Famous People of the War of 1812

Robin Johnson (Author)

Product Details

Crabtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
August 15, 2011
7.3 X 9.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.01 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Robin first became interested in understanding mental health and mental illness when studying social science and philosophy in the radical years of the late '60s. He then came across the therapeutic community ("TC") approach - a movement for a more communitarian, "social" psychiatry - and worked and lived in a number of such communities through the 1970s, including the Henderson, probably the best known of all "TCs," which specialised in work with those we would now describe as having a personality disorder. Robin went on to train as a psychiatric social worker, and became interested in-and impressed with-the role of housing and homelessness services in working with some of their more vulnerable and chaotic clients, some of those most "hard to reach." In 2001, he left social services, to pursue an interest in research and dev-elop¬ment on mental health and housing, and soon found himself an adviser to various government departments on innovative practice. He was one of the leading authors of two government guidance papers on mental health needs that argued for better recognition of the work of homelessness services. He was for five years editor of the Journal of Housing, Care and Support, a visiting fellow at several universities, and worked on the Royal College of Psychiatrist's "Enabling Environments" working group, which was tasked with adapting the TC approach for the era of community psychiatry - work which indirectly gave rise to the concept of a "psycho-logically informed environ¬ment" in homelessness resettlement services. He has one remarkable daughter, of whom he is enormously proud; now lives in West Cornwall; and plays the baritone saxophone with more enthusiasm than competence. He claims to be trying to retire; but no one seems to believe it.