With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, mental health is a more important part of social work training than ever before. All successful social workers need to understand the core values, skills, and knowledge that underpin excellent practice in a modern mental health system.
Written as an accessible introduction to the complex issues around mental health, Social Work and Mental Health has become a classic in its field. Law and policy are clearly outlined while the authors give space to important ethical considerations when working with the most vulnerable in society. There are clear links between policy, legislation, and real life practice as well as a wealth of learning features.
About the Author
Malcolm Golightley has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years, drawing on extensive experience as a community development workers, Approved Social Worker, trainer and researcher. As Head of the School of Health and Social Care he has responsibility for academic leadership and, with others, developing mental health research. Until recently he was a Mental Health Act Commissioner and carried out inspections on behalf of the Healthcare Commission.
Table of Contents
IntroductionValues and Ethical Mental Health Social WorkSocial Work Practice and Mental HealthThe Legal and Political Context for Practice: Part 1: History and New DevelopmentsThe Policy and Legal Context for Practice: Part 2: Mental Health Tribunals; Mental CapacityWorking with Vulnerable People: Mental Health in Children and AdolescentsWorking with Vulnerable People: Adults Who Are Short-Terms Service UsersWorking with Vulnerable People: Adults Who Are Long-Term Service UsersWorking across Organisational and Professional Boundaries