Mental health literacy and social work education

Martin, J 2016, 'Mental health literacy and social work education', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, vol. 18, no. 1, 8, pp. 103-120.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Mental health literacy and social work education
Author(s) Martin, J
Year 2016
Journal name Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Article Number 8
Start page 103
End page 120
Total pages 18
Publisher Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education
Abstract The aim of this article is to investigate the relevance of mental health literacy for social work education by presenting the findings of a three stage study conducted in 2014. In Stage 1, the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) mental health literacy course was mapped against the mental health curricula required for social work degree programs accredited by the professional body, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). During Stage 2, a scoping study was undertaken to ascertain what Mental Health First Aid courses were being taught in social work and human service programs across Australia. Survey responses from bachelor and masters social work students commenting on the newness and relevance of the YMHFA course content are presented in Stage 3. The results of this study suggest that coursework in mental health literacy is of benefit to social work students and that the YMHFA course meets a considerable amount of the AASW required content. It is concluded that studies in mental health literacy provides social work students with a strong basic foundation in mental health knowledge, values and skills.
Subject Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Keyword(s) Mental health literacy
Social work mental health education
Youth mental health
Prevention and early intervention
Copyright notice © Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education Association
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