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The Self-Help Movement in Mental Health: From Passivity to Interactivity

  • T. Mark Harwood
  • Luciano L’Abate
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Abstract

This chapter expands and updates on Norcross’ (2006) original proposal to integrate self-help with psychotherapy through the reading of self-help books, autobiographies, and viewing of relevant self-help films. This relatively passive approach can be expanded with active and interactive SH interventions in promotion, prevention, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation through: (1) distance writing (DW) in its various approaches, which will be considered in greater detail in Chapter 3 of this volume, (2) homework assignments, and (3) low-cost approaches to promote physical and mental health. These new approaches suggest a paradigm shift in mental health from traditional individually delivered psychosocial treatment to distance writing (DW) approaches that may mean interacting with participants online without ever seeing them directly (L’Abate, 2008a; 2008b,c).

Keywords

Psychosocial Treatment Homework Assignment Work Memory Training Practice Exercise Therapist Involvement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Mark Harwood
    • 1
  • Luciano L’Abate
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentWheaton CollegeWheatonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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