Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study of the experiences of paraprofessionals working in the mental health field
by Alvarado, Patricia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 72; 1466079
Abstract (Summary)

The aim of this study is to investigate the experiences paraprofessionals have working in the mental health field and the views they hold regarding their reasons in becoming a paraprofessional, acceptance in the workplace, barriers encountered and differences in service delivery to consumers. The main theme that came from this study was that participants overall had good experiences, but carried mixed emotions about the culture between paraprofessional and professionals working together in the mental health field. In conclusion, paraprofessionals can be an asset to the mental health field by providing effective representation of the client perspective, resulting in service improvement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work
Publication Number: 1466079
ISBN: 978-1-109-16349-0
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