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The evolution of social work mental health practice: Patient records research at Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC), 1947-1980

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dc.contributor.supervisor Fuchs, Donald (Social Work) en_US
dc.contributor.author Sawatsky, Alexander William
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-31T18:27:38Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-31T18:27:38Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/30692
dc.description.abstract Little is known about social work at psychiatric institutions in Canada. This research looks at patient records at Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC) from 1947-1979 at Selkirk, Manitoba. Qualitative descriptive methods are employed to examine patient records (N=132) for the function and form of social work. A random selection of patient records at SMHC was performed where qualitative themes of social work related activities were identified and collected. Additional data included archival records of provincial and federal reports to provide context for the findings. Social work emerged from practice, becoming increasingly sophisticated as SMHC evolved and degreed social workers entered the field. Findings show that social work was an essential profession for SMHC to address a rising patient census as well as manage the transition to community located mental health care. While some social work related activities are performed by other staff, there is a qualitative difference when a social worker performs these. Findings also showed that social work has a relationship with severe and persistent mental illness as a population served at SMHC. Future historical research can benefit from this study as it includes a developed method for future patient record research. Future research could be in various professional disciplines as well as contribute to the growing knowledge around social work practice in Canada. Findings show that social work is a relevant and important role that has a historic connection in the field of mental health. This study contributes to the growing literature on the history of social work in Canada. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Social Work; Historical Research; Psychiatric Social Work Practice; Patient Record Research; Qualitative Descriptive Research en_US
dc.title The evolution of social work mental health practice: Patient records research at Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC), 1947-1980 en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
dc.type doctoral thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Spearman, Leonard (Social Work) Etcheverry, Emily (Rehabilitation Sciences) Walsh, Christine (University of Calgary) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2015 en_US


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