Linking Mental Health and Substance Use Topics With Practice
Harvard Referencing system
Write it as a Second Language Writer ( Not sample and Not complex )
Word count: 3,000
(e.g. 2,500 words or equivalent to effort of a 2,500 word assessment)
Overview of assignment:
Select a case involving mental health and/or substance misuse/dependence from the following selection of readings to be used as case studies. Otherwise, with arrangenments being made with your tutor, you may use a case from work or placement with which you are familiar, providing that all aspects of confidentiality are protected. Ideally, the case will be one with which you were personally involved, and one that posed a challenge for you.
Otherwise, please select one of the following autobiographical accounts on which to base your assignment:
• Barham, P. (2005) The Invisible Girl. London: Harper.
1. Summarise the primary mental health concern(s), identifying specific conditions or criteria, including relevant chronology.
2. Identify and discuss the area of predisposing risk that contributed to vulnerability to harm that you consider most relevant to the case you have chosen, focusing attention on evidence based risk assessment. Use academic sources to support your discussion.
3. Identify and discuss a specific aspect of the case that relates to implications of the mental health condition or substance usage for the individual or family involved, as well as treatment. Suggestions are provided below.
4. Using knowledge gained from your readings, identify and discuss how you would apply evidence based concepts to working with the individual if you could do so. or contribute to implications of, alterations to or progressions in your practice approach in a similar case in the future. Provide evidence of critical analysis.
Suggested areas on which you may wish to focus include the following:
• Age-related aspects of mental health or substance usage
• Age of onset of mental health condition(s) or substance usage
• Domestic violence and substance usage
• Dual Diagnoses
• Ethnic, cultural or racial aspects of mental health or substance usage
• Foetal alcohol or drug related syndromes
• Gender-related considerations
• Genetic factors related to specific mental health conditions or substance usage
• Self-medication following trauma
• Sexual orientation and substance usage
• Specific mental health condition(s)
Intended Learning Outcomes being assessed:
1. A systematic awareness of the major theories used to explain the occurrence of mental health or substance use difficulties,
2. A comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of different methods of intervention with individuals, families and carers where mental health and/or substance use problems are a concern,
3. A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of key legislation and policy relating to mental health and substance use and the implications for practice,
4. A critical awareness of the oppression, discrimination and stigma experienced by people affected by mental health and substance use, and the implications for social workers’ professional values and practice. Students are expected to be able to demonstrate an awareness of anti- oppressive practice concerns linked with mental health and substance misuse, especially among people who are socially vulnerable
Students must adhere to the assignment guidelines in the student handbook.
Students must adhere to guidelines provided from placement arrangements for the protection of service users’ confidentiality. Neither names nor initials can be used.
While the assignment provides students with suggested special topic areas, students are nonetheless required to demonstrate the depth of understanding and conceptualisation of complex circumstances required at Masters level by meeting the overall aims of the unit and the four intended learning outcomes.