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Comparison study between support worker and social worker roles in community mental health services


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Within New Zealand there is a definite confusion between the role identity of Social Workers and Support Workers within Community Mental Health Services. Currently there appears to be a degree of confusion as to the distinguishing features of these two roles. The objective of this preliminary investigation was to identify the similarly and differences within the two discipline areas. The themes identified through the thematic analysis indicated marked similarities between the two roles examined. The fundamental differences identified were the level of qualification, competencies, clinical work and experience of the workers. Scopes of practice are considered as a means of offering individual identities for both disciplines.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social worker, support worker, New Zealand, qualification, competencies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Corporate > Business and Development
Depositing User: Barnaby Pace
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 20:47
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:22

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