Foundations of Mental Health Care, 4th Edition

Foundations of Mental Health Care

4th Edition

By Michelle Morrison-Valfre, RN, BSN, MHS, FNP, Health Care Educator/Consultant, Dallas, OR


UNIT ONE: Mental Health Care: Past and Present


1. The History of Mental Health Care

2. Current Mental Health Care Systems

3. Ethical and Legal Issues

4. Sociocultural Issues

5. Theories and Therapies

6. Complementary and Alternative Therapies NEW!

7. Psychotherapeutic Drug Therapy


UNIT TWO: The Caregiver?s Therapeutic Skills


8. Skills and Principles of Mental Health Care

9. Mental Health Assessment Skills

10. Therapeutic Communication

11. The Therapeutic Relationship

12. The Therapeutic Environment


UNIT THREE: Mental Health Problems Throughout The Life Cycle


13. Problems of Childhood

14. Problems of Adolescence

15. Problems of Adulthood

16. Problems of Late Adulthood

17. Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer?s Disease, and Dementia


UNIT FOUR: Patients With Psychological Problems

18. Managing Anxiety

19. Illness and Hospitalization

20. Loss and Grief

21. Depression and Other Mood Disorders

22. Physical Problems, Psychological Sources

23. Eating and Sleeping Disorders

24. Dissociative Disorders


UNIT FIVE: Patients With Psychosocial Problems

25. Anger and Aggression

26. Outward-Focused Emotions: Violence

27. Inward-Focused Emotions: Suicide

28. Substance-Related Disorders

29. Sexual Disorders

30. Personality Disorders

31. Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses

32. Chronic Mental Health Disorders

33. Challenges for the Future


Appendix A: Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice

Appendix B: DSM-IV-TR Classification

Appendix C: Mental Status Assessment at a Glance

Appendix D: A Simple Method to Determine Tardive Dyskinesia Symptoms: AIMS Examination Procedure