Understanding Social Work Practice in Mental Health

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Overview

This book provides an authoritative overview of mental health theory, policy and practice. Exploring the complex moral and ethical dimensions underpinning the field, the book engages with the key issues encountered by practitioners working in the modern mental health system. Using real world scenarios, case studies, and reflective exercises, it asks students to critically examine the world of mental health practice from the perspective of users of mental health services and their carers.

Reflecting the core values, skills and knowledge frameworks required for professional social work qualification in the mental health context, this book will enable students to:

Understand mental health theory and practice as a contested arena.

Recognise professional differences and inter-professional strengths.

Tolerate uncertainty and complexity in practice.

Develop critically as reflexive mental health practitioners.

Included in the text are practice dilemmas, chapter summaries, and resources to aid further study.

Ideal reading for qualifying social work students, and anyone training in the field of mental health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412935043
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

About the authors vi

Introduction 1

1 Understanding mental health and mental distress 5

2 Thinking the present historically: the making of the modern mental health system 23

3 Care in the community: policy ideals and practice realities 39

4 Risk versus rights: the tensions in implementing mental health law 61

5 What works in promoting recovery? Evidence-based practice and the dynamics of power in mental health research 86

6 Challenging inequality and respecting diversity 106

7 Crossing cultures: interprofessional working in mental health 127

Conclusion 146

Bibliography 149

Index 165

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