Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 328–337 | Cite as

One-to-one relationships with the long-term mentally ill: Issues in training professionals

  • H. Richard Lamb


In training mental health professionals to work with long-term mentally ill persons, the importance of the one-to-one relationship needs to be emphasized. As advocated here, this should be a reality-based, problem solving approach. No part of this work is more important than giving these persons a sense of mastery over their internal drives, their symptoms, and the demands of their environment. Trainees need to be taught that it is important to be active in these one-to-one relationships; this includes giving advice. Insight, as defined in this article, is not to be neglected as a goal for the long-term mentally ill.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Richard Lamb
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Southern California School of MedicineLos Angeles

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