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Interprofessional practice

posted on 2023-06-08, 05:42 authored by Imogen Taylor
Over 20 years ago, US sociologist Abbott, in his seminal text The System of Professions, was prescient in suggesting organisations compete with the professions for control of work. He traced the cultural and social forces bearing on the professions and argued, since one profession can preempt another's work, the histories of the professions are inevitably interdependent. Taking a systemic perspective and analysing three detailed case histories: information, law, and psychotherapy, Abbott (1988) examined how a chain of effects might begin in external events or within the professions themselves, and how new groups could emerge. This chapter presents a case study of a systemic analysis of the forces at work and their implications for the profession of social work as it grapples with interprofessional learning for interprofessional practice.


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Sage Handbook of Social Work



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  • Social Work and Social Care Publications


Extract from Book Proposal: 'The world's first Sage Handbook of Social Work brings together a comprehensive range of new material by a range of international scholars in the field of social work. This long-awaited volume synthesises the field and offers new material on advances in social work for an international readership. In showcasing the quality of social work scholarship with these 48 chapters, it provides an original and comprehensive look at this vital discipline as a field of study and practice that has undergone significant change during the last 30 years. Contributing international scholars represent a range of approaches and perspectives combining their expertise to address the diversity, growth and new developments that characterise the field of social work today'.

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Mel Gray, Stephen A Webb, James Midgeley

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