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About this book


This book showcases current thinking on social work in the field of mental health and illness from a bio-ecological and spiritual framework reflecting the transition in mental health care from institution to community. The book presents a valuable tool for understanding theories on aetiology and social work interventions in mental health from varying socio-cultural, economic and political contexts.

Topics covered include: the values and ethics of social work practice in mental health; psycho-social theories on mental health and illness, including psychological perspective and the structural/ social development perspective; social work approaches in working with individuals, families and communities; contextualized social work practice in mental health with a specific population group or community;  structural factors such as legal provision and financial challenges in mental health and illness; and new directions in social work and mental health.


Mental health and social work Mental health and illness Environmental and public health Behavioral Sciences Community mental health Aetiology and social work Psycho-social theories on mental health Values and Ethics in social work practice Alternative Medicine Ayurveda approaches Complimentary & Traditional Chinese Medicine Medical perspective on mental health Families and Mental Health Self-help in rehabilitation Moral and spiritual approach to mental health

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosaleen Ow
    • 1
  • Abner Weng Cheong Poon
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of Singapore SingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.University New South Wales SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0440-8