Reflections on a practicum in clinical social work : adult community services for the Prairie North Health Region, Battlefords Mental Health Centre, North Battleford, January to April, 2009

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dc.contributor.advisor White, Judy
dc.contributor.author Hult, Karen Elaine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-22T19:20:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-22T19:20:28Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/3517
dc.description A Practicum Report Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Social Work, University of Regina. [60] p. en_US
dc.description.abstract Battlefords Mental Health Centre, North Battleford, Saskatchewan was the site of my practicum experience from January to April, 2009. The opportunity to practice social work and counseling theories in North Battleford was significant, given the history intertwined within the local area. Saskatchewan Hospital was the first institution specifically designed to provide mental health care and rehabilitation for individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses. With the introduction of psychotrophic medication in the 1970’s, individuals were treated instead of controlled, and institutions were replaced by mental hospitals in local communities. The Saskatchewan Plan changed mental health policies from an institutional approach to small mental hospitals (Dickinson, 1984), followed by a community based system. Today, federal and provincial governments are endeavoring to change the face of mental illness. As the highest indicator of disease that results in unemployment, disability or death (Conway, 2003), the alleviation of mental illness has grown significantly in public importance. The National Mental Health Commission, launched in 2007, was created in response to recommendations of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (2006) report “Out of the Shadows at Last”. Governments now recognize that without intervention, individuals with mental illnesses are at risk of further marginalization in our globalized economy. Mental health centers play a major preventative role for governments in ensuring individuals with mental illnesses have access to support as requested. Social workers implement brief therapies to empower clients in articulating their chosen goals and assisting them in lifestyle changes. Examples of cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies demonstrate that social workers can implement therapies to assist individuals in creating positive life changes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Social work counseling theories en_US
dc.subject Adult mental health services en_US
dc.subject Cognitive behavior therapy en_US
dc.title Reflections on a practicum in clinical social work : adult community services for the Prairie North Health Region, Battlefords Mental Health Centre, North Battleford, January to April, 2009 en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en
thesis.degree.name Master of Social Work (MSW) en
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Social Work en
thesis.degree.grantor Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en
thesis.degree.department Faculty of Social Work en


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