3rd Edition

Mental Health Social Work in Context

By Nick Gould Copyright 2022
    222 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new edition of Mental Health Social Work in Context continues to be an authoritative, evidence-based introduction to a core area of the social work curriculum. 

    Grounded in the social models of mental health particularly relevant to qualifying social workers, but also intended to familiarise students with social aspects of medical perspectives, this core text helps to prepare students for practice and to develop their knowledge around:

    •   promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems;

    •   the changing context of multidisciplinary mental health services;

    •   an integrated evidence base for practice; and

    •   working with people with mental health problems across the life course.

    Including new material on proposed reforms to mental health and mental capacity legislation, this book also contains major revisions that focus on the statutory and policy contexts of social work practice as well as ongoing changes in the organisational frameworks for the delivery of services and implications for the social work role. 

    This fully updated third edition is an essential textbook for all social work students taking undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying degrees, and it will also be invaluable for practitioners undertaking post-qualifying awards in mental health social work.


    1. Perspectives on Mental Health

    2. Developing Socially Inclusive Practice

    3. The Social Work Role in Mental Health Services

    4. Working with Children and Adolescents

    5. Mental Health Social Work with Adults: Mood Disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    6. Mental Health Social Work with Adults: Psychoses and Personality Disorders

    7. Mental Health Social Work with Older People

    8. Risk and Dangerousness

    9. Contemporary Mental Health Social Work: Challenges and Opportunities


    Nick Gould is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Bath, UK. He has been involved in mental health social work for over 30 years, initially as a local authority social worker, then as a senior social worker at Broadmoor Hospital, before finally embarking on an academic career. He continues to sit as a specialist lay member of the Ministry of Justice’s Mental Health Tribunal.