacted by Military Service. Heilbrun, Bingham, Community Mental Health: Innovations in Diversion from Prosecution of People with Mental Illness. Section III: Community Mental Health across the Life Cycle Krase, Community Mental Health with Children and Youth. Lynch, Mason, McFarlane, Family Psychoeducation in the Treatment of Mental Illness: Historical Context, Current Practice, and Future Directions. Friedman, Williams, Kidder, Furst, Meeting the Mental Health Challenges of the Elder Boom. Section IV: Diversity and Community Mental Health Carten, African Americans, Racism, and Mental Health. Lim, Ton, Lu, Community Mental Health Services to Asian Americans. Cabassa, Community Mental Health Services to Latinos. Naturale, Community Mental Health: Cross-Cultural Mental Health Response in Disasters. Section V: Best Practices in Community Mental Health McLaughlin, Assertive Community Treatment: An Evidence-Based Practice and Its Continuing Evolution. Biegel, Kola, Ronis, Kruszynski, Evidence-Based Treatment for Adults with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders: Current Practice and Future Directions. Wilson, Neuropsychiatric Perspectives on Community Mental Health: Theory and Practice. Thomas, Case Management Strategies that Target High-Risk Homeless Subpopulations. Section VI: Community Mental Health - Organizational and Policy Issues Klein, Community Mental Health: Policy and Practice. Sullivan, "The Times They are a Changin' - Again." Glossary.

About the Editors

Jessica Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Social Work at Long Island University.

Samuel J. Rosenberg is Dean of the School of Social Science and Human Services and Professor of Social Work and Sociology at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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- Throughout, this book shifts from a view of treatment as management of chronically mentally ill patients to one that emphasizes recovery.

- This edited book provides research and theoretical perspectives from the leaders in each field to ensure students are exposed to diverse, cutting edge viewpoints. For more information on each of the contributors, see page X.

- Incorporates EPAS standards (see cheat sheet for chapter-by-chapter details), so professors are compliant with society regulations and best prepare students for the remainder of their scholarship and their career.

Pedagogical Features:

- Each chapter includes a number of resources to ensure students fully engage with and understand the material, including internet resources, additional suggested readings, discussion questions and more. See pages 58-59 for an example of what you can expect in each chapter.

- A rich body of case studies illustrates the principles in the text, keeping students interested and illustrating hot-button issues they are likely to encounter in a memorable way. See pages 185-87, "Uganda During a Long-Term, Post-Conflict Community Mental Health Response Effort” for an example.

- The online resources include activities listed chapter-by-chapter, so it’s easy to find the right exercise for any situation.

Coverage of Unique Topics:

- Policy issues: See pages 280-281 for an example of how these important and oft-overlooked topics are addressed in this book.

- Evidence-based and neuropsychiatric treatments: Pages 238-239 showcase an introduction to the theory and practice of neuropsychiatric perspectives. See also pages 197 and 215 for two takes on evidence-based treatment.

- Special populations: This coverage ensures students are prepared to work with a wide range of issues, including returning veterans; military families and families of the mentally ill; people affected by the “Great Recession”; teenagers; children; and the homeless. See the table of contents (Parts Two and Three) for the range of populations addressed.

- Diversity: Part Four of the book is devoted to teaching community mental health with diverse populations. Each of the largest “minority” groups in the US are addressed separately, rather than lumping all the varied and dissimilar issues these populations face into a single chapter.