Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Tony Bibus, Ph. D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Rosemary Link, Ph. D.

Third Advisor

Kathy Oelze, M.S.W., LGSW


Collaborative services provide a model of prevention and early intervention. These services are comprehensive, accessible and consumer driven. The purpose of this study was to obtain parents' perceptions of the experience with a collaborative program composed of a rural central Minnesota school district and a neighboring human service agency. This exploratory study uses both qualitative and quantitative information. A survey of a sample of parents asked them to rate how accessible were the services provided through the collaborative and how satisfied they were with these services. The questionnaire focused on the type of in-home counseling services received, the helpfulness of those services, the relationship with the county social worker and the in-home counselor. The anonymous questionnaire was be mailed to seventeen families, one copy for each parent/caregiver (total 24). These families participated in Collaborative services at one school district during the 1995-96 school year. The findings indicate that 92% of the respondents agreed that the collaborative services were accessible. Ninety-two percent of the respondents said that the relationship with their child improved as a result of the in-home services. Eighty-four percent of respondents said they would feel comfortable accessing county services again. Implications for practice, policy and future research are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Sopiwnik.TR

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