Resources on Interprofessional Education
Several groups of individuals and institutions interested in interprofessional education--training people in child-serving fields to work toward common goals--have formed a national network. The following is a list of some key contacts and what they are working on.
Planning and Coordinating Conferences
Human Services Policy Center
University of Washington
Seattle, Wash. 98195-8486
Phone: (206) 543-8483
Fax: (206) 616-5769
Interprofessional Commission of Ohio
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201-2602
Phone: (614) 292-5621
Fax: (614) 292-2407
Sidney L. Gardner
Center for Collaboration for Children
EC-424 California State University at Fullerton
Fullerton, Calif. 92634
Phone: (714) 773-2166
Fax: (714) 449-5235
School of Social Work
University of Southern California
Montgomery Ross Fisher Bldg. #345
Los Angeles, Calif. 90089-0411
Phone: (213) 740-2004
Fax: (213) 740-0789
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
Vaughn Family Center
13330 Vaughn St.
San Fernando, Calif. 91340
Phone: (818) 834-1485
Fax: (818) 834-1492
National Center for Social Work and Education Collaboration
113 W. 60th St.
New York, N.Y. 10023-7479
Phone: (212) 636-6617
Fax: (212) 636-6033
same address as above
Phone: (212) 636-6697
Providing Technical Assistance
Family Studies and Social Work
182 McGuffey Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Phone: (513) 529-6849
Fax: (513) 529-7270
Miami University of Ohio
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Phone: (513) 529-2728
Fax: (513) 529-5006
Some Publications on Interprofessional Education
Casto, R.M., Maria Julia, et al. (1994): Interprofessional Care and Collaborative Practice. Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole Publishing.
Interprofessional collaboration for family-centered services: A survey of interprofessional/interdisciplinary training programs. Portland, Ore: Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. Copies of the report are available for $9 each. Call (503) 725-4175.
Lawson, H.A. (1996): Interprofessional education programs: Need, issues, and the beginnings of a conceptual framework, in Expanding Partnerships for Vulnerable Children, Youth, and Families. Alexandria, Va.: Council on Social Work Education. For information, call (703) 683-8080.
Proceedings, national conference on interprofessional education and training, Los Angeles, Calif., March 23-25, 1995. Seattle: Human Services Policy Center. For information, call (206) 543-8483.
Emerging and Expanding Programs
Wheelock College this semester launched a 3-1/2-year undergraduate program called Partnerships: Building Community. The program is designed for students working toward degrees in teaching, social work, and child life--a new field that trains people to help children cope with illness. Students take interprofessional courses and do extensive field work in a school, a health-care agency, and a social-service agency in an urban community.
More information is available from Patricia Hogan, Chair of Professional Studies, Wheelock College, 200 The River Way, Boston, Mass. 02215; (617) 734-5200, ext. 170.
The two-year-old Harvard Project on Schooling and Children involves faculty from throughout the university in research, policy, seminars, and community projects focused on improving children's learning. The project is launching a yearlong interdisciplinary course for undergraduates on children and their social worlds that will involve shadowing professionals in education, health, and social services. The project also has prepared a directory of children's studies at Harvard and a guide to research on children's issues by faculty.
More information is available from Katherine K. Merseth, Harvard Project on Schooling and Children, 14 Story St., Second floor, Cambridge, Mass. 01238; (617) 496-4488.
The Interprofessional Commission of Ohio, established at Ohio State University in 1973, offers interprofessional courses for graduate students and professionals in education, counseling, law, medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and theology. The commission also helps community and professional groups develop collaborative approaches. It is part of a campus initiative that is marshaling $28 million in university resources to spur improvements in education, health care, and economic development in neighborhoods around the university.
More information is available from Michael Casto, Interprofessional Commission of Ohio, 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43201-2602;(614) 292-5621.