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Foreword: Coming Back from the Dead Scott D. Miller; Preface David S. Prescott; Preface Birgit Valla; Chapter 1: How Effective Are We Really?; Chapter 2: Knowledge; Chapter 3: Feedback; Chapter 4: After Feedback Comes Practice; Chapter 5: Improving as a Therapist; Chapter 6: Improving the Organisation; Chapter 7: Listen!; Chapter 8: Beyond Best Practices; Epilogue Birgit Valla; Epilogue David S. Prescott; Index

About the Author

Birgit Valla is a Norwegian clinical psychologist and leader of a mental health service for children, families, adults and people with addictions and substance abuse, which is developed based upon the feedback from the people seeking help. Valla is also a writer, lecturer and public speaker. David Prescott has worked in the field of treating sexual abuse for 34 years and has produced 18 book projects in the areas of abuse and psychotherapy. He lectures around the world is the recipient of two lifetime achievement awards from international organizations. He is a Senior Associate for the International Center for Clinical Excellence.


"In the volume Beyond Best Practice: How Mental Health Services Can Be Better, Birgit Valla and David Prescott tackle the foremost issue in mental health services. As therapists and mental health workers, we strive to provide the best possible service to our clients. Unfortunately, this is not an easy task: therapists generally do not improve over the course of their careers and systems of care often are bureaucratic institutions that unintentionally obstruct change and innovation. Valla and Prescott discuss how we (therapists, administrators, and policy makers) can change mental health services to be more effective. The authors "walk the talk" so to speak, because over the years they have successfully improved mental health services in their work places. This volume is not only informative-it is inspiring."
Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, ABPP, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Norway.

"15 years from now, we will realise that we have got it wrong about a lot of things in mental health care. Birgit Villa and David Prescott point us in the direction that we need to go. They have got it right. Buy 10 copies of this book and give them to your colleagues. This book is a conversation-piece we need to have."

Daryl Chow, PhD, Author of The First Kiss: Undoing the Intake Model and Igniting First Sessions in Psychotherapy "This book represents ground-breaking ideas about how to think differently about mental health care all over the world. With these ideas Birgit Valla has managed to change the entire system in her home town in Norway. This book is a must-read for anybody interested in delivering better services to the people seeking help from mental health care professionals." Susanne Bargmann, psychologist, author, trainer and international speaker, Denmark

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