Drink, drugs and mental health

Adolescent substance misuse - problems, prevention and treatment
By Phil Harris

"A unique book… arguably unrivalled in its scope… weaves together a range of perspectives on adolescent substance use in a highly readable text… a work of wisdom and scholarship cleverly combined with a great deal of useful and practical information… intellectually challenging but always an easy read. The clarity of the argument is aided by a tight focused structure… The detailed text flows smoothly and effortlessly, making for an engaging, informative and essential read for all professionals working with adolescents."British Journal of Social Work.

"The author does a remarkable job in synthesising extensive research findings to provide a comprehensive and coherent framework for understanding and effectively responding to substance use by today's youth… Youthoria is a highly readable and engaging book that provides invaluable insights, strategies and tools." Professional Social Work.

The concerned other
How to change problematic drug and alcohol users through their family members: a complete manual
By Phil Harris

"Introduces, then describes and then provides an intervention-based programme to help family and friends (the concerned others) bring about change in people close to them who are experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol... a welcome addition to the toolkit for working with those affected." BJSW.

"Focuses on what the concerned other can do and provides a very specific tool to do it, providing an overt challenge that awakens us brusquely to the great potential for change that exists within a highly crucial relationship." Child Abuse Review.

"Offers practical help, support and a framework to be used… comprehensive… well explained and detailed… well researched... highly adaptable... a useful tool in many settings." Addiction Today.

The concerned other
New theory and the evidence base for changing problematic drug and alcohol users through their family members
By Phil Harris

A text for anyone wanting to consider new ways of thinking on this important and sensitive topic. Unusually - but drawing on relevant research and an extensive literature base - Phil Harris sees the concerned other as the person most able to effect change in the user's life, whilst also taking good care of themselves.

"An overt challenge that awakens us to the great potential for change that exists within a highly crucial relationship." Child Abuse Review.

An accompanying manual is also available from RHP (978-1-905541-48-5) and is "a welcome addition to the toolkit for working with those affected by a family member's drug and alcohol use." BJSW.

Young people and alcohol
By Fast Forward Positive Lifestyles Ltd

"Packed with photocopiable activities to use with groups… without doubt one of the most accessible resources around... this is the ideal pack to use in generic youth work settings." Young People Now.

For working with young people aged 10-25, this resource manual will help newcomers and those with experience to feel comfortable and confident in delivering alcohol education programmes.

The information section of this popular and widely used manual was revised in August 2011, and a new poster is now included. The activities are unchanged.

Empathy for the devil
How to help people overcome drugs and alcohol problems
By Phil Harris

"Discusses the complexity of drug and alcohol problems with more references to cultural and social aspects than previous work that I have read in this area… I particularly enjoyed Harris's astute reflections upon the therapeutic relationship, something not always talked about." The Psychologist.

Includes case studies, exercises and tools.

"The author has taken on a huge brief and attempted it bravely… a useful book to dip into… a valuable snapshot of the zeitgeist in drugs work and drug users… what it sets out to do, it accomplishes well." Therapy today.

"Book of the month… his bibliography makes for extensive further reading." Drugscope Members Briefing

Social work and mental health
The value of everything
By Peter Gilbert with Peter Bates, Sarah Carr, Michael Clark, Nick Gould and Greg Slay

"If you are looking for a social work text that is interesting and entertaining but that also retains a sensitive and humane approach to mental health work, then this is a good and valuable read." British Journal of Social Work.

"Immensely uplifting… packed with current, integrated information. What is striking is how far mental health has moved from the medical model. This is all handled sensitively in a reader-friendly style… I thoroughly recommend this book, for those who may only have time to read short sections to reinforce their own values or those who are working with people who have a mental illness and want to remind themselves of core social work values and some of the reasons they may be doing this work." Professional Social Work.

Secret lives: growing with substance
Working with children and young people affected by familial substance misuse
Edited by Fiona Harbin & Michael Murphy

"The authors aim to help practitioners and managers in the identification, assessment, treatment and support of the children and siblings of substance misusers. Buy thisbook as a reference and investment." Addiction Today.

"Focuses on working with older children affected by substance misuse… all the contributions are interesting, and informed my knowledge of what services should be available to assist children… the book succeeds in allowing the views of children and young people caught in this sad situation poignantly to come through." Seen & Heard.

"Founded on current research… informed, accessible and relevant." Rostrum.

"Most books of this genre discuss either how to assess the issue or how to work with it: this book does both… I recommend this book." Community Care.

Substance misuse and child care
How to understand, assist and intervene when drugs affect parenting
Edited by Fiona Harbin and Michael Murphy

This book is not just concerned with the misuse of drugs. It is concerned with the effect that substance misuse has on parenting and on the care and well-being of children. It:
  • outlines and explores the extent of the problem
  • addresses difficult issues involved in inter-agency substance and child-care work
  • describes and explores the helpful professional responses to problematic parental misuse, when working with children, their parents and whole families.

  • "Topical, informative and thought-provoking." The Drug & Alcohol Professional.

    "Much information is given in a clear, straightforward manner." Community Care.

    Becoming ethical
    A parallel, political journey with men who have abused
    By Alan Jenkins

    A practical guide for anyone who works in the field of interventions with men who have engaged in violence or sexual abuse towards partners and family members. It "proposes a refreshing new perspective… It will definitely be added to my library of must have books." Addiction Today.

    "Intervention is seen in terms of power relations and practices within families and communities, and within the institutional, statutory and therapeutic settings in which men participate." ChildRIGHT.

    "It leads the reader through a journey of discovery - from denial, acceptance, description and shame, to restitution. This is skillfully achieved by use of four case studies... Jenkins invites the reader to reflect on and question their own responses: as he points out, the ethical journey is a parallel process for both therapist and abuser... a 'must read' for practitioners." Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal.

    "Group working and principles are clearly set out, and there are insightful, helpful templates for couple working." Addiction Today.

    Crisis intervention
    By Neil Thompson

    This clear and concise introduction to theory and methods shows the value of crisis intervention as an approach for anyone in the helping professions, and provides a foundation for further learning, so that its benefits for practice can be enhanced. Enlivened with case studies, it shows that crisis intervention:
  • is a helpful, albeit demanding, method of working with people in difficulties and distress
  • can capitalise on the positive potential of crisis, making it an excellent basis for promoting empowerment
  • can enhance use of other approaches or therapeutic tools, by providing a framework of understanding to guide their use.

  • An extensively revised and updated version of Crisis Intervention Revisited (Pepar, 1991), this book clears up misunderstandings and oversimplifications that have at times caused the immense value of crisis theory to have been lost, and takes fuller account of the sociological dimension of crisis, such as issues of discrimination on the grounds of gender, race/ethnicity, and age.

    The carrot or the stick?
    Towards effective practice with involuntary clients in safeguarding children work
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    "Excellent material... on a subject that challenges all child care practitioners: how do we work with service users who don't want to work with us? The book ranges from the theoretical to the practical in responding to this question... a very useable framework for working with involuntary clients... would offer busy practitioners some useful tools." Community Care.

    For work with children and young people, men and women, fathers and mothers in all relevant circumstances.

    "The carefully selected chapters in this book offer systematic and evidence-based approaches." ChildRIGHT. They are 'no-nonsense' approaches that will fit with practice wisdom and practice realities of work.

    "Extensive, yet concise and widely referenced, yet practical, this book is relevant to practitioners, managers and planners. Accessible for students and teachers, the text is like effective practice - engaging, well structured, disciplined and encouraging… A motif emerging repeatedly in this richly layered text is that 'coercion should not replace engagement as the central force in change'." Rostrum.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    "A very useful bank of materials… well worth the modest investment." Well-being.

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Managing worries; Looking after your mental health; Coping with depression; Dealing with a crisis; Healthy living; Bereavement and loss; Staying positive; Changing your habits; Taking risks; Learning to relax.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    "There are lots of things to recommend in this resource." Youth Work Now.

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Unlocking your potential; Learning to learn; Becoming self-motivated; Self-coaching; Emotional development; Harnessing creativity; Life management skills; Understanding yourself; Learning from experience; Planning for your future.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Communication skills; Relationship skills; Resolving conflicts; Building a support network; Expressing feelings; Making friends; Working with other people; Being part of a team; Networking skills; Interview skills.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    "A welcome addition to my toolkit, which I will revisit again and again." Addiction Today.

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Assertiveness; Building confidence; Time management; Self-esteem; Anger management; Stress; Managing change; Daily living skills; Self-awareness; Encouraging creative thinking.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Responding to adolescents
    Helping relationship skills for youth workers, mentors and other advisers
    By Angela M. Taylor

    "A book which should be dipped into at regular intervals, and in particular when feeling unsure on how to deal with a certain issue which may have developed." Youth & Policy.

    "It does not aim at the clinic or the couch but at staff and mentors who work with young people in cafes and clubs, showing how to arrest problems through early intervention… Case studies give sound advice and readers are guided to sources for further help." Community Care.

    "This book will become a classic introductory textbook for mentors and youthworkers…" YoungMinds

    "A must… obviously well researched, up to date and can only improve your practice.. It's a reference book, a training guide, a theory book and practice guide, all rolled into one." Youthwork.

    "Remarkably comprehensive and easy to use." Care & Health.

    Responding to loss
    A learning and development manual
    By Bernard Moss

    For trainers and lecturers involved in:
  • professions that bring them regularly into contact with grief and loss: medical staff, care home staff, the emergency services, the armed forces
  • professions that are expected to provide care and support in any circumstance that can arise in people's lives: social workers, teachers, youth workers
  • any other organizations that are concerned about how to be as effective and sensitive as possible when issues of loss arise.

  • It offers:
  • a foundation for developing understanding of how grief and loss affect people, groups, teams and organisations; and how staff can remain effective while also being dignified and sensitive
  • advice on how increasing awareness and understanding can be of value to the people you work with and to your organization
  • help and guidance on delivering training on this with confidence
  • 18 exercises, 12 copiable worksheets, presentation slides.

    By Bernard Moss

    "Ambitious… allows readers to take a new and fresh look at some well-known material on values… will hopefully foster a desire for further reflection on the role that values play in everyday situations." Professional Social Work.

    "Knowing ourselves is a prerequisite for reflective practice." Community Care.

    "The author really does 'know his stuff' and is passionate to share it." Addiction Today.

    It offers "a refreshing perspective… Reflective exercises (for individual or group use) are interspersed with the text, making this a useful teaching resource and learning tool." Rostrum.

    Religion and spirituality
    By Bernard Moss

    "Intended to help staff engage with people's religion and spirituality, if appropriate… It guides the reader through ways of celebrating diversity, fostering resilience and challenging discrimination." Care & Health.

    "Indispensable for holistic service provision... displays an impressive degree of cultural sensitivity toward people of faith… represents an important contribution to the mainstreaming of spirituality in social work practice." Journal of Social Work.

    Not about us without us
    Client involvement in supported housing
    By Mike Seal

    "A wealth of useful advice… well worth reading." Connect.

    Offers theoretical insight and practical help with developing client involvement in running and advising on existing provision of supported housing, campaigning for change, and creating new services. It emphasises: the importance of champions, commitment from senior management, independent advocacy, and the need for agencies to be open to ideas about changing their structures. Considers rationales, policy and lessons from other sectors; and provides extensive practical guidance - copiable when undertaking direct work - on issues of barriers, power relations and developing non-prescriptive practice.

    "Helps turn insight into quality service delivery… an excellent resource." Addiction Today.

    Tackling bullying and harassment in the workplace
    A learning and development manual
    By Neil Thompson

    Bullying and harassment can have devastating results on staff and organisations. This training manual offers materials to support learning around: how to prevent bullying and harassment; how to respond when they do occur; how to deal with the aftermath. Suitable for training managers and front-line staff, it will help:
  • raise awareness and understanding
  • support committed individuals and organisations to pursue a safe, harassmentfree working environment
  • convince others of the benefits of tackling bullying and harassment.

  • It is an essential resource for people committed to making the workplace a humane and dignified setting.

    Solution-focused approaches
    By Steve Myers

    "It brings the approach to life with the practice examples (from various professional contexts)… and also makes you reflect on your own practice… has made a major impact on my emerging professional identity." Rostrum.

    "Such an informative book… takes you step-by-step into solutions-focused approaches with advice, guidance and case studies so that the whole process makes sense." Community Care.

    It addresses:
  • how to develop solution-focused practice in a reflective way
  • principles and techniques involved in the work
  • how it can inform anti-oppressive practice.

    The adult is parent to the child
    Transactional analysis with children and young people
    Edited by Keith Tudor

    This comprehensive, helpful volume: demonstrates in many settings the use of TA with children and young people; brings a contemporary view of TA to those who specialise in its use with them; explains TA's possibilities to others whose work focuses on the lives, well-being, care and treatment of children and young people.
    Contributions from experienced TA practitioners - educators, psychotherapists, organisational consultants - provide the most comprehensive current account of the art and science of TA with children and young people. It locates TA's therapeutic, educational and organisational work with them firmly on the maps of both current practice and training, for TA practitioners and all others who work with children and young people.

    Preventing breakdown
    A manual for those working with families and the individuals within them
    By Mark Hamer

    "For practitioners working with high level risk families, there are real ideas on how to encourage, motivate and sustain change within families, as well as tools and exercises to help families identify attainable goals, ensure a 'safer' home environment, and chart progress towards achieving their goals…well worth investing the time to read." Professional Social Work.

    "No nonsense evidence-based practice advice… offers simple effective and tested solutions to crisis situations within families with measurable outcomes for practitioners and families. A comprehensive 'hands on' resource, it is an invaluable book for practitioners and students." Community Care.

    "Full of new ideas, this book is a useful guide to building the family strengths, developing pride and focusing on solutions rather than problems… an accessible and essential book to have at hand." ChildRIGHT.

    C is for confidence
    A guide to running confidence building courses for women of all ages
    By Mary Blair and Lesley Wilson

    "Written with an understanding of the need for comfort, for humour, for feedback and familiar things that help the participants to begin to relax and feel comfortable in a potentially stressful environment." Nurturing Potential.

    "It really makes running a confidence building course easy and I couldn't have done without it." Anne Kivlin, Scottish Prostitutes Education Project.

    "An imaginative and easy-to-follow workbook for everyone involved in facilitating group work sessions." Newscheck.