Project Director

Cooley, Morgan E.

Department Examiner

Scott, Cathy B.; Whitted, Jodi; Doolittle, Amy L.

Department

Dept. of Social Work

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Social workers are often the front line responders for individuals with mental illness. However, there has been limited research related to how social workers are prepared, what the best practices are, and what suggestions have been made to improve preparation in this kind of setting. This research study included a cross-sectional mixed methods study examining the knowledge and preparation of social work professionals as well as recommendations for improving education. The results indicated that social work educators and professionals are competent in their knowledge of mental health. The qualitative responses indicated three overarching themes: (1) confidence in abilities but acknowledgement of the need for of resources, support, or practice; (2) a systemic perspective of experiences; and (3) realities of working in mental health. Respondents also provided several recommendations for improving education in order to better prepare social workers to work in mental health. The results of this study can be used to enhance future research, practice, and policy built around mental health preparation.

Acknowledgments

The successful completion of this thesis required a lot of guidance from the thesis advisor and department examiners. It would have not been possible without their encouragement and support. Specifically, the completion of this thesis could not have been possible without the assistance of Dr. Morgan E. Cooley, LCSW. She is kindly thanked and appreciated for all of her support and advice through this project. Her assistance through hard-work, patience, and kind words do not go unrecognized.

IRB Number

17-012

Degree

B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.

Date

5-2017

Subject

Social work education; Psychiatric social work

Keyword

Social work; Preparation; Mental health; Mental illness; Social work education; Stigma; B.S.W.

Discipline

Social Work

Document Type

Theses

Extent

vii, 29 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Included in

Social Work Commons

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