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Disability: Psychiatric Disabilities

W. Patrick Sullivan

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.544

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The psychosocial catastrophe that accompanies serious mental illness negatively impacts individual performance and success in all key life domains. A person-in-environment perspective, and with a traditional and inherent interest in consumer and community strengths, is well positioned to address psychiatric disabilities. This entry describes a select set of habilitation and rehabilitation services that are ideally designed to address the challenges faced by persons with mental illness. In addition, it is argued that emphasis on a recovery model serves as an important framework for developing effective interventions.

Keywords: case management; mental health; psychiatric disability; psychotropic medication; recovery; supported employment; strengths model

Article.  4483 words. 

Subjects: Developmental and Physical Disabilities Social Work ; Practical Ethics ; Health, Illness, and Medicine ; Mental and Behavioural Health ; Social Work Research and Evidence-based Practice

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