Repositioning social work in mental health: Challenges and opportunities for critical practice

Morley, Christine & Macfarlane, Selma (2010) Repositioning social work in mental health: Challenges and opportunities for critical practice. Critical Social Work, 11(2), pp. 46-59.

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This paper emerges in response to the recent initiative by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to mandate the inclusion of specific, clinically based mental health curriculum into qualifying social work programs across Australia. Whilst the authors affirm the importance of an emphasis of mental health in social work education, we further suggest that the professional repositioning of social work in mental health must be informed by critical/postmodern theoretical approaches. If social work is to engender and maintain its unique and vital role in problematising simplistic, depoliticised and individualising constructions of mental health and illness, we need to promote more contextualised and holistic understandings of people’s experiences. The paper concludes by offering an example of critical mental health curriculum.

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ID Code: 98615
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1543-9372
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 University of Windsor
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2016 23:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 03:04

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