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The Tidal Model

A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, 1st Edition

By Prof Philip J Barker, Poppy Buchanan-Barker


304 pages

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The Tidal Model represents a significant alternative to mainstream mental health theories, emphasising how those suffering from mental health problems can benefit from taking a more active role in their own treatment.

Based on extensive research, The Tidal Model charts the development of this approach, outlining the theoretical basis of the model to illustrate the benefits of a holistic model of care which promotes self-management and recovery. Clinical examples are also employed to show how, by exploring rather than ignoring a client's narrative, practitioners can encourage the individual's greater involvement in the decisions affecting their assessment and treatment. The appendices guide the reader in developing their own assessment and care plans.

The Tidal Model's comprehensive coverage of the theory and practice of this model will be of great use to a range of mental health professionals and those in training in the fields of mental health nursing, social work, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and occupational therapy.


'The sheer exuberance of language, elegance of style and conviction of belief will no doubt appeal to many but I suspect that the real value of the book lies not only with its implication for immediate change in its capacity to stimulate critique and discussion concerning the purposes and future of mental health care and for that reason alone is well worth reading.' - William Whitfield, The International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research

'This is a very readable book and makes the model acccessible for all. Ward Managers should have it at the top of their reading list.' - Theo Stickley, Mental Health Today, June 2005

'With its particular emphasis on assessment and care plans, it may be of particular interest to those working in hospital settings, as well as to social workers and counsellors.' - Human Givens Journal

Table of Contents

Tales of Shipwrecks and Castaways Philosophical Assumptions: A Credo Throwing Out the Lifelines: The Meaning of Caring Manning the Lifeboats: The Tidal Model in Practice A Map of the Territory The Self Domain: The Need for Emotional Security The Assessment of Suicide Risk Engagement: Supporting the Self in Crisis The World Domain: Planning Holistic Care The Others Domain: An Anchor in the Social World The Lantern on the Stern: Individual Care All Hands to the Pumps: Group Care Making Waves: Theoretical and Philosophical Undercurrents Origins and Developments: In the Shallows, In the Deep The Voyage from Recovery to Reclamation The Ten Commitments

About the Author

Philip J. Barker is a psychotherapist in private practice and also Visiting Professor at Trinity College, Dublin.

Poppy Buchanan-Barker is a Social Worker and Director of the Barkers' Independent Mental Health Consultancy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health