Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, 5th Edition

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Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, 5th Edition


Now in its fifth edition, this seminal textbook for occupational therapy students and practitioners has retained the comprehensive detail of previous editions with significant updates, including the recovery approach informed by a social perspective. Emerging settings for practice are explored and many more service users have been involved as authors, writing commentaries on 14 chapters.

All chapters are revised and there are also new chapters, such as mental health and wellbeing, professional accountability, intersectionality, green care and working with marginalized populations. Chapter 11 is written by two people who have received occupational therapy, examining different perspectives on the experience of using services.

This edition is divided into clear sections, exploring theory and practice issues in detail. The first section covers the historical, theoretical and philosophical basis for occupational therapy in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. The second section examines the occupational therapy process, followed by a third section on ensuring quality in contemporary practice. The fourth section offers insights into issues arising from the changing contexts for occupational therapy including an analysis of the implications for occupational therapy education. The fifth section has eight chapters on specific occupations that can be applied across the varied settings which are covered in the sixth and final section.

Occupational Therapy and Mental Health is essential reading for students and practitioners across all areas of health and/or social care, in statutory, private or third (voluntary) sectors, and in institutional and community-based settings.

"The book manages to pack a great deal into the 500 or so pages and is highly recommended for those new to occupational therapy and mental health as it provides a valuable and broad overview of the subject."

Reviewed by: Dr Jean McQueen, The Forensic Network, NHS Scotland    Date: Jan 2015

  • Presents different theories and approaches
  • Outlines the occupational therapy process
  • Discusses the implications of a wide range of practice contexts
  • Describes a broad range of techniques used by occupational therapists
  • Provides many different perspectives through service user commentaries
  • Coverage of trust as part of professional accountability, leadership, green care, ethical practice using a principled approach
  • Additional and extended service user commentaries
  • An editorial team selected and mentored by the retired editors, Jennifer Creek and Lesley Lougher


1 A short history of occupational therapy in mental health Catherine F. Paterson Service User Commentary by Matthew Pickles

2 Mental health and well-being Jon Fieldhouse, Katrina Bannigan

3 The knowledge base of occupational therapy Jennifer Creek Service User Commentary by Philippa Lalor


4 Approaches to practice Jennifer Creek

5 Assessment and outcome measurement Alison Bullock

6 Planning and implementing interventions Sonya Mccullough


7 Professional accountability Clare Beighton, Bob Collins

8 Management and leadership Gabrielle Richards

9 Research and evidence-based practice Katrina Bannigan Service User Commentary by Karan Essien


10 Ethics Diane E. Cotterill

11 Perspectives on using and providing services Anne-Laure Donskoy, Rosemarie Stevens, Wendy Bryant

12 Developing the student practitioner Anne Lawson-Porter Service User Commentary by Lisa J Ward

13 An intersectional approach to inequity Marina Morrow, Susan Lynn Hardie


14 Physical activity for mental health and well-being Fiona Cole Service User Commentary by Daljit Saini

15 Cognitive approaches to intervention Sarah Lee, Rachel West Service User Commentary by Sarah Mercer

16 Client-centred groups Marli Cole Service User Commentary by Lucia Franco

17 Creative activities Julie Walters, Wendy Sherwood, Helen Mason Service User Commentary by Ruth Sayers

18 Play Rob Brooks, Carolyn Dunford

19 Life skills Kevin Cordingley, Hannah Pell

20 Green care and occupational therapy Jon Fieldhouse, Joe Sempik Service User Commentary by Dinah Laprairie

21 Work and vocational pursuits Ellie Fossey, Sally Bramley


22 The acute setting Katherine Sims Service User Commentary by Mary Nettle

23 Community work with severe and enduring mental health problems Simon Hughes, Hazel Parker

24 Older people Jennifer Wenborn

25 Emotional health and well-being of children and young people Susan Evans, Jagoda Banovic Service User Commentary by Sarah Marley

26 Learning disabilities Jane Goodman, Wendy Wright Service User Commentary by Eric Seall

27 Forensic and prison services Sharon Mcneil, Katrina Bannigan

28 Substance misuse Jenny Lancaster, John Chacksfield Service User Commentary by Trish Staples

29 Working on the margins: occupational therapy and social inclusion E. Madeleine Duncan, Jennifer Creek


Wendy Bryant, PhD, Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, Jon Fieldhouse, Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and Katrina Bannigan, BSc, PhD, Associate Professor (Reader) of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Plymouth, UK


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