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Foundation Texts

Aquilina, C. and Warner, J. (2004) A Guide to Psychiatric Examination.  Norwich: Page Bros.

Following engagement accurate assessment is an essential foundation of planning person centered collaborative care.  This text is a useful handbook for, all practitioners involved in mental health examination.


Gamble, C. and Brennan, G. (editors) (2006) Working with Serious Mental Illness: A manual for Clinical Practice .  (Second edition)  London: Balliere Tindall

In today's mental health services, there is a pressing need for practitioners to place greater emphasis on working with users of services and to use skills, which have a sound theoretical basis.   This book focuses on evidence-based practices but reflects that in mental health, the best evidence is the personal experience of the user.   


Goldberg, D. and Murray, R. (Authors) (2006) Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry. Oxford Medical Publications: OUP: Oxford.

This handbook, provides guidance on the psychiatric and neuropsychiatric examination and interviewing of adults and children. The final chapters explain when to refer to the experts and describe early treatment interventions.  


Grant, A., Mills, J., Mulhern, R. and Short, N. (2004) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mental Health Care London: Sage Publications 

Outlines the core principles involved in: building the therapeutic alliance; case formulation; assessment, and; interventions in CBT.   The authors emphasise the collaborative nature of CBT and its effectiveness in helping clients achieve both short-term goals, as well as more helpful ways of thinking about themselves, others and the world over the longer term.  With case examples woven throughout, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mental Health Care is an ideal text for use in training and a useful source of reference for qualified practitioners working in a variety of mental  


Leucht, S., Burkard, T., Henderson, J., Maj, M. and Sartorius, N. (2007) Physical Illness and Schizophrenia: A Review of the Evidence. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge

This is the first in a series of books addressing an issue emerging as a priority in the mental health field: the timely and proper recognition of physical health problems in people with mental illness.  They should be read by, mental health professionals, general practitioners, policy makers and service managers


Van Ooijen, E. (2003). Clinical Supervision Made Easy-a Practical Guide for the Helping Professions: The 3-Step Method London: Balliere Tindall

It is becoming increasingly evident that many people, including those who are already acting as supervisors, lack a clear direction regarding the desired structure, focus and outcome of a supervision session.    The author presents a range of useful skills for supervisors and supervisees as well as an extensive tool kit - methods that that may be used via scenarios, case studies and examples taken from right across the professions at which the book is aimed.   A consolidation section, in which the reader can test their knowledge and understanding, by completing a number of questions, can then test these skills