Making sense of mental health problems
Making sense of mental health problems

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Making sense of mental health problems

4 Social need perspectives

In this section you will find out about some of the ways that practitioners, specifically social workers, engage in understanding and describing mental health problems from a social need perspective. This perspective views a person’s problems as often resulting from their social conditions and believes that addressing these social factors or issues will improve the person's health condition.

There are two main activities. In the first you will explore aspects of the role of the social worker in mental health. This exploration will include a very brief overview of the approved mental health professional's (AMHP) role (a role mostly carried out by social workers). The contributions of Dr Sarah Matthews from The Open University will be mentioned, as her work in the field is of such prominence in the UK (e.g. her book with colleagues entitled Approved Mental Health Practice: Essential Themes for Students and Practitioners [2014] is a key text in the area). In the second activity you will continue to consider different perspectives on Mandy’s situation. This time you will hear from a social worker on what they would need to know about Mandy and her life in order to provide support.

K314_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has over 40 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus