The book is for clinical professionals and volunteers in NHS and third sector settings, and for those in legal, social work, managerial, commissioning and Home Office roles.
It is ideal for anyone wanting to think critically about their work. The narrative is enriched by voices of people with first-hand experience.
Authors from a range of professional backgrounds discuss how mental health can be understood in the context of people’s diverse lives, cultures and extreme experiences. They consider each stage of accessing and using services and the challenges and dilemmas faced by all involved, whether clients, clinicians or service planners. They demonstrate how those seeking asylum have mental health needs that require particular attention if people are not to be unwittingly discriminated against.
There is a wealth of practical information about assessing and understanding strengths and needs, avoiding inappropriate conclusions, considering treatment options and writing records and reports. Throughout, the authors emphasise that effectiveness depends on reflection, humanity and compassion.
1 Why Do People Seek Asylum? The Global Context
2 Life in the UK Asylum System
Jude Boyles, Robin Ewart-Biggs, Jonathan Kazembe, Jo Miller, and Karin Oliver
3 Seeking Asylum and Mental Health
Norma McKinnon and Chris Maloney
4 Access to Mental Health Care
Alison Summers, Norma McKinnon, and Jo Miller
5 Assessing Mental Health Needs
Julia Nelki and Piyal Sen
6 Interpreting Assessment Findings
Chris Maloney and Cornelius Katona
7 Formulation and Diagnosis
8 Common Diagnoses
Piyal Sen, Alison Summers, and Chris Maloney
9 Intervention: The Essentials
Alison Summers and Chris Maloney
10 Specific Interventions
Piyal Sen, Grace Crowley, Chris Maloney, and Alison Summers
11 Children, Families and Young People
Veronika Dobler and Julia Nelki
12 Records and Reports
Janine Bonnet and Beate Dasarathy
13 Improving Mental Health Services
Alison Summers, Philomène Uwamaliya, Jude Boyles, and Helen Pears
14 Therapeutic Complexity
15 Working with People Seeking Asylum
Chris Maloney, Julia Nelki, and Alison Summers