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Post-Qualifying Mental Health Social Work Practice

by James Campbell and Gavin Davidson SAGE Publications Ltd
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Social workers and other professionals working in the area of mental health often face complex and difficult practice dilemmas shaped by increasingly demanding policy and legal contexts across the UK. Jim Campbell and Gavin Davidson focus on the post-qualifying role played by mental health social workers in this book. The authors draw on theoretical and research perspectives on the subject, before outlining how professionals can achieve best practice. Topics covered include: ' Models of mental health and illness ' Discrimination and social exclusion ' Addressing service user needs ' Carer perspectives ' Working with individuals, families and communities The chapters are accompanied by exercises, which encourage readers to critically reflect on their own professional and personal experiences. Case studies are also included, so that students can reappraise the knowledge they have learned in the text. The book will be essential reading for social work practitioners taking postgraduate courses in mental health and for those training to become Approved Mental Health Practitioners.

Introduction: Mental Health Social Work in the UK - Locating Policy, Practice and Post-Qualifying Education
Policy and Agency Contexts
The Legal Context
Models of Mental Health and Illness
Addressing Discrimination
Listening to Service-Users' Needs
Listening to Carers' Needs
Working with Individuals
Working with Families
Working with Communities
Multi-Disciplinary Working
The Role of the Approved Mental Health Professional
Conclusion: Looking to the Future