SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health

This unit examines contemporary discourses in the construction of mental health, loss and grief. Students will research relevant bio-psychosocial theories and review the research-base of social work interventions for individuals, families and communities in mental health, loss and grief contexts. This unit will also enable students to evaluate deficit and medical models of mental health and consider how oppression, stigma and environmental factors create barriers to the provision of mental health social work services in a range of settings both nationally and globally. Similarly, students will critically analyse the impacts of various understandings of loss and grief, and develop professional practice approaches to working with individuals, groups and communities in these contexts. This unit examines the legal, cultural and socio-political contexts of social work practice in mental health, loss and grief work. Students will develop the required knowledge and skills for social work practice in mental health and in loss and grief counselling.

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