Integration of therapeutic approaches: a new direction for mental health nurses?
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 15–19, July 1997
How to Cite
Wilshaw, G. (1997), Integration of therapeutic approaches: a new direction for mental health nurses?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26: 15–19. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.1997026015.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- therapeutic approaches;
- mental health;
In this paper, the author reviews the value of the taking up of a specific therapeutic school or base for practice in mental health nursing, such as cognitive behavioural therapy or client-centred therapy. This is examined against a background of increased interest in non-‘purist’ forms of therapeutic approach in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling. The common factors present in effective helping relationships are highlighted, along with a way of understanding the fundamental form of a given helping relationship which is perhaps independent of theoretical orientation. Thinking in this mode cuts across traditional ‘models of nursing/therapy’ speak. This may allow the mental health nurse to adopt appropriate client-need-driven interventions, which are not hamstrung by theoretical dogma. Given this, the paper suggests an ‘honourable position’ of eclecticism for mental health nurse education and practice.