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The Violent Person: Professional Risk Management Strategies for Safety and Care Paperback – September 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1590561478 ISBN-10: 1590561473 Edition: 1st
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"Dr. Raymond Flannery's The Violent Person is a masterpiece. It is must reading for anyone in risk management or hospital administration. Dr. Flannery is without question the leading authority on the violent patient. His insights and recommendations on the management of this increasing challenge in health care are not only welcomed, but essential as the face of American health care is changing. I firmly believe that adherence to his recommendations will not only improve health care, but will save careers, perhaps even lives." --George S. Everly Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, FAPM Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Associate Professor of Psychiatry, The John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Raymond Flannery, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard, has chosen a title that may have been designed to provoke people like me, who write that dangerousness in mental health settings is more usefully treated as a quality of situations than of people. In fact, most of The Violent Person: Professional Risk Management Strategies for Safety and Care deals with situations including domestic violence, psychiatric emergencies, and youth violence and those that generate psychological trauma. The author is an advocate of training, specifically, 'enhanced behavioral emergency training' (p 12), as a means of reducing mental health workplace violence and its consequences. Flannery takes a very broad approach, noting that refraining from acting violently, like intervening to mitigate the consequences of violence, requires attention to three domains of good health: attachments, mastery, and meaningful purpose. He includes instructions for relaxation exercises, noting, 'If a true emergency arose, your mind and body would immediately rise from the relaxation state, and you would be capable of solving the problem' (p 187). He also provides advice on how to dress to minimize violence risk (neat, professional attire, in contrast to Cawood's [Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioners' Handbook] injunction that the interviewee not feel outclassed) and an account of biological changes induced in the brain by PTSD. --Alec W. Buchanan, MD, PhD, New Haven, Connecticut in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

About the Author

Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM, is the author of six other books including Preventing Youth Violence: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors; Violence in America: Coping with Drugs, Distressed Families, Inadequate Schooling, and Acts of Hate; and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Victim's Guide to Healing and Recovery. Dr. Flannery is a licensed clinical psychologist, associate clinical professor of psychology, department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: American Mental Health Foundation Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590561473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590561478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a catastrophe such as the Earthquake in Haiti occurs, the books of Raymond Flannery gain an immediate importance for the thousands of workers involved in giving aid. This clearly written guide focuses on how to deal with the inevitable violence that erupts in the aftermath. Although written primarily as an aid for professionals, this volume is very helpful for the general reader who may have to deal with a violent situation at home, at work, or at play. Just as it makes sense to equip oneself with the knowledge of CPR, this book offers useful and perhaps life-saving advice for any one of us.
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Some people live on the edge, ready to lash out at the next person to wrong them. "The Violent Person: Professional Risk Management Strategies for Safety and Care" is a guide to facing off with these individuals in professional situations, especially in regards to those in the health care professions. Offered in plain, understandable language, Raymond B. Flannery gives readers advice for facing these stressful situations that come out of nowhere. "The Violent Person" is a recommended read for those who want to be prepared when some people get pushed too far.
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