SWK425 - Mental Distress & Health
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the following key areas related to working with mental distress:
Vulnerability and resilience factors
- Inequalities: wealth/poverty, culture and ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, health and disability
- Life /loss experiences, e.g. trauma; oppression & discrimination; education, occupation and retirement; friendships; partnerships, parenthood and family breakdown; bereavement; custody; substance use; migration; chronic illness
- Interaction between social, psychological and biological factors
- Social capital, social exclusion and differing access to services
- Life course: infancy; childhood; adolescence; early, middle & late adulthood; death and dying
- Mental health promotion and the prevention of mental distress
- Assessment and engagement
- Current contexts and models, e.g. Recovery, personalisation, CPA
- Positive risk taking, safeguarding and creativity
- Professional interfaces within and between disciplines
- Working with individuals, groups and communities
- Social support – housing, benefits, education, employment, access to public services
- Psychological therapies
- Inpatient services, pharmacological treatments and effects
- Wellbeing and support for self and colleagues
Societal responses to mental distress across time and space
- Stigma and discrimination
- Dangerousness, control and incarceration
- Identity politics – self definition; spirituality
- Service user led approaches, Recovery, advocacy and peer support
Bentall, R. (2009) Doctoring the Mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail, London, Allen Lane.
Coppock, V. and Dunn, B. (2010) Understanding social work practice in mental health, London, Sage.
Escher, S. and Romme, M. Eds (2010) Children Hearing Voices, Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books.
Fernando, S. (2002) Mental Health, Race and Culture, Basingstoke, MIND/Macmillan
Gray, P. (ed) (2006) The Madness of our Lives, London, Jessica Kingsley
Hornstein, G. (2009) Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s search for the meanings of madness, New York, Rodale.
Knight, T. (2008) Beyond Belief: Alternative Ways of Working with Delusions, Obsessions and Unusual Experiences, Shrewsbury, Peter Lehmann. www.peter-lehmann-publishing.com/beyond-belief.htm.
MIND – Legal Rights and Mental Health: The MIND Manual. This is a reference resource that is updated twice a year.
Moncrieff, J. (2008) The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, Basingstoke, Palgrave, Macmillan.
Nelson, G., Lord, J., Ochocka, J. (2001) Shifting the Paradigm in Community Mental Health: Towards Empowerment and Community, Toronto, University of Toronto Press.
Pilgrim, D. (2005) Key Concepts in Mental Health, London: Sage.
Pilgrim, D. and Rogers, A. (2010) A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, (4e) Buckingham, Open University.
Rapley, M., Moncrieff, J. and Dillon J. Eds (2012) De-medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Read, J., Mosher, L. and Bentall, R. (Eds) (2004) Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia, London, Routledge.
Reynolds, J., Muston, R., Heller, T., Leach, J., McCormick, M., Wallcraft, J. and Walsh, M. (2009) Mental Health Still Matters, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Romme, M. and Escher, S. (2000) Making Sense of Voices: The mental health professional’s guide to working with voice-hearers, London, Mind Publications.
Romme, M. and Escher, S. Eds (2012) Psychosis as a Personal Crisis: An experience-based approach, Ross-on- Wye, PCCS Books.
Romme, M., Escher, S., Dillon, J., Corstens, D. and Morris, M. (2009) Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery, Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books.
Sayce, L. (2000) From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen: Overcoming Discrimination and Social Exclusion, Basingstoke, Macmillan.
Scally A. (2007) Eyebrows and Other Fish, Brentwood, Chipmunkapublishing
Spandler, H. And Warner, S. (2007) Beyond Fear and Control: Working with Young People Who Self Harm, Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books.
Tew, J. (2011) Social Approaches to Mental Distress, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Watters, E. (2011) Crazy like us: The globalization of the American psyche, London, Robinson Publishing.
Webb, D. (2010) Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and Comprehending the Urge to Die, Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books.
Whitaker, R. (2010) Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, New York, Crown Publishing Group.
This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.
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