Introducing Social Work and Mental Health

Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic values and principles underlying anti-mentalist practice;
  • Critically appraise the major existing theories, models and treatment methods in this field;
  • Critically evaluate the social model of mental health;
  • Promote the users perspective in mental health services, showing awareness of how to manage areas of conflict;


Unit 1 Introducing Mental Health
Appreciate the importance of stakeholders in mental health;
Understand models of mental ill health;
Put mental health policy and legislation in context;
Outline social work in community mental health teams;
Discuss basic treatments and interventions;
Understand the significance of service user participation;
Unit 2 Understanding models of Mental ill health

  • Describe various concepts of mental health and mental ill health;
  • Describe and critically evaluate the major models of mental health andtheir value bases;
  • Reflect on the usefulness of these models for working with service usersand their families;
  • Describe and evaluate research into the causes of mental ill health;
  • Describe Marius Rommes research into hearing voices and practiceissues arising from it;

Unit 3 Mental Health policy and legislation

  • Describe the influences on the historical development of mental healthlaw and policy;
  • Describe and critically evaluate trends in current law and policy;
  • Discuss the practice implications of the Care Programme Approach;
  • Discuss the tensions between care and control in current legislationand guidance;

Unit 4 Community Health teams

  • Describe the influences on the development of Community Mental HealthTeams;
  • Describe the political, organisational and professional issues, impacting on mental health service delivery;
  • Discuss the role of social workers in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Discuss the pros and cons of creating generic mental health workers;

Unit 5 Social Work treatments and interventions

  • Describe a range of physical, psychological and social interventions in mental health;
  • Evaluate the merits of different forms of treatment and intervention;
  • Explain the concept of Social Role Valorisation and its contribution to service delivery;
  • Discuss the wider implications of the use of Social Role Valorisation in practice;

Unit 6 Service user participation

  • Describe the development of the service user movement in Britain;
  • Critically appraise the focus on service user and carer participation in government guidance and in practice;
  • Describe different forms of advocacy for people with mental healthproblems;
  • Discuss the effectiveness of social workers as advocates;