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Social Work in Mental Health

Social Work in Mental Health
Contexts and Theories for Practice

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Abraham P. Francis - Associate Professor, College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University, Australia.

January 2019 | 364 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Social Work in Mental Health brings together a range of scholarly reflections and writings on the different roles of a social worker in the field of mental health. It provides a holistic picture to introduce readers to the wider issues of social work and mental health practice. 

Contexts and Theories for Practice begins with an exploration of the context of social work practice. It offers opportunities to consider global perspectives on mental health, as well as relevant historical, contemporary and emerging trends and ideologies from around the world.

The book provides a detailed discussion on the theoretical and practice frameworks that are based on social justice and human rights perspectives. It not only provides an overview of intervention strategies but also directs readers’ attention to an alternative way of addressing mental health issues. 

The author presents a cross-cultural and global perspective of mental health, but with specific references to India and Asia. He also addresses some of the recent debates in recovery, partnerships and strengths-based practices. The book has been specially designed for social work students, human service professionals and mental health practitioners and academicians.


List of Illustrations
Vimla V Nadkarni
List of Tables
Prologue: The Making of the Book
Abraham P Francis and Beth Tinning
Context of Social Work Practice: An Introduction
Venkat Pulla
Global Perspective on Mental Health
R Srinivasa Murthy
Mental Health Initiatives in India (1947–2010)
Kamlesh Kumar Sahu
Mental Health and Social Work Practice in India: A Historical Perspective
Rajeev S P
Emerging Contexts and Contemporary Social Work Practices in Mental Health
Beth Tinning
Theories that Social Work Inform Practice: An Introduction
Robert Bland and Ann Tullgren
Recovery Theory and Practice
Venkat Pulla and Abraham P Francis
A Strengths Approach to Mental Health
Lena Robinson
South Asians and Mental Health Issues
Wendy Li and Abraham P Francis
Positive Psychology and Refugee Mental Health: Implications for Social Work Practice
Mark David Chong and Jamie D Fellows
Crime and Mental Health: Implications for Social Work Practice
John Ashfield
The Nature of Male Coping as a Key Insight for Mental Health Practice
Hurriyet Babacan
Gender Inequalities and Mental Health: Towards Resilience and Empowerment
Brian D A Fernandes and Sebastin K V
Disaster Management: A Mental Health Perspective
Narayan Gopalkrishnan
Integrative Medicine and Mental Health: Implications for Social Work Practice
Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: Reflective/Practice Questions

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