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Educating for cross-disciplinary collaboration: Present trends and future possibilities


Patford, J, Educating for cross-disciplinary collaboration: Present trends and future possibilities, Australian Social Work, 54, (3) pp. 73-82. ISSN 0312-407X (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03124070108414334


Like other service providers, social workers periodically seek to harness different professional skills and insights in order to make a more comprehensive response to client needs. Unfortunately, cross-disciplinary relationships are hard to establish and maintain, due to structural and cultural barriers. Education and training programs can be used as tools to inculcate the knowledge, skills and attitudes on which successful collaboration depends. The targeting of undergraduate students is controversial. Since they have yet to develop a sense of professional identity, these students may resist pressures to trust and share. This paper contends that it is reasonable to begin instruction at the undergraduate level, and explores possibilities for curriculum development and research. In summary Like other human service providers, social workers must come to grips with industrial realities of the early 21st century. As part of this process, they must reappraise their role relationships with other service providers. On some matters at least, it may be possible to transcend traditional rivalries, and develop new forms of partnership and alliance. Education and training programs have a useful role to play in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes on which successful cross-disciplinary work depends. © 2001, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Professions and professionalisation
UTAS Author:Patford, J (Dr Janet Patford)
ID Code:21909
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-05-21

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