Rural Mental Health: Issues, Policies, and Best Practices

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K. Bryant Smalley, Ph.D., Psy.D., Jacob C. Warren, Ph.D., Jackson P. Rainer, Ph.D.
Springer Publishing Company, Jun 20, 2012 - Psychology - 392 pages
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Addressing the needs of America's most underserved areas for mental health services, Rural Mental Health offers the most up-to-date, research-based information on policies and practice in rural and frontier populations.

Eminent clinicians and researchers examine the complexities of improving mental health in rural practice and offer clear recommendations which can be adapted into current practice and training programs. They bring an incisive lens to factors that contribute to mental illness and prevent access to treatment areas. These include limited resources, reliance on urban models and assumptions, and pervasive misunderstanding of rural realities by policy makers. The text also addresses diversity issues in regard to rural mental health services.

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  • Focuses on best practices and new models of service delivery in rural populations
  • Provides clear recommendations for adapting new models in current practice and training programs
  • Takes a micro and macro approach to service delivery models
  • Covers contemporary practice applications with specific populations in rural areas


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II Models of Service Delivery
III Working with Specific Populations and Issues
IV Looking to the Future

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K. Bryant Smalley, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with both training and practice experience in rural areas. His work has included practicing in university counseling centers, rural community mental health centers, and rural private practice. He is the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD program at Georgia Southern University, and co-directs the Rural Health Research Alliance, a cross-college research collaborative focusing on mental and physical health in rural areas. His research has appeared in numerous journals and texts, including "Psychology of Men and Masculinity, The International Journal of Men's Health, and Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

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