The Recovery Philosophy and Direct Social Work Practice by Joseph WalshThe Recovery Philosophy and Direct Social Work Practice by Joseph Walsh

The Recovery Philosophy and Direct Social Work Practice

byJoseph Walsh

Paperback | June 15, 2013

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The concept of recovery in mental health represents the radical shift from the reductive ideas of disease and cure to a holistic understanding of the individual. It is an investment in the personal journey toward wellness that involves developing hope, supportive relationships,self-motivation, social inclusion, and a greater sense of life's purpose. The principles behind the recovery movement mirror the NASW core values for the social work profession: emphasizing service and social justice through the empowerment and full engagement of the consumer in defining his or herstrengths, needs, and goals. The Recovery Philosophy and Direct Social Work Practice explores the potential of the social work profession to use these core values to help persons with mental illness work toward recovery.The book addresses the ways social workers can implement and support recovery activities through a consideration of recovery philosophy, the utilization of a social work perspective on recovery, and in-depth examples of recovery practice with individuals who have schizophrenia, depression, bipolardisorder, and autism spectrum. This book is a practical guide for direct practitioners. It emphasizes the cooperative dynamic of the social worker/consumer relationship and addresses the difficult topic of endings in recovery practice. The models presented in this book will enable social workers toexpand their existing intervention skills to work more collaboratively with consumers toward their goals of holistic recovery from mental illness.
Joseph Walsh (PhD, LCSW, Ohio State University) is professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been a direct services practitioner in the field of mental health since 1974, first in a psychiatric hospital and later in community mental health center settings. Walsh was the 1998 recipient of the National Mental H...
Title:The Recovery Philosophy and Direct Social Work PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:257 pages, 8.9 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:June 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190615303

ISBN - 13:9780190615307

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Editorial Reviews

"This book is a handbook on social work's natural compatibility with recovery perspectives on mental illness. It is timely, packed with the knowledge and practices necessary for clinical social workers to function successfully within the recovery approach and, above all, speaks to students andpractitioners about their role in relation to consumers. I think this book is excellent." --Daniel Salhani, University of British Columbia, Okanagan