Social Work in Mental Health Areas of Practice, Challenges, and Way Forward by Abraham P. Francis


Social Work in Mental Health Areas of Practice, Challenges, and Way Forward by Abraham P. Francis

Social Work in Mental Health brings together a range of scholarly reflections and writings on the different roles of a social worker in the field of mental health. It provides a holistic picture to introduce readers to the wider issues of social work and mental health practice. he book offers a detailed discussion on the theoretical and practice frameworks that are based on social justice and human rights perspectives. It not only provides an overview of intervention strategies but also directs readers' attention to an alternative way of addressing mental health issues. The author presents a cross-cultural and global perspective of mental health, but with specific references to India and Asia. He also addresses some of the recent debates in recovery, partnerships and strengths-based practices. The book has been specially designed for social work students, human service professionals and mental health practitioners and academicians. Areas of Practice, Challenges and Way Forward offers the readers an exposure to the many different contexts within which social workers come into contact with those experiencing mental health concerns. The specific needs for particular community groups, including children, young and older people, are identified.

About the Author

Abraham P. Francis is a senior lecturer at the James Cook University in Australia with international exposure and extensive experience in community development and mental health. He taught social work at the Delhi University in India and also worked as a senior mental health social worker with the Country Health South Australia, before moving to Townsville to join the James Cook University. He held a stint in Queensland health as Assistant Director of Social work. Dr Francis is associated with many voluntary organisations, associations, professional bodies and developmental projects, both in Australia and India. Dr Francis has established international partnerships and research collaborations with universities and nongovernment organisations in Asia. He is the convener of the international consortium on strengths-based social work practice in mental health and has been the founding honorary director of the DePaul International Centre for Wellbeing, India. Dr Francis is passionate about working and researching in strengths-based practice in mental health. His other research interests are in the field of communities, criminal justice, international social work and gerontological social work. He can be contacted at abraham.francis@

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384 pages


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Publication date

5th August 2014



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