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Soc Work Health Care. 2013;52(7):625-41. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2013.792913.

Interprofessional leadership training in MCH social work.

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School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA. epecukonis@ssw.umaryland.edu

Abstract

The need to train health social workers to practice interprofessionally is an essential goal of social work education. Although most health social workers have exposure to multidisciplinary practice within their field work, few social work education programs incorporate interprofessional learning as an integrated component of both course work and field experiences (McPherson, Headrick, & Moss, 2001; Reeves, Lewin, Espin, & Zwaranstein, 2010; Weinstein, Whittington, & Leiba, 2003). In addition, little is written about the kinds of curricula that would effectively promote interdisciplinary training for social work students. These findings are particularly puzzling since there is increasing and compelling evidence that interdisciplinary training improves health outcomes (IOM, 2001). This article describes a social work education program that incorporates an Interprofessional education and leadership curriculum for Maternal and Child Health Social Work (MCHSW) at the University of Maryland's School of Social Work. The University of Maryland's Interprofesisonal Training Model is described along with the components needed to formulate an interdisciplinary learning experience. Various outcomes and lessons learned are discussed.

PMID:
23947539
DOI:
10.1080/00981389.2013.792913
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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