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Ch 9 Handouts - 4/5/2009 1 Introduction to Social Work...

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Unformatted text preview: 4/5/2009 1 Introduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Introduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Mental Health Services 1 Social Work has assumed a key role in the provision of mental health services, promoting emotional well-being, promoting emotional well being, advocating for parity of mental illness services with physical illness services, and helping to develop affordable and accessible treatment methods and interventions to alleviate mental disorders. 2 Social workers constitute the largest group of mental health professionals in the United States. 3 4/5/2009 2 Mental Health and Mental Illness Mental Health and Mental Illness Mental health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and cope with diversity. 4 Mental Health and Mental Illness Mental Health and Mental Illness The term mental illness refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders health conditions characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. 5 Mental Health and Mental Illness Biological and Psychological Factors Mental Health and Mental Illness Biological and Psychological Factors The mind is now understood by most researchers to be activities in the brain, a physical body organ. Mental illness, in most cases, can be traced to physical changes in the brain. There is no real split between mind and body or between mental and physical health. 6 4/5/2009 3 Mental Health and Mental Illness Biological and Psychological Factors Mental Health and Mental Illness Biological and Psychological Factors A biopsychosocial perspective is needed to successfully diagnose and treat mental disorders. This perspective focuses on interactions between a persons social environment, medical history, past experiences (trauma, family, peers, school, larger sociocultural environment), psychological variables, and genetic factors. 7 Mental Health and Mental Illness Social Factors Mental Health and Mental Illness Social Factors Gender, culture, race, poverty, and age are important variables in correctly diagnosing mental disorders. A clients problems must be seen in the context of the social environment (family, peers, colleagues, friends) and the larger physical and cultural surroundings. 8 Mental Health and Mental Illness Social Factors Mental Health and Mental Illness Social Factors Cultural interpretations of symptoms differ. A specific behavior may be acceptable or norma A specific behavior may be acceptable or normal in one culture or setting and viewed as pathological in another....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course SOCW 200 taught by Professor Brethwaite during the Spring '10 term at George Mason.

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Ch 9 Handouts - 4/5/2009 1 Introduction to Social Work...

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