This new edition of Social Work Practice in Mental Health builds on the underpinning principles of the previous editions whilst reflecting how the context for practice has steadily evolved.
Organised into two parts and 11 chapters, the book focuses on recovery theory, the importance of relationship and examining the social context and the consequences of illness. It explores the perspectives of consumers and family carers in shaping practice together with a focus on skills including assessment and risk assessment, working in a multidisciplinary team, working with trauma, working within a legal framework and spirituality in practice. The book also maintains the key themes from previous editions of valuing lived experience and the importance of relationships.
This book will be essential reading for social work students and an invaluable resource for practitioners in social work and mental health.
Part I: The Context for Practice
1. A starting point: Understanding social work in mental health
2. The lived experience of mental illness
3. Concepts and issues in mental health
4. The policy and legal context for practice
5. Overview of mental health disorders
Part II: Social Work Practice
6. Assessment for social work practice
7. Social casework in mental health settings
8. Working with people with mental illness across service systems
9. Working with families
10. Working with Communities
11. Sustaining social work in mental health agencies