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Psychosocial Assessment in Mental Health

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PART 1: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE Chapter 1: Overview of Assessment in Mental Health Care - Steve Trenoweth and Nicki Moone Chapter 2: Assessment Approaches and Methods - Steve Trenoweth, Reuben Pearce and Nicki Moone Chapter 3: Principles of Selecting Rating Scales and Assessment Tools - Mark Gillespie, Alison Toner and Mick Fleming PART 2: PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENTS Chapter 4: The Presenting Problem - Susan Bowman and Fiona Martin Chapter 5: Social and Environmental Context - Steve Trenoweth Chapter 6: Physical Health - Teresa Burdett Chapter 7: History Taking - Reuben Pearce Chapter 8: Mental State Examination - Caroline Attard Chapter 9: Risk Assessment - Francis Thompson, Steve Trenoweth and Alicia Powell Chapter 10: Substance Use - Mary O'Toole Chapter 11: Strengths and Mental Wellbeing - Steve Trenoweth PART 3: ANALYSING AND INTEGRATING ASSESSMENT INFORMATION Chapter 12: Case Conceptualisation - Nicki Moone, Jackie Glenister and Brian Thomson Chapter 13: Identifying Strengths and Formulating Needs Statements - Vicky Naidoo Chapter 14: Formulating Goal Statements - Alison Elliott, John Butler and Tracey Kearns

About the Author

Dr Steven Trenoweth is a mental health nurse and an senior lecturer at Bournemouth University. He is responsible for teaching a range of health related topics at both undergraduate and post graduate levels specifically within the field of mental health and psychology. His interests include positive health and psychosocial interventions.


`This textbook is an excellent companion for mental health practitioners seeking to develop their psychosocial assessment skills. The knowledge is clearly conveyed, valuing the service users' perspective. There are many practical examples to illustrate the link between theory and clinical practice, including crucial reflexive exercises supporting the readers learning.' -- Angelina Chadwick `Psychosocial assessment in mental health is an extremely valuable resource for all healthcare practitioners. The interesting and informative format is consistent throughout with the addition of the `service user voice' adding an appreciated component. The `integration of assessment information' is covered well. Definitely a core text.' -- Keith Ford `During assessment practitioners often gather pertinent information, however the real challenge lies in the next step of synthesising this into planning appropriate interventions. This book sequentially provides robust evidence based assessment strategies leading to collaborative case conceptualisation promoting strength based practice and appropriate intervention. A must for the Mental Health Practitioner.' -- Ian Mckay

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