Educating social workers for health care’s brave new world

Betsy S. Vourlekis, Kathleen Ell, Deborah Padgett

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A transforming health care system challenges educators to formulate curriculum that is relevant and anticipates evolving expectations and demands. This article reviews key features of the changing health care landscape, describes a Centers for Disease Control funded prototypical social work practice model designed to fit the contours of that landscape, and suggests five fundamental principles to guide successful adaptation of social work health care practice and educational preparation. Curricular implications of these principles are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-191
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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