Deaf Mental Health Care

Edited by Neil S. Glickman

© 2013 – Routledge

398 pages

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Paperback: 9780415894753
pub: 2012-12-06
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pub: 2012-12-06

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About the Book

This volume presents a state of the art account of the clinical specialty of mental health care of deaf people. Drawing upon some of the leading clinicians, teachers, administrators, and researchers in this field from the United States and Great Britain, it addresses critical issues from this specialty such as

  • Deaf/hearing cross cultural dynamics as they impact treatment organizations
  • Clinical and interpreting work with deaf persons with widely varying language abilities
  • Adaptations of best practices in inpatient, residential, trauma, and substance abuse treatment for deaf persons
  • Overcoming administrative barriers to establishing statewide continua of care
  • University training of clinical specialists
  • The interplay of clinical and forensic responses to deaf people who commit crimes
  • An agenda of priorities for Deaf mental health research

Each chapter contains numerous clinical case studies and places a heavy emphasis on providing practical intervention strategies in an interesting, easy to read style. All mental health professionals who work with deaf individuals will find this to be an invaluable resource for creating and maintaining culturally affirmative treatment with this population.


"The group of authors brought together to create Deaf Mental Health Care consists of remarkable writers, researchers, and treatment providers. This text provides a multifaceted review of the past, present, and future of deaf mental health services through a clinical and cultural context. Deaf Mental Health Care is a must read for clinicians and practitioners serving individuals who are deaf. It is certainly a comprehensive, informative, educational, and timely clinical compilation of the history, current needs, and future directions of mental health care for individuals who are deaf. Each chapter is a well-crafted, succinct review of a particular topic, providing a coherent context of best practices and services within a culturally competent framework that can easily be followed and hopefully adopted by treatment providers." - Jill M. Meyer, PsycCritiques

"Most textbooks on mental health overwhelm readers with research. However, Deaf Mental Health is able to strike a comfortable balance between research and practice. Chapters appear to be written with an emphasis on practitioners as consumers of this text. Thus, the work is not only easy to read, it is truly difficult to put down. The book is an essential text for clinicians working in the field who interact with deaf clients and patients. Furthermore, it contains enough research that it could be used as text in university courses on mental health care with deaf people." –Gabriel I. Lomas, PhD., Western Connecticut State University, JADARA

"Deaf Mental Health Care is by far the best, most comprehensive and objective book on the psychological aspects of deafness I have read during my 58 years of working as a psychologist in the field of deafness." - McCay Vernon, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, McDaniel College

"In his much anticipated book, the gifted Dr. Neil Glickman and his extraordinary collaborators have set the new standard for excellence in understanding and delivering culturally affirmative, linguistically accessible Deaf mental health care. It is important reading for all stakeholders in Deaf mental health care. I strongly recommend this book to you." - Bill McCrone, EdD, Professor Emeritus (Counseling) and Dean, School of Education & Human Services (1995-2001), Gallaudet University

Table of Contents

Glickman, Lessons Learned from 23 Years of a Deaf Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Gournaris, Aubrecht, Deaf/Hearing Cross-Cultural Conflicts and the Creation of Culturally Competent Treatment Programs. Glickman, Crump, Sign Language Dysfluency in some Deaf Persons: Implications for Interpreters and Clinicians Working in Mental Health Settings. Gournaris, Hamerdinger, Williams, Creating a Culturally Affirmative Continuum of Mental Health Services: The Experiences of Three States. Glickman, Heines, Creating Culturally and Clinically Competent Deaf Residential Treatment Programs. Guthmann, Sternfeld, Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: Adaptations to Best Practices when Working with Culturally Deaf Persons. Bishop, Culturally Affirmative Adaptations to Trauma Treatment with Deaf Children in Residential Settings. Bryce, Leigh, Sheridan, Smith, Training of Mental Health Professionals: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. O’Rourke, Austen, Glickman, Deaf People in the Criminal Justice System: Is a Culturally Affirmative Response Possible or Desirable? Glickman, Pollard, Deaf Mental Health Research: Where We’ve been and Where We Hope to Go.

About the Editor

Neil S. Glickman, PhD, is the former Unit Director of the Mental Health Unit for Deaf Persons at Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts. He currently works as a psychologist with Deaf Services for Advocates, Inc., in Framingham, MA, and consults with Deaf Schools, rehabilitation programs, and mental health programs nationwide.

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As a set of healing practices delivered in a context shaped by health delivery systems and the attitudes and values of consumers, practitioners, and researchers, counseling and psychotherapy must be examined critically.

By understanding the historical and cultural context of counseling and psychotherapy and by examining the extant research, these critical inquiries seek a deeper, richer understanding of what is a remarkably effective endeavor.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling