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Teaching Students the Importance of Community Engagement and Awareness in the Areas of Mental Health and Addiction

  • Manoj Pardasani
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Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Abstract

Social work is community practice. Although many students of social work prefer to focus on gaining direct practice knowledge and skills, the need for them to be able to engage within communities is essential to them being effective practitioners. Social work has always emphasized the person-in-environment approach addressing individual and social problems. Since the 1960s, the treatment of mental health and addictions in the field has transferred progressively from large, in-patient institutions to community-based organizations. Practice in this field has become synonymous with community practice in the present day. Therefore, it requires social workers to adopt the systems approach to providing effective and impactful treatment for the affected population. This chapter helps to define the evolving meaning of community, illustrate the basic concepts of community practice, and highlight the benefits of community engagement in the field of mental health and addictions. Critical skills necessarily to practice in the community context while ensuring health well-being of the individuals and families we serve are elucidated.

Keywords

Addictions Mental health Treatment Community practice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Social ServiceFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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