1st Edition

Improving Communication in Mental Health Settings Evidence-Based Recommendations from Practitioner-led Research

Edited By Michelle O'Reilly, Jessica Lester Copyright 2021
    264 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Improving Communication in Mental Health Settings draws on empirical studies of real-world settings to demonstrate contemporary practice-based evidence, providing effective strategies for communicating with patients/clients in mental health settings.

    The book integrates clinical experience and language-based evidence drawn from qualitative research. Drawing on studies that utilize scientific language-based approaches such as discourse and conversation analysis, it focuses on social interaction between professionals and patients/clients to demonstrate effective communication practices. Chapters are led by clinical professionals and feature a range of mental health settings, different mental health conditions and types of patient/client, and evidence-based recommendations.

    This book is an essential guide for professionals working in mental health and/or social work, and those training or working in clinical areas of mental health practice.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Communication, mental health, and how language-based research can help in practice

    Jessica Nina Lester and Michelle O’Reilly

    Part One: Communication with children and families

    Chapter 2: Communication in child mental health: Improving engagement with families

    Khalid Karim, Elizabeth McSweeney and Michelle O’Reilly

    Chapter 3: Exploring the practical potential of discursive research in family therapy

    Olga Smoliak, Shari Couture, Joaquin Gaete Silva, Marnie Rogers-de-Long, Ines Sametband and Andrea LaMarre

    Chapter 4: Communication in clinical psychology – using ‘you said’ in interactions with children to assess for risk

    Nikki Kiyimba

    Chapter 5: Children’s communication and their mental health: perspectives from speech and language therapy

    Judy Clegg

    Chapter 6: ‘Just ask’: How to talk to children and young people about self-harm and suicide risk

    Nikki Kiyimba, Khalid Karim and Michelle O’Reilly

    Chapter 7: Communicating with parents about psychotropic medication treatment

    F. Alethea Marti and Bonnie Zima

    Part Two: Communication with adults

    Chapter 8: Deception, fantasy and confabulation: What the stories of forensic patients with intellectual disabilities tell us about truth in therapeutic interactions

    Sushie Dobbinson

    Chapter 9: Communicating about feelings: examples from depression care

    Brandon Yarns and Elizabeth Bromley

    Chapter 10: Communication in mental health nursing – the power of the words we choose

    Mary Farrelly

    Chapter 11: Exploring the ‘talk’ of suicide: using discourse-informed approaches in exploring suicide risk

    Andrew Reeves

    Part Three: Learning Journeys

    Chapter 12: A PhD learning journey - the value of conversation analysis and discourse approaches for speech and language clinical practice.

    Alison Drewett

    Chapter 13: Developing supra-vision using naturally occurring video material within supervision

    Sarah Helps

    Chapter 14: Communication in research, evaluation or audit

    Tania Hart and Gillian Eccles



    Michelle O’Reilly is an associate professor of communication in mental health at the University of Leicester, UK.

    Jessica Nina Lester is an associate professor of inquiry methodology in the School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.