School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Centre: Centre for Health and Mental Health
Mental health problems are amongst the most important contributors to the global burden of disease and disability. The “Global Burden of Disease” due to mental health concerns is greater than that expected by tuberculosis, cancer or heart disease. Mental and behavioural disorders affect more than 25% of people at any given point of time. This means 450 million people worldwide are affected by mental, neurological or behavioural problems at any given point of time. In India, about 20 to 30 million people appear to be in need of mental health care. The gap between mental health needs and availability of services including trained professionals is enormous and the M.A. Social Work in Mental Health seeks to address this by creating a cadre of professionals grounded in social work perspectives with thorough understanding of mental health issues and skills.
With rapid social change and urbanisation, there are several vulnerable groups whose mental health concerns need urgent attention. Some examples include urban poor living on the streets and slums, women and children exposed to domestic violence, populations displaced by mega development projects as well as natural and man-made disasters, single women, sexual minorities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and so on. In order to be able to comprehend the mental health concerns of these groups, it is vital to move beyond our thinking in the mental health sector and conceptualise training programmes as well as service models that integrate the biological, psychological and interpersonal with the social and the cultural. Thus, a programme that combines ideas of social justice and empowerment along with the knowledge and skills to understand individual and interpersonal distress and problems, is a need of the hour. This post-graduate programme with a foundation in social work and an incremental training in perspectives and skills in mental health, aims to fill this gap.
Graduates of this programme have opportunities to integrate mental health work through a multi-sectoral approach. The programme equips students to work in varied settings and systems such as health and mental health, education, government / district mental health programmes, regional mental hospitals, non-governmental organisations and research and advocacy organisations. This M.A. Social Work programme in Mental Health is offered from two locations: TISS Mumbai, and TISS- BALM Chennai.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Core Social Work Courses
Elective Foundation Course (CBCS)
Open Elective Courses (CBCS)
Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)
Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
History and Perspectives of Social Work
Social Work Practice with Individuals
Social Work Practice with Groups
Research Methods I
Introduction to Health and Mental Health
Social Welfare Administration
Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories
Research Methods II
Seminar in Clinical Social Work
Community Mental Health
Social Policy and Planning
Introduction to Epidemiology
Mental Health, Marginalisation and Human Rights
Mental Health Policy, Programmes and Legislations
Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions
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