Mental Health and Social Work

Examining the theory and practice of work with people with mental health problems, this volume considers the current state of policy and organisation and the changes that have taken place over the last decade in the field. The book charts the move away from separate, specialist services, and the resultant impact on service provision and concerns over dilution of expertise. Using research findings and case studies, the contributors discuss:

* the perception of clients by social work organisations

* the implementation of services

* the impact of community care arrangements

* the circumstances of clients who are `hidden' from social services

* the `mismatch' between clients' needs and provision offered

* the issues of empowerment and assessment of risk as well as with the more `public' factors of resources and confidence in models of care

* and the interaction between the various agencies involved with this client group.
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