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Mental Health Social Work in Context

2nd Edition

By Nick Gould


224 pages

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This new edition of Mental Health Social Work in Context continues to be an authoritative, evidence based introduction to an area of specialism chosen by many social work students.

Grounded in the social models of mental health particularly relevant to qualifying social workers, but also familiarising 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
  • working with people with mental health problems across the life course.

In this new edition the author has reflected on the impact of the global recession and austerity policies, both on the mental health of the population but also the much sharper conditions and reduced services within which social workers are now operating.

This fully updated 2nd edition is an essential textbook for all social work students taking undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying degrees, and will also be invaluable for practitioners undertaking post-qualifying awards in mental health social work.

Table of Contents

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. The Future of Mental Health Social Work

About the Author

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

About the Series

Student Social Work

This textbook series is ideal for all students studying to be qualified social workers, whether at undergraduate or Masters level. Covering key elements of the social work curriculum, the books are accessible, interactive and thought-provoking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Mental Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General