Social work and mental health. 6th Edition

Golightley, Malcolm and Goemans, Robert (2017) Social work and mental health. 6th Edition. Transforming Social Work Practice . Learning Matters. ISBN 9781473989290

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This sixth edition is written with student social workers in mind who are studying for their professional qualifications. While the book is part of a series aimed at an undergraduate level there is no reason that this should not be of interest to postgraduates and students and practitioners of other disciplines.

It is hard not to see social work as under attack in the current climate with the abolition of The College of Social Work, the development of a new regulator which the government did not intend to be independent, with arguments about the value of generic and specialist training, ‘Teaching Partnerships’ potentially undermining the academic nature of social work, the Professional Capabilities Framework under threat from the more functional Knowledge & Skills Statements. All this is taking place in a climate of increasing demand on mental health services and unprecedented cuts to those services, overseen by a goverment who appears to see social problems as individual responsibility rather than the product of faulty societies. Now is the time to shout about how important social work is for people with mental health problems, to turn the dialogue away from poorly evidenced medicalised understandings pushed by the profits of the pharmaceutical companies, to reclaim personalisation as a way of giving power to service users rather than a cost-cutting exercise, and to understand mental distress in the context of an increasingly excluded and excluding society. Never has mental health social work been more important and it is time for social work students to stand up and embrace this challenge!!

Keywords:mental health training and education, mental health, Mental health workers, mental health law, Child and adolescent mental health services, Social Work, social work practice, social work degree, social inclusion
Subjects:L Social studies > L310 Applied Sociology
A Medicine and Dentistry > A100 Pre-clinical Medicine
A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
L Social studies > L500 Social Work
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2017 16:10

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