Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation 2nd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0803659162
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- Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; 2nd edition (February 5, 2019)
- Language: English
- 928 pages
- ISBN-10: 0803659164
- ISBN-13: 978-0803659162
Occupational therapy has its roots in mental health practice, with its founders including individuals who worked in psychiatry at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospitals. However, the role of occupational therapy as a health care and service profession is broad in scope. Occupational therapists work with individuals and populations with both physical and psychiatric disabilities, as well as individuals without disabilities who struggle with occupational performance problems. All age groups, from newborns to older adults, and a variety of settings, including medical, educational, community, and industry, are served by occupational therapists.
Mental health occupational therapy is one important area of specialized practice, and occupational therapists who work primarily as mental health practitioners must acquire specific knowledge and abilities. Yet an appreciation for the whole person, which includes mental health issues, is so integral to our practice that it is essential for occupational therapists in all practice areas to develop competencies associated with mental health practice. It is safe to assume that all people deal with mental health issues at some point in their lives and that individuals who have challenges related to occupational performance will almost certainly experience mental health concerns, be it anxiety, depression, ineffective coping, or some other challenge.
Participation is the primary goal of occupational therapy; that is, occupational therapists work to support individuals in their efforts to engage in all aspects of everyday life. This textbook strives to be visionary in providing established as well as newly emerging practices for occupational therapists working in mental health, hence the title Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation.
This comprehensive textbook provides both a breadth and depth of information related to mental health practices. There is content presented in this text that is essential for all occupational therapists regardless of practice area, as well as more specific information relevant to occupational therapists who specialize in mental health practice. This text is primarily intended for entry-level occupational therapy students, but it is also a useful reference book for practicing therapists. As occupational therapy curricula vary greatly, the comprehensive nature of the text and its intuitive organizational structure make it applicable across multiple occupational therapy courses, including courses with a focus on mental health and those organized around specific client factors, areas of occupation, and environments.
As an edited text, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation utilizes experts within the field to author chapters on their particular area of expertise. The numerous contributors and the breadth of the text resulted in several areas in which significant and relevant content for occupational therapy is published for the first time. In addition, the contributors come from six different countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, China, England, and Sweden. The international authorship offers a broader point of view of occupational therapy in mental health.
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