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Author:
HUXLEY Peter
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 5.6.97, 1997, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Argues that current ways of deciding who is severely mentally ill are flawed. Reports on a project which aims to identify all patients who have severe mental illness.

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Vital role of social circumstance reporting

Author:
LLOYD J.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 2.11.87, 1987, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Explains their use in Mental Health Review Tribunals.

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Sexual, reproductive and mental health: managing reproductive health

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, ABEL Kathryn
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2011
Place of publication:
London

This e-learning resource is one of 8 modules developed to help mental health professionals deal with aspects of sexual and reproductive health in the context of mental illness. Sections cover the areas of healthy reproductive health including fertility and pregnancy, sexual anatomy, menopause and effective assessment.

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Mental health co-production in Bristol seeking to address the challenges

Authors:
HICKS Joanna, KEEBLE Justine, FULFORD Bill
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, January/February 2015, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article reports on a project to tackle the barriers to co-production in services using the 3 Keys to a Shared Approach in Mental Health Assessment. The Approach provides a values-based method of conducting an assessment, with service users at the heart of the process. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Assessing and treating sexual offenders with mental disorders

Authors:
LORD Alex, PERKINS Derek
Journal article citation:
Journal of Forensic Practice, 16(2), 2014, pp.94-109.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to increase our understanding of the role of mental disorder in sexual offending as well as identifying innovations in assessment and treatment with offenders who present with these typically complex risks and needs. Design/methodology/approach: The converging literatures on “good lives” and other developments in sexual offender treatment are compared with recovery from mental disorder and what is known about the particular needs and characteristics of sexual offenders with mental illness and severe personality disorder (PD). Findings: A key outcome of this review is that many mentally disordered sexual offenders have similar needs to those in prison and the community but there are particular challenges posed by severe PD, paraphilias and the relatively rare individuals whose offending is functionally linked to psychotic symptoms. Practical implications: Practical implications include the need for case formulation of complex needs related to mental disorder using direct and indirect measures of attitudes and interests. Treatment needs to be responsive to very different personality and mental health presentations as well as problems with offending and cognitive schemas. Direct functional links between mental health symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations are very rare in practice and are usually secondary to PD and sexual offending issues. In practice, treatment promoting recovery from mental disorder is highly compatible with the “good lives” approach to sexual offender treatment. Staff development, supervision and support are particularly important for staff treating mentally disordered sexual offenders. Originality/value: It is argued that mentally disordered sexual offenders are an under-researched sub-group within the wider sexual offender population. This paper brings together the relatively limited literature on treatment with examples of recent treatment innovations, multi-modal assessment approaches and reviews of research on the needs of this relatively uncommon but highly risky group. (Publisher abstract)

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Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire scores and mental health in looked after children

Authors:
GOODMAN Anna, GOODMAN Robert
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 200(5), May 2012, pp.426-427.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

British local authorities are required to monitor the mental health of looked after children using mean Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) scores from parents or carers. This short report used a nationally representative sample (n = 1391, age 5–16) to examine whether differences in mean SDQ scores reflect real differences in child mental health in this group. The SDQ was found to be a genuinely dimensional measure of mental health in these children and provided accurate estimates of disorder prevalence.

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The PAS-ADD assessments and their continuing conceptual development

Author:
MOSS Steve
Journal article citation:
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 6(1), 2012, pp.5-16.
Publisher:
Emerald

The PAS-ADD assessments (Psychiatric Assessment Schedules for Adults with Developmental Disabilities) have been in continuous development since the mid-1980s. Although originally developed through work on the health status of older people with intellectual disability they now encompass children as well as adults. The author discusses the theoretical and practical issues that have shaped the development of the assessments. The fundamental aim of the modern PAS-ADD system is to improve case detection and assessment by supporting and enhancing the skills of clinical staff, rather than attempting to replace the need for those skills. The assessor makes the final judgement about diagnosis. The PAS-ADD assessments are based on existing psychiatric classification and diagnostic rules for the general population and are conceptually different from instruments derived from psychometric principles. It is suggested that these factors have major implications, both for instrument design and for the evaluation of effectiveness.

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Incorporating family into the formula: family-directed structural therapy for children with serious emotional disturbance

Author:
RADOHL Tamara
Journal article citation:
Child and Family Social Work, 16(2), May 2011, pp.127-137.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

There has recently been a push for the inclusion of families in the treatment of emotionally disturbed children. Although family therapy is a popular intervention for this population, existing evidence-based family therapy models fail to incorporate family direction in the treatment of these children. Also, the models studied have involved young offenders, and, to date, little research has been conducted to substantiate their use with emotionally disturbed children. Family-directed structural therapy is an emerging model that unifies evidence-based practice with family-directed care. This model actively involves parents and family members in the change process blending consumer-based principles with a growing empirical base. In family-directed structural therapy, the family is both the fulcrum of power and source of change in the family. A description of this approach is provided to illustrate application of this model with families of emotionally disturbed children.

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Psychometric properties of an assessment for mental health recovery programs

Authors:
FISHER Dennis G., et al
Journal article citation:
Community Mental Health Journal, 45(4), August 2009, pp.246-250.
Publisher:
Springer

The concept of recovery can be operationalized from either the point of view of the consumer, or from the perspective of the agency providing services. The Milestones of Recovery Scale (MORS) was created to capture aspects of recovery from the agency perspective. Evidence establishing the psychometric properties of the MORS was obtained using: staff at a multi-service organization serving the homeless mentally ill in California; and the Vinfen Corporation, a large provider of housing services to mentally ill persons in Boston, Massachusetts. A test–retest reliability study was conducted using staff rating of clients at The Village, and evidence for validity was obtained using the Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS) as a validity measure.

Book

The THRIVE assessment and planning tool

Authors:
ASLAN Marion, SMITH Mike
Publisher:
Crazydiamond
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
40p.
Place of publication:
Newton le Willows

This is a planning tool for people who are receiving services or support. It is designed to help people to put together their own recovery plan in their own language and on their own terms, so that the people providing support and professional care can understand how best to support them.

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