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date: 23 January 2021

Mental Health: Practice Interventionslocked

  • Phyllis SolomonPhyllis SolomonPhyllis Solomon, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice and Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania She has edited and authored 6 books and has over a 140 peer reviewed publications as well as more than 30 book chapters. She is the recipient of a number of awards including First Placed Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research, Outstanding Non-Psychiatrist Community Achievement Award given by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Mental Health Policy and Practice from NASW Foundation, University Provost Award for Ph.D. Mentoring of Doctoral Students. Visiting Scholar, University of Western Ontario, Medical School, Department of Psychiatry; Excellence in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Theory and Practice Award from CareLink Community Support Services; and was the Moses Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College for academic year 2012-2013. She was inducted in the first cohort of American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Her research has been on the forefront of consumer rights and capabilities, having conducted one of the first and most influential studies on consumer provided services.


This entry focuses on services for adults with severe mental illness, specifically the five psychosocial interventions considered evidence-based practices. The emergence of psychiatric rehabilitation, the only professional discipline designed to serve a specified population, is described. The primary historical practice approaches, which are the foundation for psychiatric rehabilitation, are discussed. Each of the five evidence-based practices is then described with the empirical supporting evidence. The emphasis on this population and interventions were selected as social workers are the major providers for this population and frequent implementers and developers of these interventions.

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