Sociology and Mental Health Training Course

Health & Social Care Training Courses

This one day programme aims to examine the sociological concepts informing approaches to understanding and working with people with mental health problems in order to give practitioners a more robust theoretical perspective for evidence based interventions.

This will be achieved by:

  • Consideration of the place of sociology in social work practice. This will explore how social work interventions are rooted in this academic discipline.
  • Examining social structures and institutions (family, community, psychiatry) and the theoretical explanations for causes of mental health. This considers the interplay of bio/psycho/social influences with an emphasis on the value and role of anti discriminatory practice.
  • Mental health, the medical and social models underpinning interventions.
  • Professionalism and intervention: the social construction of mental illness and the role of the worker in multi-disciplinary teams.

By the end of the session, delegates will have had an opportunity to engage with one of the main theoretical frameworks underpinning social work practice and interventions so that they can incorporate these explanations into their evidence based work.