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” world over 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. Compared to this huge need, there are about 3,500 psychiatrists, 1,000 psychiatric social workers, 1,000 clinical psychologists and 900 psychiatric nurses in the country. The population of India, exceeding one billion people, has access to less than 4,000 psychiatrists as compared to the nearly 80,000 psychiatrists for 840 million in Europe. It is in the context of this gap between the magnitude of mental health problems and the lack of services, and trained professionals to address it that the Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) finds its relevance.
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, single women, sexual minorities, and 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 postgraduate programme with a foundation in social work and an incremental training in perspectives and skills in mental health aims to fill this gap.
In view of the acute shortage of mental health care professionals across the country, TISS offers the Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) at two locations: TISS Mumbai, and the BANYAN Chennai.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Philosophy of Research
Open Elective Courses (CBCS)
Core Social Work Courses
Disciplinary Elective Course
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 Case Work
Social Group Work
Research Methods I
Introduction to Epidemiology
Mental Health , Marginalisation and Human Rights
Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions
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