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Psychosocial Assessment in Mental Health

Psychosocial Assessment in Mental Health

First Edition
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March 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Psychosocial and holistic approaches to assessment have become a central feature of modern mental health care. This practical and comprehensive book guides students through the theory and practice of psychosocial assessments to help them integrate the data as preparation for the effective planning of treatment and interventions.

Key features:

  • step-by-step guide on how to undertake each stage of the assessment process in practice
  • clinical staff and service users voices describing their experiences of the process
  • end of chapter exercises
  • reflections and considerations for practice

This is essential reading for pre-registration nursing students and mental health professionals.

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

‘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
University of East Anglia, UK

‘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
Northumbria University, UK

‘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
University of Salford, UK

This book comprehensively covers all important aspects of psychosocial assessment from a strengths-based perspective. Information is provided with clarity and additional exercises help contextualise what is said.

Mr Scott Macpherson
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
November 27, 2019

I was very impressed with this book which covered not only psychosocial but mental state assessment also. I think it will be very helpful to nurses commencing in the profession. The Service user voice, exercises and considerations for practice are all useful learning devices also. Many thanks.

Mr Peter Donnelly
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems , University College Dublin
June 5, 2018

Applicable to all fields of nursing, and also allied health professionals, including paramedics.

Mr Charles Miller-Fik
Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia
June 6, 2018

I think this book is very useful for SENCOs as it gives them a good overview of a health perspective for the theory and practice of psychosocial assessments which they would not otherwise know about.

Mrs Sarah Martin-Denham
David Goldman Infomatics Centre, Sunderland University
February 19, 2018

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