Strengths based social work practice in mental health

Francis, Abraham, Pulla, Venkat, and Mariscal, Susana (2014) Strengths based social work practice in mental health. In: Abstracts from the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development: promoting social and economic equality (Session 8G) p. 15. From: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014: promoting social and economic equality, 9-12 July 2014, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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This paper is an exploration of the concepts of strengths based practice in mental health and raises the fundamental question of social work's readiness to embrace such a philosophical shift in our paradigms in our practice. The authors have worked together in editing a book on strengths based social work practice in mental health that resulted in publication of 18 papers with a focus on strengths based practice in mental health. The current critical paper is based on a review of literature and the narratives of the 18 scholars from across the world drawn from various multi cultural contexts such as Africa, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Aboriginal Australia, India, Bolivia and USA. Strengths perspectives, especially in the field of mental health, challenge the existing dominant paradigms and argue for a range of empowerment approaches that assist recovering communities in disasters and lead to improved outcomes in mental health in general.

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Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 02:19
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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