Are we on a treadmill without a stop button? Examining the role of social work profession in mental health

Francis, Abraham P. (2013) Are we on a treadmill without a stop button? Examining the role of social work profession in mental health. In: Child and Adolescent Mental Health: a multidimensional perspectives. p. 2. From: International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18-19 January 2013, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.

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Knowledge about mental health and the necessary skills to effectively work with clients are basic to contemporary social work practice. Social workers are considered to be an important part of the multidisciplinary team in the western countries. They are involved in a variety of settings and activities. Some of the activities are intake assessments, conducting bio-psycho-social assessments, providing therapeutic interventions, case managements and rehabilitation work etc. Even in the western countries, the role of social workers is critiqued often with a question being paused as to "what is the unique contribution of social workers in the mental health field?. While it is still an ongoing debate and argument, in this presentation the author intends to explore this aspect in detail with a special focus on knowledge base for mental health practice, changes to the policies, workforce issues, practice issues and educating and training of social workers in an Indian context. Hence one would ask is it time for us to revisit the practice and professional standards? The examining of this aspect would leave us with only a few choices which are either we speed up, stop and re-start or find a new treadmill.

Item ID: 30656
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISBN: 978-93-81521-18-2
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2013 01:07
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
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