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Terminable terminology

Authors:
MORLEY Dinah, WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
Young Minds Magazine, 85, November 2006, p.20.
Publisher:
YoungMinds

The authors challenge the idea that disguising a mental health diagnosis benefits young people.

Book

The social worker's guide to child and adolescent mental health

Author:
WALKER Steven
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
288p.
Place of publication:
London

The author’s aim is to provide a comprehensive guide to working with children and young people who are experiencing mental health problems. He also hopes to equip the reader with the knowledge and skills to provide the best service to these vulnerable young people. The first part of the book considers what role social work can play in child and adolescent mental health. It explores key ideas related to mental health and young people, including attachment issues, children's emotional development and common and complex mental health problems. The author then goes on to look at how social work skills and methods can be applied to working with children and young people with mental health problems. Here he offers guidance on assessment tools, intervention, and multi-disciplinary working. The final section of the book focuses on the wider context, such as legislative and policy frameworks and the importance of considering cultural, spiritual and religious identity. Case examples, reflective activities and practical exercises are included throughout to underpin theory and knowledge. The book is expected to be of interest to pre- and post-qualifying social work practitioners involved with children, adolescents and families, in particular those working in mental health settings, as well as approved mental health professionals.

Journal article

Back to the future of social work: child and adolescent mental health and the post qualifying curriculum in England and Wales

Author:
WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
Social Work Education (The International Journal), 29(6), September 2010, pp.616-632.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The author sets out his rationale, knowledge base and outline content for ways in which the post qualifying social work curriculum could be developed to equip social workers with the necessary skills to engage purposively in the area of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The first social work course to focus on children's mental health in the UK began in 1929 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The subsequent child guidance movement led to the genesis of CAMHS where social workers held a pivotal and respected role among multi-disciplinary teams. It is suggested that this role has been undermined in recent years. The author believes that post qualifying social work education and training needs to recognise and reflect the potential social work contribution to modern CAMH services to enable social workers in England and Wales to engage and contribute to supporting the increasing numbers of troubled young people. He puts the onus on social work educators to create dedicated modules and pathways in their PSQW curricula to make this happen.

Journal article

Present tense, past imperfect

Author:
WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
Professional Social Work, December 1994, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Looks at the history of the use of therapeutic social work in helping people with mental health problems.

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Author:
WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 6.10.05, 2005, pp.36-37.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Child and adolescent mental health services are being developed to try and cope with unprecedented demand. The author argues that too little is being paid to the needs of ethnic minority, and refugee and asylum-seeking families. Social workers have an opportunity to meet their needs using psychosocial and culturally competent skills.

Journal article

Towards culturally competent practice in child and adolescent mental health

Author:
WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 48(1), January 2005, pp.49-62.
Publisher:
Sage

The mental health needs of refugee and asylum-seeking children and adolescents are failing to be addressed. This article evaluates evidence from studies designed to address this omission, and describes a contemporary culturally competent model based on holistic, psycho-social principles of social work practice.

Journal article

Social work and child mental health: psychosocial principles in community practice

Author:
WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 33(5), August 2003, pp.673-687.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

The increased prevalence, complexity and earlier onset of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, has prompted government initiatives to reconfigure current provision for this client group, their parents and the carers who try to support them. Social workers have an important part to play in responding to the needs of these individual children and families. A residual, care management role is not adequate in these circumstances. This paper describes the development of social work in child and adolescent mental health, and suggests that a synthesis of psychosocial principles and community practice, offers the optimum social work model of assessment and intervention. Such a model embraces the most useful aspects of psychodynamic theory in the context of practice consistent with anti-discriminatory, children's rights and partnership principles.

Book

Social work and child and adolescent mental health

Author:
WALKER Steven
Publisher:
Russell House
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
161p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Lyme Regis

This book addresses the input that social workers need to make to support the mental health of vulnerable children and young people. It embraces methods of evidence-based practice and the psycho-social core of social work. The author helps social workers to use evidence effectively, in order to ensure that the mental health of the most vulnerable children is developed and safeguarded.

Journal article

Culturally competent protection of children's mental health

Author:
WALKER Steven
Journal article citation:
Child Abuse Review, 11(6), December 2002, pp.380-393.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The protection of the mental health of black and other ethnic minority children and young people has not received adequate attention in the literature. This paper considers, describes and discusses the concept of culturally competent practice. Ways in which practitioners can better understand the needs of children in a multicultural, diverse society and intervene in more effective ways are assessed. Finally, the components of a culturally competent practice to support families in the protection of children's mental health are summarized.

Book

Working together for healthy young minds: a practitioner's workbook

Author:
WALKER Steven
Publisher:
Russell House
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
152p.
Place of publication:
Lyme Regis

This workbook is intended for staff, trainers, educators, managers and planners in child protection, fostering and adoption, family support, youth work, counselling, education, youth justice, probation, primary care, paediatric nursing, and child and adolescent mental health services. Twenty four activities, a number of photocopiable sections, and advice and guidance are designed to stimulate reflective capacity and offer you resources to bring to bear on the difficulties faced by your clients or service users. The workbook contributes to the understanding and assessment of the mental health needs and problems of children, adolescents and young people.

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