Nov. 16, 2018
By Chris Woodley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor Aidyn Iachini has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and commissioned policy briefs and reports. But two years of work was recently completed with the release of her new book.
Iachini’s book, A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration, published by CSWE Press, was introduced during the Council on Social Work Education's 64th Annual Program Meeting from Nov. 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. Her co-authors were Dean and Professor Laura Bronstein, and Associate Professor Elizabeth Mellin, both from the Binghamton University Department of Social Work.
“I was really excited to write this book with my collaborators,” said Iachini. “My research has focused on interprofessional collaboration and how to prepare students across professions to work in the area of school mental health and behavioral health more broadly. Through these efforts, we had to develop our own activities and experiences to promote student learning in this area.”
A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration helps students and practitioners develop the skills necessary to engage in interprofessional collaborative practice. Bronstein’s Model of Interdisciplinary Collaboration is used as a framework, and the book includes case examples, practice tips and multimedia links. It is ideal for traditional, hybrid, and online courses, as well as independent learning and continuing education.
According to Iachini, there was no published book on interprofessional collaboration that was more applied in nature, offered activities and case examples, and discussed interprofessional collaboration across a range of settings and with a variety of populations.
“We sought to develop a book that offers a model of interprofessional collaboration, has chapters that apply this model across different populations and settings with discussion questions tied to CSWE competencies, and then offers activities, case examples, and discussion questions to further promote students’ growth and development around interprofessional collaborative practice,” said Iachini.
As a first-time author, Iachini also learned the lengthy process of publishing a book.
“I learned how creative and generative the process is in terms of collaborating with my co-editors and working with the other chapter authors to develop this book,” said Iachini. “I also learned how much time it takes to develop a book from the book proposal stage all the way through the copy-editing process.”
A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration is available for purchase at CSWE Press.