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Working with Dual Diagnoses: A Psychosocial Perspective

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’This book provided a detailed view of the understanding and solutions for those working with clients with dual diagnosis.’

Title: Working with Dual Diagnoses: A Psychosocial Perspective

Authors: Darren Hill, William J Penson and Divine Charura

Publisher: Palgrave

Reviewer: Anne Olaitan, specialist respiratory nurse). London

What was it like?

This book provided a detailed view of the understanding and solutions for those working with clients with dual diagnosis. An historical account of the area of practice provided an outline to how care and beliefs have evolved. Furthermore, the book explained how and why mental health and welfare needed to integrated to enable solutions for this specific client group. In-addition gave an account to how physical health services raised the profile of the need for some conditions to be treated in mental health environments. Thus giving credence to the holistic movement, which from then on identified the need for supported detoxification programmes and working alongside complimentary therapy treatments.

What were the highlights?

Each chapter finished with reflective points to take into account further learning and a set of references to broaden reading. The chapter on risk assessment and relapse prevention not only helped to shape working practices, but explained of the benefits of broadening the workers knowledge of contemporary approaches, such as mindfulness and cognitive strategies.

Strengths and weakness

The authors educational and clinical backgrounds are likely to reach clinicians from a range of perspectives. Thus consequently enabled the reader to appreciate why clients require a variety of services and agencies to support with their recovery. Case studies illustrated how complex social, physical and psychological structures lead to the term of dual diagnosis.

Moreover the general overtone of this book, adds a positive outlook around future work concerning dual diagnosis that emphasis the role that community designers can now play in shaping community living that deliveries an equitable environment for dwellers.

Who should read it

The book can be read as a whole text or used as a resource and reference guide. Therefore would be of benefit to services users, lay and professional people.

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