A Holistic Care Program for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in a Chinese Context

Andrew Leung Luk, PhD
Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, People’s Republic of China

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: MED040000



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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book provides an effective model for helping persons with serious mental illness and is suitable for readers working in psychiatric rehabilitation. It is well documented that persons with serious mental illness suffer from severe psychosocial issues. Studies suggest that many of them also have different spiritual problems such as lacking hope and losing meaning and a purpose in life. In Hong Kong, a Christian non-governmental organization has developed a holistic care program for the rehabilitation of persons with serious mental illness. Holistic care is conceived as the care delivered to meet an integral, independent individual’s health needs including physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and environmental aspects as a whole. The holistic care program is characterized by a Self Help Group (SHG) approach with the adoption of holistic care principles where the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the clients are emphasized. Beyond using solely conventional therapeutic intervention such as psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioural strategies in running SHGs, spiritual intervention in the form of hymn singing, Bible reading, personal sharing and intercessions is also used. (Imprint: Nova)

Chapter 1. Background of the Development of a Holistic Care Program

Chapter 2. Holistic Care in Healthcare Professionals

Chapter 3. Conceptions of Spirituality in Social Science Theories

Chapter 4. The Role of Spirituality in Nursing and Social Work Professionals

Chapter 5. Empirical Studies Investigating the Role of Spirituality In Treatment

Chapter 6. The Importance of Spiritual Dimension in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Chapter 7. Self-Help Group (SHG)/Mutual Aid Group in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Chapter 8. Studies Related to the Effectiveness of the Holistic Care Program

Chapter 9. Conclusion




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