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SWK 378 Mental Distress and Health

Course convenor: Dawn Whitaker

Module Description

This module is designed to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the nature of contemporary mental health services, and the associated legislative, policy and practice context. It emphasises the importance of alternative constructions of mental health, as opposed to the dominance of the medical model; and asserts the importance of service user expertise. The module concludes with a re-evaluation of the role of social work in mental health services; and consideration of implications for future practice.


Introductory Reading

Cooke, S. (2012) Narratives of experts by experience and conceptualisations of mental health. Lancaster University Theses: Clinical Psychology.

Coppock, V., Dunn, B. (2010) Understanding social work practice in mental health. London: Sage.

Crossley, N. (1998) ‘R.D. Laing and the British anti-psychiatry movement: A socio-historical analysis’. Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 877-889.

Doerner, K. (1981) Madmen and the bourgeoisie: a social history of insanity and psychiatry. Oxford: B. Blackwell.

Erb, C. (2006) ‘Have You Ever Seen the Inside of One of Those Places?: Psycho, Foucault, and the Postwar Context of Madness’, Cinema Journal, Vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 45-63.

Goffman, E. (1961) Asylums: Essays on the social situation of mental patients and other inmates. London: Penguin Books.

Gould, N. (2010) Mental Health Social Work in Context. London: Routledge.

Gwinner, K., Knox, M., Brough, M. (2013) ‘Making Sense of Mental Illness as a Full Human Experience: Perspective of Illness and Recovery Held by People With a Mental Illness Living in the Community’. Social Work in Mental Health, Vol.11, no. 2, pp. 99-117.

Moncrieff, J. (2008) The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pilgrim, D. (2009) Key Concepts in Mental Health. 2nd ed., London: Sage.

Pilgrim, D. and Rogers, A. (2010) A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness. 4th ed., Buckingham: Open University.

Rapley, M., Moncrieff, J., Dillon J. (eds) (2012) De-medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 59

Reynolds, J., Muston, R., Heller, T., Leach, J., McCormick, M., Wallcraft, J., Walsh, M. (2009) Mental Health Still Matters. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rogers, D., Pilgrim, D., Lacey, R. (1993) Experiencing Psychiatry: User Views of Services. London: Macmillan.

Scally A. (2007) Eyebrows and Other Fish. Brentwood: Chipmunkapublishing.

Watters, E. (2011) Crazy like us: The globalization of the American psyche. London: Robinson Publishing.


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This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

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