Social Work Practice in Health
An introduction to contexts, theories and skills
Health services practice or working with clients facing health issues requires diverse approaches and wide-ranging knowledge. In this ground-breaking book Melissa Petrakis draws on the experience and expertise of leading researchers and practitioners to provide a guide to the disparate settings in which social workers are engaged and the conceptual frameworks and skills needed for effective practice.
The book begins by examining the nature of health social work and considers its core values and principles. This section also provides an overview of the social determinants of health. Part 2 explores key areas of practice including working with children, mothers and families, hospital-based social work, domestic and family violence, mental health, dual diagnosis, forensic social work, Indigenous approaches to health, oncology and aged care. Part 3 looks at politicised issues in the field including working with people living with disability, refugee health and concludes by considering how a focus on well-being informed by Maori approaches could provide new insights into better practice. Underpinning the book throughout is a clear guide to assessment procedures, case management, strengths-based practices and developing effective partnerships and collaboration.
Social Work Practice in Health is destined to become a key reference tool for social work students and practitioners, providing practical, evidence-based and insightful approaches.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
Preface - Melissa Petrakis
PART I: WHAT IS HEALTH SOCIAL WORK? ROLE, VALUES AND PRINCIPLES FOR PRACTICE
1. An introduction to health and health services practice, and the social determinants of health - Melissa Petrakis and Carrie Lethborg
2. Building the knowledge for practice base in health social work - Fiona McDermott
PART II: HEALTH PRACTICE AND PRACTICE CONTEXTS
3. Children, childhood illness and supporting the family: a health perspective - Rosemary Sheehan
4. Hospital-based trauma social work - Margaret Cowgill and Melissa Petrakis
5. The wellbeing of Australia's mothers - Lauren Wills
6. Women and domestic and family violence - Deborah Western
7. Early intervention in mental health: opportunities and challenges - Kate Day and Melissa Petrakis
8. The social worker's role within an adult mental health inter-professional collaborative team - Carmel Alakus and Melissa Petrakis
9. A foundation for dual diagnosis practice: wisdom, tools and resources - Kevan Myers, Simon Kroes and Melissa Petrakis
10. Forensic social work - Sarah Harvey
11. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities: re-imagining and re-orienting of the social work role - Sonia Posenelli, Michelle Gallagher Winters, Carrie Lethborg and Toni Mason
12. Oncology social work: from diagnosis, treatment for cancer, recovery and end of life care - Sue Gorman
13. Aged care: health, assessments, in-home care and residential care - Lisa Braddy and Mara Erhardt-Rumpe
PART III: POLITICISED ISSUES IN HEALTH PRACTICE
14. Social work practice and people living with disability - Nicole Edwards and Julie King
15. Refugee health - Kim Robinson
16. A Maori-informed approach to health social work - Amohia Boulton, Lynley Cvitanovic and Tracey Cropp
Dr Melissa Petrakis is Senior Lecturer at Monash University and Senior Research Fellow at St Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne), Mental Health Service. She co-ordinates units and lectures in social work practice in health and mental health and has published widely in this field.