Towards critical social work practice in mental health

Morley, Christine (2003) Towards critical social work practice in mental health. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 14(1), pp. 61-84.

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Progressive social work perspectives that draw on both critical theories and postmodern thought, provide highly relevant and appropriate frameworks to inform social work practice in the mental health field. Despite this, the literature overviewed indicates that the majority of social work practice conducted in mental health settings reflects an uncritical embrace of the medical model of psychiatric illness, and therefore largely neglects social work approaches which utilize critical principles. The following article explores the possibilities for applying a critical model of social work practice to the mental health field, and argues the necessity for social workers to actively engage with critical practice, even in medically dominated settings, to effectively work towards the espoused social justice ethics and mission of the social work profession.

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ID Code: 98607
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social work, mental health, FoR 1607 (Social Work)
DOI: 10.1300/J059v14n01_05
ISSN: 1042-8232
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 The Haworth Press, Inc.
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2016 05:47
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 05:47

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