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The Approved Mental Health Professional's Guide to Psychiatry and Medication

The Approved Mental Health Professional's Guide to Psychiatry and Medication

Second Edition
Edited by:

August 2009 | 144 pages | Learning Matters
This book is essential reading for all Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and those students and practitioners on mental health Post-Qualifying awards. It covers the core competencies of the AMHP and how the use of medication fits within the roles of the mental health professional. Fully updated to include aspects of the recently amended Mental Health Act 1983, this guide shows how the law is applied to compulsory administration of medication, the law relating to consent to treatment and the relevance to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The importance of psychiatry and medication for AMHPs
Psychiatrists: training and how they practise
An overview of psychiatry and classification
Psychotic disorders
Neurotic disorders, substance abuse and personality disorders
Forensic psychiatry
Psychiatry of old age
Psychiatry and risk assessment
Patients as parents
Child and adolescent psychiatry
Treatment issues in psychiatry
Classification of medication in psychiatry
Anti-depressants and mood stabilisers
Anxiolytics, sedative/hypnotics, substance abuse
Older adults, children, unlicensed drugs
The law and psychiatric treatment
Treatment under the Mental Health Act

A good basic text

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
May 29, 2015

Excellent addition to the AMHP's knowledge base in working with service users and other mental health professionals.

Gavin Millar
Family and Community Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
June 5, 2014

Excellent book for AMHP's giving clear details of the various medication available

Mr Derek Barron
Education , Social Services Department
December 14, 2012

Very useful text for AMHPs in training.

Mr Ric Bowl
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
October 31, 2012

A key text which has proved beneficial for AMHP's but also helpful to undergraduates and post graduate social work students in grasping the complex world of the psychiatry and medication.

The book provides a much needed understanding of medication. Hopefully the book will be updated through further editions

Mr Stefan Brown
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London
May 22, 2012

Robert Brown

Robert Brown is an independent trainer and a social worker and was a founding Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. He provides refresher training for AMHPs and helps to train Section 12 Approved Doctors and Approved Clinicians in England and Wales. He provides consultation and supervision for AMHPs in Cornwall, Hampshire, Portsmouth, West Berkshire and the Isle of Wight. Rob has published widely in the field of mental health and mental capacity law; co-authoring The Mental Health Capacity Act 2005: a Guide to Practice as well as Mental Health Law in England and Wales. He was a Mental Health Act Commissioner from 1992-2010 and the... More About Author

Gwen Adshead

Gwen Adshead is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital and lectures at St George’s Hospital in London. More About Author

Alan Pollard

Alan Pollard is Chief Pharmacist at the Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and teaches on ASW courses. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781844453047