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ERIC Number: EJ871533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Incorporating Integrative Health Services in Social Work Education
Gant, Larry; Benn, Rita; Gioia, Deborah; Seabury, Brett
Journal of Social Work Education, v45 n3 p407-425 Fall 2009
More than one third of Americans practice complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Social workers continue to provide most first-line health, mental health, and psychological referral and direct practice services in the United States, despite a lack of systematic education and training opportunities in CAM. Schools of social work are appropriate venues for providing regular and continuing educational opportunities. The gap between education and practice can be addressed in social work curricula by (1) addressing integrative health from a general systems perspective, (2) reaffirming the role of social workers in health care, and (3) providing opportunities to develop competence with a simple yet conceptually integrated CAM-based skill set. Several content approaches and suggestions for curricula deployment are provided, including stand-alone courses, curricular infusion strategies across core areas of social work education, and location of curricular homes across college and university departments. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States