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Recovery from Disability: Manuel Of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Paperback – June 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1585622054 ISBN-10: 1585622052 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585622052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585622054
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed reading through the book. Dr. Liberman have done a tremendous job in encapsulating the philosophy of Psychiatric rehabilitation and presenting it in a way that facilitates its integration with state f the art care for patients with a broad range of serious mental disorders. Too often, the field of psychiatric rehabilitation finds itself feeling at odds with other psychiatric approaches and your book clearly integrates psychiatric rehabilitation with a comprehensive model of patient centered care. It has also been difficult for the filed to articulate how to resolve the tensions that exist between the recovery movement and main stream psychiatry. Dr. Liberman have done an excellent job in bringing the issues to the fore and showing us a way forward in resolving these tensions. I will most certainly strongly recommend the book to my colleagues and students. --Robert B. Zipursky, M.D., FRCPC, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatric & Behavioral Neurosciences, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Robert Liberman, a pioneer of research in psychiatric rehabilitation and family psychoeducation, has given us a practitioner friendly manual with a new and eagerly awaited focus. New developments in our field have led to the golden promise of recovery from the disabilities of mental illness. This book provides the scientific, evidence-based, person-empowering techniques that facilitate its realization. --Harriet P. Lefley, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida

As a founder of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, Dr. Robert Liberman has for several decades modeled persistence, integrity, and using science to help people achieve their goals. The rest of us are immeasurably enhanced by this summary of his thinking. He deserves a lifetime achievement award for this book alone. --Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire

About the Author

Robert Paul Liberman, M.D., is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Director of the UCLA Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program, at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By usc msw on July 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have found this book very helpful in my practice with SPMI adults. (Public Sector)
I believe that mental health and psychiatric services are moving - albeit slowly - in the direction of a person-centered and recovery oriented model of treatment (and away from a pathologizing one...)
With this manual and Liberman's Skills Modules, clients who have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia (and related psychotic disorders) can receive psycho-social interventions in addition to treatment as usual (re: medications.)
This book helps us empower our patients/clients by promoting self-efficacy and mastery. I highly recommend this book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By samadhi.padah on December 21, 2013
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This book was recommended by a SMI support group member whom I respect tremendously for her ability to obtain successful treatment for her son who has schizophrenia.

As I began reading, I realized this is a book that I will not finish in the next few days. But it does much to educate the parent and Mental Health Practitioner alike about the components that are required for successful treatment and recovery. We are not talking about the worried well here; we are talking about the needs of those afflicted with crippling serious and persistent brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD and other similar diseases that require not only medical, but social, cognitive, organizational, treatment.

When my son became ill, I was lost and adrift, and read some helpful and many non-helpful books. This is by far the most helpful orientation for parents of children with serious and persisting mental illness. It should be required reading for anyone going into the fields of social work, psychiatry, psychology, criminal justice, and politics. Our systems of care were upturned in the 1970s with the emptying of hospitals and the community care component was never developed. As a result we have thousands of homeless people who are largely afflicted by serious mental illness and disabled by lack of treatment. We have returning veterans who will not get proper care for their PTSD unless we rapidly change and resource our systems of care. We have prisons filled to overflowing, and between 30-50% of inmates have serious and persistent mental illness. We have witnessed unspeakable yet preventable tragedies in recent years, several of which were committed by lone gunmen whose illness was untreated.

With this book as a guide, we have a map to creating systems of care that are humane, civil, respectful, and effective. I am grateful to Dr. Liberman for the 40+ years of research and on the ground work that this book documents.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Porter on November 19, 2010
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Unfortunately, while I imagine much of Dr. Liberman's ideas could work for a developmentally disabled or even autistic spectrum population, it really isn't appropriate for the chronic mentally ill, despite his pushing it at them. While all these group are disabled, the nature of their disabilities is significantly different and they deserve more specialized information than is contained in this.
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