Social Workers in Mental Health Facilities and Outpatient Clinics

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When thinking about social work, there are different avenues that a worker can explore in this vast field. Because a social workers job is multifaceted, workers can not only integrate themselves in an already created avenue, but can also tailor a field, specifically for a need in the community. Looking at the many different fields in the area of social work, the area of Social Workers in Mental Health facilities and outpatient clinics stands out as an area of depth and interest. This field is important because it allows social workers to play an integral part in assisting patients, some of who have been kept in large inpatient facilities for vast periods of time, to become functioning and active members of society, as they deal with …show more content…
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic offers a wide range of programs including, Individual Psychotherapy, which is treatment between a trained professional and a client. Family and couples therapy is another service offered in the outpatient clinics. Family and couples therapy, works with couples and families to nurture change and development in those particular situations. It tends to view change in terms interaction between members of the intimate relationship. Group therapy, another option in outpatient services, is when one or more therapists treat a small group of clients as a group. The term can refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including Cognitive behavioral therapy and Interpersonal therapy, but it is usually applied to psychodynamic group therapy where the group context and group process is explicitly utilized as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group. For those who suffer from substance abuse, there are often groups and programs created to help maintain sobriety, learn life lessons, relapse avoidance, and NA/AA groups, geared to work with both the mental illness as well as the addiction. In these clinics and facilities, there are often medication evaluations and consultations available, to monitor and help maintain medication adherence, and broaden understanding of the particular medications taken by patients. This
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