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Title: Effective social work intervention with persons experiencing substance abuse with a concurrent mental disorder : professionals’ perspectives
Authors: Schembri, Daniel
Keywords: Dual diagnosis -- Patients -- Rehabilitation -- Malta
Dual diagnosis -- Patients -- Mental health -- Malta
Comorbidity -- Malta
Substance abuse -- Malta
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Drawing upon the experiences and opinions of social workers and other professionals, this research examines the intervention methods adopted by social work professionals with dual diagnosis clients locally. Dual diagnosis is defined as a diagnosis of substance use disorder with a concurrent diagnosis of a mental health disorder. Using a qualitative methodology, primarily structured in depth interviews with professionals, this work explores effective interventions adopted with clients who are dual diagnosis patients,. Throughout the interviews conducted with professionals, challenges and issues encountered during their practice in treating dual diagnosis clients are identified, whilst providing an in-depth understanding of the practice tools used by local professionals, mainly social workers. Participants in this research originate from various settings, including mental health settings and addiction services. This research also provides an in-depth analysis on the services offered locally and the different processes to which different agencies adopt when treating a dual diagnosis client or patient. This research also examines, through the literature review, international perspectives on dual diagnosis with particular emphasis on how different substances effect the mental health of the person consuming them. The research found in this work points towards a number of findings. The importance of integrated services rather than providing parallel services to clients with dual diagnosis is one of the most pronounced conclusions reached by most of the subjects interviewed. The recent dramatic increase in the consumption of new psychoactive substances and the significant harm they are leaving on the mental health of the user, call for the urgent need for more evidence based knowledge on their immediate and long-term effects. These findings point towards the need of adopting locally a more integrated policy with regards to the care of persons with dual diagnosis. Subsequently, such policy should give rise to more robust services where both diagnosis are tackled together in an integrated manner both on a community and institutional level.
Description: B.A.(HONS)SOC.WORK
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacSoW - 2017
Dissertations - FacSoWSPSW - 2017

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