Mental Health Social Work in Context

By Nick Gould

© 2010 – Routledge

216 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415452038
pub: 2009-11-04
Hardback: 9780415452014
pub: 2009-11-04

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About the Book

There has been a re-energising of interest in social work in mental health services in recent years and mental health is now a core part of all qualifying social work students’ training.

Grounded in the social models of mental health particularly relevant to qualifying social workers, but also familiarising students with social aspects of medical perspectives, this core text helps to prepare students for practice and to develop their knowledge around:

  • promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems
  • the changing context of multidisciplinary mental health services
  • an integrated evidence base for practice
  • working with people with mental health problems across the life course.

Mental Health Social Work in Context is an essential textbook for all social work students taking undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying degrees in social work, and will also be invaluable for practitioners undertaking post-qualifying awards in mental health social work.


'This book provides an engaging and critical discussion of biopsychosocial approaches to mental health problems. It is steeped in scholarship and should be required reading for all social work students and experienced mental health social workers to help articulate their contribution to mental health services.' - Martin Webber, King’s College London, UK

'This first class book very successfully addresses the need of social work students and educators for a text which explores knowledge for mental health practice. It thoughtfully and accessibly steers a welcome course through often contentious perspectives, underpinned by recent research and the author's own expertise and commitment to "experts by experience."' - Imogen Taylor, University of Sussex, UK

Table of Contents

1.Perspectives on Mental Health 2.Developing socially inclusive practice 3.The social work role in mental health services 4.Children and adolescents 5.Mental health social work with adults: mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder 6.Mental health social work with adults: psychoses and personality disorders 7.Mental health social work with older people 8.Risk and dangerousness 9.The future of mental health social work

About the Author

Nick Gould is Professor of Social Work at the University of Bath, recognised internationally for his writing and research, and has held visiting appointments in Australia and Hong Kong. Since qualifying as a social worker over thirty years ago, he has combined an academic career with maintaining direct involvement in front-line practice, including serving for many years as a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. From 2003–6 he was the National Institute for Mental Health England’s Fellow in Social Care Research and Practice.

About the Series

Student Social Work

This textbook series is ideal for all students studying to be qualified social workers, whether at undergraduate or Masters level. Covering key elements of the social work curriculum, the books are accessible, interactive and thought-provoking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Mental Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General