Book review of Rural Mental Health: Issues, Policies, and Best Practices

Peter A Kindle


Written primarily from the perspective of counseling psychology rather than clinical psychology or social work, Rural Mental Health summarizes the current status of rural mental health and examines ways to improve its delivery. Chapters are grouped into four broad sections addressing introductory considerations relevant to rural mental health needs, modalities of rural mental health service delivery, specific populations and issues in rural mental health, and a short concluding chapter that addresses future considerations. Social workers and human service workers who may be attracted by the title should note that none of the 52 contributing authors holds the MSW credential, although some of the suggestions for improving the delivery of rural mental health services embrace concepts resembling wrap-around systems of care and community capacity building.

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