Fields of practice – mental-health care

Because people with mental illnesses are often marginalised and disadvantaged financially, social workers in most fields of the profession will have clients who have psychiatric problems.

Mental-health-care social work is a recognised specialty whose practitioners are employed in a variety of settings – from acute-care hospitals to community mental-health services – but whose work may involve therapy and counselling as well as support.

This field of social work requires practitioners to be capable advocates on behalf of their clients, as well as organisers of income support, accommodation and employment.