Mental Health Social Work : Evidence-Based Practice book cover
1st Edition

Mental Health Social Work
Evidence-Based Practice

ISBN 9780415319027
Published April 12, 2006 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

In Mental Health Social Work, Colin Pritchard draws on his many years of experience in research, teaching and practice in order to explore key issues for social workers who want to work in the mental health field.

Mental health social work can be one of the most rewarding and one of the most frustrating areas of social work practice. Social workers need to have a good knowledge of interventions and their evidence bases, from pharmacology to psychotherapy, but also be able to work sensitively and effectively with both clients and carers in a rapidly changing context.

Based on a series of case studies and research based practice, the book explores key topics including:

  • the multiple factors affecting mental health
  • the bio-psycho-social model of practice
  • key areas including depression, suicide, schizophrenia and personality disorder
  • the mental healthâ€"child protection interface
  • residential work
  • treatment modalities.

Presenting new and challenging research findings in this field, this book will be invaluable reading for undergraduate social work students and for practising social workers.

Table of Contents

Part 1: A Psychiatric Perspective 1. In the Beginning: Cultural History and Poetry of Madness 2. What Does Mental Health / Disorder Mean? 3. Defining Mental Disorder: A Psychiatric Framework  4. Defining Mental Disorder: A Framework for the Schizophrenias 5. The 'Minor' Mental Disorders Part 2:  Bio-psychological Perspective 6. Critique of Unidimensional Medicalisation of Mental Disorder 7. Other Problems of Psychiatry 8. Mental Health Social Work with People with Mood Disorders 9. Mental Health Social Work with People with Schizophrenia Part 3: The Emergency Perspectives 10. Mental Health Social Work with 'Suicidal' People 11.  Personality Disorders and the Psychiatric-Child Protection Interface 12. Statutory Mental Health Social Work: Care and Control Dilemmas and Role of the Approved Social Worker  13. The Accommodation Dimension: Housing and Mental Disorder  14. The Vortex of Mental Disorder: The Client Speaks 

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Colin Pritchard is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southampton and Research Professor in Psychiatric Social Work at the Institute of Health and Community Studies, University of Bournemouth. He is an academic veteran of the social care field who has maintained a mental health practice while being an active and sometimes controversial interdisciplinary researcher.