Author

Barb Cooley

Date of Paper

5-2012

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

msw

Department

socialwork

First Advisor

Valandra

Abstract

This exploratory qualitative study focused on the perceptions of the social worker role on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. Four professional ACT team members participated in a Qualtrics survey. The four themes that emerged from the surveys follow: 1) interpretation of the social worker role; 2) role clarification of the different ACT team members; 3) overlapping roles of the ACT team members; and 4) actions to help role clarification. Research is needed to further clarify the different roles that the social worker plays on the ACT teams. Implications for social work practice include the importance of understanding the role that the social worker plays on the ACT teams and how this role is coordinated with other ACT team members. This description of the social worker role, as described by the survey participants, can be evaluated by social workers in a variety of settings. This serves as a valuable tool to help clarify their roles within their agencies.

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