Models of Collaboration: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals Working with Health Care Practitioners

Models of Collaboration: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals Working with Health Care Practitioners

Models of Collaboration: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals Working with Health Care Practitioners

Models of Collaboration: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals Working with Health Care Practitioners

Synopsis

With vivid case examples, the authors provide an important new model that shows how therapists and medical providers can work collaboratively with patients and families in the new health care system, to benefit all concerned.

Excerpt

The complex nature of human suffering is the best argument for collaboration between health and mental health professionals. the human experience of illness, pain, or discord affects the body, mind, heart, soul, and relationships simultaneously. and just as the proverbial elephant cannot be understood by touching only its trunk or tail or ears or legs, the health and mental health problems of patients and families cannot be adequately understood or treated separately or in parts. Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational health are all parts of a whole.

No single view is broad enough to understand the intricate interaction of health and mental health difficulties. While each professional may be interested in the whole elephant, our professional training may prepare us to understand only tails or ears or trunks. To be effective, those who understand tails must talk to those who comprehend trunks, and those who comprehend trunks must converse with those who understand ears. Together we must look and listen and, in the process, see and grasp more. It is through collaborative dialogue among professionals, patients, and families that a picture of the whole evolves and directions for the most effective treatment are created.

This book focuses on what collaboration is and how it is being practiced by health and mental health professionals in a variety of contexts. We provide an overview of collaboration, its history . . .

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