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Social Work and Social DevelopmentTheories and Skills for Developmental Social Work$
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James Midgley and Amy Conley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.001.0001

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Social Investment and Mental Health

Social Investment and Mental Health

The Role of Social Enterprise

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The conventional model of treatment for mental illness involves a dynamic of expert and patient. By contrast, a social development approach to treating mental illness embraces the core tenets of the client-led wellness, recovery and resiliency movement. This chapter compares the two approaches and explores how a social development approach can harness social capital and human capital to promote wellness and integrate mentally ill people into their communities. These principles are explored through a case study of the Village, a residential community located in Long Beach, California, where clients are involved in every level of organizational decision-making, provide peer-support services, and run businesses including catering and a credit union.

Keywords:   recovery, mental health, mental illness, social work, social development

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