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Foundations of Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine

Foundations of Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine

by Robert AdamsRobert Adams


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Looking for a comprehensive introduction to the field of complementary therapies and alternative medicine? This authoritative textbook will meet all your needs.

Featuring perceptive case studies, study support material and resources for further reference, Foundations of Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine provides fascinating information about a broad range of approaches. Core content includes:

• Introductions written by practising experts in the field

• Basics of anatomy and physiology

• Practical advice on working with clients and patients

• Information on setting up your own practice

• Discussion of ethics and codes of conduct

• Study skill aids and professional development advice

With coverage of theory matched by a firm grounding in practice issues, Foundations of Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine is a complete learning resource. It is a must-have book for all undergraduate and foundation degree students taking courses on complementary therapies, alternative medicine, holistic therapies, nursing, health and related subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230211438
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/04/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)

About the Author

ROBERT ADAMSis Professor at theSchool of Health and Social Care at theUniversity of Teesside. He is well established as an author having researched and written many books on health and social care, policy, open learning and practice. Robert spent some of his teaching career at the Open Learning Foundation – and here he was also originator, commissioning editor, and contributing writer in teams developing more than 80 open learning packages in health and social work. Robert has a keen interest in the area of complementary health.

Robert has extensive knowledge of the publishing process. He is well established as an author with a record of success in the fields of health and social care (specifically health and social services policy, criminal and youth justice and social work). He is also experienced as an editor, and has recently coordinated a team of 31 contributors on Foundations of Health and Social Care. Many of Robert's edited books, such as Social Work Themes, have established themselves as core texts in the majority of courses in the UK at which they were targeted.

Robert spent some of his teaching career at the Open Learning Foundation – and here he was also originator, commissioning editor, and contributing writer in teams developing more than 80 open learning packages in health and social work. These were unit-based, comprising workbooks, associated readers, assessment guides, glossaries and audiocassettes. In addition, Robert designed and co-wrote an open learning book entitled Learning Good Practice in Community Care, CCETSW, London (1992). He acted as consultant to the development of a similar Community Care package for the Open College. He was co-writer (1993) of the 5-book package of Open University books for the Advanced MESOL programme for senior managers in the Health and Social Services, leading to the Diploma in Health and Social Services Management, entitled Developing Management Competence, Learning How to Learn, Managing the Selection and Development of Staff, Staff-Employee Relationships and Working in Teams.

Robert has a background that spans both health and social care, and both professional and academic fields. He worked for 7 years in the Prison Department, as prison officer, assistant, deputy and acting-governor; before leaving to become director of Barnardo's multi-professional initiative aimed at providing support for families and children in trouble in the community. From 1984, Robert was chair of the social policy and social work area at Humberside College of Higher Education, later Humberside Polytechnic; and from 1990 to 1996 he was a founding staff member of the Open Polytechnic, later Open Learning Foundation, where he became Head of Health and Social Services Educational Development. In 1996 he took up the post of Professor of Human Services Development at the University of Humberside (now University of Lincoln), and worked as a visiting Professor there from 1997 to 2002. From 2002 Robert took up the position of Visiting Professor at University of Teesside, where he is now based.

Robert has a keen interest in the area of complementary health, and is well-equipped to commission, and collate, contibuted chapters by writers with expertise in the specialist fields.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the book.- PART I: LEARNING, STUDYING& PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Skills for College& Work-based Learning; R.Adams.- Personal awareness, Critically Reflective Practice and Professional Development; R.Adams.- PART II: CONTEXTS FOR PRACTICE Introduction to Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine; R.Adams.- Approaches to Illness, Treatment, Health Promotion and Wellbeing; R.Adams.- Policy& legal basis for Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine; R.Adams.- PART III: MANAGING YOUR OWN PRACTICE Working in Teams and with Different Professions; R.Adams.- Running a Complementary Practice as a Small Business; R.Adams.- Hygiene, Health and Safety; R.Adams.- PART IV: WORKING WITH PATIENTS AND CLIENTS Ethical& Value Bases for Practice; R.Adams.- Communicating with People and Record Keeping; R.Adams.- Process of Working with Clients/Patients; R.Adams.- Researching Practice; R.Adams.- PART V: PHILOSOPHICAL AND SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE PRACTICE Roots of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine; R.Adams.- Basic Functional Anatomy; J.Richards .- Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Urinary Systems; J.Tsai.- Reproductive, Endocrine and Nervous Systems; J.Tsai.- Immune, Digestive, Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Systems; J.Tsai.- Differential Diagnosis; J.Tsai.- PART VI: APPROACHES TO PRACTICE Homeopathy; S.Armstrong .- Life, Spirituality, and Chinese Medicine; F.Meng.- Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbalism and Massage; R.M.Chan .- Meditation; L.Rabsang.- Herbal Medicine; A.Stableford.- Aromatherapy; K.Tinker.- Chiropractic; J.Richards& H.Gemmell.- Osteopathy; A.Maddick.- Reflexology; N.Hall.- Alexander Technique; L.Schibel Mason.- Reiki; R.Pharo& D.Sawyer.- Healing; S.Canning.- Expressive Therapies; S.Jennings.- PART VII: CONTINUING EDUCATION& PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 32 Continuing Professional Development; R.Adams.- Appendix: Professional Organizations and Useful Contacts.- Bibliography.- Index.

What People are Saying About This

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…an excellent text for foundation degree students and I would certainly welcome it as required reading on our courses. I particularly liked the generous amount of references that underpin for each section. '- Dr Jane Buckle, Programmes Manager and Principal Lecturer: Complementary Medicine, Centre for Complementary Healthcare& Integrative Medicine (CCHIM), Thames Valley University UK

'This is a very comprehensive, well thought out and executed review of complementary therapies and alternative medicine...a must for the bookshelf of students and qualified therapists alike.' - Diane Morgan, Editor: Footprints Newsletter

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