Social Work Practice in Mental Health : An Introduction book cover
3rd Edition

Social Work Practice in Mental Health
An Introduction

ISBN 9781760529499
Published March 17, 2021 by Routledge
300 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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



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Robert Bland is Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Queensland, Australia.

Gabrielle Drake is Associate Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University, Australia.

John Drayton is Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland, Australia.