Towards critical social work practice in mental health: a review

Morley, Christine 2003, Towards critical social work practice in mental health: a review, Journal of progressive human services, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 61-84.

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Title Towards critical social work practice in mental health: a review
Author(s) Morley, Christine
Journal name Journal of progressive human services
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 61
End page 84
Publisher Haworth Press, Inc
Place of publication Binghamton, NY
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1042-8232
Keyword(s) social work
critical postmodern perspectives
mental health/illness
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, by The Haworth Press, Inc.
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