Practical training in community mental health care is beginning to be seen as critical for a well-prepared mental health provider. In California, community mental health training is mandated for all master's level therapy students, with many other states following suit. A robust educational framework is needed in order to teach the intricacies of community mental health work as well as the growing field of global psychology.
This expansive, three-volume set addresses the complexities of interconnectivity, therapeutic capacity, and the competencies needed in order to provide sophisticated and integrated community mental health care—both in the United States and within a global community.
The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice provides an essential framework that will serve university educators, students, new practitioners, and experienced therapists alike as they adapt to new approaches to community mental health and respond to changing laws governing mental health provision across state, national, and global levels.
Volume one considers the structures, challenges, and expectations of community mental health, familiarizing readers with key issues such as service delivery, funding, and key models of intervention and care. Volume two provides an in-depth exploration of the specific issues of working with populations that participate in and benefit from community mental health services, including addiction, school-based services, juvenile and adult justice, and veteran's services. In Volume three, the contributors address specific needs, considerations, and concerns relevant to working in the global community, including disaster services, trauma, working with children, and providing training in international settings.
• Provides foundational information for both novice and experienced community mental health stakeholders
• Serves as an outstanding training and educational resource with real-world examples for the special demands of a career in community mental health
• Addresses the unique scope, depth, and nature of community mental health and the challenges to both training and care provision
• Identifies the skills that new students, new counselors, and seasoned therapists all need in order to be effective and competent clinicians
• Introduces knowledge of and sensitivity to differences, including culture, language, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and family diversity
• Presents an overview of global psychology and offers tips on how to form allies in a new nation, work with locals to form support networks, and foster coalitions for change
Children and Adolescents
Community Advocacy and Resilience
Community Mental Health
Cross Cultural Competency
Disaster Psychology and Response
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Clients
Grief and Loss
School Based Services
Service Delivery and Funding