The Preparing Professionals for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice: Integrating Theory and Practice

Dr. Terry Mizrahi,
Dr. Yossi Korazim-Korosy,
Dr. Marcia Bayne-Smith,
Dr. Martha Lucia Garcia,
Dr. Chana Katz
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Working collaboratively across disciplines and organizations will become a more prominent component in preparing students and practitioners for interdisciplinary community development and collaboration. This Colloquium will include content on the purposes, processes, dynamics, levels and structures of collaboration; the history, contributions, strengths, knowledge, skills and value base relevant to bringing diverse groups together to improve conditions in a community or the quality of life of vulnerable populations. They will discuss the challenges, obstacles, complexities and limitations of collaborative relationships. Participants will: acquire skills in initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships; understand the conditions, commitment, contributions, competencies and costs of interprofessional collaborative arrangements; and appreciate the role and opportunities to lead, implement, participate in and evaluate interdisciplinary collaborations. This will be an interactive session where the participants will be presented with a framework for analyzing intergroup collaborations exchange curricula, references and resources.The presenters have developed some tools and techniques for training for interdisciplinary collaborations. They will use a variety of methods including structured simulation exercises. There will be opportunity to develop together a core set of principles and standards for collaboration, and a list of attributes and competencies to be utilized in promoting social work at the inter-agency and community levels.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Intergroup Relations, Community Development and Collaboration
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Colloquium in English
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Dr. Terry Mizrahi

Professor, School of Social work, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Dr. Mizrahi was elected national President of the National Association of Social Workers from 2000-2003. She was secretary of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration and a founder of the Journal of Community Practice. Dr. Mizrahi won Hunter’s Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in 1992, the NYC Chapter of NASW Service Award in 2000, and the ACOSA Lifetime Career Achievement Award in 2004. She was the first social worker in 1994 selected for the Primary Care Policy Fellowship of the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2004, she was a Kreitzman Fellow at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and continues to do consultation in Israel and Japan with schools of social work, and Israel’s Ministry for Social Affairs. Dr. Mizrahi is currently the co-editor- in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Social Work-20th edition. She is the author of 5 books and monographs and 70 articles, book chapters, reviews, and manuals. Her expertise is in the fields of community organizing and development, health care policy, the rights of clients and consumers, and medical sociology. Her areas of research, training and consultation include professional socialization, interdisciplinary collaboration, coalition-building, community organizing practice and health policy.

Dr. Yossi Korazim-Korosy

Chairman, Interdisciplinary Forum on Community Development

Dr. Marcia Bayne-Smith

Associate Professor, Urban Studies Department
Queens College, City University of New York


Dr. Martha Lucia Garcia

Faculty/Social Work Supervisor, Main Street Legal Services, CUNY School of Law

Dr. Chana Katz

Lecturer, Sapir Public College

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