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Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice


Stanford, SN and Sharland, E and Heller, NR and Warner, J, Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice, Macmillian Education UK, United Kingdom ISBN 9781137441355 (2017) [Edited Book]


Modern society is increasingly preoccupied with fears for the future and the idea of preventing ‘the worst’. The result is a focus on attempting to calculate the probabilities of adverse events occurring – in other words, on measuring risk. Since the 1990s, the idea of risk has come to dominate policy and practice in mental health across the USA, Australasia and Europe.In this timely new text, a group of international experts examines the ways in which the narrow focus on specific kinds of risk, such as violence towards others, perpetuates the social disadvantages experienced by mental health service users whilst, at the same time, ignoring the vast array of risks experienced by the service users themselves. Benefitting from the authors’ extensive practice experience, the book considers how the dominance of the risk paradigm generates dilemmas for mental health organizations, as well as within leadership and direct practice roles, and offers practical resolutions to these dilemmas that both satisfy professional ethics and improve the experience of the service user.

Item Details

Item Type:Edited Book
Keywords:risk, mental health, policy, assessment, leadership
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stanford, SN (Associate Professor Sonya Stanford)
ID Code:117422
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-06-14
Last Modified:2019-09-25

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