Mental Health and Social Work

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Marion Ulas, Anne Connor
J. Kingsley Publishers, 1999 - Mental health services - 248 pages
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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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About the author (1999)

Marion Ulas is a lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in mental health. Her recent research has focused on the operation of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act. Anne Connor is an independent consultant and researcher. She was a health service manager with Lothian Health Board, and has been a senior researcher in the Scottish Office.

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