Mental health social work is at an impasse. On the one hand, the
emphasis in recent policy documents on the social roots of much mental
distress ,and in the recovery approaches popular with service users
seems to indicate an important role for a holistic social work practice.
On the other hand, social workers have often been excluded from these
initiatives and the dominant approach within mental health continues to
be a medical one, albeit supplemented by short-term psychological
In this short form book, part of the Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work series, Jeremy Weinstein draws on case studies and his own experience as a mental health social worker, to develop a model of practice that draws on notions of alienation, anti-discriminatory practice and the need for both workers and service users to find 'room to breathe' in an environment shaped by managerialism and marketisation.
Mental health: Critical & Radical Debates in Social Work - Jeremy Weinstein
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