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2014's best books

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Improving Mental Health through Social Support

The social support someone receives or has access to plays a crucial role in their mental health and wellbeing. This book examines the nature of social support and how it can be enhanced, focusing on relationships between service users and supporters, and how issues with identity, stigma, social exclusion and social networks for the mentally ill can be treated in a compassionate way. Individual chapters examine how social support can be used to help patients in settings such as educational institutions and employment. The book also features information on how social media can be used to support those with mental health conditions.

By Jonathan Leach. RRP:£22.99

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The book provides an overview of the causes and effects of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD).It details the effects of the condition, which is caused by ingestion of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy. The book estimates that 9.1 births per thousand are affected by FASD. According to the book, 90 per cent of those with FASD will develop a mental health condition, 60 per cent have problems with alcohol and drugs, and 80 per cent are unable to live independently.

By Maria Catterick and Liam Curran. RRP: £13.99

Introduction to the Psychology of Ageing for Non-Specialists

The book is an introduction to the effects of aging on someone's mental health. It begins with explanations of ageing, life expectancy and demographics, before discussing the aspects of aging that have the most impact on people's lives, including changes to cognitive faculties, personality, mental health and sexuality, the author explains the psychology involved and focuses on the points that offer the information to those working with the older people.

By Ian Stuart-Hamilton. RRP: £16.99

Intellectual Disability and Dementia

The book is an examination of research into people with intellectual disabilities who develop dementia in later life. It brings together the research and evidence-based practice in the field of dementia and intellectual disabilities, describing clearly the relevance and implications for support and services. It also provides examples of good practice in relation to assessment, diagnosis, interventions, and measuring outcomes. Particular emphasis is placed on how intellectual disability and dementia services can work collaboratively to offer more effective, joined up support.

By Karen Watchman. RRP: £29.99

Practical Supervision: How to Become a Supervisor

This book is designed to provide people working in healthcare with theoretical and practical information needed for effective practice as a supervisor. Individual chapters focus on subjects such as how to build a relationship with those you supervise and offering constructive feedback. Other sections discuss the ethics of supervision and reflective practice, as well as to the challenges of supervising trainees. Practical suggestions and short exercises to support learning and development are included.

By Penny Henderson, Jim Holloway and Anthea Millar. RRP: £15.99

Eradicating Child Maltreatment

An examination of whether it is possible to eradicate child maltreatment. It draws on on research and evidence-based practice across health. It describes a range of approaches to prevention and early intervention and presents the case for a public health approach. It uses research and examples of practice to inform readers on how to recognise signs of maltreatment, stage interventions, and treat those affect.

By Arnon Bentovim and Jenny Gray RRP: £25

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