With the dominance of cognitive behavioural therapies within mental health nursing educational and practice settings, a danger exists that a narrow application of therapy interventions and micro skills will result. Given the rich and diverse variations of presenting circumstances to community mental health services, an incorporation of therapy approaches beyond the cognitive behavioural model is essential. This paper initially aims to demonstrate the core values of mental health nursing as being at least partially incongruent with those of cognitive behavioural therapies. This paper also aims to provide brief examples of the use of alternate evidential practice-based therapies more reflective of mental health nursing values across a spectrum of community mental health service where the authors are employed.
Hurley, J, Barrett, P & Reet, P 2006, 'Let a hundred flowers blossom, let a hundred schools of thought contend: a case for therapeutic pluralism in mental health nursing', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 173-179.
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