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Social Workers Adult Mental Health

SWAMH, a special interest group of IASW, aims to support colleagues, promote best practice in the interest of service users through CPD events, sharing information and contributing to national mental health policy and developments.

 

 

Report from Social Workers in Adult Mental Health (SWAMH)

Introduction

SWAMH, a special interest group of IASW, aims to support colleagues, promote best practice in the interest of service users through CPD events, sharing information and contributing to national mental health policy and developments. In this short report, I hope to outline how the SWAMH committee adhered to its mandate.

Links with the IASW Child and Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group.

The SWAMH committee developed closer working relationships with our social work colleagues in child psychiatry and recently we have agreed nominations to the national mental health clinical programme sub groups, which included; First Episode Psychosis, Eating Disorders and Self-Harm presentations to Emergency Depts. We also collaborated in relation to the nomination for the important social work role on the Mental Health Commission and Pauline Gill was the eventual nominee and has been appointed as the social work representative for the next five years. Both special interest groups hope to meet with Pauline at regular intervals in the coming years.

Links with Trinity College Social Work Department.

The SWAMH committee in partnership with Trinity co-hosted a successful CPD event last November. SWAMH are delighted that Gloria Kirwan, BSS Course Director has joined our committee and also facilitates a research support group for our members.