Social Worker as a multidisciplinary team member: embedding three cs (competence, confidence and compassion) in social work education in mental health

Francis, Abraham P., and Forbes, Amy (2020) Social Worker as a multidisciplinary team member: embedding three cs (competence, confidence and compassion) in social work education in mental health. In: Ponnuswami, Ilango, and Francis, Abraham P., (eds.) Social Work Education, Research and Practice: perspectives from India and Australia. Springer, Singapore, pp. 59-72.

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Abstract

Social workers have been very active and increasingly so, as part of a multidisciplinary team over the years, in supporting consumers with mental health issues. Knowledge about mental health and the skills to work effectively with consumers who have mental health problems are basic requirements for contemporary social work practice as it is estimated that approximately 45% of Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. This paper focuses on the role of the social worker as a multidisciplinary team member who makes an important contribution to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of consumers within their context-specific life situations, but who in doing so, are sometimes challenged, confronted and undermined. This paper explores these issues in detail and contends that social work education in mental health needs to be strengthened to empower social workers in their roles. The authors argue that in the current context of practice and the challenges faced by the profession, embedding the three Cs—competence, confidence and compassion—in social work education will empower social workers to respond more effectively to these challenges.

Item ID: 65752
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-15-9797-8
Keywords: Multidisciplinary team, Social work and mental health, Competence, Confidence and compassion
Copyright Information: © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 00:35
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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