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Developing Advanced Practitioners in Mental Health Social Work: Pedagogical Considerations

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JournalSocial Work Education
DateE-pub ahead of print - 24 Sep 2012
DatePublished (current) - 2013
Issue number7
Volume32
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)944-955
Early online date24/09/12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Advanced social work practitioners in mental health services daily face the challenges of working alongside the more powerful professions of psychiatry and psychology. Advanced post-qualifying programmes in mental health social work equip practitioners with the knowledge, skills and expertise to confidently work alongside both psychiatrists and clinical psychologists in multi-disciplinary teams. This includes training in empirical research methods, which are used to develop the evidence base for psychiatry and psychology, although social work practitioners find this particularly challenging. This paper explores the importance of research methods teaching in the development of advanced practitioners in mental health social work. Using learning theory to explore possible reasons why practitioners find it so difficult, it offers some solutions which may enhance the learning and teaching of research methodology to experienced social workers

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  • Evidence-Based Practice, advanced practice, mental health social work, Research Methods, post-qualifying social work education

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