Mental Health and Social Work Practice

Mohammed is a thirty-five year old Somalian man who visits his GP because he is finding it difficult to leave his home. Mohammed is concerned that he has become fearful of leaving his home, experiencing a sense of dread that something terrible will happen. His heart races and he often becomes dizzy. On one occasion he collapsed while he was at the mosque, and consequently has stopped attending services. He describes himself as a ‘nervous person’ but says it has got much worse over the past two years. He is concerned that he will lose his employment benefits because he has stopped attending job interviews. He has few friends, and spends his days reading and looking after his elderly parents, with whom he lives. Mohammed immigrated to Australia when he was seventeen. His family had been persecuted in Somalia, and he escaped to Pakistan before immigrating to Australia. He has many relatives still living in Somalia, and he worries about their safety. He completed an electrical apprenticeship, but has not worked as an electrician since injuring himself at work five years ago. Mohammed separated from his wife shortly after his accident, and has no children.

Assignment – Case Study (2,225 words) with references 12 to 15
As the case manager, this assignment requires you to describe the key factors you would take into account in making a social work assessment and in developing a case management plan with the client. You are asked to draw on a recovery-oriented approach to mental health assessment and case management in social work as outlined in the course text book, Bland, Renouf and Tullgren (2009). Chapters are attached.

This should include the following:

• A brief explanation of a recovery-oriented approach to assessment and case management in mental health social work ( chapter 3) attached
• The key factors in this case that you would take into account in undertaking a recovery-oriented assessment and case management plan, drawing on the dimensions emphasised in the text book. This will include discussion of existing mental health research literature relevant to the case. Please note: you are not being asked to present a case management plan but to speak to the factors you would consider in making a plan;
• The social work theory or theories that would also guide your approach to assessment and case management with this client and why (e.g. strengths approach, empowerment approach, feminist social work approach);
• The ethical and legal implications of the case that would need to be taken into account in assessment and case management; ( refer AASW code of ethics and std of practice for ethical , and chapter 4 for legal) chapter attached.
• Further information you might require to enable planning for case management – You may need to use some creativity for the additional information you require.


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