Social Work in Mental Health (Soc Work Ment Health)
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.
RG Journal Impact: 0.50*
RG Journal impact history
|2017 RG Journal impact||Available summer 2018|
|2014 RG Journal impact||0.50|
|2013 RG Journal impact||0.42|
|2012 RG Journal impact||0.29|
|2011 RG Journal impact||0.53|
|2010 RG Journal impact||0.24|
|2009 RG Journal impact||0.28|
|2008 RG Journal impact||0.40|
|2006 RG Journal impact||0.20|
|2005 RG Journal impact||0.66|
RG Journal impact over time
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|Website||Social Work in Mental Health website|
|Other titles||Social work in mental health (Online), Social work in mental health|
|Material type||Document, Periodical, Internet resource|
|Document type||Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper|
Publications in this journal
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Clinicians try to promote resilience by building an effective therapeutic relationship with their clients. Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an established approach for providing services to individuals with severe mental illness who have not fared well in the regular mental health system. This work underscores the importance of a resilient therapeutic relationship in preventing relapse and assuring adherence to therapeutic outcomes. Persistent psychiatric illness takes a toll on the resilience of the client, while the relationship work takes a toll on the resilience of the clinician. This article explores the concept of relational resilience between clinician and client as a dynamic process of shared success and failure, progress and regression through cycles of crisis, stabilization, relapse, and partial recovery. This is a qualitative study exploring how ACT clinicians promote and sustain resilience and is based on interviews with social workers, nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, coordinators, and psychiatrists.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study aims to evaluate the effects of peer support home visiting on depression and self-esteem of older adults living alone in a rural area. Older adults living alone who had peer support home visits every other week comprised an intervention group, while a control group was composed of those who had a weekly telephone counseling. Repeated measure design with a nonequivalent control group was used. Depression and self-esteem were measured three or four times every three months. Mixed effects model was applied because there were statistically significant differences between characteristics of the intervention and the control groups. The study revealed that peer support improved depression and self-esteem of the intervention group. Especially, there were more desirable changes in the intervention group than in the control group. In short, the program was effective in improving depression and self-esteem among older adults in the rural area. Collaboration between mental health and social work sectors and rational resource allocation mechanism in a community will be beneficial. In addition, more attention should be paid to supporting peer older adults.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This qualitative study articulates the challenges, best practices, and facilitators to information sharing when addressing the behavioral health needs of children in out-of-home care. Thirteen interviews and nine focus groups were conducted to illuminate the perspectives of foster parents, mental health clinicians, provider agency social workers, and city-employed child welfare professionals. In total, 65 individuals participated in this qualitative study and data were analyzed using a modified grounded theory approach. Results indicate that challenges and best practices in cross-system information sharing articulated across the four stakeholder groups are attributed to variation in information accessibility, clarity in roles and protocols, ability in obtaining signatures for consent /release forms, and attitudinal differences towards collaboration. Implications to improve policy and practice are discussed.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper explores emerging themes involving disorganized attachment style among Malay Muslim mothers using the Attachment Style Interview (ASI). Analysis of the 18 mothers with disorganized attachment style (those with combined anxious and avoidant styles) utilized themes deemed important from the attachment research literature and selected on the basis of careful reading of the narrative cases. These include more extreme negative inter-personal experience than found in other insecure attachment style descriptors, included partner violence and related isolation/social exclusion. It also indicated more complex cognitive-affective disturbance including mixed or contradictory dependency patterns and both angry and fearful attitudes to others. The concept of disorganized attachment style is discussed in relation to abuse, social exclusion and its implication for psychopathology, intervention and treatment.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] 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.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] 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.”.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] 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.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Since the passing of the Mental Health Act (1986), Victoria, Australia, has implemented Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) as an alternative to involuntary inpatient admission for patients who are assessed as unable to be treated less restrictively but in an effort to avoid frequent hospital admissions. it is estimated that currently 3,000 people are annually placed on CTOs in this Australian state. The following article will review existing international and national literature on the subject of forms of involuntary treatment in the community before reporting on the findings of a research project that focused on gaining both consumer and service provider perspectives on the efficacy of CTOs. The research method was largely qualitative, involving three focus groups attended by 30 consumers, as well as 18 individual interviews with service providers. The aim of the project was to offer a voice to both consumers and service providers about their experiences and views of current practice and policy implementation in an area that can have a profound effect on the rights of consumers. Findings suggest that CTOs involve complex decision-making that tests professionals' ability to make judgements about legal and clinical processes. Consumers were generally dissatisfied with many aspects of the use of CTOs and both groups tended to view CTOs as stigmatising and disempowering. There were a variety of views expressed about the process of admission, discharge, and community supports. The article concludes by discussing the findings in the context of existing national and international literature and makes a number of recommendations about law reform, and service provision.
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