Social Work in Mental Health (Soc Work Ment Health)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Social Work in Mental Health will publish quality articles on clinical practice, education, research, collaborative relationships, mental health policy, and the delivery of mental health care services. Under the editorship of Gary Rosenberg, PhD, and Andrew Weissman, PhD, two respected leaders in social work in the United States, the journal will feature special issues, volumes devoted to a single pertinent mental health theme, editorials on controversial themes in social work in mental health care, timely book reviews, and a "Brief Communication" section of short, cogently written communications that may be of clinical or research interest to the field. This scholarly, creative, and lively journal presents material valuable to social workers in all sectors of mental health care. It is devoted to social work theory, practice, and administration in a wide variety of mental health care settings. Social Work in Mental Health will help you improve your practice in these areas, demonstrating the vital role of social services in mental health care delivery systems. As a practitioner, administrator, teacher, researcher, or student in social work involved in the delivery of mental health care services, you'll stay up to date on developments in the profession as you study leadership, management, education, and ethical issues in the field. Social Work in Mental Health will also improve your knowledge and understanding of specific mental health care topics as you study the role of social work in areas such as: managed care; empirically based interventions; alcohol treatment; short term treatment models; depression; genetics; mentally ill chemical abusers; HIV/AIDS; schizophrenia; psychoeducation; women's mental health issues; clinical treatment innovations; violence; children's mental health problems; creative adolescent mental health programs.

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Website Social Work in Mental Health website
Other titles Social work in mental health (Online), Social work in mental health
ISSN 1533-2993
OCLC 45706069
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: A positive worker/client relationship contributes greatly to a mental health client’s achievement of intervention goals. Practitioners who work with clients who have schizophrenia sometimes face challenges in developing positive relationships with them when the cognitive impairments characteristic of that disorder make verbal communication difficult. The purpose of this article is to review the indications for using humor with clients in general and then consider the potential for practitioners to use humor as one means of developing constructive working relationships with clients who have schizophrenia. This article does not address the use of specific humor techniques, but considers whether practitioners with a natural sense of humor can use it to their advantage in working with members of this population. Seven principles for the use of humor, and seven client examples, are included.
    Social Work in Mental Health 01/2015; 13(1):70-81. DOI:10.1080/15332985.2014.899940
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    ABSTRACT: One hundred and thirty million Traditionalists and Baby Boomers are tackling the reality of aging. It may be captured by the lyrics to the Alan Menken–Tim Rice song “A Whole New World.” The salient characteristics and experiences of these two generations are examined along with a few of the mental and physical challenges they are encountering. Then the research on and applications of humor and laughter to these challenges are reviewed. Particular attention is given to the psychological, physiological, and medical studies that have specific implications for seniors. Coping strategies to deal with daily life challenges are described in terms of detachment from crises and problem situations and coping with interpersonal conflict. The Coping Humor Scale is provided for readers to assess their own coping skills. Then a list of techniques seniors can use to improve their own coping skills, including how to search for humor opportunities, is provided. Despite the potential research-based benefits of humor and laughter, their application to the lives of seniors are not well known. Those benefits should be part of the trend toward complementary or alternative medical treatments over the past two decades. It does not get any more “alternative” than “humor.”.
    Social Work in Mental Health 01/2015; 13(1):30-47. DOI:10.1080/15332985.2014.890152

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    ABSTRACT: Few studies offer guidance on best practice for social workers in assessment and recommendation of treatment services for specialty mental health services within a system of care (SOC). This study examined factors associated with service assignment among a population of children and youth (N = 1,270) entering a federally funded system of care program referred to specialty mental health services. Logistic regression was used to examine the likelihood of children and youth determined in need of varying levels of care coordination services based on child factors and referral source. Older youth, youth with internalizing problems, and those referred from mental health compared to juvenile justice and schools were significantly more likely determined in need of more intensive care coordination services. Race was not significantly associated with level of care determination. Findings suggest that differences exist in level of care determination for children entering system of care referred by the juvenile justice system and related services and schools. Social workers and providers need to be aware of these differences in order to properly screen children for internalizing problems when referred by sources other than mental health.
    Social Work in Mental Health 06/2013; Forthcoming. DOI:10.1080/15332985.2013.801389
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to better understand the processes of care for people living with serious mental illness who are diagnosed with cancer, from the perspectives of social workers. Interviews were conducted with 11 social workers at a multisite acute and tertiary care centre in Ontario, Canada. Analysis showed how patients diagnosed with serious mental illness were channeled to mental health services and their cancer-related concerns discredited, and how care was compromised by the compartmentalization of mental and physical health care. The study also revealed that relationships between patients and their families were often repaired or reactivated by a cancer diagnosis, and health care providers' empathy and resources mobilized. Theories of stigma are used to deepen study findings and to highlight the significance of social workers' actions in creating health care environments that are less disabling for people diagnosed with a mental illness. The vital roles social workers play in clinical coordination and in ensuring care equity-and the factors that impede these roles-are discussed.
    Social Work in Mental Health 04/2013; 11(3). DOI:10.1080/15332985.2012.758075
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, the author argues for the need for students to have opportunities to dialogue with service users in social work education. Through such conversations spaces for critical-reflection are created in which individual, team and professional discourses can be safely critiqued among a community of learners. Within professional courses of study the constructed nature of distinctions between service users and the professionals who ‘treat’ them become apparent when consumers and their families tell their narratives of recovery to an audience of allied health students who are in their first year of hospital-based practice. The author proposes that social workers need to take a critical-reflective stance in relation to the teams and the professional discourses they work within. A critical-reflective approach enables students to analyse their practice within their organisation's policies to look beyond the boundaries while paradoxically learning to work within them. This perspective is evoked by the use of service user narratives in educational programmes of professional development. The implications for integrating consumer perspectives in social work education are discussed.
    Social Work in Mental Health 03/2013; 11(2). DOI:10.1080/15332985.2012.748003
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    ABSTRACT: Crisis intervention training has become a popular strategy to educate first responders about mental illness and techniques to safely and effectively de-escalate individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. This paper presents outcomes of the first four years of a Crisis Intervention Team program in St. Louis, Missouri. Findings of this evaluation suggest that the Crisis Intervention Team program is effective in diverting individuals in crisis to treatment.
    Social Work in Mental Health 11/2012; 10(6). DOI:10.1080/15332985.2012.708017
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    ABSTRACT: Social workers intervene with clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in their daily practice. Many social workers may not have a full understanding of the theories about why people have co-occurring disorders. The theory that social workers are most familiar with, the self-medication model, may not best explain the client's experience and may cause social workers to overlook the needs of some clients. In this article, the four main models used to explain why people have co-occurring disorders are examined, empirical literature related to each model is critiqued, and implications for practice, policy, and research are discussed.
    Social Work in Mental Health 11/2012; 10(6). DOI:10.1080/15332985.2012.709480
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    ABSTRACT: This article reports on a study which explored the extent to which social workers employed by The Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (known as Forensicare) identified their practice as specialist, with distinct and distinctive skills and knowledge, their role differentiated from other fields of social work and the implications of this for the social work profession. As a group of social workers they provide services to mentally ill offenders in prison, to inpatients in the secure psychiatric hospital and after their release into the community, and provide assessments and psychiatric reports for court. A cooperative enquiry approach, using interview and focus groups, gathered information about how the social workers defined and described forensic social work and how social workers could be prepared for work in this practice domain. The social workers reported that the complex needs and great vulnerability of forensic clients meant they needed not only knowledge of individual functioning but also how to deal with a range of other systems to negotiate with legal and other services and advocate for clients and they believed social work education needed to provide a distinctive graduate pathway for this practice domain which acknowledges its unique and specialist identity.
    Social Work in Mental Health 09/2012; 10(5). DOI:10.1080/15332985.2012.678571
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    ABSTRACT: This paper illuminates the use of developmental action research (DAR) to create midline theory guiding intervention into homelessness among older African American women. The authors identify the usefulness of DAR in designing, developing, and refining interventions to help participants get and stay out of homelessness. A multi-modal intervention project, the Leaving Homelessness Intervention Research Project (LHIRP), demonstrates how DAR and midline theory were used to frame an understanding of how homelessness occurs among older African American women. LHIRP is offered as an example of how social work practitioners, researchers, and participants can collaborate to address homelessness through team-based collaborative action. It also demonstrates how a number of promising interventions can be best undertaken to address this problem. The authors then illustrate how LHIRP formulates theory to guide the design and development of subsequent intervention models and procedures.
    Social Work in Mental Health 09/2012; 10(5). DOI:10.1080/15332985.2012.698957