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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health: Towards Transformative Change

Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas


This volume explores the field of community mental health from the perspective of community psychology. The focus of the book is on the transformation of the field of mental health from professional practice rooted in a biomedical model to a new approach based on community psychology values and the principles of ecology, collaboration, empowerment, and social justice. The book is divided into several sections: theoretical perspectives, consumer participation, practice, community inclusion, social conditions, and social policy. The book outlines a conceptual and historical framework for underst ... More

Keywords: community psychology, mental health, transformation, empowerment, mental health services, consumer participation, practice, community inclusion, social conditions, social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199362424
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Nelson, editor
Wilfried Laurier University, Ontario

Bret Kloos, editor
University of South Carolina

Jose Ornelas, editor
ISPA-Instituto Universitario, Lisboa, Portugal

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Part One Overview of Community Psychology, Community Mental Health, and Transformative Change

1 Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and José Ornelas

Part Two Theoretical Perspectives on Transformative Change

Part Three Transformative Change and Consumer Participation

5 Transforming Mental Health Care Through the Participation of the Recovery Community

Larry Davidson, Priscilla Ridgway, Maria O’Connell, and Thomas A. Kirk

Part Four Transformative Change in Services and Practices

7 Wellness Recovery Action Planning

Mary Ellen Copeland, and Jessica A. Jonikas

9 Planning Transformative Change for Mental Health Services for Diverse Cultural-Linguistic Communities

Geoffrey Nelson, Hsiao D’Ailly, Joanna Ochocka, Rich Janzen, Sarah Maiter, and Nora Jacobson

Part Five Transformative Community Change

10 Recovering Community in Mental Health

Bret Kloos, Greg Townley, Victoria H. Chien, Betsy A. Davis, Laura Kurzban, and David Asiamah

11 Who Is John?

Mark S. Salzer, and Richard C. Baron

Part Six Transformative Change of Social Conditions

12 Transformative Organizational Change in Community Mental Health

José Ornelas, Teresa Duarte, and Maria Fátima Jorge-Monteiro

13 Housing First and System/Community Transformation

Paula Goering, and Sam Tsemberis

Part Seven Transformative Policy Change

15 Beginning to Take Control

John Trainor, and David Reville

16 Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Policies

Myra Piat, and Lauren Polvere

Part Eight Conclusion

17 Transforming Research for Transformative Change in Mental Health

Nev Jones, Jay Harrison, Rita Aguiar, and Lauren Munro

18 Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and José Ornelas

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