12 x 2-hour workshops per semester
1 1 of PSYC1101, SOAD1010
2 1 of PSYC1108, SOAD1013
3 1 of DSRS1202, SOAD2002
4 SOAD2011 - Social Work and Reflective Practice
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3 and 4)
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD7014 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Case study
Topic description
This topic positions mental health social work at the crossroads of the medicalisation of personal and social problems, and multidimensional situations impacting on mental health and wellness. Students will develop understanding of the relationships between mental health and the social determinants of health, trauma, grief and loss, substance use, and adverse interpersonal relationships. The exploration of specialist professional knowledge of mental health interventions will enable students to advance their conceptual and analytical frameworks for individual and multi-disciplinary mental health social work.
Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Build links across the lifecourse of human social development and social work practice in the mental health field
  • Explore both global and local understandings of the lifecourse approach to analysing disadvantage, injustice and individual vulnerability in mental illness
  • Help students to develop and apply a conceptual and analytical framework upon which to develop a more advanced and specific explorations into social work in mental health
  • Develop perspectives and skills that will advance students' social work practice in mental health
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss theoretical perspectives relevant to social work in mental health, such as anti-oppressive practice, recovery approach, trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing
  2. Conduct a mental health assessment, with recognition of lived experience, interpersonal contexts and organisational, policy and legal frameworks
  3. Discuss the complexities of working in multi-disciplinary teams

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.