KUSUMAGIRI

MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE,KAKKANAD

(Kusumagiri Institute of Behavioural Sciences & Research Centre)

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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORK

Psychiatric Social Workers are concerned with Psychiatric illnesses, their causes, their management, their solutions and their human impacts. They work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. They act as intermediary between the Psychiatrist, Patient and their bystanders in the treatment process.In KMHC Psychiatric Social Workers renders services like – Patient Counseling, Psychotherapy, psycho education for the patients & family members – Empowerment programmes of By-standers – Patient follow-up – De-addiction Counseling – Family Counseling – Relatives Meetings etc. And also given Intern-Ship training for MSW students

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

In KMHC Psychiatric Social Workers renders services like – Patient Counseling, Psychotherapy, psycho education for the patients & family members – Empowerment programmes of By-standers – Patient follow-up – De-addiction Counseling – Family Counseling – Relatives Meetings etc. And also given Intern-Ship training for MSW students.

The social worker is engaged in both clinical as well as non-clinical functions. However, clinical functions formed a greater part of the work assignments as compared to non-clinical functions. Clinical functions included activities which were directly related to the treatment of patients, while non-clinical functions included activities which did not have a direct bearing of patients as such but were preventive educational and rehabilitative in nature.

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ROLE OF PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER AT KMHC

  • Psy. Social worker is a member of the Multidisciplinary team- working for the betterment of the patient.
  • As a team player
  • Should attend the ward rounds daily ( 0nce a month in Rehabilitation centre) with the team
  • Discuss cases- reporting improvements and interventions
  • Coordinate the programmes inside and out side the hospital
  • Planning and organize camps and workshops
  • provide Psychosocial interventions
  • Organize programmes on special days and celebrate special events with other departments
  • Organize programmes and awareness classes to the general public
  • Orientation classes for the students those who are coming for their placement and supervise MSW students during their placement.
  • Assessment and counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psycho-education for the relatives and caretakers (relative’s meet)
  • SST-social skill training (role plays, demonstration etc)
  • ACP- active care program (in order to improve the daily living skills)
  • Render therapeutic interventions (CBT and other behavioral therapies)
  • Out reach programmes….
  • FOR PERSON WITH ALCOHOL

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • AA- meetings etc
  • Community psychiatry
  • Creating awareness regarding mental health and related issues.. Among the community

CLINICAL FUNCTIONS

1.Diagnostic functions

The formulation of objective diagnosis for the purposes of treatment is one of the important aspects of services provided to psychiatric patients. At KMHC, this task is generally done by the consultants during intake session, there are times when members of the mental health team also share their views on the patient’s problems and assist in the formulation of diagnosis. These discussions take place during daily rounds. As a member of mental health team s/he also involved in assisting the mental health team in diagnostic functions.

2.Functions related to treatment

a.Individualized work with patients

SWrs involved with cases which required psychosocial interventions at various levels. There are different techniques for managing patient’s psychosocial issues. Most commonly used techniques were psychoeducation, supportive therapy, CBT, behaviour therapy, social skills training (SST), counseling etc.

b.Work with families

It was done to assist the patients in their adjustment and ultimate integration in society. Awareness meetings were also held regularly to alleviate myths surrounding mental illness, medical management and stigma reduction.

c.Follow up functions

It was done by interviewing the patients and their families to assess the progress made by the patients after being discharged.

d.Group work

Skills training groups were held for patients with social deficits on requirement. During the training session students who come for psychiatry posting were also allowed to organize the group activities under the staff supervision.

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