Solution-focused Practice and the Role of the Approved Mental Health Professional

David Watson, Nick Perry

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The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) has a pivotal role in a decision to detain an individual under the Mental Health Act 1983. This article is a reflective account demonstrating how a solution-focused approach can enable an AMHP to engage constructively with the person being assessed and apply the values of anti-oppressive practice. Using a solution-focused approach enables a creative and empowering discussion of risk and may lead to a less restrictive outcome. These techniques should be part of the training and ongoing education of AMHPs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-332
Number of pages6
JournalEthics and Social Welfare
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2022


  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Approved Mental Health Professional
  • Solution-focused
  • Mental Health Act 1983


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