Social Work FINAL Review
-Steps to take to get kids home? o
-Social workers must: respect the family and their situation using empathy, be an advocate by
connecting families with similar situations, your values DON’T matter here,
-Medical social workers provide counseling and rehabilitation support to individuals and their
families. They play key roles in planning clients’ discharge from medical facilities and
coordinating appropriate community resources.
Avoid words with negative connotations like “handicapped” “stricken with” “birth defect”
“deaf, mute” “wheelchair bound”
and replace them with more affirmative words like “person who has _____” and “born with
____” “person who uses a wheelchair” “hearing impaired”.
-take in to consideration the person’s social world and outside contexts.
-Social workers serve the roles of case management, child development education, alternative
community living arrangements, nonvocational social development services.
-Deinstitutionalization aims to provide care in a less restrictive community-based service
rather than in institutions which segregate people with disabilities.
-Goals for social workers with their clients include establishing self respect, promoting
personal competence, arranging housing, supporting employment activities, etc
The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-IV-TR) includes behavioral
characteristics and interactions with the environment to diagnose mental disorders. FIVE
axis 1- clinical disorders (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, substance-related disorders)
axis 2- personality disorders and mental retardation (paranoid personality disorder, antisocial
personality disorder, mental retardation)
axis 3- general medical conditions (presence of chronic or acute illness, diseases of the body)
axis 4- psychosocial and environmental problems (occupational problems, economic
problems, death of family member or friend, problems with health care systems)
axis 5- global assessment of functioning (overall level of functioning during the last year)
Depression is the worldwide leading cause of disability.
40% of social workers concentrate in mental health
Clinical Social Worker—cannot prescribe anything, provides therapy, advocacy, residential
Examples of programs—inpatient/outpatient mental health services in private psychiatric
hospitals, residential treatment centers, correctional facilities, schools
Federal, state, or local funding
Deinstitutionalization resulted in dramatic reductions in the resident population of state and
county mental hospitals, even the closure of many.
Past 30 years, moved from long term hospitalization to community-based mental health