Journal of Human Services
Interprofessionalism is an approach to delivering optimal client care in which providers from multiple professions work collaboratively on care teams. Human Service Professionals (HSPs) are generalists who frequently work together with professionals in related fields. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which HSPs and helping professionals in related fields have engaged in interprofessional experiences. Researchers also investigated the impact that having previous interprofessional experiences had on participants' perceptions of interprofessionalism. Results revealed that professionals and students who had previous interprofessional experiences were significantly more likely to have positive perceptions about interprofessional cooperation. However, results also indicated that only a small proportion of HSPs and mental health professionals in related fields reported engaging in interprofessional experiences. Suggestions for how educators can infuse interprofessionalism into the curriculum for human services and related programs are provided.
Original Publication Citation
Johnson, K. F., Sparkman-Key, N., & Kalkbrenner, M. T. (2017). Human service students' and professionals' knowledge and experiences of interprofessionalism: Implications for education. Journal of Human Services, 37(1), 5-13.
Johnson, Kaprea F.; Sparkman-Key, Narketta; and Kalkbrenner, Michael T., "Human Service Students' and Professionals' Knowledge and Experiences of Interprofessionalism: Implications for Education" (2017). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 32.