This book explores, in depth, the link between modern psychiatric practice and the person-centred approach. It promotes an open dialogue between traditional rivals – counsellors and psychiatrists within the NHS – to assist greater understanding and improve practice. Easy to read and comprehend, it explains complex issues in a clear and accessible manner. The author is a full-time psychiatrist and qualified counsellor who offers a unique perspective drawing on personal experience. Humanising Psychiatry and Mental Health Care will be of significant interest and help to all mental health professionals including psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, social care workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, person-centred counsellors and therapists. Health and social care policy makers and shapers, including patient groups, will also find it helpful and informative.
Section One: Theoretical and philosophical challenges of the person-centred approach. What is the person-centred approach? A theory of personality and behaviour. Who has the power and where is the expertise? Thinking about mental disorder: concepts and causes. What is wrong with me? Assessment, diagnosis and the medical model. Health, healing or cure? The person-centred approach to treatment. Section two: Practical applications of the person-centred approach. The healing power of relationshipListening with attitude. The person-centred approach to severe psychopathology and psychosis. Looking after ourselves: support, supervision and personal development.