Social Work is the backbone of mental health services. Without their skill, training and dedication, many who need assistance simply would not be able to receive it. Today’s social workers hold a wide range of responsibilities in the mental health arena. In addition to advocating for client services, they may provide crisis management, participate in grant writing, provide therapy services, manage staff, assess clients, establish treatment plans or become part of a treatment team, among other duties. They may practice in community health centers, private practice, hospital settings, rehabilitation programs, schools, disaster relief programs, employee assistance programs, military/veteran’s services and other areas.
Today’s social workers hold a wide range of responsibilities in the mental health arena.
Their work, then, is a balance of assessment, treatment and prevention efforts, reaching a diverse population. Some social workers are targeted toward helping specific subsets such as children or the elderly. Sometimes the work is on an individual basis, and at other times, in a group or family setting. Wherever their focus… mental health services are most effective through social work.
Please extend a “shout out” to the social workers on your team, and/or let your social work friends know that you appreciate their work and dedication to helping others.
- “Social Workers in Mental Health Clinics & Outpatient Facilities:” http://workforce.socialworkers.org/studies/profiles/Mental%20Health%20Clinics.pdf
- National Association of Social Workers: http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/features/issue/mental.asp?
- Managed Care Trends and Mental Health Practice,” Social Work Today: http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/071510p8.shtml”