Social Work and Mental Health


    Malcolm Golightley, Learning Matters,

    ISBN 1844450163, £15

    STAR RATING 4/5

    This book offers succinct descriptions of mental disorders, their
    features and treatments. It provides students with the knowledge
    and language to function effectively within the medical model.
    Golightley describes the social work role clearly, backed up by
    strong messages about values and culturally competent practice,
    writes Jenny Rees.

    Despite not seeing the set activities as being productive for all
    students on their own, and wanting the case studies to go further,
    I found the conversational style aided accessibility. The link to
    specific occupational and academic standards is valuable to
    students and trainers, as are the self-help tips. The book doesn’t
    provide all the answers but it does ask the right questions of
    students and signposts them very neatly to further research and to
    sharing, checking out and updating with other professionals.

    Jenny Rees is a learning resource centre network
    development worker, Herefordshire Council

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