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Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health: Exploring the Work of Suman Fernando in Clinical Practice.


Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health: Exploring the Work of Suman Fernando in Clinical Practice

Edited by Roy Moodley and Martha Ocampo



278 pages



Co-edited by two people from mental health fields, one inside and one outside of academically certified practice, this anthology uses the work of Suman Fernando as the center point for its discussion of social justice, emancipatory theory, and mental health services. Fernando is a scholar of race, culture, and mental health. The book is divided into five sections. The first is critique of Western psychiatry and mental health. The second is challenges and opportunities in mental health care. The third looks at training and development in mental health practice. The fourth looks at transnational contexts for Fernando's work, and the last is personal reflections on Fernando and his work. The book will have a dual audience of academics engaged with mental health from a position of race theory and anthropological critique, and of mental health consumers and providers who are comfortable with academic language and personally engaged with the issues of injustice, ignorance, cultural slant, and equity; those who find existing mental health ideas and practices unhelpful but who still believe in the concept. Contributors are international, with representation discussing Maori, Sri Lankan, Aboriginal, Chinese, Filipino, Canadian black LGBT, black South African, Brazilian, learning disabled, and other perspectives. Several essays here are by Fernando. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Sep 1, 2014
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