Psychiatric Social Work in Great Britain: 1939-1962, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Psychiatric Social Work in Great Britain

1939-1962, 1st Edition

By Noel Timms


278 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Noel Timms

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 1983, draw together research by leading sociologist Noel Timms. The collection covers some of his major works in the field of social work, with a focus on social policy, language, psychiatry and philosophy within the area of social work. This set is a celebration of the rich collection of work written by Noel Timms throughout his distinguished career.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General