Social worker as a multidisciplinary team member: embedding 3 C's (competence, confidence and compassion) in social work education in mental health

Francis, Abraham (2015) Social worker as a multidisciplinary team member: embedding 3 C's (competence, confidence and compassion) in social work education in mental health. In: SWSD 2015: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development: programme and abstracts. p. 2. From: SWSD 2015: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, 4-7 October 2015, East London, South Africa.

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Knowledge about mental health and the skills to work effectively with clients who have mental health problems are basic requirements to contemporary social work practice. It has been estimated that approximately 45 percent of Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. Social workers have been very active in supporting people with mental health issues. However, it requires the involvement of 'whole-of-government' responses especially from public health, multidisciplinary mental health teams and from specialised fields of cognate practice. This presentation focuses on the role of the social worker as a multidisciplinary team member who plays an important part in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of clients with the context of their specific employment. Unfortunately, although social workers are key to the provision of a range of these services, their roles in this regard are often challenged, confronted and undermined in the workplace. The question therefore is how can these problems be addressed? How can social work education, for example, work to alleviate these difficulties? How can the profile of social workers be strengthened? These are some of the pertinent questions that the author will address in this presentation. The author will argue that by embedding the 3 Cs in social work education, the profession will be able to strengthen the ways of engagement with the clients and families and also become an active and effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

Item ID: 43144
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 04:08
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%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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