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Title: The impacts for social workers of providing social work services in rural northeastern Ontario communities.
Authors: Hursley, Venessa
Keywords: rural social workers;northeastern Ontario communities;constructivist grounded theory;rural social workers unprepared for work environment;multiple roles of rural social workers;strengths and challenges faced by rural social workers;rural social work practice;broad range of training
Issue Date: 23-Mar-2018
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the personal and professional experiences of rural social workers. This is a qualitative study with a constructivist grounded theory lens. This study utilizes a sample of four participants. The participants work in the social work field and live in northeastern Ontario rural communities. Data was collected by audio-taped individual semi-structured interviews and subsequent member checking. The question explored is, how do rural social workers experience rural social work practice? Results of the study reveal that rural social workers experience both challenges and strengths within their professional and personal lives. Three themes related to rural social work emerged through data analysis. The themes include rural social workers as unprepared for their work environments, rural social workers as having multiple roles and the strengths and challenges rural social workers face. This research provides insight into the experiences of rural social workers and recommendations for how to better prepare rural social workers. The study further provides information related to implications for social work education, social work practice and implications for future research. The implications for social work education include a recommendation that social work students be provided with a broad range of training in all areas, including rural social work practice. The implications for social work practice include that we must encourage and maintain social workers who demonstrate an interest in rural social work. Lastly, future research could be done regarding supervision and rural social workers.
Appears in Collections:Social Work - Master's Major Papers

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