CSWE Press

A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration

Aidyn L. Iachini, Laura R. Bronstein, and Elizabeth Mellin
Publication Date: 11/07/2018
ISBN: 978-0-87293-178-7
Publisher: CSWE Press
Topics: Collaborative Practice Interprofessional Collaboration
Social workers are increasingly embracing interprofessional teams as a strategy to tackle interrelated social issues across systems. Despite its promise, however, effective interprofessional collaboration can be difficult to realize in practice. Profession-driven differences related to training, terminology, and role perceptions can make collaboration a daunting task, along with conflicts over power and status and misperceptions about professional roles and responsibilities. A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration helps students and practitioners develop the skills necessary to engage in successful interprofessional collaborative practice. Edited by leading researchers, the workbook uses Bronstein’s Model of Interdisciplinary Collaboration as a framework. Case examples, practice tips, and multimedia links make this workbook a useful tool for traditional, hybrid, and online courses, as well as for independent learning and continuing education.

About the Editors

Dr. Aidyn Iachini, PhD, MSW, MA, is an associate professor in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and a licensed social worker. Her scholarly interests focus on the strategies, systems, and services that promote positive youth development in schools and out-of-school time programs. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Interprofessional Care, Research on Social Work Practice, and Children & Schools. She teaches classes on interprofessional collaboration, leadership, and program evaluation and is involved in evaluation and organizational capacity-building efforts in youth- and family-serving organizations.

Dr. Laura Bronstein, PhD, ACSW, LCSWR, is dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs and professor of social work at Binghamton University. Prior to entering academia, Laura was a social worker in a range of settings including a school for children with developmental disabilities, a psychiatric hospital, family preservation, and hospice. She has published more than 50 research articles and chapters and been awarded millions of dollars in federal, state, and foundation grants. Dr. Bronstein has an international reputation for her research on collaboration, including having created the widely used Index for Interdisciplinary Collaboration. She received the Lois B. DeFleur Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence and the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Outstanding Dean for Aging Education award.

Dr. Elizabeth Mellin, PhD, MEd, is an associate professor and director of the PhD program in Community Research & Action at the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her scholarly interests focus primarily on examining the role of community in promoting mental health among youths, including interdisciplinary/professional collaborations and youth voice in school mental health promotion. Dr. Mellin’s research, which is grounded in ecological and social capital theories, focuses on understanding how communities support positive youth development. Her work has been published in prominent journals such as Children & Schools and School Mental Health. Mellin also provides consultation and research/evaluation services to LEAs, SEAs, and other youth-focused organizations across the nation.

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