Explain the primary goals of psychiatric social workers


Assignment: Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Deinstitutionalization played a significant role in shaping the current roles of psychiatric social workers. Psychiatric social workers work on inpatient psychiatric units and provide services to individuals with mental illness and their families. Most inpatient psychiatric units are unique clinical settings where doors to the units are locked from the inside and from the outside. Patients are not free to leave the units at will, and visitors to the units are monitored closely. Psychiatric social workers work with patients who voluntarily seek care and others who are involuntarily admitted. In the simplest of terms, inpatient psychiatric care today focuses on stabilization and referral to a lower level of care. Psychiatric social workers create, negotiate, and implement discharge plans. They also provide limited clinical services, usually in the form of group interventions.

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Review this week's resources (they are attached). Think about the roles and functions of a psychiatric social worker in inpatient psychiatric care settings. Focus on practice skills. Consider the philosophy of psychiatric social work.

In a 3- to 4-page paper:

· Explain the philosophy that drives psychiatric social work in caring for patients with mental health illness.

· Explain the primary goals of psychiatric social workers.

· Describe the roles and functions of psychiatric social workers on interdisciplinary inpatient psychiatric teams.

· Compare differences and similarities in roles, practice skills, and functions between psychiatric social workers and social workers in inpatient medical units.

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1. The answer should be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.

2. The response also includes a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student's name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.

3. Also include a reference page. The Citations and references should follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

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