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31 Oct 2014

British Psychological Society ‘Book of the Year’ award for groundbreaking mental health textbook

A book co-authored by Dr John Cromby from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has won a highly prestigious British Psychological Society ‘Book of the Year’ award.

Psychology, Mental Health and Distress won the 2014 Textbook award, which is given for work that has made a significant impact on the learning and teaching of psychology.

The book is the first mainstream textbook in its field that is not based upon psychiatric explanations of mental illness. Instead, it takes a consistently psychological perspective where both problems and interventions are understood in entirely psychological terms.

The book has a number of other innovative features, including a chapter written by mental health service users and an introduction to the practice of formulation – the method UK clinical psychologists use to understand their clients’ mental health problems.

The textbook, which was co-authored by Dr David Harper from the University of East London and Professor Paula Reavey from London South Bank University, has been designed to help students reflect on the nature of mental health and illness by balancing psychological, biological and social influences in relation to people’s actual experiences of distress.

It has already been adopted by a large number of psychology degree courses in the UK, Canada and elsewhere, and by some clinical psychology doctoral training programmes.

Read the news article for more.