The Social Worker's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Social Worker's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

by Steven Walker


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The Social Worker's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health provides a comprehensive guide to working with children and young people who are experiencing mental health problems, and equips the reader with the knowledge and skills to provide the best service to these vulnerable young people.

The first part of the book considers what role social work can play in child and adolescent mental health, and explores key ideas related to mental health and young people, including attachment issues, children's emotional development and common and complex mental health problems. The author then covers how social work skills and methods can be applied to working with children and young people with mental health problems, including guidance on assessment tools, intervention, and multi-disciplinary working. The final section focuses on the wider context, such as legislative and policy frameworks and the importance of considering cultural, spiritual and religious identity. Case examples, reflective activities and practical exercises are included to underpin theory and knowledge.

This book will be essential reading for all pre- and post-qualifying social work practitioners involved with children, adolescents and families, in particular those working in mental health settings, as well as approved mental health professionals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849051224
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Steven Walker is Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is a registered social worker and psychotherapist and has worked in social care for over 30 years, specialising in child protection and child and adolescent mental health.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures 8

Foreword Stephen Briggs 9

Introduction 13

Part I Social Work Assessment and Intervention

Chapter 1 The Social Work Role in CAMHS 21

Chapter 2 Child Development and Attachment 47

Chapter 3 Mental Health Problems 69

Part II Applying the Skills of Social Work

Chapter 4 Social Work Skills and Methods 105

Chapter 5 Multi-disciplinary and Interprofessional Working 135

Chapter 6 Family and Community Support 159

Part III The Context of Social Work with Children and Young People

Chapter 7 The Organisational and Legal Framework 183

Chapter 8 Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity 205

Chapter 9 Understanding Spirituality and Religion 231

Conclusion 253

References 265

Subject Index 279

Author Index 286

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