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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2007): Mental health services - overseas

Social work in mental health: an evidence-based approach

B. A. Thyer and J. S. Wodarski

Hoboken N.J.: Wiley, 2007

The book provides a comprehensive and contemporary reference to the delivery of evidence-based care in mental health services. It covers a wide spectrum of mental health disorders and describes the most current, empirically supported techniques for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders as classified by the DSM-IV-TR. Examples of evidence-based interventions guide the reader through the process and provide insight into the philosophy as well as the scientific basis underlying each technique and intervention presented. Coverage ranges from disorders seen in early infancy and childhood through the adolescent and adult years. Disorders covered include:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Substance abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Mental retardation

Wooed by an Italian model

D. Hayes

Community Care, May 24th 2007, p. 34-35

Trieste is a city of 240,000 people. Its population is served by four mental health centres whose multi-disciplinary teams consider all aspects of a client’s life when treating them. Low eligibility for accessing services breaks down stigma around mental health problems and reduces the need for compulsory admissions. The service also has strong links with social enterprises in the city, many of which employ people with mental health problems. This allows them to rebuild their lives through meaningful employment.

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