2154 Ch 13 Spring2010

2154 Ch 13 Spring2010 - TheProfessionofSocialWork SOWK2154

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The Profession of Social Work SOWK 2154 Shari E. Miller, MSW, PhD SW and Services in Mental Health Chapter 13
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Mental Illness in the U.S. More than 25% of people will develop some form of  mental illness during their lifetime At least 40% of people with mental illness receive no  treatment Approximately 3.5 million people experience extreme  forms of mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar  disorder) yearly Half of NASW members indicate mental health as a  major practice area Social workers are the largest group of mental health  providers in the U.S. (60% of core mental health  professionals)
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Social Work Roles Mental health State of relative psychological and emotional well-being;  individual can make acceptably rational decisions, cope  adequately with personal and external stresses and maintain  satisfactory adjustment to society Mental illness Range of psychological, emotional, or cognitive disorders that  impair person’s ability to function effectively Causes may be biological, chemical, physiological, genetic,  psychological, or social (or combination) Variable in duration, severity, and prognosis Primary symptoms: extreme anxiety, disturbed thinking  processes, perceptual distortions, extreme mood variations,  other difficulties in thinking
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Where Do SWs in MH Work? Concept of Least Restrictive Setting Continuum of care Inpatient Mental/Psychiatric Hospitals RTCs for Children and Adolescents Group Homes Psychiatric Units in General Hospitals Outpatient Treatment Agencies EAPs and Community MH Center
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