Rethinking Secondary Mental Healthcare: A Perceptual Control Theory Perspective

Robert Griffiths, Vyv Huddy, Stuart Eaton, Jasmine Waldorf, Warren Mansell

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This book considers how principles derived from a theory of human behaviour - Perceptual Control Theory - can be applied to create mental health services that are more effective, efficient, and humane.

Authored by clinicians, academics, and experts-by-experience, the text explores the way Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) principles can be applied within the secondary mental healthcare system – from the overall commissioning and design of services to the practice of individual clinicians. A range of topics relevant to the delivery of secondary mental healthcare are covered, including community and inpatient working, the delivery of individual psychological therapy, the use of restrictive practices, and working with relatives and carers. The book concludes by describing PCT’s unique contribution to the field of mental healthcare.

The book, one of the first of its kind, will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of health and social care backgrounds, as well as service managers, commissioners, academics, and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)9781003041344
ISBN (Print)9780367485085
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2023


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