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Social Work and Mental Health

Social Work and Mental Health

Sixth Edition

May 2017 | 320 pages | Learning Matters

With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, mental health is a more important part of social work training than ever before, and all successful social workers need to understand the core values, skills and knowledge that underpin excellent practice in a modern mental health system.


Written as an accessible introduction to the complex issues around mental health, this book has become a classic in its field. Law and policy are clearly outlined while the authors give space to important ethical considerations when working with the most vulnerable in society. There are clear links between policy, legislation and real life practice as well as a wealth of learning features.

Values and Ethical Mental Health Social Work
Social Work Practice and Mental Health
The Legal and Political Context for Practice: Part 1: History and New Developments
The Policy and Legal Context for Practice: Part 2: Mental Health Tribunals; Mental Capacity
Working with Vulnerable People: Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
Working with Vulnerable People: Adults Who Are Long-Term Service Users
Working across Organisational and Professional Boundaries

I ordered this book for the library for those on the NASENCO award. It is a really useful and accessible text which shares the complex issues around mental health. Chapter 5 is particularly relevant for SENCOS.

Mrs Sarah Martin-Denham
David Goldman Infomatics Centre, Sunderland University
December 20, 2017

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Social Work and Mental Health - Chapter 1

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Malcolm Golightley

Malcolm Golightley has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years, drawing on extensive experience as a community development workers, Approved Social Worker, trainer and researcher. As Head of the School of Health and Social Care he has responsibility for academic leadership and, with others, developing mental health research. Until recently he was a Mental Health Act Commissioner and carried out inspections on behalf of the Healthcare Commission. More About Author

Robert Goemans

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