Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Contemporary Roles, Tasks, and Techniques / Edition 1

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This new edited text presents a "partnership" model and aims to be cutting edge, scholarly, and unambiguously useful and practical. Kia J. Bentley and the other well-known and respected contributors address the need for approachable, immediately useful discipline specific content on the most important social work practice roles in mental health. The book articulates how roles often associated with working with a specific population (e.g. those who abuse substances, persons with severe mental illness, distressed marital couples) are quite relevant and useful in a much wider range of populations.

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"…a long awaited book for social work mental health practitioners! It is comprehensive and reflects the changing state of the arts for mental health practice - giving us fresh insights and strategies for dealing with an evolving array of new tasks and concepts."

"I am not aware of another book that is this comprehensive. Finally!! All of the mental health practice arenas under one roof."

Bentley (Virginia Commonwealth U.), who provides a context and vision for excellence in contemporary psychiatric social work practice, dedicates this book especially to the women who pioneered the field. US experts address social workers' many roles: crisis counselor, diagnostician, therapist, mediator, educator, skills trainer, case manager, medication facilitator, consumer and family consultant, team collaborator, advocate, program evaluator/ researcher, and administrator and policy analyst. The 15th chapter reviews relevant research and mental health trends. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534549206
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/22/2001
  • Series: Mental Health Practice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kia J. Bentley is a licensed clinical social worker, tenured professor, and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has taught since 1989. Her current teaching focuses on mental health and mental illness, psychopharmacotherapy and social work, clinical theory, and research. She is consulting editor for The Journal of Social Work Education and chapter member of the editorial board of Best Practices in Mental Health. In Virginia, she is the chair of the Human Rights Committee of Central State Hospital. She is the author of another Cengage Brooks/Cole text, SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH: CONTEMPORARY ROLES, TASKS, AND TECHNIQUES AND PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION ISSUES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS, as well as COUNSELORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (2003, HAWORTH).

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Table of Contents

1. A Vision of Excellence for Social Work in Contemporary Mental Health Settings, Kia J. Bentley and Melissa Floyd Taylor. 2. Social Workers a Crisis Counselors, Susan Gingerich. 3. Social Workers as Diagnosticians, Jaclyn Miller. 4. Social Workers as Therapists, Joseph Walsh. 5. Social Workers as Mediators, Kevin Corcoran and Mary Ann Dearborn. 6. Social Workers as Educators, Ellen P. Lukens and Kimberly Prchal. 7. Social Work as Skills Trainers, Deborah Gioia-Hasick and John S. Brekke. 8. Social Workers as Case Managers, William Patrick Sullivan and Charles A. Rapp. 9. Social Workers as Medication Facilitators, Rosemary Farmer and Kia. J. Bentley. 10. Social Workers as Consumer and Family Consultants, Phyllis Solomon, Tina Boggart, Edie Mannion, and John Farmer. 11. Social Workers as Collaborators and Interdisciplinary Team Members, Roberta G. Sands and Beth Angell. 12. Social Workers as Advocates and Community Organizers, Shela Silverman. 13. Social Workers as Program Evaluators and Researchers, A. Suzanne Boyd and Wynne S. Korr. 14. Social Workers as Administrators and Policy Analysts, Robert Paulson. 15. Emerging Knowledge and Future Trends in Mental Health: Implications for Social Work, Harriette C. Johnson.

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