Psychiatric social work is an application of
social work methods and its practices in every field of Psychiatry. It is a
kind of skill-based practice in psychiatry settings. It is the combination of
arts and sciences where social work belongs to the various disciplines.
Psychiatric patients not be treated only through medicines, they need both
psychological and social treatment. Psychiatric social work is the subject
relevant to social work course; a social worker needs knowledge in both the
focused area like – “Psychiatry and Social work”.
work is an exclusive type of social work that involves caring, providing
medical help to those persons who are severally mentally ill, and who hospitalized
or other types of intensive psychiatric help. Social Workers in this demanding field
must work closely with individuals suffering from complex and hard to manage
conditions. Psychiatric social workers may also encounter difficulties in
getting clients the resources and support they need to fully address their
problems, however, some individuals grab
this work for its constant intellectual and professional challenges for the
opportunity to help vulnerable people.
Method To Cure Psychiatric patients
counseling intervention therapy.
works counseling therapy.
action and lobbying.
Role of the social worker in Psychiatric social work
Social workers play a vital role to address the
various needs of patients in medical settings. Social workers provide services
as a member of the team on a one to one basis with the client.
v People who are disadvantaged, they try to
alleviate poverty and liberate vulnerably and oppressed people to promote
v In general, psychiatric social
workers are members of the team; they provide a link between the team and
family members as well as community resources.
vPsychotherapy counseling, human
services management, community development and organizing, advocacy, and social
v Case management and evaluation.
v Reporting and administrative duties.
v Economic support, that connected
v Utilize community resources.
vHe/she should be skilled in
interview techniques and group dynamics.
v Meeting with various client groups
in a psychiatric hospital.
v Write case sheets.
v Conduct family therapy and other
kinds of interventions.
v Facilitate the treatment process.
A psychiatric social worker requires
the following skills:
The ability to conduct assessments
regarding a person’s social, emotional, interpersonal, and socioeconomic needs;
The expertise to employ a variety of
techniques or interventions to enhance client and family communications with
the medical team;
The capability to enable a person to
participate in their care and advocate for themselves;
The ability to provide targeted education
and counseling about specific illnesses and treatments (e.g. eating disorders,
alcohol and substance abuse counseling);
The knowledge and insight to
integrate cognitive and behavior modification techniques;
The ability to provide discharge
planning and transitional care from one facility to another and to help the
person integrate back with family and community; and
The expertise to function as a
member of a multidisciplinary team.
Psychiatric social workers work in different
clinics and psychiatric units of the hospital. They mostly work with children
and adolescents those who have behavioral problems, phobias, withdrawal
symptoms, etc. in the hospital they work with different types of patients,
those suffering from various chronic depressions, drug addiction, and the
psychiatrists finding out the root cause of the problem and after that, they
continue to work as a facilitator in the treatment process.
A social worker works with the children,
families, and young people to identify the problems in society. It is a
challenging and exciting area in which to work and it requires both motivation
and commitments from coming from personal experiences and as well as
professional education and development. Social workers are very essential
members of the psychiatric care team. Social workers should be trained and
skilled in recovery and rehabilitate mentally ill people.