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Social Work and Mental Health

Social Work and Mental Health

Seventh Edition

February 2020 | 312 pages | Learning Matters

With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, mental health is a more important part of social work training than ever before, and all successful social workers need to understand the core values, skills and knowledge that underpin excellent practice in a modern mental health system.


Written as an accessible introduction to the complex issues around mental health, this book has become a classic in its field. Law and policy are clearly outlined while the authors give space to important ethical considerations when working with the most vulnerable in society. There are clear links between policy, legislation and real life practice as well as a wealth of learning features.

Chapter 1: Values and Ethical Mental Health Social Work
Chapter 2: Social Work Practice and Mental Health
Chapter 3: The Policy and Legal Context for Practice: Part 1: History and the Mental Health Legislation
Chapter 4: The Policy and Legal Context for Practice: Part 2: Mental Health Tribunals: Mental Capacity
Chapter 5: Working with Vulnerable People: Mental Health in Children, Adolescents and Young People
Chapter 6: Working with Vulnerable People: Adults Who Are Short-Term Service Users
Chapter 7: Working with Vulnerable People: Adults Who Are Long-Term Service Users
Chapter 8: Working across Organisational and Professional Boundaries

Very good general book for students undertaking a mental health social work placement and for dissertation purposes

Ms Catherine John-Baptiste
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
February 6, 2020

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