PRESENTED BY: Amina Hussain, BSc, MSW, PhD Student
"Social Work Leadership Competencies for Effective Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Care: A Scoping Review"
Leadership skills are an integral part of effective social work practice. Social work practice requires leadership skills to support and advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations at micro, meso, and macro levels of care. Social work leadership skills are also essential for implementing client centred care within service provision models that are often compelled to meet corporate, organizational, and political pressures (Jones & Phillips, 2016). Yet, the current landscape of social work leadership research has been limited, particularly within the domains of mental health care. This poster outlines a scoping review conducted across six databases, to address the research questions: (1) What are essential leadership competencies for effective social work practice in health and mental health care? (2) What social work leadership competencies are identified as supportive for clients and families seeking treatment? (3) How do leadership skills support effective service delivery, team decision making, team dynamics, and social workers provision of care? (4) What are key recommendations for improving leadership competencies among social workers practicing in health and mental health settings?