1.Demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues and their implications for practice
2.Demonstrate an understanding and the application of the clinical and critical perspectives of mental health Social work (The clinical perspective encompasses things such as diagnosis mental state examination risk assessment etc. which relates to contemporary mental health approaches.
3.Distinguish opportunities within professional mental health services to ensure a focus on the social context and consequences of mental illness and social justice
This report will present a visionary perspective on the contribution of social work in mental health services. The visionary outlook will be developed from an analysis of the current roles of social workers as well as the changing opportunities available to the social work guided role play in the practice of community-based mental health service delivery. The tasks and roles of social workers in the area of mental health are continually defined by statutory duties and legislation. However it can also be employed in the course of social inclusion and renewing the outlook of care in primary care and public health (Tew 2008). The evolution of social work as a profession and a discipline has occurred in the fabric of interest groups and organizational networks. Recently the span of social work has expanded to cover service user-led practice.
Development in the context of modern service delivery
The 21st century is an age of major changes in the areas covered by the delivery of mental health services within the society. The changes have led to rivalry between social and health care where mental health social work has exited to integrate mental health care trusts. There has also been an emphasis on the staffing levels available at mental health institutions which has led to the development of new classes of workers. These classes include the support graduate primary care staffs time and recovery staffs and the community development staffs working with minority groups. The multi-disciplinary work outlooks have also triggered talks on the changing roles of different professions. Additionally the reform of the Mental Health Act of 1983 was put under extensive debate and consultations in the light of upcoming bills since the year 2000.
Underlying the different developments there is a major change in the understanding developed around where and how to address the issues of mental health patients. For instance there is a shift from the outlook that mental health patients were restricted to long-stay residential facilities or hospitals; to a case where mental health issues are addressed as a social issue just like a medical one (Burdekin 1989). Taking the changing social outlook into account there is the opportunity for social workers to articulate and actualize their contribution to the delivery of mental health care. For example social work can increase the guidance of mental health patients to ensure faster and easier long-term recovery. Following the changes more attention has been focused towards the interdisciplinary nature of mental health services; professionals are realizing the shared skills knowledge and values that depict the fluidity of the boundaries between social and health care.
The contribution of social workers in mental health care teams
The objective of social care is offering support to the people suffering from mental distress across all ages has been acknowledged. The support offered in employment and housing community and family as well as that of daycare workers are much-appreciated aspects of the services by the users of the services (Bland & Renouf 2001). The support staffs take an important role in improving the social inclusion experienced by the users. Particularly in the field of mental health issues management social workers are likely to explore the causes of mental health from a wider scope than traditional medical personnel would. For example a social worker is likely to diagnose the personal triggers of mental-health problems and then find some or lack any evidence. However instead of addressing the issues at that point they are likely to explore the family of the victim and in the case that they cannot address the problem at that level they can move ahead to explore the social fabric of the society (AASW 2008).
Sustaining emotional mental and social well-being is a crucial undertaking for social workers when working with different groups of people. These groups can include those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction; parents caregivers and children; adolescents prisoners those suffering from learning or physical disabilities victims of traumatic injury patients with dementia and older people (Renouf & Bland 2005). This difference between adopting the traditional perspective and the social work perspective include that they are more likely to explore the mental problems of different groups differently which is likely to offer the solution to the modern societys wide span of mental-health problems.
Social workers are tasked with the role ensuring that the families communities or individuals are addressed in a holistic manner. From the adoption of such an outlook social work perspective will yield another information which can be helpful in ensuring that such mental problems will not recur in the patients or members of the same group. For example tension in family relations is likely to affect the mental well-being of one family member but addressing the particular problem may not expose the core of the problem (Bland Renouf & Tullgren 2009). As a result the problems are likely to recur while the situation may have been addressed and the recurrence of the situation evaded. This responsibility requires them to bridge organizational boundaries and to explore the relationships between control and care.
Unlike medical among other professions social work is many times a mature field where many entrants go through other careers before practicing. Many entrants will come from education social and healthcare among other areas in the service and industrial sectors. The diverse exposure available to social workers allows them to offer an important contribution in enhancing the multidisciplinary outlook of service delivery and in improving social inclusion. With the aim and experience of causing change among groups persons and wider social environment levels social workers can help in changing the culture of teams towards becoming those focused on meeting the needs of carers and the users of the service (Jacobson & Greenley 2001).
Social work training and education have emphasized on the provision of their personnel with the skills needed to develop favorable relationships with the victims of a psycho-social crisis; to lessen the tension arising from control and care provision and viewing the individual as a member of the community. They hold the understanding and the knowledge about individual development as well as viewing the society in a systematic manner and the inequalities that can arise when reaching complex assessments (Petrila & Sadoff 1992). This shows that from a social work perspective care givers can address the personal issues leading to the development of mental-health problems as well as explore and address the social issues that contribute to the same.
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