Strengthening social work education in mental health: change through inter-professional collaboration

Francis, Abraham, Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, Forbes, Amy, and Swift, Claire (2015) Strengthening social work education in mental health: change through inter-professional collaboration. In: SWSD 2015: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development: programme and abstracts. pp. 2-3. 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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The impacts of mental health issues are widely documented in the literature, and Social Work as a profession is challenged to respond effectively to these issues. Strengthening social work education in mental health is accordingly gaining in importance so as to enable social work students to respond effectively to these challenges through appropriate knowledge, skills, and the ability to apply these in practice. This paper presents one approach towards strengthening social work education as utilised in the 'Social Worker as a Member of a Multidisciplinary Team' project at James Cook University. It is based on the premise that inter-professional education and collaborative process, the research team identified the areas of Competence, Compassion, and Confidence as the areas that need to be strengthened in the curriculum to meet the current needs and standards of professional practice of social workers in mental health; and also identified some methods towards embedding these in the social work curriculum. The paper closes with highlighting the need for such interprofessional collaborations and the synergies that they bring to curriculum development as well as presenting some of the areas of further research that have emerged through the process.

Item ID: 43163
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 03:57
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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