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Studies/Études : Maintaining Professional Identity in Rural Social Work Practice

Source: Journal of Comparative Social Work.
"Working in a rural community locates the professional in a wider social network as community members often expect more from their professionals; not only as service providers, but also as engaged members of the community."

"This can result in the rural social worker being highly visible both personally and professionally and it can also lead to overlapping relationships. These higher expectations can place stress on the worker in terms of maintaining accepted professional roles and a sense of professional identity. This qualitative study explores the first-hand experiences of a cross-section of service providers in more than a dozen communities within northwestern Ontario and northern Manitoba,

Keith Brownlee, Glenn Halverson and Ahlea Chassie(2012). Multiple Relationships: Maintaining Professional Identity in Rural Social Work Practice. Journal of Comparative Social Work 2012/1



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