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Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol
  1. Toula Kourgiantakis1,
  2. Karen Sewell1,
  3. Sandra McNeil1,
  4. Judith Logan2,
  5. Eunjung Lee1,
  6. Keith Adamson1,
  7. Megan McCormick3,
  8. Dale Kuehl3
  1. 1 Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 John P. Robarts Library, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Toula Kourgiantakis; toula.kourgiantakis{at}utoronto.ca

Abstract

Introduction Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide.

Methods and analysis Using a scoping review framework developed by Arksey and O’Malley, we will search for literature through seven academic databases: PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, CINAHL Plus, Social Sciences Abstracts, Education Source, ERIC and Social Work Abstracts. Two independent reviewers will screen articles utilising a two-stage process. Titles and abstracts will be reviewed in the first stage and full texts will be reviewed in the second stage. Selected articles that meet inclusion criteria will be charted to extract key themes and they will be analysed using a qualitative thematic analysis approach.

Ethics and dissemination This review will fill a knowledge gap in social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide. Ethics approval is not required for this scoping review. Through dissemination in publications and relevant conferences, the results may guide future research and education in social work.

  • mental health
  • addictions
  • suicide

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  • Contributors TK and KS conceived the idea for the study and led the writing of the protocol. JL developed the search strategy and contributed to the writing of the protocol. All authors made substantive intellectual contributions to the development of this protocol and all authors critically reviewed the article (TK, KS, SM, JL, EL, KA, MM, DK). SM, KS, TK, JL and EL edited the protocol. All authors read and approved the final version of the study (TK, KS, SM, JL, EL, KA, MM, DK).

  • Funding This scoping review protocol was supported in part by the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) Accelerator Grant 2018.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Collaborators Anne Kirvan.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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