Recovering from severe mental illness is one of the most terrifying
human experiences in health care. Often conventional rehabilitation
approaches focus on helping the patient with his or her symptoms
and maximising the external world through supportive interventions.
However, often little attention is paid to the internal world of
the patient. This subjective experience of recovery is the focus of
this book. It describes a particular psychoanalytic model that best
captures this distressful state of mind and suggests particular
processes that have to be put in place to ensure the patient gets
the best opportunity to have his or her fears and hopes addressed.
The book also addresses "real world" issues such as management,
leadership and training, as well as highlighting key research
findings from relevant studies. Outcome measures are suggested that
could be adopted to measure the benefits of this particular
approach. The chapters give many clinical, organisational and
research descriptions from the real world of psychiatry and social