Engaging children with mental health issues: review of approaches to practice

Khan, Abul (2014) Engaging children with mental health issues: review of approaches to practice. In: Francis, Abraham P., (ed.) Social Work in Mental Health: areas of practice, challenges and way forward. SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 9-34.

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[Extract] Children, below the age of 18, who attend child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) generally experience abuse, neglect, trauma and insecure attachment. Eventually they develop confusion, a sense of emotional isolation and distrust (Mullan et al. 2007). The idea of psychosocial approach draws on psychological therapies in the domain of the profession of social work, for a more comprehensive response to the complexity of child and adolescent mental health. The multidisciplinary principles in CAMHS are inspired by Erikson's person-in-environment approach, which proposed that human development is a bio-psychosocial process that takes place throughout one's lifespan (Greene 2008). The psychosocial approach combined person-centred, psychodynamic and systemic perspectives to support and empower children. The person-in-environment approach focuses on the living experiences of the children while recognising the impact of past developmental experiences. Payne's (1997) reflexive therapeutic approach delineates social work's contribution in terms of seeking the best possible well-being for individuals, groups and communities in society, by promoting and facilitating growth and self-fulfilment. A constant process of interaction with others modifies the ideas of the social workers and allows them to influence others. This process of mutual influence is what makes social work reflexive. In these ways, people gain power over their own feelings and ways of life. Through this personal power, they are enabled to overcome or rise above sufferings and disadvantages.

Item ID: 34446
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-321-1740-7
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2014 23:53
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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