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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Enabling Recovery: The Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation Psychiatry (2nd edn)

Edited by Frank Holloway, Sridevi Kalidindi, Helen Killaspy and Glenn Roberts

Price: £35.00

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Published: Jul 2015

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 496

ISBN: 9781909726338

Enabling Recovery: The Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation Psychiatry (2nd edn)

How can people with severe mental health problems be supported in their personal recovery? This question lies at the heart of rehabilitation psychiatry, and perhaps of mental healthcare as a whole.

Our understanding of recovery has evolved rapidly since the first edition of this core text was published in 2006 – so this book comprises 31 entirely revised or newly commissioned chapters, giving readers a comprehensive overview of contemporary practice within psychiatric rehabilitation services. It takes a practical approach, guiding the reader logically and systematically from conceptual foundations to clinical practice and service development. The final section of the book covers special topics including rehabilitation in specific disorders and international perspectives.

  • The only UK text to focus on the recovery approach in rehabilitation psychiatry.
  • Edited and written by pioneers and leaders in the field.
  • Evidence-based, up-to-date and comprehensive.

Readership: All psychiatrists and the whole multidisciplinary mental health team.  Also useful for allied healthcare disciplines and medical students.

About the editors:

Dr Frank Holloway is Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) and is a former Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi is Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation, SLAM and Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry (2013-17).

Dr Helen Killaspy is Professor of Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, University College London and is a former Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry.

Dr Glenn Roberts is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Independent Practice and formerly Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry and Lead on Recovery for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category of the
BMA Medical Book Awards 2016

"This is an excellent text on this burgeoning field. ...A very helpful text to gather resources in these times of austerity with a longer view of cost benefit. It also evidences the need to look after staff so they can look after patients. Its strengths are its clarity and the breadth and depth of the subject matter it covers. Its detailed account of the need to take time and build relationships and not give up if it doesn't work straight away is very important."
BMA Medical Book Awards 2016 Programme and Award Winners

"Although the book focuses on rehabilitation psychiatry, its appeal is wider and it is useful to multidisciplinary mental health teams, medical students and other healthcare practitioners. It is easy to read - the diversity of topics allows each chapter to stand alone so readers can dip in and out of the book as they please. It also functions as a 'toolkit' to support shared decision-making when faced with complexity."
BJPsych Bulletin


List of contributors

List of figures, tables and boxes



Part 1: Setting the scene


1. Rehabilitation in a historical context

2. What is psychiatric rehabilitation?

3. Rehabilitation as a values-led practice: the contribution of recovery, social inclusion and personalisation

4. A comprehensive approach to assessment in rehabilitation settings

5. Understanding madness: a psychosocial perspective

6. First-person narratives


Part 2: Treatment approaches


7. Treatment approaches: overview

8. Rehabilitation at the coalface: practical approaches to helping people improve their functional skills

9. Cognitive approaches: cognitive–behavioural therapy and cognitive remediation therapy

10. Family interventions

11. Working with challenging behaviour

12. Working with coexisting substance misuse

13. Creative therapies and creativity

14. Management of medication when treatment is failing

15. Physical healthcare


Part 3: Key elements of a rehabilitation service


16. Key elements of a rehabilitation service: overview

17. Rehabilitation in hospital settings

18. Community-based rehabilitation and recovery

19. Housing: a place to live

20. Work and employment

21. Peer support in mental health services

22. Leadership, management and service development in rehabilitation practice


Part 4: Special topics in psychiatric rehabilitation


23. Special topics in psychiatric rehabilitation: overview

24. Rehabilitation and acquired brain injury

25. Autism spectrum disorder

26. Risk management in rehabilitation practice

27. Rehabilitation: an international perspective

28. Psychosocial rehabilitation across culture: the experience in low- and middle-income countries

29. Expanding the evidence base


Part 5: Future directions


30. Psychiatric rehabilitation: future directions in policy and practice

31. Rehabilitation and recovery in the 21st century


The first edition was Highly Commended for the Mental Health prize of the 2007 BMA Medical Book Competition

"This book was a joy to review! ...really is the best review of the subject I have come across! ... Even a brief perusal of this book will change some aspect of every practitioner's practice for the better and for life - it's that good!"
2007 BMA Medical Book Competition Programme and Award Winners

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