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Mental Health Social Work
Accredited Mental Health Social Workers help individuals to resolve their presenting psychological problems, the associated social and other environmental problems, and improve their quality of life. This may involve family as well as individual counselling, and group therapy. Social workers recognise the broader implications of an individual having a mental illness and the impact on friends, family, work and education.
Like other allied health professionals, such as psychologists, Accredited Mental Health Social Workers use a range of interventions in helping people with mental health disorders, including the focused psychological strategies such as CBT, interpersonal therapy, psycho-education, narrative therapy, social skills, stress management, relaxation strategies, problem solving, skills training, parenting skills, and anger management.
Accredited Mental Health Social Workers have been assessed on behalf of the Commonwealth Government by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) as having specialist mental health expertise. They have extensive postgraduate training and experience in the field of mental health and are registered providers with Medicare Australia who recognise their expertise in mental health. An Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) is eligible to provide services through the Commonwealth-funded Better Access to Mental Health Care and Chronic Diseases Management (Enhanced Primary Care) programs. Social workers are also providers in the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers have a breadth of experience in assessing and treating people who have mental health disorders, for example people with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorder, psychosis, sucidality, relationship problems, life crises, adjustment issues, trauma and family conflicts.