The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice

by Doreen Maller, Set Editor; Doreen Maller, Kathy Langsam, and Melissa Fritchle, Volume Editors


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.

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February 2013


Pages 598
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
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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
Author Info

Doreen Maller, LMFT, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in San Mateo, CA, and associate professor and academic director in the counseling psychology masters program at John F. Kennedy University, San Jose, CA, specializing in holistic studies and expressive arts. She received her doctorate in transformative learning and change and holds a master's degree in expressive arts counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Maller is a board member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA).

Kathy Langsam is a licensed marriage and family therapist, has supervised and supported marriage family therapists, social work trainees, interns, and licensed staff in her various roles as director of clinical services, clinical director, and director of training and internship program for 12 years in community mental health throughout the San Francisco Bay area. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology, with a double emphasis in family therapy and child/adolescent treatment from John F. Kennedy University. Langsam is a certified supervisor by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and adjunct faculty at Golden Gate University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and University of San Francisco.

Melissa Fritchle is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Capitola, CA. She is a popular adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, San Jose, CA, and Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), Palo Alto, CA, where she teaches and trains master's degree students. She has also taught internationally and volunteers as the psychotherapy consultant on the advisory board for PhilanTherapy International.



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