Psychiatric Social Work in Great Britain : 1939-1962 book cover
1st Edition

Psychiatric Social Work in Great Britain

ISBN 9781138355040
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1964 Psychiatric Social Work looks at psychiatric social work as an established form of professional social work in Great Britain, as well as the mental health policy introduced at the time of the book’s publication. The book looks at how social workers in the 1960s were striving for professional status, and the interest that grew around their professional status during this period. The book examines changes and issues in their training and a general picture of those who qualified. It looks at the careers of a group of social workers and follows the developments in child guidance, mental hospitals, and the care of the mentally ill in the community. The contribution of social workers is discussed and their activities of the professional associations in training and professional development is examined. This book will act as an important historical look at the changes to social work.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. The Origins and Development of Training for Psychiatric Social Work

3. Who Are Psychiatric Social Workers?

4. The Careers of Psychiatric Social Workers

5. The Work of the Psychiatric Social Worker – The Child Guidance Clinic

6. The Work of the Psychiatric Social Worker – Mental Hospital and Community Care

7. The Psychiatric Social Worker’s Contribution to the Writings and Research of Social Work

8. The Professional Association – Definitions and Protection of Function

9. The Professional Association – Training

10. The Professional Association – Public Influence and Professional Welfare

11. Conclusions

Index of Subjects

Index of Names

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