With a PhD in sociology and extensive experience as a psychotherapist, Ross Ellenhorn specialises in the integration of psychology and sociology as a conceptual and treatment model for those suffering from psychiatric disorders. Because of the typically rigid separation of these two disciplines, psychiatric problems are usually understood—and treated—as exclusively psychological phenomena.
In sharp contrast, Ellenhorn views psychiatric disorders through a unique psychosocial lens. His psychosocial perspective and the methods of treatment it engenders, continue to yield strikingly positive patient outcomes not achievable through standard medical/psychiatric paradigms of care.
For 25 years, Ellenhorn has put his psychosocial vision into practice by creating and running programmes that enable individuals with psychiatric disabilities to develop the psychological and equally important social resources to successfully remain outside institutions. He created the first fully operating intensive hospital diversion programme in Massachusetts, and created and led one of the first Assertive Community Treatment teams in the commonwealth.
In 2005, with Madhavi Prakash, Ellenhorn created Prakash Ellenhorn, an intensive and holistic outreach programme serving clients with psychiatric disorders in the Boston area. Prakash Ellenhorn accepts clients typically perceived by mental health professionals as needing hospital care, effectively treating them outside the hospital, in their own communities. Today, Prakash Ellenhorn employs more than 60 full-time staff. The programme regularly receives referrals from prestigious psychiatric institutions throughout the world, many for whom Ellenhorn consults.
Ellenhorn has given talks and seminars throughout the US, and provided consultation to numerous mental health agencies and psychiatric hospitals on the subjects of hospital diversion, psychosocial rehabilitation, patient careerism, and the PACT model. His book, Parasuicidality: Breaking Through the Medical Model (Springer Publishing, 2007), documents successful techniques for diverting hospital use. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Social Welfare and the first person to receive a joint PhD from the prestigious Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy and Management and the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University.
In addition to Prakash Ellenhorn, Ellenhorn runs a small private psychotherapy practice in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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Published: 10 March 2014
Last update: 09 April 2015