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Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice

Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice

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October 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How can social workers be more effective in collaborative work? What are the skills, knowledge and values required for collaborative practice? How does collaborative social work practice impact on the experience of service-users and carers?


These questions are faced by social workers every day and interprofessional collaborative practice is high on the policy agenda for trainees and practitioners. Written primarily for social work students and practitioners, although having relevance across the wider range of stakeholders, this book explores the issues, benefits and challenges that interprofessional collaborative practice can raise. Chapter-by-chapter the book will encourage the reader to critically examine the political, legal, social and economic context of interprofessional practice. It also explores how social workers can work effectively and collaboratively with other professions while retaining their own values and identity.


Key features include:

- activities to illustrate the ways in which collaborative working can impact upon the experiences of service users, carers and practitioners;

- discussions looking at the different people and organisations with whom social workers might work in practice;

- examples of research and knowledge for practice;

- a glossary to act as a useful quick reference point for the reader;

- a companion website.


Engaging and well-written, each chapter also includes case studies, reflective questions and links to further reading and sources of information. Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice will be essential reading for social work qualifying students and for practitioners.

Introducing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
The Context of Collaborative Practice
Understanding and Evaluating Contemporary Collaborative Practice
Working with Service Users and Carers in the Collaborative Environment
Implications of Collaborative Working Practice for the Individual Practitioner
The Contribution of Social Work to the Collaborative Environment
Professional Practice in the Collaborative Organization
Enhancing Individual Practice in the Collaborative Environment

Organises thinking around these issues into themes that make it a more thought provoking read for students.

Ms Kelly Alexander
Applied Social Science, University of Bedfordshire
March 15, 2012

We are going to recommend this book on a new module we have designed: Critical thinking and professional development. It is one of the few books that deals with interprofessional collaboration related to both social work and youth work so we thinki it is suitable for student practice.

Dr Tony Morgan
Youth & Community Work, Ulster University
February 27, 2012

Very helpful. Interprofessional work may be a litttle different i Sweden compared to UK, but the book provides useful strategies and principles reagrdless of that.

Mr Magnus Ottelid
Department of Social Work, Mid Sweden University
December 19, 2011

Crawford captures some of the keys issues for both practitioners and services users in using an interprofessional collaborative approach in practice. A useful text for students of many professional disciplines.

Miss Sarah McMullen
Social Science , Derby University
November 2, 2011

this book is an excellent, insightful and practical guide to interprofessional working. the reflective excercises and suggestions are useful and all relevant theory and models are covered.

Ms Mary Smith
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent
November 2, 2011

I really like this book. It is clear , well written and at a level appropriate for 1st year MA students or 2nd year UGs. I like the range of areas the book addressed which were covered comprehensively and not in a superficial way. Good linking of theory to practice.

Ms Rosemary Littlechild
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
November 1, 2011

Excellent resource. comprehensive, clearly written and research based

David Saltiel
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
October 31, 2011

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