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Author Townsend, Elizabeth A., 1945- author

Title Good intentions overruled : a critique of empowerment in the routine organization of mental health services / Elizabeth Townsend
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [1998]
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c1998


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Description xvi, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Exploring Empowerment -- 2. Objectifying Participants -- 3. Individualizing Action -- 4. Controlling Collaboration -- 5. Simulating Real Life -- 6. Risking Liability -- 7. Promoting Marginal Inclusiveness -- 8. Challenging the Routine Organization of Power
Summary Good Intentions OverRuled is about empowerment, so it is also about power. This book shows how power is exerted in the routine organizational processes that determine what can be done in everyday life, since modern societies are controlled by regulations, policies, professional practice, legislation, budgets, and other forms of organization. Good Intentions OverRuled sparks debate about empowerment by using a method called institutional ethnography, developed by the Canadian sociologist Dorothy Smith. Mental health day programs are explored from the standpoint of seven occupational therapists in Atlantic Canada. Described in this ethnography are the local, provincial, federal, and international processes used to organize power in Canada's mental health services. The aim is to inspire professional, lay, academic, and other persons (including those who use mental health services) to change the organization of power so that we promote rather than overrule empowerment
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-212) and index
Subject Patient compliance.
Mental health services -- Canada.
Client-centered psychotherapy.
Mentally ill -- Rehabilitation.
Mentally ill -- Care.
Occupational therapy services -- Case studies.
Mentally ill -- Rehabilitation -- Political aspects.
Autonomy (Psychology)
Patient participation.
Occupational therapy -- Political aspects.
Psychiatric day treatment -- Political aspects.
Occupational Therapy.
Mentally Disabled Persons.
Patient Compliance.
LC no. 98133650
ISBN 0802007538 (cloth) (acid-free paper)
0802078028 (paper)