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Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness
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1: Conceptualizing Empowerment 2: A History of Powerlessness 3: Individual Rights, Coercion, and Empowerment 4: Conditions for Empowerment 5: Empowerment through Treatment Planning 6: Empowerment through Housing 7: Empowerment through Organizational Decision Making 8: Empowerment through Planning and Policy Making 9: Empowerment through Employment 10: Empowerment through Research 11: Empowerment through Service Provision 12: Creating and Living Empowered Lives

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"Bravo to Dr. Linhorst! Rarely has a text documented what has long been known by consumers and family members-the history of powerlessness experienced by people with severe mental illness that has served to keep them the most disenfranchised of all the disability groups. The books unique and most significant contribution is its presentation on the extent to which empowerment of people with mental illness is possible and what needs to happen to make it a reality. Cleverly organized and integrated, this book is packed with all the information most relevant to understanding and shaping policy and practice for severe mental illness."--Carol T. Mowbray, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Social Work "This book should be required reading for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and service providers!" --Joseph A. Rogers, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania "An invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the concept and parameters of empowerment and how it can be achieved by a historically powerless population. Dr. Linhorst provides practical strategies and techniques for activities in all the social and functional domains that can be empowering to adults with severe mental illness. An added bonus is a comprehensive review of relevant mental health policies. This is a must read for policymakers, planners, mental health administrators, providers, researchers, students, as well as consumers, and family members." --Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work This is a very practical and useful book, which challenges many traditional mental health values, practices, and policies. --LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D., Executive Publisher, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal "This book is inspiring...I work with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder and realize how difficult the work really is. But the book gives hope that change is possible for some individuals. Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."-- Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D., Doody's "This book is inspiring...Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."--Doody's "This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators, students, and service providers."-J.H. Rubin, St. Joseph College, in Choice Reviews "...to my knowledge Donald Linhorst's new and wonderful volume is the first which examines [empowerment] exclusively and comprehensively in the context of how it applies to people with serious and persistent mental illness ...In examining this complex phenomenon of empowerment, he leaves no stone unturned, and despite the daunting nature of his task, maintains an optimistic view of how people and cultures can change. This book is incredibly useful ... It can serve as the basis of a graduate course in numerous disciplines in mental health, and it can be used as a blueprint for state mental health systems preparing to transform." -- Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP Clinical and Community Psychologist in Independent Practice, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal "This book should be required reading for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and service providers!" --Joseph A. Rogers, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania "An invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the concept and parameters of empowerment and how it can be achieved by a historically powerless population. Dr. Linhorst provides practical strategies and techniques for activities in all the social and functional domains that can be empowering to adults with severe mental illness. An added bonus is a comprehensive review of relevant mental health policies. This is a must read for policymakers, planners, mental health administrators, providers, researchers, students, as well as consumers, and family members." --Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work "This is a very practical and useful book, which challenges many traditional mental health values, practices, and policies." --LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D., Executive Publisher, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal "Bravo to Dr. Linhorst! Rarely has a text documented what has long been known by consumers and family members-the history of powerlessness experienced by people with severe mental illness that has served to keep them the most disenfranchised of all the disability groups. The books unique and most significant contribution is its presentation on the extent to which empowerment of people with mental illness is possible and what needs to happen to make it a reality. Cleverly organized and integrated, this book is packed with all the information most relevant to understanding and shaping policy and practice for severe mental illness."--Carol T. Mowbray, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Social Work "This book is inspiring...I work with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder and realize how difficult the work really is. But the book gives hope that change is possible for some individuals. Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."-- Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D., Doody's "This book is inspiring...Dr. Linhorst has really given us a practical guide to treatment and how to involve, i.e. empower, clients to make choices about their lives."--Doody's "Overall, this is a must-read publication and addition to any working resource library for those interested in empowerment and self-determination for people with mental illness. As an educational resource, this book should be introduced in at least one core course at graduate and undergraduate mental health professional levels and used as mandatory reading for doctoral and medical professionals who will enter the mental health field of practice. Be prepared to have difficulty putting this book down once started."--Carolyn Russell, National Foundation for Self-Directed Care, Inc., in Research in Social Work Practice "This book is an indispensable resource for policy makers, educators, students, and service providers."-J.H. Rubin, St. Joseph College, in Choice Reviews "...to my knowledge Donald Linhorst's new and wonderful volume is the first which examines [empowerment] exclusively and comprehensively in the context of how it applies to people with serious and persistent mental illness ...In examining this complex phenomenon of empowerment, he leaves no stone unturned, and despite the daunting nature of his task, maintains an optimistic view of how people and cultures can change. This book is incredibly useful ... It can serve as the basis of a graduate course in numerous disciplines in mental health, and it can be used as a blueprint for state mental health systems preparing to transform." -- Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP Clinical and Community Psychologist in Independent Practice, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

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