Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health
Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health,
Edition 5
Edited by Wendy Bryant, PhD, Jon Fieldhouse and Katrina Bannigan, BSc, PhD

Publication Date : 25 Apr 2014

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Now in its fifth edition, this seminal textbook for occupational therapy students and practitioners has retained the comprehensive detail of previous editions with significant updates, including the recovery approach informed by a social perspective. Emerging settings for practice are explored and many more service users have been involved as authors, writing commentaries on 14 chapters.

All chapters are revised and there are also new chapters, such as mental health and wellbeing, professional accountability, intersectionality, green care and working with marginalized populations. Chapter 11 is written by two people who have received occupational therapy, examining different perspectives on the experience of using services.

This edition is divided into clear sections, exploring theory and practice issues in detail. The first section covers the historical, theoretical and philosophical basis for occupational therapy in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. The second section examines the occupational therapy process, followed by a third section on ensuring quality in contemporary practice. The fourth section offers insights into issues arising from the changing contexts for occupational therapy including an analysis of the implications for occupational therapy education. The fifth section has eight chapters on specific occupations that can be applied across the varied settings which are covered in the sixth and final section.

Occupational Therapy and Mental Health is essential reading for students and practitioners across all areas of health and/or social care, in statutory, private or third (voluntary) sectors, and in institutional and community-based settings.

Key Features

  • Presents different theories and approaches
  • Outlines the occupational therapy process
  • Discusses the implications of a wide range of practice contexts
  • Describes a broad range of techniques used by occupational therapists
  • Provides many different perspectives through service user commentaries

New Features

  • Coverage of trust as part of professional accountability, leadership, green care, ethical practice using a principled approach
  • Additional and extended service user commentaries
  • An editorial team selected and mentored by the retired editors, Jennifer Creek and Lesley Lougher
About the author
Edited by Wendy Bryant, PhD, Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, UK ; Jon Fieldhouse, Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and Katrina Bannigan, BSc, PhD, Associate Professor and Reader in Occupational Therapy / Director of Research Centre for Occupation & Mental Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences York St John University, York, UK
Table of Contents


1 A short history of occupational therapy in mental health
Catherine F. Paterson
Service User Commentary by Matthew Pickles

2 Mental health and well-being
Jon Fieldhouse, Katrina Bannigan

3 The knowledge base of occupational therapy
Jennifer Creek
Service User Commentary by Philippa Lalor


4 Approaches to practice
Jennifer Creek

5 Assessment and outcome measurement
Alison Bullock

6 Planning and implementing interventions
Sonya Mccullough


7 Professional accountability
Clare Beighton, Bob Collins

8 Management and leadership
Gabrielle Richards

9 Research and evidence-based practice
Katrina Bannigan
Service User Commentary by Karan Essien


10 Ethics
Diane E. Cotterill

11 Perspectives on using and providing services
Anne-Laure Donskoy, Rosemarie Stevens, Wendy Bryant

12 Developing the student practitioner
Anne Lawson-Porter
Service User Commentary by Lisa J Ward

13 An intersectional approach to inequity
Marina Morrow, Susan Lynn Hardie


14 Physical activity for mental health and well-being
Fiona Cole
Service User Commentary by Daljit Saini

15 Cognitive approaches to intervention
Sarah Lee, Rachel West
Service User Commentary by Sarah Mercer

16 Client-centred groups
Marli Cole
Service User Commentary by Lucia Franco

17 Creative activities
Julie Walters, Wendy Sherwood, Helen Mason
Service User Commentary by Ruth Sayers

18 Play
Rob Brooks, Carolyn Dunford

19 Life skills
Kevin Cordingley, Hannah Pell

20 Green care and occupational therapy
Jon Fieldhouse, Joe Sempik
Service User Commentary by Dinah Laprairie

21 Work and vocational pursuits
Ellie Fossey, Sally Bramley


22 The acute setting
Katherine Sims
Service User Commentary by Mary Nettle

23 Community work with severe and enduring mental health problems
Simon Hughes, Hazel Parker

24 Older people
Jennifer Wenborn

25 Emotional health and well-being of children and young people
Susan Evans, Jagoda Banovic
Service User Commentary by Sarah Marley

26 Learning disabilities
Jane Goodman, Wendy Wright
Service User Commentary by Eric Seall

27 Forensic and prison services
Sharon Mcneil, Katrina Bannigan

28 Substance misuse
Jenny Lancaster, John Chacksfield
Service User Commentary by Trish Staples

29 Working on the margins: occupational therapy and social inclusion
E. Madeleine Duncan, Jennifer Creek


Book Reviews
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to occupational therapy students, new practitioners and more experienced practitioners who want to refresh and update their
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, August 2008, Vol 15, No 8

"..The book is a noteworthy achievement in the manner in which it brings together so many disparate experienced voices in mental health practice. The outcome is a very valuable reference book not only for the student practitioner, at whom it is primarily aimed, but also for practising therapists wanting to keep abreast of recent developments."
British Journal of Occupational Therapy February 2009 72(2)

"The purpose of this book is to educate and inform those new to the areas of occupational therapy and mental health and to support the practice of those with more experience in the field. It does both things beautifully.

The book manages to pack a great deal into the 500 or so pages and is highly recommended for those new to occupational therapy and mental health as it provides a valuable and broad overview of the subject."

Reviewed by: Dr Jean McQueen, The Forensic Network, NHS Scotland    Date: Jan 2015

"The book is essential reading for students and practitioners across all areas of health and/or social care, in statutory, private or third (voluntary) sectors, and in institutional and community-based settings.", July 2015, Issue #195

Book details
ISBN: 9780702045899
Page Count: 542
Retail Price: €54.99