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Practical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Illness: Beyond DSM and ICD Diagnosing


Title: Practical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Illness
Subtitle: Beyond DSM and ICD Diagnosing
Subject Classification: Psychology, Counselling, Healthcare, Society and Culture 
BIC Classification: JM, MMH, MQU
BISAC Classification: PSY036000, MED058180, PSY028000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.494
Publication date: 7th February 2024
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-286-2
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-287-9


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Practical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Illness is the fifth Volume of the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series.

Understanding the current systems of psychology and psychiatry is profoundly important. So is exploring alternatives. The Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series presents solicited chapters from international experts on a wide variety of underexplored subjects. This is a series for mental health researchers, teachers, and practitioners, for parents and interested lay readers, and for anyone trying to make sense of anxiety, depression, and other emotional difficulties. 

Practical Alternatives provides practical and implementable alternatives to psychiatric diagnosing. These discussions will be set against the unique backdrop that is managed care, and the contemporary system of healthcare in the United States. It likewise looks at worldwide practices that have arisen in different cultures and as a result of various alternative frameworks. The aim of this book is to provide people, including medical and psychiatric professionals researchers and students, with practical and varied clinical approaches they can utilize, that sidestep the need to rely on psychiatric diagnoses.


Editors: Arnoldo Cantú, LCSW is a clinical social worker with experience in school social work, private practice, and community mental health working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. He is the lead editor of two volumes: Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling and Practical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Illness.

Dr. Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is a former family therapist, based in California, USA, who works actively as a creativity coach. He is the author of many books on creativity, psychology, and mental health, among them The Future of Mental HealthHumane Helping, and Rethinking Depression.

Dr. Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a licensed psychologist in private practice in southern Maryland who has been offering psychotherapy services for more than 25 years.


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